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A three- to four-hour drive from Fort Dauphin is the well-known and popular Berenty Reserve, which is home to the ring-tailed lemur, the 'dancing' sifaka lemur and brown lemur, all of which are pretty much guaranteed sightings at close quarters. There are also several other species seen in the reserve.
The trails here are flat and easy, and a dusk walk to the spiny forest area is rewarding to see mouse lemurs and giant octopus trees. Birding in Berenty is good with over 100 species recorded and there is also a wide variety of lizards, snakes and chameleons. Several types of tortoise are also found in the reserve.
The reserve has many plus points and even the drive here adds to the experience with various villages, tombs, plants and the controversial sisal plantations all seen along the way. Berenty does receive a high number of visitors, is relatively pricey and, although comfortable, the accommodation is simple.