Berenty is a private reserve set along the Mandrare river. It has been a base for scientific research into lemurs for over 40 years and is also a popular tourist spot. The reserve includes the spiny forest unique to the south of Madagascar, and an excellent cultural museum.
Reasons to visit Berenty Reserve and Mandrare include:
Berenty Reserve can be visited all-year round. Winter is cold and dry, and summer (November to February) can be very hot, with temperatures as high as 40°C. February and March is a good time to see newly-weaned lemurs.
Berenty is located in the Tamarind gallery forest, found along the Mandrare River. To get here it is about an hour's flight from Tana to Fort Dauphin, then it's a two-hour road transfer through changing scenery as you pass from the coast to the dry, hot climate of the south.
Accommodation of a suitable standard is quite limited here and we like to use the Mandrare River Camp, a stunning tented camp with a river bank location.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.
Language: Malagasy and French are Madagascar's official languages. English or German is spoken by a municipal workers and guides.A basic working knowledge of French will make communication easier.
Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.