Welcome to Réserve Spéciale de Cap Sainte Marie
A small MNP office lets you know that you have arrived. Here you’ll need to pick up a park guide (Ar20,000). A further drive takes you to the edge of the cliffs, where there is a lighthouse complex, a religious statue and, if you’re timing is right, a memorable sunset beneath a huge sky. Whales are also often visible offshore between July and November. A longer circuit takes you to a beach strewn with eggshell fragments of the extinct elephant bird, Aepyornis.
There are no hotels, but camping (sites Ar15,000) can be arranged at the park office. Otherwise the nearest accommodation is in Lavanono, a two-hour journey by 4WD.