Experience the famous Madagascan wildlife through field work which involves trekking for lemurs and discovering the species that inhabit the island!
Deforestation is an ongoing problem in Madagascar due to international developments and local charcoal production. This causes a huge threat to the natural habitat of both the lemur species and all the other species that inhabit the forest
You can make a lasting contribution to the ever decreasing habitat in South East Madagascar by monitoring valuable and high profile species such as lemurs. Due to Madagascar’s long isolation from neighbouring continents, this island is home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth – in fact around 90 % of all plant and animal species found in Madagascar are endemic!
Through our research, we aim to determine the size, behaviour and territories of existing populations of umbrella species such as lemurs, as well as other rarer species that exist in some of the last forests of the area. This information will be used to make informed decisions on the further development of the natural habitat.
When you arrive in Fort Dauphin, EDGE of AFRICA has some great opportunities lined up for your stay including: Andohahela National Park - located in southeastern Madagascar and uniquely characterized by two extreme ecosystems: endemic dry spiny forest and tropical rainforest, where you can spot 12 species of lemurs, 129 species of birds, 75 species of reptiles, 50 species of amphibians, and more than 1,000 species of plants, making it one of Madagascar's most biodiverse parks! Nahampoana Reserve - a scenic drive from Fort Dauphin will take you to this small reserve ideal for lemur spotting and is home to every lemur species native to the south of Madagascar; and Saint-Luce - approximately a 2.5 hour, very bumpy drive from Fort Dauphin, a beautiful coastal area, with a postcard perfect rural village to boast, the environmental reserve extends the expanse of the white beaches and a beach hike or just lazing in the sun are great ways to spend an afternoon.
EDGE of AFRICA has a global travel services partner that can assist with all your travel plans!International flights into Madagascar with few exceptions land in the capital Antananarivo (Airport code TNR) which is the central highlands of Madagascar. We are based at Fort-Dauphin or Tolagnaro (Airport code FTU) so you need to ensure that your international flight arrival leaves sufficient time for you to catch an on-going flight to Fort-Dauphin. Unless your international flight arrives in the morning early, it is usual that you will need to stay in Antananarivo overnight to wait for your connection and sometimes it might be preferable for you to do so.
There are a number of carriers flying into Madagascar, but only one domestic carrier, Air Madagascar.
Fort Dauphin, on some maps is called Tolagnaro or Taolagnaro or Tolanaro. We most often stick to using Fort-Dauphin. From Antananarivo you can reach Fort-Dauphin by road, or by air.
Although there is a worthwhile and adventurous trip by road to Fort-Dauphin from Antananarivo, it requires a 4x4 vehicle and for first time visitors we recommend flying. If you would like to do the road trip, please contact us for advice.
On departure, your project coordinator will transport you to the airport and/ or assist with any further travel arrangements. If you are travelling further through Africa we are more than happy to provide any advice or support in planning your onward journey.
We will provide you with a comprehensive Pre-Travel Advice pack when you confirm your booking with us that will outline all our recommendations for flights, packing and in-country advice.
During the week, you will be Camping in tents. There is no running water, or access to hot water and very little access to solar power. You can expect to use long-drop toilets. We will be providing you with fresh drinking and washing water. On some weekends, you may be staying in Fort Dauphin.
Facilities in Fort Dauphin include:
We provide 3 meals a day. Volunteers should expect to be eating local cuisine. however we are happy to cater for specific dietary requirements as best we can!