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Lookout, Isalo National Park, Madagascar, CJ


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.

Isalo Park Landscape, Madagascar
Isalo, Madagascar

A little more about Isalo

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.
Alternatively, 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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Hiking in Isalo

Experience superb hiking trails in remote valleys and canyons.

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Elephant’s Foot

Discover rare and unusual plants species including the endemic elephant’s foot.

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Isalo National Park

Discover Isalo’s dramatic and barren sandstone landscapes, dotted with small pools.

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Ancient Burial Caves

Visit ancient Bara burial caves set in canyon walls in Isalo National Park.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Relais De La Reine £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

The spectacular Relais De La Reine is one of a handful of beautifully designed lodges in the Isalo area, seeming to grow out of the spectacular rocky landscapes. Sitting amongst the canyons in lush gardens and dramatically lit paths feel like the grounds of a medieval castle.  

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Jardin du Roy £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

A favourite haunt of the sapphire traders in the area, who add glamour to what is already a very stylish place to watch the ever-changing colour of the dramatic landscapes of Isalo. Seeming to grow out of the surrounding sandstone, this family-run lodge offers stylish bungalows within four “houses” dotted around the garden, filled with locally designed rosewood furniture and expansive verandas from which to soak up the view.

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Isalo Rock Lodge £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Isalo Rock Lodge is without a doubt, the most luxurious property in the area, in the most traditional sense. All of the 60 rooms take full advantage of the areas spectacular sandscapes with the lodge seeming to grow out of the ground, especially around the pool area. The rooms are large and minimalist, but the ochre-coloured walls reflect the landscape and feel natural, offering plenty of space. This contemporary feel flows throughout the entire lodge, from the sleek and modern bar areas, the exclusive fine dining and clever use of coloured lights at night.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management.

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Chris Johnston

Having trekked through rainforests, searched for ancient tombs and been mistaken for a priest, Chris continues to travel the length and breadth of this beautiful, baffling country. Whilst many people consider Madagascar a wildlife destination, he finds the culture and landscapes just as captivating.

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