Berenty LodgeAddress: C/O SHTM, Fort Dauphin view map
Since that day, lemurs living here have mostly lost their fear of man, and are easier to observe. Birds, butterflies, chameleons and tortoises, bats and numerous other animals from the Malagasy south are a joy to witness.
The de Heaulmes, having come from Reunion Island in 1925 to exploit sisal and mica in the Malagasy south, got in the hotel industry by accident, before independence, when a lady sold them her guesthouse. They developed a small network of hotels, with standard 2 stars in the bush, and three stars downtown.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Share our commitment to sustainable tourism and social development with a stay at Berenty Lodge, one of the hotels owned by the de Heaulmes family. Since the 1930s the family has been involved in preserving the rich biodiversity of Madagascar for visitors and locals to enjoy. Their efforts include the development of a private reserve in the forest of the Mandradre River, a botanical garden in Sayadi, and protection of a large forest of baobab trees close to Morondave. In 1986, the family was awarded the John Paul Getty Prize for Conservation. On a community level, training and hiring of locals is seen as a priority, including for management positions, so that the economic development of the area can be supported. The family hires very few westerners among the executives (70% of them come from Tana, 30% from Fort Dauphin). We believe it is the guest that ultimately benefits from our sustainable practices, as these actions create a better maintained destination for visitors to enjoy.
on 14 Oct 2012
- New Zealand
on 07 Oct 2009