Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve, Madagascar


Tsingy de Bemaraha is a nature reserve situated 70 km inland from the west coast. The reserve is a landscape of towers, rifts and canyons forming limestone cathedrals. This is an area for hiking. In the local language, ‘Tsingy’ means ‘walking on tiptoes’, the feeling one has of navigating the jagged formations below your feet.

The area is listed as a World UNESCO Heritage site for its unique geological formations as well as its range of diverse and endemic species of both plants and animals. A large river flows through the reserve; the Manambolo, an important life source for wildlife. Other important water catchments include undisturbed lakes and mangrove swamps, homes for resident lemurs and birds, many on the rare and endangered list.

Indigenous mammal species of the Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve include: Golden-crowned sifaka, mongoose lemur, western forest rat, golden-brown mouse lemur, northern rufous mouse lemur, western rufous mouse lemur, and the perrier’s sifaka.