Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Unique site of Madagascar declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park occupies an area of ​​66.630 hectares and is famous for its limestone pinnacles called tsingy. These "spiers" have a jagged profile similar to that of a cathedral and some reach hundreds of meters in height. Not only that, the park is characterized by beautiful canyons covered with forest where 11 types of lemurs live, 8 different reptile species, 90 varieties of birds and fish eagles. The suggestion is to visit this park with organized excursions lasting 3 days.

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  1. Where it is
  2. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  3. What to bring: recommended clothing and equipment
  4. 10 things to see: animals and places of interest
  5. How much does it cost to visit Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park? Prices, offers and advice
  6. User questions and comments

Where it is

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a nature reserve located near the central west coast of Madagascar. The park entrance and the Petits Tsingy area are located north of the ferry pier on the Manabolo River, near Bekopaka, 80km north of Belo-sur Tsiribihina. The Grand Tsingy area, on the other hand, is 20 km further north.

How to reach us

  • From the main European capitals: from Paris to Antananarivo direct flights with Air France (10 h 35 min); from Amsterdam, Kenya Airways makes a stopover in Nairobi (18 h), from London Air FRance makes a stopover in Paris (14 h). Once landed in Antananarivo, internal flight to Morondava with Air Madagascar or Tsaradia (1 h, from 208.547,00 MGA, € 50,00) - Compare flights to Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

How to get to Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Once you have landed in Morondava it is necessary rely on organized tours for the visit of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, as it is strongly not recommended to venture alone with your own vehicle.

There are three possibilities: buy a all inclusive package of three or more days with food, lodging, guides, transfers and visit of the park; take i truck-brousse (local transport, average cost 41.709,00 MGA, € 10,00) or rent a off-road vehicle with driver from Morondava to Bekopaka (average cost MGA 208.547,00, € 50,00 per day) and then hire local guides at the park entrance. Consider that to reach Bakopaka from Morondava it takes 8 hours by 4x4 car and in two places you cross the river on barges.

When to go? Info on climate and best time

  • Weather: stable temperatures all year round, with min 16 ° and max 30 °. Two seasons: a rather long dry season, from April to November, and a rainy season from December to March, in which temperatures increase by a few degrees. Sea temperature between 25 ° in June, July and August and 29 ° in the other months
  • Best time: from April to November, preferably the months of April, May, September, October and November; from June to August, although the weather is nice and sunny, masses of cooler air can arrive
  • Period to avoid: From December to March, rainfall is abundant and the park is closed
  • Advice: light clothing, a wind / rain jacket, comfortable non-slip shoes, a sweater for the evening, long and short pants, water bottle, binoculars

What to bring: recommended clothing and equipment

  • Clothing: comfortable and non-slip shoes, light cotton clothing, long and short pants, short-sleeved T-shirts, sweater or sweatshirt for the evening, k-way, sun hat
  • Equipment: generic medicines, sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, binoculars, maps, pocket knife, hiking backpack, pouch, flashlight

10 things to see: animals and places of interest

  1. Excursion with official guide: duration of 4 h, includes 2 routes in traditional pirogue on the river (Gorges and Manambolo) and the excursion on foot to see the Petit Tsingy area, interesting for the vegetation and the presence of lemurs, chameleons and other animals
  2. Grands Tsingy hike: more spectacular than the previous one, but difficult to access and reachable only by rope and with expert guides
  3. Circuit route, Andamozavaky and Ranotsara: they are found in different points of the "Grand Tsingy" Park and allow you to see the unique rock formations separated by canyons and caves crossing 2 suspension bridges
  4. Gorge of Manambolo: with a canoe trip along the gorge that combines a route through caves, stalactites, stalagmites and a visit to the famous family tomb of the Vazimba tribe
  5. Limestone labyrinth: and 2 viewpoints on the limestone pinnacle formation where you can spot Decken's Sifaka lemurs, red-fronted brown lemurs, many species of birds and spiders
  6. Night walk: accompanied by expert guides, to see the chameleons and especially the rare mouse-lemurs
  7. Navigation on the Tsiribihina River: it first crosses the Bongolava plain and then the Bemaraha gorges and is characterized by the alternation of sandbanks, lagoons, mudflats, mangrove forests and marshy areas.
  8. Local flora: inside the Tsigny Park you can see different varieties of plants such as Madagascar ebony, the fire tree, the wild banana and the baobabs
  9. Local birdlife: among the various species you can spot the fish eagle of Madagascar, the sparrow hawk of Madagascar, the owl from Madagascar, the Bernier teal, the wood rail of Madagascar, the harrier of Madagascar, the little grebe of Madagascar, the the Humblot heron, the Madagascar squirrel and the forest crested ibis
  10. Local fauna: you can spot 11 species of lemurs such as Decken's sifaka, the red-fronted lemur, the Milne-Edwards lemur, the pale valvi, the western apalemur, the western lycanotus, the Bemaraha avahi, the murine microcebe, the Coquerel and the average cheirogaleo. Then there are the pit, the ring-tailed mongoose, the tsingy rat and the red forest rat as well as the numerous colonies of bats that live in the caves of the reserve

How much does it cost to visit Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park? Prices, offers and advice

L'entrance to the park Tsigny, which can be purchased at the Bekopaka pier, has a cost of 55.000,00 MGA (€ 13,00), to which the park rate of 10.000,00 MGA (€ 2,50) and the tax for the vehicle (cost per person 5.000 MGA, € 1,20).

Then you have to calculate the cost of guides and porters (for tent and other material), the price varies according to the length of the chosen route, on average from 20.854,00 MGA per hour per person (€ 5,00). Regarding the nights, it is possible to sleep in tents at the Angap Campsite for 20.854,00 MGA (€ 5,00) per night or in one of the few structures near the pier which has prices starting from 250.257,00 MGA (€ 60,00). night. For the Easter you can organize yourself by bringing everything you need or eat in the few structures present.

Anyone who wants can rely on organized tours international or local (in Morondava and Antsirabe there are some agencies) which include guides, transfers, food and accommodation and have prices for 3 nights starting from 2.711.119,00 MGA (€ 650,00).

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 15,00 per room -
  • to Antananarivo (capital of Madagascar) starting from € 500,00 -

Travel informed: useful information on Madagascar

  • Inhabitants: 25.571.000
  • CapitalAntananarivo
  • Languages: Malagasy and French
  • Local currency: Malagasy Ariary (MGA) / Exchange rate: € 1,00 = 4.170,95 MGA
  • Weather: tropical type, but varies from place to place. The east coast, subject to monsoon flows, is very rainy. The western and southern parts have a sub-desert climate. Average temperatures between 16 ° and 30 °, decrease only by climbing the plateaus and mountain ranges where in the southern winter it can also snow - find out more
  • vaccinations: no compulsory vaccination; vaccines against hepatitis A and B, tetanus and diphtheria are recommended
  • Entry requirements: passport with a residual validity of at least 6 months and at least one free page; return ticket; tourist visa to be taken on arrival (cost from € 20,00 to € 60,00, depending on the length of stay). It is also advisable to take out travel insurance
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

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