Midongy du Sud National Park
|Midongy du Sud (also called Midongy-Befotaka)
National Park is located about 90 km south-east of Vangaindrano in the
Madagascar. This area has been protected since 1953 but it reached the
of National Park in 1997. Midongy coves a surface of 1920 km²
and it is
divided into two main sections: the Soarano and the
climate is extremely humid
during all the year, and the temperatures are cool (yearly average is
suitable raincoat and a waterproof equipment are necesary!
The main ethnic groups living here are the Baras and the Antaisakas.
The park is still very little known, including the flora and fauna species living in it. The endemism rate is notable among mammals, birds and reptiles.
Leaf-tailed gecko © Glowingz
Some mammals living here are
the fossa, sifakas
and the very rare red-collared lemur.
There are some local endemic reptiles (leaf-tailed geckos and warty chameleons) and rare birds like the Madagascar Coucal, scaly ground-roller or stripe-throated jery.
Due to the constant rainfalls leeches are pretty common at Midongy du Sud. Nevertheless they are quite small and not dangerous.
Surveys, which have led to the discovery of new species, are currently being carried out.
These dense rain forests are covered with a wide number of tree species, including palm trees, orchids, precious woods as ebony or palisander and at least 15 threatened species and 50 medicinal plants.
Apart from the unpleasant weather, the
difficult access makes Midongy a tourist destination just for
travellers and hardcore nature lovers. The Park is
“accessible” by road only
from June until late November, and a good jeep is compulsory. Once in
Vangaindrano (the final stop of the road RN12, that is in bad state
last 100 km), travellers must take the terrible road T18 for another
until the town of
If you travel by your own, there are taxi-brousse connections from Tana and Fianarantsoa until Vangaindrano, but once here you must find an alternative transport since no public transport could drive in this bad road.
Dense evergreen tropical forest
© Madagascar Travel Guide
There are some beautiful natural places outside the National Park, such as the Kotavo cave in Befotaka (40 km south from Midongy Atsimo and the second biggest town around), the thermal source in Telorano or the natural pool in Andranolaly.
There are no touristic infrastructures at present, no established circuits and no accommodation inside the Park. Camping is possible but you must bring your own equipment. It is possible to stay with the local people next to the Park boundaries, or at Midongy or Befotaka where there are some better hotels.
There is a small Park Office in
you can arrange a guide to visit this unexplored region of
National Midongy du Sud - Befotaka:
Phone : + (261 32) 42 096 08 / + (261 33) 12 698 06
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org