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Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

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The spectacular Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a city of limestone, located on the west coast of Madagascar, approx. 8 hours of winding track from Morondava. Tsingy is the Malagasy word for “where one cannot walk barefoot” and the almost impenetrable labyrinth of limestone needles justifies this name. Until 1998 this area was not on tourist routes. The northern section is an integral reserve, so tourists cannot enter the area.

The park can be visited from April to mid-November due to its remoteness and the rain that flood the plains from December to Mars.

A small level of fitness is required to visit the Big Tsingy, you will be required to climb small ladders, crawl few meters and pass through very narrow (30/35 cm) limestone walls.


Up to 11 species of lemurs can be spotted, including Decken’s sifaka and the rufous brown lemur. Other mammals that can be seen are the small falanouc and the ring-tailed mongoose. In the various caves, many bats can be encountered. More than 100 species of birds have currently been cataloged within the National Park, including the endangered Madagascar fish eagle and the crested ibis. The 45 reptiles and amphibians found here are all endemic.


The flora has a high rate of local endemism. The western part is mainly covered by dry deciduous forests, which are particularly well adapted to the changing climatic conditions of the area. The eastern section is made up of grassy savannas and lowland bushes. Inside the canyons we find small areas of dense tropical and lian forests, since it is very humid among the high tsingy formations. The canyons, gorges, undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps of the reserve show a surprising wealth of fauna and flora, many of which have not yet been registered.

Good to Know

220 km Northeast of Morondava (8 hours' drive)
Entry Fee
Park entry fee 55.000 MGA + guide from approximately 135.000 MGA for 4 people. During the high season, from August to end of October, we recommend finding a guide upon arrival in Bekopaka the afternoon before the visit.
Our favorite hotels
Olympe de Bemaraha, Orchidee du Bemaraha and Grand Hotels des Tsingy
When to Go
April to November
Area (km2)
Visit the Grand Tsingy in the Morning and the Petit Tsingy in the afternoon.