Berenty Reserve and Ifotaka Forest
Berenty is the ideal location for any wildlife-lovers. Home to a variety of lemurs as well as a diverse array of Malagasy wildlife, Berenty is a super place to simply stroll around and get up close to a lemur or two. Not only is the Ifotaka Forest home to awesome landscapes, birdlife and fauna, but it is also considered sacred by the Antandroy Tribe, making it culturally fascinating too.
Berenty Reserve is a well-known private reserve that has featured in a number of television documentaries, being the best place to spot the ring-tail lemurs in their natural setting, as they playfully run about the woodland. The reserve features a combination of deciduous woodland with spiny forest and is set along the Mandare River, surrounded by a huge sisal plantation.
Berenty is also known as the place to see the ‘dancing’ Verreaux sifaka lemurs in addition to being home to the red-fronted brown lemurs, the ever-active mouse lemur, the rather vocal sportive lemur and spectacular birdlife. The Gallery forest within the reserve is a great area for strolling to catch a glimpse of a wide range of unusual Malagasy wildlife.
The Ifotaka Community Forest is a vast area of spiny and gallery forest which is home to the traditional Antandroy tribe. The forest is considered sacred by the Antandroy people, and many of their tribal ancestors are buried in tombs below the undergrowth, making it a very interesting and culturally rich place to visit.
It is well-preserved with many species of lemur easily seen, in addition to abundant birdlife, with species including the coucal, scops owl and malachite kingfishers among many others.