Isalo

WHY VISIT ISALO

  • Dramatic and barren sandstone landscapes, dotted with small pools
  • Superb hiking trails in remote valleys and canyons
  • Rare, unusual plants species including the endemic Elephants Foot
  • Visit ancient Bara burial caves set in the canyon walls

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ISALO

A combination of sandstone rocks, cut by deep canyons and eroded into strange shapes, and unique flora and fauna make this quite unlike any other park in Madagascar – and one of its most striking. The stark and arid landscape begs to be explored on foot. Its dry scenery is softened by rich vegetation, concentrated around small streams which wind through canyons - home to a surprising amount of wildlife.

The Isalo massif provides a spectacular view of a huge sandstone mountainous backdrop and is best visited during colourful sunrise and sunsets for spectacular photography. The area is sacred to the local Bara tribe, who have used the natural caves in the canyon walls as burial sites for hundreds of years, so tread carefully…

BEYOND THE ORDINARY

Visit the little known Cascade des Nymphes – a deep pool in the shadow of black cliffs, covered in ferns, where you can find the rare Madagascar Hoopoe.

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