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Home to some of the most breathtaking sites and diverse culture, Africa is a land of surprises. A travel junkie’s heaven, it has Namibia’s stunning Damaraland, organ pipes at Twyfelfontein, and the famous Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, amongst many other tourist attractions.

Tsingy de Bemaraha national park

Antsiranana bay and alongside Tsingy de Bemaraha

Considered as the world’s most difficult-to-reach UNESCO World Heritage sites, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is Madagascar’s 1,500 sq km major tourist site. Stretching over an area of 100 km from north to south, the park is exclusive with its biodiversity and unique landscape.

After reaching the top of Tsingy, the park is comparatively tougher to access. The park is accessible by road, and two major river crossings in transit – the Tsiribihina, and the Manambolo, both of which are both crocodile-ridden.

 

Tsingy de Bemaraha, Tsiribihina & Manambolo

Tsiribihina & Manambolo two major river crossings (Warning: Crocodile Ridden)

The park is located at the north of Manombolo River that flows seasonally. The Bemaraha Massif, an uneven limestone hoists numerous caves, and an exciting canyon carved by the forces of the river. Boat trips along the banks offer an ideal way to see wildlife. The forest can also be explored through man-made pathways. The western part of the plateau is covered with dense dry forest.

Tsingy National Park’s limestone peaks are universally known for aesthetic appeal. The shades of forest green cast metallic shadows of the grey karst “bristles “on the peaks.

Tsingy de Bemaraha tourism

Adventurer tourist at the top of Tsingy.

Tsingy literally means “walking on tiptoes”, and its center-spread of limestone needles justifies this name. These sharp spiked rocks are a major attraction, and welcome adventurers from across the world every year. However, as fabulous as these landscapes are, they should only be explored with proper guidance.

Hosting a plethora of flora and fauna, Tsingy de Bemaraha gives you a chance to experience nature up-close and personal. From viewing lemurs (all the eight species) bounce back-and-forth on the limestone pinnacles, every moment spent here is Instagram-worthy. You come across rare species of birds and reptiles, endemic mammals, and at least 650 plant distinctions, all preserved at the site. In its caves and rock formations, live about 15 species of bats. The rare big headed Madagascan turtle also is exclusively found in the region.

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Species of Lemurs in Tsingy de Bemaraha

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Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Bridge

Provides a panoramic view of the treacherous mountains. The suspension bridge is one of the world’s most dangerous footpaths. It can give you chills down the spine when it rocks as you try to cross it. Safety precautions such as harness, steel cables, pegs, and ladders are pre-requisites here.

The mountains, which stretch across a vast distance, were formed over millions of years due to rain and erosion, and provide a mesmerizing aerial view.

Antsika Association

Antsika (meaning “together” in Malagasy) is an association that was specifically formed to preserve and profit from the natural reserves. The members of the organization set up wide-ranging suspension tools used diligently with climbing harnesses, and trained local guides, maintenance, and safety skills.

Nine years after the Antsika Association’s initiation, Tsingy National Park has become one of the country’s most exciting attractions.

Hiking experience

The hiking experience at Tsingy is both exciting and overwhelming through its narrow lanes and serrated rocks. Crawling through the caves, and the compact passages, the experience is indeed challenging.

To hike from the first Grand Tsingy called “Ranotsara circuit” with its elaborate views of the amazing skyscrapers of limestone, to the second Big Tsingy locally called Andamozavaky with its infinite view of the pinnacles is so satisfying. Emerging from the forest canopy and climbing these peaks are on the look book of every hiking enthusiast.

Things To Consider

  • The park is only open during the dry season which starts from April to November
  • Most visitors prefer staying three days in the park
  • There are three campsites in the park, accessibility depends on the budget
  • Entry costs – $9 for one day, $12 for two days, excluding the fees of the local guides

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is one of Madagascar’s natural marvels, and its awe-inspiring scenery is matched by the diversity of wildlife a visitor gets to explore. Combining nature and thrill, the experience it provides is exhilarating.

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Last modified: November 7, 2019

10 Responses to :
Here’s why Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is on the look book of every tourist

  1. John Alora says:

    Never heard about this place before. Tsingy de bemaraha national park sure appears a place holding secrets.
    Do you guys also provide travel packages ??

  2. Suresh says:

    Well written article.. Keep writing such Post

  3. Jessica johnason says:

    I never heard about this palce, tsingy de bemaraha national park is appears to be one of the most adventorous place on our planet thats left unexplored. Full of challenges and experiences.
    Thank you tripexperience blog for covering such places. I have been following your website but this blog peice is really what i was looking for so long. Thankyou for giving me a new travelling goal.

  4. Yuvika sharma says:

    Why hasn’t this place been on my bucket list already! Would love to explore tsingy de bemaraha, place looks beyonddd amazing,,☺️????

  5. Jeff Christian says:

    Hey, I had a calendar at my house with the pictures of these Tsingy de Bemaraha mountains.
    Never knew they hold such importance.

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