Southern Madagascar is consistently the hottest and driest part of the country, with surreal landscapes to fulfil any photographer’s dreams. Exotic flora, spiny forests and giant baobabs conspire to make the visitor feel they have arrived on another planet.
The far southeast is difficult to access by road so most travelers fly into Fort Dauphin, where two oceans meet and tales of shipwrecked sailors and ruthless pirates abound. Stay at a luxury camp surrounded by forest on the banks of the Mandrare River where you can experience Madagascan tribal traditions and explore the beautiful natural surroundings which are home to ring-tailed lemurs and Verraux’s sifaka along with nocturnal species. Venture north to the coast at Manafiafy (formerly Sainte Luce) to experience life in a traditional fishing village, explore coastal rainforest and mangroves with lemur spotting & seasonal whale watching on offer best from July to September.
To the south west, you can reach the stunning Parc National d’Isalo via the coastal town of Tulear. Isalo is one of Madagascar’s most visited and most beautiful national parks where, after a morning clambering up escarpments and along canyons, walkers can enjoy a well-earned dip in one of the natural rock pools.
Les Dunes d'Ifaty
Toliara & Ifaty, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
Beautifully located overlooking the Mozambique Channel, Les Dunes d’Ifaty is a comfortable and charming beach resort in southwest Madagascar, perfect for a little R&R after traveling around Madagascar's national parks.
Jardin du Roy
Isalo National Park, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
Jardin du Roy is one of three French-owned hotels situated in private grounds close to Parc National d'Isalo. The hotel offers comfortable and spacious accommodation in 25 rooms.
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
South East Coast, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
A superb luxury lodge situated on the pristine southern beaches of Madagascar, close to rich areas of Mangrove and with the opportunity to take night walks to spot some of Madagascar's nocturnal lemurs. Breathtaking sunsets guaranteed.
Mandrare River Camp
Ifotaka Community Forest, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar
Madagascar Classic Camping's Mandrare River Camp has six tents and offers a luxury camping experience, with strong focus on local culture and the natural environment. Explore the Ifotaka community forest with its population of ring-tailed lemurs.