Bedo Lake is one of 20 wetlands designated as Ramsar sites in Madagascar today.
Located in the Menabe Region, in the western part of the Big Island, the Bedo wetland extends over 2000 hectares of which the lake area alone is 412 hectares. Since 2007, it has been inscribed on the list of wetlands of international importance.
The treaty that was signed in 1971 in Iran and implemented in 1975 defines a Ramsar site as a space meeting the criteria established by the contracting parties at the convention. Thus, different types of habitat can be considered as Ramsar sites: marshes, peat bogs, floodplains, rivers and lakes, coastal areas such as salt marshes, mangroves and eelgrass beds, but also coral reefs and other marine areas up to six metres deep at low tide, and man-made wetlands such as sewage treatment ponds and retention lakes. Madagascar's accession to this convention dates from 1998.
A paradise for birdwatchers
Bedo Lake and its surrounding swamps are home to 64 species of birds, some of which are endemic and others endangered.
The site is thus a gold mine for serious bird watchers and also an exceptional showcase for amateurs. Among the 64 species, Bernier ducks, herons and flamingos can be spotted.
There are also various animal species, turtle and fish not to mention crocodiles. It should be noted that the Mandroatsy River and the Mozambique Channel meet at this lake.
If the fauna is considered a leading attraction of this site, the flora is not far behind.
This article was featured in Prime Magazine February 2018
When to go
You can observe birds especially between March and June while other species like 'fosa' and reptiles are visible in all seasons thanks to the richness of the ecosystem of the site.
How to get there
If you choose the land route, take the road connecting Tana and the capital of Menabe, Morondava (RN7 - RN34 - RN35). Regular flights also provide connections between Tana and Morondava. Once arrived, consider renting an all-terrain vehicle and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Where to stay
The Hotel Rosewood West Coast is recommended to stay in Menabe.
Where to eat
There are La Capannina, Chez Alain and Blue Soleil to satisfy your taste buds. Seafood, European and Italian specialities await you at these restaurants.
What to see
Ornithology is the most popular activity for tourists visiting this area. Equip yourself with binoculars and camera because you are in the most beautiful spot for bird watching!