The island’s most beguiling and unusual region is its semi-arid South, much of which is comprised of the ‘spiny desert’, a harsh land of thorny octopus trees interspersed with an assortment of bloated, drought-resistant plants such as Baobabs, Moringas and tall Pachypodiums. The people of this region – particularly the Antandroy and Mahafaly – are known for their elaborate and colourfully painted tombs, of which fine examples can be seen either along the RN7 near Sakaraha or in the Ifotaka Community Forest area.
Where to go in to the South of Madagascar
- Indris, Verreaux's sifakas, Ringtails and other Lemurs galore!
- Colourful chameleons, geckos and a plethora of tree frogs
- Woolly, Dwarf and Mouse lemurs during night walks
- Mesites, Couas, Ground-rollers, Asities, Vangas and other endemic birds
- Highlands culture: the Merina and Betsileo people
- Rainforest wildlife in Ranomafana and Andasibe-Mantadia National Parks
- The ringtailed lemurs of Anja
- Hiking in spectacular surrounds at Isalo National Park
- Mandrare's Ringtails, Sifakas, Baobabs and Spiny bush
- Madagascar's greatest lowland rainforest at Masoala
- Anjajavy's extensive tropical deciduous forest with its Baobabs and rare wildlife
- Top notch hospitality in remote, secluded lodges
This fairly new property is impressive: located high on a sandstone plateau, it overlooks the national park and commands spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Accommodation consists of 60 luxurious, en- suite rooms which are of modern design. All have air-conditioning, a mini bar and an electronic safe.Family rooms are available; cots can be supplied on request.The lodge has a swimmi...
Located in the centre of Fort Dauphin, La Croix du Sud is a simple hotel with 32 en suite rooms facing into a quad, where there is an attractive tropical garden.Rooms are equipped with satellite TV, telephone and mini-bar. Internet connection is also available. Meals are taken at its adjacent, sister hotel, Le Dauphin, only about 100 meters away.La Croix du Sud is a convenient option when visiting...
This firm favorite with visitors is next door to, and under same ownership, as Jardin du Roy.Blocks of six spacious, en suite rooms are grouped around a courtyard. The hotel is thoughtfully designed to blend really well into the extensive gardens and the surrounding sandstone formations of Isalo.Water is drawn from a stream and is solar-heated for the en suite showers. There is a sparkling swimmin...
On a beautiful and remote stretch of coastline with sweeping white sand beaches and within close proximity to remarkable Spiny forest with the famed 'stunted' variant of the Grandidier's baobabs, Salary Bay is about 3hrs,30min north of Tulear along a dirt road.The road journey is a fascinating one, taking guests to a part of Madagascar which as yet has not been exposed to the masses. A...
Berenty Lodge has 31 en-suite rooms and recently saw a substantial refurbishment. The lodge is opposite Malaza Forest, in one of Madagascar’s oldest reserves, established by the De Heaulme family in 1937. Breakfasts are served in the snack-bar, near the bungalows, from where you can watch wildlife while you dine. There is a recently renovated restaurant with a fixed menu and nearby, a fascin...
Mandrare River Camp stands in the shade of tamarind trees on the bank of the Mandrare River, about 110km northwest of Fort Dauphin. What better way to start your exploration of Madagascar day than by watching the pink glow of dawn illuminate the river from your bed? By the time you get up, it’s to the sounds of Antandroy people singing as they walk along the riverbed to wash and fetch water. Accom...
Les Dunes d'Ifaty offer very good standard of accommodation in Ifaty.Set on the southern tip of Ifaty beach, its terraced bungalows have sweeping views over the Mozambique Channel and are well equipped with TV and 24hr electricity.The central lodge and restaurant are open and tastefully decorated with a distinctive Malagasy style. Les Dunes has a welcome swimming pool and offers a range of act...
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