Silversea Luxury Cruises To Tolagnaro

Tolagnaro

Fort Dauphin, or Taolanaro in the Malagasy language, is Madagascar’s oldest town and a popular destination for excursions to the Berenty Reserve and the Spiny Forest. The province of the same name is located in the southeastern part of the enormous island. The French established their first colony here in the 17th century, giving it the name of the Dauphin, later crowned Louis XIV of France. Built on a small peninsula, the town is bordered on three sides by beaches with a backdrop of high green mountains. View more

It boasts a drier climate with much less rain than the rest of Madagascar, but suffers from fierce gales around the middle of the year. The town itself is small, with only about 32,000 inhabitants; its beaches and interesting trips into the surrounding area attract a good number of visitors annually, mostly from Europe. Plenty of local colours can be observed at Fort Dauphin's lively market, where everything is sold from fish and produce to French baguettes and live animals. A few good viewpoints around town offer fine panoramas of the bay and the mountains. A drive into the hinterland offers a look at some of Madagascar's unusual species of flora, such as the rosy periwinkle, the carnivorous pitcher plant and the triangular rubber palm. The Spiny Forest, beginning several miles west of Fort Dauphin, is another unique and characteristic feature of this region.

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Excursions in Tolagnaro

Nahampoana Lemur Reserve

Catch a glimpse of the flora and fauna of Madagascar on this half-day, scenic tour that offers the best sites of the area.


Depart the pier for a scenic drive to the highest point of Miramar, to admire the views of the bay of Libanona. Continue along the coastal road with its beautiful views of the Indian Ocean to visit Flacourt Camp and Anosy Museum built under Flacourt (Governor of Madagascar from 1648 to 1655).


Arriving at the privately owned Nahampoana Reserve built in 1901, is ideal for lemur spotting. Every lemur species native to the south of Madagascar lives in this park, such as Verreaux's Sifaka, Ring-tailed Lemur or Brown Lemur, usually play in the trees and on the ground near the old colonial house. Other animals which can be observed include chameleons, tortoises, crocodiles, and a wide variety of birds.


The reserves well maintained gardens, formerly named Garden of Acclimatization, cover an area of 50 hectares. Amongst the many exotic plants that can be found in the park are the Ravenala Palm, Pachypodium, Madagascar Pitcher Plant, Oil Palm, Canela Cinnamon, Lemon Eucalyptus, young Baobab Trees and the conifer Arokaria, as well as the Triangle Palm Tree which can be found only in Fort Dauphin and nowhere else in Madagascar.


Driving back to town, stop to look at local souvenirs and perhaps purchase some before returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking with steps to climb. The visit to the Nahampoana Reserve is a walking tour. We recommend you wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses and bring your camera. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. You will encounter poverty, aggressive peddlers, and children begging for money. Guests must be aware that roads may be quite bumpy at times. Sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed.


The cost of providing a tour program in Madagascar is proportionately more expensive than in neighbouring nations. Unfortunately this is reflected in the prices of the tours, and we thank you for your understanding. Vehicles, equipment, and guides may not be up to Western standards but are the best available in this particular area.