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The Ifotaka Community Forest, also known as Fort Dauphin, is a prime example of government and people working to preserve ecologically sensitive parts of the forest, leaving them intact and encouraging ecotourism.

These areas of gallery forest and spiny forest are home to all the species that are indigenous to this part of Madagascar, particularly the social and cheeky ring-tailed lemurs, endearing Verreaux’s sifakas and a wide variety of birds.

The area is also culturally very rich and it is possible to visit the village of Ifotaka to experience the life of the engaging Tandroy people and be guided through the variety of local beliefs and customs.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: ring-tailed lemur, Verreaux’s sifaka, mouse lemur, white-foot sportive lemur, scops owl
  • Where: Anosy Region, Madagascar

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Best of Both Worlds

The ideal trip if you yearn for a short, but memorable, getaway to experience the extremes of Madagascar. Combine the rainforests of the Masoala Peninsula, home to many bird species, aye aye and the endemic red ruffed lemur, with the ecologically sensitive Ifotaka Community Forest.

  • When to go: Mar-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,175 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Mandrare River Camp

African-style safari camping is a new innovation in Madagascar, and this camp exemplifies all that is good about the experience. Located on the banks of the Mandrare River, there are six spacious tents with private facilities, and expert local guides are on hand to show you the local wildlife.