Berenty Reserve - Abbey Travel, Ireland

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Welcome to Berenty Reserve

Berenty Reserve

Meaning 'Big Eel', Berenity Reserve is a small private reserve set along the Mandrake River in the far south of Madagascar in the Fort Dauphin region. It features gallery forest and a fantastic array of indigenous wildlife and birds, such as ring-tailed and sifaka lemurs, White-browed Owls and Giant Couas. There is a guest lodge in the reserve for those who are keen to visit for a few days, while others can enjoy a sort day-trip to experience all that the Berenty reserve has to offer as well as the popular walking trails. Visitors should make sure they take malaria prophylaxis and have mosquito nets in their accommodations.

Information & Facts

Two hour drive from Tôlagnaro on the southeastern edge of Madagascar
Malagasy is the official language, but French is used in business and government and is widely spoken in the main cities in Madagascar. A few people involved in the tourism industry might be able to speak some English, but it is not widely spoken.

The official currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA), which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc. Coins and notes display both currencies, but newer notes display the ariary more prominently than the franc. One ariary is equal to five francs. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux de change, but the ariary cannot be changed back into hard currency. Some banks will only accept US dollars or Euro. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at most banks and in major hotels, but some banks refuse to accept them. ATMs are available in Antananarivo. Most major credit cards are starting to be accepted in top hotels and major travel agencies in the capital and other major towns, but have limited usage elsewhere.

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