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TOUR ROUTES :
FLY FROM TANA or TULEAR TO FORT DAUPHIN THEN 4WD WITH DRIVER TO BERENTY RESERVE THEN RETURN TO FORT DAUPHIN AND FLY TO TANA .
Day 1 :
ANTANANARIVO OR TULEAR TO FORT DAUPHIN BY FLIGHT .
Day 2 :
EXPLORING BERENTY RESERVE WITH A LOCAL GUIDE .
Day 3 :
4WD FROM BERENTY BACK TO FORT DAUPHIN .
Day 4 :
FORT DAUPHIN TO TANA OR TULEAR BY AIR .
PRICE FOR THE TOUR : 695 Euro for 2 people . ( one double or twin room sharing option )
FORT DAUPHIN : The town of fort dauphin is known as tolagnaro or dream place, is situated on rocky peninsula. Mountains, such as the Saint Louis peak, surround it and coves, beaches and large bays keep appearing in an endless succession. Fort Dauphin was founded in 1643 by the French East India Company who built a fort there, named in honor of the crown prince of France. It’s the capital of the antanosy country (the islanders). Their livelihood is based on fishing and on mixed farming.
BERENTY RESERVE :Berenty Reserve is a small private reserve of gallery forest along the Mandrare River, set in the semi-arid spiny forest ecoregion of the far south of Madagascar. The reserve is also a favorite for visitors who want to see some of Madagascar's endemic bird species, which include Owls and Couas.The reserve has accommodation in the forest and a set of forest trails to explore. It attracts the most visitors of any Madagascar nature reserve. It lies 90 km western from Fort Dauphin. The reserve was created 70 years ago by the de Heaulme family as a private park to protect 250 hectares encompassing spiny forest and dry tamarind gallery woodland along the Mandrare River. The reserve is home to six species of lemur and the south’s largest colony of Madagascar fruit bats. The easiness to observe sauntering ring-tailed lemurs and ‘dancing’ Verreaux’s sifakas has turned this small protected area into one of the prime Madagascar’s primary destinations. It is a nature sanctuary where birds, butterflies, chameleons, tortoises, bats live completely free. Berenty can be visited all year round. It has cold, dry winters and hot summers (November to February). Ringtails generally give birth in September/October, at the end of the dry season, enabling them to wean their young in February/March, the season of abundance.