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By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Berenty Private Reserve is a small sanctuary located inside a large sisal plantation. The focal point is Berenty Lodge and visitors are allowed to walk the trails unguided. Tame ring-tailed lemurs are the main attraction. Guided night walks to see some of the nocturnal species are conducted in a small patch of planted spiny forest.

Best Time to Go August to November (Less rainfall)
High Season July, August and December (The reserve gets busy)
Size 2km² / 1mi²

Pros & Cons

  • Very accessible
  • Easy, wide walking trails
  • Close-up viewing of tame lemurs
  • Night walks in spiny forest
  • Only one mid-range lodge
  • Very small sanctuary lacking in wilderness appeal

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Wildlife

Berenty is home to about 2000 lemurs. The 500-odd ring-tailed lemurs are literally all over the place. This is possibly the best place to see the Verreaux's sifaka doing their dancing-like jumps when they cross between forest patches. Red-fronted and red-collared brown lemurs have both been introduced to the reserve and they now produce hybrids. The forest is home to a huge fruit bat colony.

Scenery

Berenty is located at a bend in the beautiful Mandrare River. Unfortunately, the area, formerly covered by spiny forest, has been replaced by sisal plantations. The small sanctuary protects a gallery forest dominated by tamarind trees along the river and an isolated patch of spiny dry forest.

Weather & Climate

The climate in Berenty is dry and hot. There is however a Wet season from November to March. This is also the hottest time of the year and humidity tends to be higher. The cooler Dry season months from April to October are more comfortable with an average daytime temperature of 23°C/73°F.

Best Time to Visit

Berenty can be visited at any time. The sanctuary is very accessible and trails are easy and flat. The wettest months from December to March tend to be hot and humid, so most visitors would be more comfortable outside of that period. April is specifically recommended as this is the time you can see the ring-tailed lemurs engaging in ‘stink-fighting’, a ritual where they compete for mates.

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Anthony Ham  –  
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Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.

Ring-tailed lemurs and tamarind forests
2/5

Berenty is a funny place. It has long been known as an important ecotourism destination, largely because it was one of the first of its kind in Madagascar. The BBC has filmed here on a number of occasions. It is rightly famed as one of the...

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