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Antsokay Arboretum

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Address: Rn7, Toliara 601, Madagascar
Phone Number: +261 34 07 600 15
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The Antsokay arboretum is a botanic garden with a collection of over 900...

The Antsokay arboretum is a botanic garden with a collection of over 900 plant species from the southwest of Madagascar, 90% are endemic to the region and 80% have medicinal properties. Among these many succulent species are recognized as endangered.Visit also include opportunity to see creatures you can see no where else in the world. Not just chameleons, boas, tenrecs or birds but also other endemics such as the mouse lemurs which are the main night visit attraction of the arboretum.

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We arrived very near to closing time but the staff and guide were very happy to agree to a 45 minute guided tour even though they were about to close. A young man guided us around... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lorrybus50
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived very near to closing time but the staff and guide were very happy to agree to a 45 minute guided tour even though they were about to close. A young man guided us around explaining the key plants, his English was good and once we knew we liked birds he went that extra way to point out birds... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Long way out of town which makes getting there an experience in itself. Taxi was a little expensive but saw a lot of things on the way. Driver waited for me to return to the car after my visit and then drove me back to town. A guide would have assisted me more for whole tour, but when I asked... More 

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Thank Martha346
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

We really enjoyed our tour of the arboretum and the meal at the restaurant. They have a wide range of trees and plant life and we even managed to see a little nocturnal mouse lemur - a highlight! This set us up for identifying the different vegetation on our tour of the country

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

If you have not seen Madagascar's unusual fauna this place is interesting but I was here at the end of my 4 week stay, I went as it was recommended.... Yes it's Ok but the food in the restaurant was the best thing..... delicious fish with a delicate sauce, especially the macaroons.

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1 Thank SylviaScaglia
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

The Swiss founder of this arboretum established a small haven in the midst of complete deforestation where some protected hectares of endemic South Madagascar forest remain. It is very well cared for, and really interesting to see so many of the very unusual plants which call this island home. Gardeners and guides are committed, knowledgeable and have lots to share.... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

excellent - if long and hot - tour through garden of endemic plants with interesting explanations make time for lunch and a swim - free wifi

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Antananarivo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

A botanist called Petunia has created this private botanical garden where one can learn about the plants from the South such as the genus Euphorbia, Didiera, Alluaudia, Delonix, Adansonia, Aloës. This is also a great place to see a lot of birds.

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Padua, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

The Antsokay is really a beautiful place. There are hundreds of plants and trees and a myriad of birds in the area. Beautiful!! Small gift shop attached. You can also rent a bike. It's next to Auberge de la Table and the restaurant called Dry Forest.

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Thank Marco Z
Petach Tikva, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

After having been to the Reniala private reserve with its impressive Baobab trees, this seemed to be smaller and a bit more "modeled". Having said that, I still recommend stopping by as things are presented in a slightly different context and a walk through nature obviously presents different surprises.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We had lunch at the restaurant and it was pretty good. The shop is small and could have a better selection of souvenirs. The 2 hour guided walk (apparently you can't walk by yourself) was fine and the guide provided some information. The information provided is probably fine for the average tourist, but it is a bit basic for anyone... More 

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