Must-see attractions in The Great Reef

  • Pachypodium Tree at Antsokay Arboretum

    Arboretum d'Antsokay

    The Great Reef

    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…

  • Parc National Tsimanampetsotse

    The Great Reef

    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…

  • Reniala Nature Reserve

    Ifaty & Mangily

    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…

  • Réserve Spéciale Beza-Mahafaly

    The Great Reef

    Southwest of the RN7 from Andranovory, the Réserve Spéciale Beza-Mahafaly is better known as a scientific venture rather than a tourist destination, but…

  • Mangrove Information Center

    The Great Reef

    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…

  • Village des Tortues

    Ifaty & Mangily

    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…

  • La Table

    The Great Reef

    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…

  • Musée Cedratom

    The Great Reef

    This small, three-room museum is run by the local university and features exhibits on local culture, an elephant-bird egg and other oddities, including an…

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