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Antsokay Arboretum

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Address: Rn7, Toliara 601, Madagascar
Phone Number: +261 34 07 600 15
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 5:30 pm

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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Stopped to visit this place on our way north and although the thought of spending an hour walking amongst bushes/trees did not exactly float my boat, by the time we had finished I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped to visit this place on our way north and although the thought of spending an hour walking amongst bushes/trees did not exactly float my boat, by the time we had finished I was very impressed. The arboretum is relatively small (40 hectares) but is packed by over 900 species of plants/trees. The place is only 12km SE of Toliara... More 

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Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the arboretum as part of a wildlife tour through Madagascar. I'm not particularly excited by plants and trees but couldn't help being impressed by the remarkable abilities they have evolved to survive. Our guide was brilliant and her explanations made you take an interest. She also spoke excellent English. A great way to spend an hour and you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit here so much that we returned the next day to walk around again. The plants were collected from various places in Madagascar and birds and other wildlife are thriving in the gardens. We were given an excellent guided tour by Fanja.

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful resort, better to stay the night here rather than in town. The local guide had an exceptional botantical knowledge. Don't miss it on your way from the highlands to the southern coast.

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Gainesville, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

At pretty much the last minute the Antsokay Arboretum was added to the schedule for our study abroad in Madagascar and it was an excellent addition! It turned out to be the only opportunity for our students to truly experience many of the plants of the spiny forest, a flora that is unique to Madagascar. We had a lovely and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 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 

1 Thank Lorrybus50
Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

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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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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