Madagascar’s deciduous dry forests are much lighter than the rainforests you'll see in the eastern half of the country. The western deciduous forests are also the island’s most fragmented and endangered forest type. They are home to a unique assemblage of often highly localised endemic animals and plants. This includes most of Madagascar's six endemic species of Baobab tree. Iconic lemurs of the western region, include the acrobatic Coquerel’s sifaka and our tiniest relative, the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur which now is Critically Endangered. 


Anjajavy Forest Reserve
Kirindy Forest

The dry forests of Anjajavy and Ankarafantsika can be visited from late March to  December. Kirindy is not accessible from December to March. Ankarana can be visited from March (Ankarana East) to November, but note that the heat in November can be oppressive. Tsingy de Bemaraha is best visited from May to October.


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