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...

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...

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...

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 Tuléar (Toliara)

Musée Cedratom

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 ancient mask with real human teeth. Interesting place...