Le Fontenay Nature Park

Nature at your doorstep…

Le Domaine de Fontenay has its own 300ha nature park with bubbling streams and waterfalls, spectacular views of the Bay of Diego, the Indian Ocean, and the Mozambique Channel, and well-maintained and marked trails for the discovery and enjoyment of its flora and fauna.

...A large number of bird species found in the Montagne d’Ambre are more easily observed here as the terrain, though situated in dense rain forest, is more open and offers sightings over the canopy...

Access to this park is free of charge to our resident-guests. However, we do recommend a guided walk with a professional Malagasy guide for a nominal fee. Night guided walks during the summer (from mid-September to April) offer additional and rewarding discoveries.

Of the two species of lemurs common to this region, Sanford’s lemur is the most frequently sighted. Crowned lemur can be seen more easily during the litchee and mango seasons (December to February). The nocturnal species, i.e., the Greater Dwarf Lemur, Northern Sportive lemur, Northern Rufous Mouse lemur, are present all year round, with main sightings in summer. The Ring-tailed mongoose is frequently sighted, as well as the nocturnal civet. A large variety of tenrecs abound in the summer.