Why You Should Visit Tsingy de Bemaraha (Spiny Forest) Reserve
- A dramatic, grey forest of limestone pinnacles (Tsingy) and caves
- A UNESCO World Heritage Site of untouched wilderness
- Well maintained canopy walkways and bridges across deep canyons
- Explore river caves full of stalagmites and stalactites on a pirogue
Our Specialists Must Do
What NOT to do is more important here - the local tribe consider it fady (taboo) to point at things in the park...
A Little More About Tsingy
This is one of the most remote and inaccessible parks in Madagascar (accessible only by a 10 hour drive from Morondava) but rightly considered one of the most dramatic and rewarding. Recently recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors come to see the razor sharp tsingy, that form the rock pinnacles through the park, with a network of trails that require a fair degree of agility.
When not squeezing through fissures following the trail on the ground, or clambering up steps cut into the side of the rocks, those with a head for heights can see the park from a very different perspective by crossing the carefully constructed and well maintained walkways that span the pinnacles themselves to get a true sense of scale (this is one of the largest parks in Madagascar at 152,000 ha).
The imposing grey cliffs are dotted with splashes of green, as the weird and wonderful flora found here take hold, providing both habitat and food for a good number of lemurs and other wildlife. There is also the chance to explore the numerous river caves by pirogue, as a cooler alternative to the heat of the park.
When To Go to Tsingy de Bemaraha
It can always get very hot here during the day, but August to December are the coolest and driest months.