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Arboretum d'Antsokay

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Seven and a half miles from Toliara by car
When to go
Between April and October (dry season). Hurricane danger between late December and mid-April.
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Arboretum d'Antsokay

Julie Sabatier Seasoned Traveller
73 written opinions

Antsokay Arboretum is located around one and a quarter miles north of the Tropic of Capricorn and was founded in 1980 by Hermann Petignat, a Swiss botanist. The organisation that manages the arboretum is working to protect the endemic flora of southern Madagascar. 

My suggestion:
No, there are not only trees here, but numerous animal species too. If you are travelling as a family with children, this is something the kids will really enjoy!
My review

There are more than 900 species typical of dry evergreen forest habitats – i.e. aloe, euphorbia, pachipodium, etc. – to be seen here, set out on display over an area of 100 acres . Ninety percent of them are endemic to Madagascar and eighty percent have medicinal properties. 

The process of creating this collection of the region's native plants has actually led to the discovery of new species. 

The trees here are also home to various species of birds. There are in fact 34 to be seen in total at Antsokay, as well as a large number of reptiles and other animals, among them the famous mouse lemur, the world's smallest lemur. It is also possible to observe the animals at night at Antsokay. 

Allow two hours to look round the arboretum, which also has a small fossil and mineral museum. 

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