Fort Dauphin


Sun, surf, and shipwrecks in Fort Dauphin


Madagascar’s southeast coastline promises good surf for enthusiasts, tall mountain peaks for hikers to scale, and tropical rainforests fit for exploration – all in a part of the country known for its eternally sunny days and low humidity. Fort Dauphin, also known as Tôlanaro, has been a port of call for sailors and tradesman since the 1500s. With pristine beaches, plenty of wildlife, and a bustling port town set against the backdrop of the Bezavona mountain, this part of Madagascar has it all.

This small settlement, occupied by the local Antanosy and French and Portuguese settlers over the past few centuries, stretches across a narrow peninsula that reaches to the base of the nearby mountain range. Some parts of the beach are littered with fascinating shipwrecks that provide the perfect photo op for photographers. The nearby rainforest and reserve are home to lemurs, exotic flora, and other fascinating wildlife.

Visitors to this part of Madagascar can hike to Bezavona’s peak, embark on nature walks to spot lemurs in the Nahampoana Reserve, or enjoy a surf on Lokaro or Libanona beach. The town is dotted with hotels and can easily be reached by flying into the Tôlanaro Airport from Antananarivo or Toliara.

 

Highlights

  • Great surf and stunning beaches, some of which are littered with old shipwrecks making for superb photo opportunities 
  • The town is on a peninsula and stretches to the Bezavona mountain – perfect for a rewarding hike to its peak
  • Sunny days and low humidity characterise the climate 
  • Nearby airport receives flights from the capital and Toliara making it easy to access 
  • Colourful history mingling local culture with French and Portuguese 
  • Variety of accommodation options are available in this town 

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