Half Day Tour - Reserve of Reniala

From USD $60.00
  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Tulear
  • Product code: renialahalf

All tours include: 

  • Car (Peugeot Sedan or 4 WD) with driver
  • All fuel
  • All entrances and admissions
  • Guide who speaks French or English 
  • All tolls and road fees.
Reniala, which quite fittingly means baobab in Malagasy, is a 60 hectare protected reserve very well known for its spiny forest and the spectacular baobab trees within it, some that are said to be over 1200 years old. In addition to these spectacular trees and the forest, there is a good chance you can spot some lemurs on your tour as the reserve is home to a small lemur refuge, although we cannot guarantee that they will not be taking a nap during the time of your visit!

The spiny forest is a must see while you are in the area of Tulear. The distance is about 30 kilometers from the city at the village exit of Ifaty-Mangily, and is highly recommended.  There is an incredible display of flora amongst the spiny forest that is endemic to Madagascar, adding an extra element of uniqueness to the reserve as about 90% of the plans can only be found in Madagascar.

While the reserve has been very well protected and preserved, there are other areas in which spiny forests and baobob tree locations have been destroyed or are at a considerable risk due to human exploitation of these areas. Visiting Reniala is an opportunity to really appreciate a very special aspect of Madagascar. The "Red Island's" climate and geography is one of just a few locations on Earth that is home to a spiny forest and baobab trees. 

In addition to the flora mentioned above, today as you are guided through the reserve you'll notice there is an abundance of birds in the area. Considered to be a birdwatchers paradise, the reserve is also home to chameleons, water lizards, and more! Radiated tortoises can also sometimes be seen in the reserve. As the only known natural habitat for the tortoises, they are often seen foraging for food as it can be a very long process. 

Reniala Reserve works closely with local communities to raise awareness of the importance of protecting these areas. They contribute to the local communities by suggesting and aiding in implementing new ways of sustainable living in the area.


This morning you will be picked up from your accommodation/hotel/cruise ship in Tulear and transferred to the Reniala Reserve. 

After a few hours taking photos and soaking in the beauty of your surroundings, we will prepare for the ride back to Tulear.

When you arrive in Tulear, you will be dropped back off to your accommodation/cruise ship.

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