The Antsokay Arboretum is located 12 km southeast of Tulear’s city and will surprise you by its rich endemic fauna and flora! This nature reserve was the result of an initiative, whose goal was to protect the endemic plants of the southern region of Madagascar.
An ecotouristic stay
The Antsokay arboretum aims at protecting the most threatened plants of Madagascar’s south region. If you wish to travel in the ecological way, this excursion is ideal. The reserve is used as a tree nursery and uses different techniques to grow plants : seed plantation, cutting or transplantation.
Moreover, the reserve works towards protecting the island’s plants from deforestations, looting and bush fires. For this matter, the botanical park maintains and increases the amount of rare plant species and at the same time undertakes botanical researches and preservation plans. During your stay, you are invited to find out more about all the reserve’s missions. It’s the ideal family tour to raise young and old’s awareness on protecting nature in a “Responsible tourist” way.
Once in the reserve, you will be able to discover typical species of the Malagasy flora and especially of Madagascar’s south “bush”. You will find there more than 1000 plant species. Accompanied by a guide, this one will step by step present you all the virtues and benefits of the encountered plant species.
Finally, the reserve’s museum will welcome you to discover its collection of fossils, minerals, insects and relics that belonged to various Malagasy ethnic groups.
The arboretum also shelters many mammal and reptile species. Lizards and chameleons hide in the vegetation, you will have to pay close attention to spot one of them! For those with a sharp vision, you will maybe be able to spot a microcebus, the world’s smallest lemurs. A nocturnal visit of the reserve is also possible which will allow you to unveil more species. Ornithology enthusiasts will also be delighted due to the 34 bird species found in the reserve. The place is truly a must for nature enthusiasts!