Attractions

Top Choice Gardens 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. Established by a Swiss botanist a…
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 fir…
National Park in The Desert

Parc National de l'Isalo

Isalo is like a museum dedicated to the art of the desert canyon. It contains sculpted buttes, vertical rock walls and, best of all, deep canyon floors shot through with streams, lush vegetation and pools for swimmi…
Nature Reserve in The Cape

Réserve Spéciale de 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. There's an 1…
Nature Reserve in The Cape

Réserve de Nahampoana

This 67-hectare forest reserve, 7km north of Fort Dauphin, deserves much greater recognition. Its exotic tropical setting, with mountains for a backdrop, is prettier than Berenty. Add to this a robust and varied lem…
Wildlife Reserve in Ifaty & Mangily

Reniala Nature Reserve

This is a 60-hectare 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. If you have been to the Arboretum in Tuléar, which is bet…
Fortress in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Fort Flacourt

This fort is currently used as a military base and the soldiers at the entrance endlessly discuss whether or not to let you in, how much it should cost and who should get the money. If they do let you in, they'll in…
Wildlife Reserve in Ifaty & Mangily

Village des Tortues

Near Reniala, 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 are being conserved…
Museum in Tuléar (Toliara)

Musée Cedratom

Features exhibits on local culture, an elephant bird egg and other oddities, including an ancient mask with real human teeth. Interesting place if you're ever lucky enough to find it open – the official opening hour…
Museum in Parc National de l'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, or …