Tsingy de Bemaraha is one of Madagascar's newest parks -- it was opened to the public only in 1998. The 152,000ha Bemaraha is best known for its tsingy -- sharp limestone pinnacles that may reach 150 feet in height. Cut through the tsingy are canyons and gorges full of rich fauna and flora.
Visitors can look for Decken's sifaka, red-fronted brown lemurs, and the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle.
The Manambola river canyon which forms the southern boundary of the park is magnificent.
Province: Mahajanga (Majunga)
Protected area status: National park
Year established: 1990
General location: Western
Location and Access: A 4 hour drive north from Morondava
Climate: Dry deciduous forest
Average temperature: 25-28�C
Precipitation: 100-150 cm
Description: This UNESCO World Heritage site is divided into two parts: Integrated Nature Reserve and National Park. Bemaraha is famous for its limestone tsingy formations intersected by deciduous forests in the western half of the park. The eastern half of Bemaraha features mixed savanna, deciduous forests, and marshy habitats.
Dominant ethnic group(s): Sakalava
Official web page
Additional notes: One dry season from 6 to 7 months (May at October)
Tsingy de Bemaraha was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Madagascar.
Tsingy de Bemaraha is one of the hottest parts of Madagascar so bring sun protection.
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