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Madagascar - The Southern Dry Forest

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Regions of Madagascar - The Southern Dry Forest
Regions of Madagascar - The Southern Dry Forest

THE SOUTHERN DRY FOREST

INTRODUCTION
While the extreme southestern tip of Madagascar surrounding Ft. Dauphin receives abundant rainfall, the extreme southwestern tip hardly has any rain at all. It is one of Madagascar's most unusual regions: remote, harsh, desolate with excruciatingly beautiful vistas, endless beaches of immaculate sand dunes, and strange exotic plants. The South is noted for its vegetation of unique interest where tropical moist forest meets southern dry forest, and is the gateway to the renowned Berenty Reserve, Andohahela National Park, Beza Mahafaly, the Isalo National Park, and the boom town of Ilakaka, where sapphires of exceptional quality are being mined today. This vast and diverse area is home to the Antandroy "people of the thorns" on the coast, to the nomadic Vezo fishermen, and to the Mahafaly renowned for their funerary art.

MAJOR CITIES:
Click on the cities below for an overview of the entire area, including access, lodging, protected areas and local activities.

FT. DAUPHIN
 
MOROMBE
 
TULEAR

NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVES:

Berenty Reserve
Bezaha Mahafaly
Cap Ste. Marie
Isalo National Park
Tsimanampetsotse National Park
Zombitse-Vohibiasa National Park
 

 
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