How would you feel finding yourself at the end of the world? Fort Dauphin, the first French settlement on Madagascar, qualifies for such a place. Let me give you a little taste of it.
Day 4 on Madagascar: Fort Dauphin or Tolagnaro, as it’s called in the Malagasy language
The town is located on the southeast cost of Madagascar, on a peninsula in the Indian Ocean. It was an important port from the 16th century when the Portuguese settled here. Later the French East India Company built a fort from which only ruins remain. Today, the surrounding nature and its beaches offer relaxation to the not (yet) too many tourists and is a gateway to the Berenty Reserve.
We checked in to our hotel and seeing the breathtaking view from our room, I immediately felt that I didn’t want to go anywhere anymore. I wanted to relax and enjoy the beach. But first, we had a different program. for a couple of hours.
We visited the Nahampoana Nature Reserve, which is a well-maintained botanical garden just 7 km from Ft. Dauphin. It’s home to three lemur species and many tropical plants, including the unique triangle palm tree. We ended the visit with a short boat ride on a natural canal under a canopy of tropical plants.