Berenty is a long-established private reserve set amidst sisal plantations, with habituated ring-tailed lemurs, ‘dancing’ Verreaux’s sifakas and beguiling brown lemurs seen from wide, easy trails in the gallery (riverine) forest and patches of spiny forest near the reserve’s lodge.
Sightings of lemurs are guaranteed, giving ample scope for good photographs. Fruit bats nest in the area and bird life is exceptional with over 100 recorded species. A night walk in the eerie spiny forest should reveal mouse lemur, sportive lemur, chameleons and owls.
A must in the early days of tourism in Madagascar, Berenty is less appealing nowadays in the light of better lodges having sprung up in the vicinity. However, it suits photographers and families very well and those who have mobility problems.