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Berenty Private Reserve

The Berenty Reserve, located in southern Madagascar, is a reference site for scientists and many visitors curious to experience the diversity of animals and plants that abound in these forests. Situated two hours' drive from Taolanaro, this private reserve was created in 1936 by the De Heaulme family and opened to the general public in 1981. It covers some 1,000 hectares of gallery and dry forest. Since then, it has gained international renown for its wealth of flora and fauna, offering a unique refuge for many endemic species. As an inspiring conservation project, the reserve also raises awareness and encourages local people to protect the region's flora and fauna for the long term.

Madagascar Amphibians

Madagascar is beginning to emerge as a destination of choice for nature observation and wildlife photography enthusiasts. Among the subjects of interest, amphibians also occupy an important place for photography and observation. However, it should be noted that frogs are the only amphibians present on the Big Island - there are no others. Madagascar is home to over 300 species of frogs, 90% of which are endemic. The best time to learn about Madagascar's many batrachian species is from December to March, during the rainy season.

The aye-aye, Madagascar’s strange nocturnal primate

The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a nocturnal arboreal primate endemic to Madagascar, belonging to the family Daubentonidae, of which it is the last representative. This fascinating and mysterious animal is considered one of the world's strangest primates due to its unique physical characteristics and peculiar behavior. However, its fate has not always been easy. Locals fear it and kill it when they spot it, as it is believed to bring bad luck or even death to those it points its finger at.

Geckos, Iguanas and Chameleons.

Chameleons are among Madagascar's other princes of endemism. Around two-thirds of the world's chameleon species are found here. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. For example, there is the Parson's chameleon, which often exceeds 50 cm in length, the unicorn chameleons, and the very archaic Brookesia, the smallest of which doesn't reach 2 cm without its tail. There are even myths and stories about these creatures. The Malagasy say of their independent eyes that one looks into the future and the other into the past. Their sudden appearance is often seen as a sign of misfortune in local culture.

10 things you should know before coming to Madagascar

Avid travelers and world adventurers, welcome to Madagascar! One of the world's largest islands, the island-continent, the red island: all names that evoke a mosaic of peoples from migrations near and far, but also a unique nature, against a backdrop of many historical and economic reversals. A land of surprises and resourcefulness, here are a few things you absolutely must know before coming to Madagascar.

What you should know about Andringitra

Andringitra is one of the most breathtaking sites in the Haute-Matsiatra region of southeastern Madagascar. It's famous for its national park and massif, two natural treasures that attract camping and nature enthusiasts, as well as hikers and adventurers from all over the world. In this article, we'll share everything you need to know about this famous destination in southeastern Madagascar.

Family things to do in Nosy Be

Nosy Be, the pearl of Madagascar, promises adventure and relaxation for the whole family. It's an ideal destination for everyone, from grandparents to children, seeking adventure, relaxation, and discovery. Located off the north-west coast of Madagascar, this island paradise offers a multitude of activities for all ages, combining the richness of a fascinating Malagasy culture with the beauty of lush, unspoilt nature. Here is a selection of must-do activities to make the most of your family holiday on Nosy Be.

An introduction to Slow Tourism in Madagascar

Slow tourism is a relatively new term, isn't it? Hang on, we'll tell you more. Slow tourism is a travel philosophy that's gaining popularity, focusing on quality rather than quantity, or so they say. Unlike mass tourism, which encourages travelers to visit as many sites as possible in as little time as possible, slow tourism advocates a slower, more deliberate approach. It invites visitors to take their time discovering a place, immersing themselves in its culture, interacting with its inhabitants, and appreciating local nature and traditions. This way of traveling promotes more sustainable and environmentally-friendly tourism while offering a more enriching and authentic experience for every traveler.

Nosy Be or Sainte Marie: Where should I go?

For travelers who wish to conclude their journey in Madagascar with beach relaxation or water activities, we understand the dilemma you often face: whether to choose Nosy Be, renowned for its numerous islands, pristine sands, coconut palms, vibrant seabeds, miraculous fishing, nights spent to the rhythm of surf under starlit skies; or Sainte-Marie, affectionately known as Nosy Boraha by locals, an island of perpetual beauty, serene and enchanting, caressed by tepid lagoon waters where palm trees bow in reverence a paradise far from mass tourism. Both islands of Madagascar are all exceptional, and truthfully, we struggle to choose between them as well. Here are a few insights that might help you decide:

Pacific Coexistence and Nonviolence in Madagascar

With ethnic groups varying from region to region, historical resentments between groups, social tensions based on origins, and the subtle yet real presence of power struggles, life in Madagascar could seem challenging. However, contrary to expectations, this is not the current reality. Despite periodic conflicts among the country's leaders, relations between different communities remain peaceful. This article explores the factors contributing to this social harmony and ongoing efforts to promote peace and non-violence on the island.