No place better represents Madagascar than Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Covering some 579 square miles (1,500 square kilometers) this nature reserve impresses with its vertical rock forests, known as Great Tsingy and Little Tsingy, spread across 723 km², its well preserved mangrove forests and its rich fauna and other species motivated its inclusion in an area declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Its biological, geological and archaeological qualities earned it, in 1927, the title of Integral Natural Reserve n ° 9.


What to do?

The dramatic topography of the park’s badlands means that conventional jeep safaris popular in other African countries like Kenya and Tanzania are impossible. For this reason, activities to do in this area include: hiking the trails and elevated bridges over the limestone formations; visits to some underground caves in the park (The family tomb of the Vazimba tribe, who lived in the park in the 17th century, is located in one of these caves.); observation of some endemic animals of the area such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, lemurs, among other mammals; Canoe rides on rivers in the area.

Other activities such as camping are also allowed within the park.


When to go?

It is only open during the dry season from April to November. During the wet season, the dirt roads leading to the park entrance are susceptible to flooding and often become impassable