The Ifotaka Community Forest is as remote as it is wild.
It covers a huge expanse of gallery and spiny forest and has been protected by the Antandroy Tribe, one of Madagascar’s fiercest and most traditional tribes.
Local culture of Ifotaka Community Forest
Their tribal ancestors are buried in the Sacred Forests: guarding their graves, the Antandroy have also preserved pristine wildlife areas. Species including ring-tailed, mouse, sportive and sifaka lemurs are all readily seen, as well as many bird species, including the malachite kingfisher, Lafresnayes and hook billed vangas, Verreauxs coua, crested and giant coua, scops owl and many others.
Tombs and rituals
Many tombs are hidden in the forest undergrowth, and your guide will explain the traditions and rituals of ancestor worship. It is possible to visit the ombiasy (traditional healer), learn how to use the piletse, a zebu-hide slingshot, and take a zebu-cart to the colourful market at Fenaivo.
Suggested itineraries featuring Ifotaka Community Forest
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Ifotaka Community Forest, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Ifotaka Community Forest
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Places near Ifotaka Community Forest
- The Southern Tip of Madagascar 10 miles away
- Berenty Reserve 19 miles away
- Andohahela National Park 38 miles away
- Fort Dauphin 58 miles away
- Manafiafy 70 miles away
- Isalo National Park 165 miles away
- Anakao 175 miles away
- Eastern Madagascar 176 miles away
- Ifaty 184 miles away
- Central & Southern Madagascar 185 miles away
- Ambalavao 214 miles away
- Ranomafana National Park 261 miles away
Photos of Ifotaka Community Forest
Accommodation choices for Ifotaka Community Forest
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Ifotaka Community Forest. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
This remote camp provides a real insight into rural Madagascan life, as well as being surrounded by the island’s diverse wildlife. Set on the banks of the Manampanihy River, it offers simple tented accommodation and an intimate, friendly atmosphere.