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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…
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…
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…
Seafood in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Chez Georges

This popular local eatery and adjoining bar enjoys a laid-back surf atmosphere in cabins overlooking Libanona Beach. Catch of the day and crab farci are house specialities, but expect a wait. People swim after putti…
Madagascan in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Chasseurs

Near the taxi-brousse station, this friendly neighbourhood institution offers traditional Malagasy fare, but is well above a hotely.
Chinese in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Mami Jo

The place to come for no-frills fried rice and other Chinese-Malagasy approximations. Also offers great juices, yogurt and a patisserie.
European in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro)

Restaurant Mirana/Chez Bernard

This single room off a narrow side street is an insider spot known for its pizza, seafood and beef.
National Park in The Cape

Parc National d’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, as well as a …
Nature Reserve in Domaine de La Cascade

Domaine de La Cascade

This gorgeous park, about 9km from the Total station on the road to Ambovombe from Fort Dauphin, is an easily overlooked spot. Almost 100 hectares in size, it consists of a nursery set in a paradisiacal valley with …