Tulear and Ifaty Holidays

Situated on the south-western coast of Madagascar, Tuléar (Toliara, in Malagasy) is a small city and an important port. An excellent tarred road connects the city to the beaches and spiny forests around Ifaty and Mangily, an area offering seaside hotels, snorkeling, diving, kite surfing, and boat trips. The main attraction of the area is Reniala National Park, essentially a spiny forest and is one of the most unique habitats in the world.

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  • Explore the forest of Reniala National Park on botanical walking trails
  • Witness a number of endemic species at Reniala National Park
  • Experience exciting water activities, including boat trips and kite surfing
  • Ifaty is renowned for incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities
  • Visit local turtle breeding and conservation programmes
  • Flexible booking terms
  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

A drive of 20 minutes takes you to the villages of Ifaty and Mangily, on the Mozambique Channel, an area offering seaside hotels, snorkelling, diving, kite surfing and boat trips.

The main attraction of the area is a small private reserve called Reniala (meaning baobab in Malagasy). The 45ha reserve is managed by an environmental association who is attempting to develop eco-tourism in the area, which has in the past been severely threated by deforestation. Here you can expect to see some very old baobab trees including a giant one of 12,5 m in diameter.

Reniala National Park is essentially a spiny forest and is one of the most unique habitats in the world, adapted to the heat and drought, and home to 2000 plant species (95% of them are endemic), including the Didieraceae, the alien-like octopus tree. The park offers botanical trails and a bird sanctuary.

Early morning walks offer the best chance of seeing locally endemic species such as the Long-tailed ground roller and Sub-desert mesite. You may also see interesting reptiles such as the strange little Three-eyed lizard and the increasingly endangered Madagascar radiated tortoise, which formerly was abundant.

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