When to go
The surrounding areas of Tsimanampetsotsa offers a dry climate with precipitation not exceeding 400mm per year. The rainfall period ranges to a maximum of one month and the temperature varies around 23°C in average. Note that during the coldest periods, temperature can drop to 15°C in the morning. To enjoy most of your visit, plan your trip between April and December!
How to get there
For all your adventures in the southwest of Madagascar, we recommend you rent an off-road vehicle. To reach the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park from Antananarivo, take the RN7 road towards Toliara. Arriving at the level of the city of Andranovory, located 70 km before the capital of the south, take the RN10 road leading to Betioky, then take a junction at Befaha (your road is indicated by a sign). You will follow a dirt road for 102 km. Through the crossroad leading you to Beheloke, you will reach Efoetse, the gateway to the park. On your way, you will already enjoy the beauty of the landscape in this part of the island. In all, your trip would have lasted about three days. If you are leaving from Toliara, we advise you to travel by sea. Join the village of Anakao (about sixty kilometers south of Toliara)! Embark aboard a speedboat for a two-hour-and-a-half travel across the sea to Tsimanampetsotse! You can however travel from Anakao to Efoetse by car to live a one-hour-and-a-half adventures on the sandy road. Note also that the city of Toliara is connected to Antananarivo by regular flights.
Where to stay
For your visit to the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, you can book your rooms at the Hotel Vahombe** in Mahavatse. The village of Anakao also offers some quality hotel deals. Hotel Atlantis Tuléar* and Hotel Longo Vezo** are among the best addresses in this charming southern locality, while Hotel Safari Vezo**, Hotel Anakao Ocean Lodge***, and Hotel Le Prince Anakao*** are excellent references. But wherever you go in the southwest of Madagascar, you will easily find a charming hotel. Downtown you can choose between Hotel Hyppocampo Club, Hotel Victory Tuléar Madagascar for a quiet night's sleep. For a perfect rejuvenation, stay at the Mikea Lodge*** and Hotel Salary Bay*** for a haven of peace so much appreciated by vacationers in Andravona. In Ifaty, establishments such as Princesse du Lagon, Villa Maroloko, Hotel Ifaty Beach Club and Hotel Les Dunes d'Ifaty will welcome you in an authentic settings.
Where to eat
What to see
The southwest of Madagascar is a must-see attraction. Enjoy a relaxing journey in the fishermen village of Ambola after your day of sightseeing in the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park! Anakao is also renowned for the beauty of its beaches and its lagoon. This country will unveil its colorful landscapes for a breathtaking experience. Note that in 1995 in the waters of Anakao, the Vezo fishermen have discovered a specimen of coelacanth, a species of prehistoric fish, currently exhibited at the Toliara Museum. Ifaty and Mangily are also very appreciated bathing spots. You can practice snorkeling or scuba diving there.