TulÃ©ar (Toliara) is the capital of the South of Madagascar, and makes a great stopover before exploring the south west coast and fishing villages such as Anakao. The resort of Ifaty is renowned for snorkelling and diving, and most notably for its position at the heart of the country’s magnificent coral reef.
Reasons to visit Tulear, Ifaty and surrounds include:
This is an arid region, with virtually no rain, other than from January to March. Tulear is cool in the evening but can be extremely hot during the day. June to September are the most comfortable months and also the best for watching migrating whales. September to December is great for birding.
The easiest way to reach this area is by light aircraft. Ifaty is just 22km from Toliara airport. This beautiful beach area combines nicely with a tour of the central highlands.
There are some lovely beach lodges in this area, each with their own style. If you are looking for a small and intimate lodge close to the beach then you may be spoilt for choice. We really like Le Paradisier. Not only do they have a stunning location but they use 100% solar power and also support a school with 100 pupils.
Set on a lng sandy beach, Anakao Ocean Lodge offers watersports, spa treatments and seclusion
A charming 5-room hotel that oozes style, where you can rest by the pool, stroll along the beach and enjoy some superb food.
A modern, well-equipped hotel in the popular coastal resort of Ifaty, perfect for relaxation.
A lovely beach lodge just 10 minutes from Ifaty village in Madagascar's south west.
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.