Southern Madagascar

Sights

Top ChoiceNational Park in The Desert

Parc National Isalo

Isalo is one of Madagascar's most beautiful parks. It contains sculpted buttes, vertical rock walls and, best of all, deep canyon floors shot through with streams, lush vegetation and pools for swimming. All of...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parc National Andohahela

Parc National Andohahela

This 760-sq-km park protects some of the last remnants of rainforest in southern Madagascar, as well as spiny forest and a remarkable 12 species of lemurs. It also boasts 129 recorded species of birds, and a...

Top ChoiceGardens in Tuléar (Toliara)

Arboretum d'Antsokay

This is the one must-see attraction in Tuléar. Essentially a 400,000-sq-metre distillation of the entire spiny forest in one place, it's a fantastic collection of 900 plant species; take a guide (tip expected) to...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in The Cape

Domaine de la Cascade

This gorgeous park, about 9km from the Total station on the road to Ambovombe from Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro), covers 136 hectares, and with a budding ecotourism project in play, it consists of a nursery set in a...

Nature Reserve in The Cape

Réserve de Nahampoana

This 0.67-sq-km forest reserve, 7km north of Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro), deserves much greater recognition. Its exotic tropical setting, with mountains for a backdrop, is prettier than Berenty. Add to this a...

Viewpoint in Parc National Isalo

La Fenêtre de l'Isalo

La Fenêtre de l’Isalo is a popular natural rock window that frames the setting sun, although we actually prefer it for the surrounding views of sweeping plains and weird-and-wonderful rock formations turned...

National Park in The Desert

Parc National Zombitse-Vohibasia

Parc National Zombitse-Vohibasia protects one of the last stands of dense dry forest in all of southern Madagascar, a bird-rich island of foliage in the heart of a denuded semi-desert landscape. The park's 36,300...

Nature Reserve in The Cape

Réserve Spéciale Cap Sainte-Marie

Madagascar’s southernmost tip, Cap Sainte-Marie is a thought-provoking climax to the ‘eighth continent’, a stark and windswept place that, like so many places down here, feels like the end of the Earth. This...

Nature Reserve in The Cape

Réserve Privée de Berenty

This well-known private reserve contains nearly one-third of the remaining tamarind gallery forest in Madagascar, nestled between the arms of a former oxbow lake on the Mandrare River. It was one of Madagascar’s...

National Park in Southern Reef

Parc National Tsimanampetsotse

This 432-sq-km park and its large, ancient salt lake hosts some part-time resident flamingos (April to October). Amid the spiny forest, watch also for a large banyan tree full of parrots and ring-tailed lemurs....

Wildlife Reserve in Ifaty & Mangily

Reniala Nature Reserve

This is a 0.6-sq-km spiny forest full of baobab trees and some birds. There are two circuits, one of 45 minutes to an hour and the other of 1½ to two hours. The Arboretum in Tuléar is better, but this one's still...

National Park in Réserve Spéciale Beza-Mahafaly

Réserve Spéciale Beza-Mahafaly

Southwest of the RN7 from Andranovory, the Réserve Spéciale Beza-Mahafaly is better known as a scientific venture rather than a tourist destination, but travellers are welcome to explore its six hiking circuits...

Nature Reserve in Northern Reef

Mangrove Information Center

On the west side of the road, 12km north of Tuléar, a sign directs you to the Mangrove Information Center a 2-sq-km wetland complex created by Honko, a Belgian NGO. The main attraction is a 1.5km wooden...

Beach in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Libanona Beach

What luck for locals to have this fine beach right in the city! It's known for its surfing, both board and wind. Don't leave your belongings unattended on the sand or they may just disappear. And don't even think...

Wildlife Reserve in Ifaty & Mangily

Village des Tortues

Near Reniala Nature Reserve, this 70,000-sq-metre park protects over 1000 radiated and spider tortoises. A guided tour of the grounds (in English) tells you the full story of these endangered animals and how they...

Landmark in Parc National Isalo

Canyon des Makis

Canyon des Makis is an important hiking area north of town, with some lemurs in residence. It's a 17km drive from Ranohira and an easy 2km hike, taking around 2½ hours. If you need a vehicle, count on paying...

Landmark in Parc National Isalo

Canyon des Rats

Around 17km north of town, Canyon des Rats is a traditional burial area with some lemurs in residence. Often combined on a hiking expedition with Canyon des Makis.

Fortress in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Fort Flacourt

This fort is used as a military base and the soldiers at the entrance endlessly discuss whether or not to let you in, how much to charge and who should get the money. If they let you in, they'll insist on a...

Mountain in Tuléar (Toliara)

La Table

This table mountain is unmissable as you approach Tuléar down the RN7, about 10km from town. There’s a relatively easy trail to the top, which takes about 20 minutes to climb, and is a great place to watch the...

Museum in Parc National Isalo

Maison de l’Isalo

The buttons don't work at this once-interactive little museum, but it's still a good introduction to the history, culture and geology of the park. If you're staying in town, combine it with a trip to La Fenêtre,...