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Beza Mahafaly
The Special Reserve of Beza Mahafaly is in the Southwest. This is the only protected area of the National Network that includesd of a gallery forest. GPS: South latitudes 23°38’60”and 23°41’20”and the East longitudes 44° 34’20”

The Special Reserve of Beza Mahafaly is located in the South Western part of Madagascar, in the Region Atsimo Andrefana. It is 35 km Northeast of Betioky. It is a Reserve of 600 ha, the second smallest protected area in Madagascar, after the Special Reserve of Nosy Mangabe.

The fauna

102 species of birds as well as 21 species of mammals, 39 species of reptiles and amphibians have been documented within this reserve. The herpetofauna composition is characteristic of the sub-arid dry forest of the southwestern region of Madagascar. The composition is mostly represented by reptiles such as the iguana Chalarodon madagascariensis (Dangalia), Oplurus cyclurus and O. saxicola (Sitry vato or razanboay), the gecko like Blaesodactylus sakalava and Phelsuma mutabilis. Snakes are also represented with several species such as Mimophis mahfalensis, Leioheterodon madagascariensis and Stenophis pseudograniluceps. An important population of the crytically endangered species of radiated tortoise Astrochelys radiata is encountered within the reserve has been recorded in Beza Mahafaly.

Two species which have a small range of distribution are very common at Beza Mahafaly. The two species are Archbold’s newtonia Newtonia archboldi and Lafresnaye’s vanga Xenopirostris xenopirostris. The Madagascar sparrowhawk Accipiter madagascariensis, an endemic raptor of Madagascar and classified as threatened species is also presented at the site.

The Reserve is home to large populations of lemurs (Lemur catta, Propithecus verreauxi, griseorufus Microcebus, Lepilemur), which are subject to monitoring activities and research by international research institutions. So visitors should expect to see some animals with devices of follow-up as necklaces or marking…

The flora

These species of flora are the most visible: Alluaudia procera, Fantiolitse; Cedrelopsis grevei; Pachypodium geayi, Vontake and Tamarindus indica, Kily.

The inventory identified 210 species of flora that belong to 49 families.

Travel shrewd...

Wear good bush shoes and protect yourselves from the heat. The temperature goes up to 42°C in Beza Mahafaly. Bring packs of mineral water in your luggages. The well water is used in the camp, it is slightly salty. Also, it is necessary to have a water filter.  

The nearest banks are in Toliary.  In case of emergency, the nearest health centers are closed Beavoha, is 12 km north east of the Reserve and in Betioky Sud 35km Southwest of the Reserve. Telephone networks of Zain and  Telma are available in Betioky.

The story of a Special Reserve

Contrary to most protected areas of the National Network where the initiative of the creation emanated from the state, that of the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve was the work of a Malagasy formation institution (ESSA-Forests). The two parcels have been offered in 1978 by the community of Beavoha on which Beza Mahafaly depends, in order to become a land of application and research for the students. Several collaborations were born along with this initiative with the American universities like Yale and Washington. These two parcels that now constitute the Special Reserve of Beza Mahafaly became a Special Reserve in 1986. Since the Program Environmental III, the Special Reserve of Beza Mahafaly has been directly managed by Madagascar National Parks.

A gallery forest

Two parcels of about 10km of distance form the Special Reserve of Beza Mahafaly. The first parcel is a forest gallery of 80 ha that borders along the Sakamena river. This forest commonly called "baiboho" is on an alluvionar recent soil.

The second parcel is located in the South West from the first. It is a lined xerophyllous plant species of deciduous forest. It is sometimes seen on a soil of tropical and craggy ferruginous type with red sands and abrupt slopes. A transition forest, closer to gallery forest in shape and composition has connected the two parcels. The Reserve also holds quite a lot of species of lemurs like Lemur catta and Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi. These two lemurs are supervised permanently and are the subject of study of the international research institutions.

This gallery forest, these lined xerophyllous plants , its vegetation of transition and its lemurs make the interest of Beza Mahafaly in the network of the Malagasy protected areas. But the Reserve doesn't escape from threats. It is very often exposed to bush fires, illicit cut of rare woods, poaching of radiated turtles and bird, hunting destined for human consumption and collection of secondary products.

The microprojects of Beza Mahafaly
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Antananarivo - Beza Mahafaly is a journey of two days on a secondary road in good state but easier of access between March and December.

By Road :

From Antananarivo, take the National Road N°10. Branch of at Betioky city. Drive on northwards 35 km where South Betioky is, join the doors of the Reserve. For the most daring, there are carts and motorcycles to rent close to the gas station of Jovenna of Betioky. 6h of road are necessary to reach the Reserve in cart and 1h15 by motorcycle.

By Taxi-brousse :

From Toliara
Bus Station: Cordless, every day. It is a journey of 6h.

By Plane :

The Air Madagascar Company provides a regular flight to the Airport of Toliara from Antananarivo. The transfer to the Special Reserve of Beza Mahafaly is done by car. It is a 190 km of road for 7h30mn.



Six circuits will take you on both side of Beza Mahafaly. They are not accessible in the period of rain.

Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The circuit of the parcel 1 Duration : 2 hours
Distance : 2 Km

Discover the extrordinary forest gallery of the South, unique in its kind in Madagascar. It is the track of the diurnal and nocturnal lemurs, the radiated turtles and birds.
Guidance :
Simple circuit :
Ar 5,000/guide and Ar 2,500/carrier

Nocturnal circuit :
Ar 7,000/guide and Ar 5,000/carrier


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The circuit of the parcel 2 Duration : 4 hours
Distance : 12 Km

It is a trail that will drive you to the forest of spectacular trees, as the Alluaudia procera and the Pachypodium geayi. It is also a majestic view of Beza Mahafaly that waits for you in this circuit. Finally, visit the archaeological site of Antaolabiby that you would only know how to awaken your interest for the history of this region.
Guidance :
Simple circuit :
Ar 5,000/guide and Ar 2,500/carrier

Nocturnal circuit :
Ar 7,000/guide and Ar 5,000/carrier


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Ihazoara circuit. Duration : 3 hours
Distance : 4 Km

You will pass through the canyons, the natural botanical garden and will have the opportunity to cross, on your path, the diurnal and nocturnal lemurs.
Guidance :
Simple circuit :
Ar 5,000/guide and Ar 2,500/carrier

Nocturnal circuit :
Ar 7,000/guide and Ar 5,000/carrier


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Museum Duration : It is a visit of half an hour in the south of parcel I.

The daily Life, the customs and the customs of the tribe of the Mahafaly will be presented you. The Museum exposes the objects of art, the sculptures and the daily utensils of the Mahafaly.
Guidance :
Simple circuit :
Ar 5,000/guide and Ar 2,500/carrier

Nocturnal circuit :
Ar 7,000/guide and Ar 5,000/carrier


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The botanical Garden The botanical Garden will give you the opportunity to have a preview of the existing species of the Reserve of Beza Mahafaly. Guidance :
Simple circuit :
Ar 5,000/guide and Ar 2,500/carrier

Nocturnal circuit :
Ar 7,000/guide and Ar 5,000/carrier


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Park The Park is close to the camping. It is a park of aloe where all species of aloes of the South of Madagascar is collected . Guidance :
Simple circuit :
Ar 5,000/guide and Ar 2,500/carrier

Nocturnal circuit :
Ar 7,000/guide and Ar 5,000/carrier

The welcome office is found in the Camp of Bezaha Mahafaly. You can take all information from there on the possible circuits. Some English-speaking or French-speaking guides work in the Reserve.  

The Kily camp is available to welcome visitors. It is in the South of the Parcel 1 under the big tamarind. It is endowed with solar panel, showers and common latrines. Tents must be provided by the visitors. 

18 tents for 36 people are avalaible.

Tariffs: Ar 6,000 / tent / night.

It is possible to cook meals, provisions taken by visitors: Ar 7,000 / group / day

In Betioky Sud, you can lodge at the inhabitant's but in a very modest condition.

Contacts :

Inter-Regional Direction of Madagascar National Parks in Toliary
Rue LEDA Albert – BP 400
601 Tuléar

Tél : + (261 20) 94 435 70
Fax : + (261 20) 94 430 32

Special Reserve Beza-Mahafaly
BP 10 - 612 Betioky Sud
Chief of Reserve : RANDRIANANDRASANA Andry Serge
Tél. : +(261 32) 42 088 80
Email :


Other visits are foreseen for an interesting stay. By car, on foot or by cart, you can extend your visit to other sites outside the Beza Mahafaly Reserve.  
At 12 km south of the camping of the Reserve is located the tomb of King Efotake of the Mahafaly tribe. Is is accessible by car, foot or cart. The Cave of Behara is 17 km west of the camp.  It is a real museum that represents primitive life..  
Finally, the site of Andriankera is 5 km Northeast of the camp. This and a place that will delight the heart of lovers of waterfowl.   
One day in the month of June is dedicated to the circumcision of little boys called " savatse ". While respecting the customs to the letter, you will also be able to attend this tradition.

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