The Tsingy de Bemaraha is a vast area of rock formations consisting of razor-sharp spikes referred to as Tsingy which in Malagasy means “to walk on tiptoes”. Found 70 km inland from the west coast in the northern sector of Antsingy region of the Bemaraha Plateau, north of the Manambolo River Gorge, the “stone forest” was formed by years of erosion on a large massif of limestone karst. Found nowhere else in the world the Tsingy contains underground rivers, cave and even hard to reach forests full of bats and lemurs.
Travellers can explore these formations (in sturdy shoes) over a series of bridges, ladders, walkways and even ropes. If they are lucky they can spot lemurs jumping around seemingly unbothered by the spiky rocks. Amongst the labyrinth of rugged terrain certain types of endemic flora flourish, with new species being discovered regularly, making this otherworldly landscape a must-visit in Madagascar.
The Tsingy Nature Reserve itself is actually two parks, the Petit Tsingy and the Grand Tsingy. So far, recorded, there are 53 species of bird, eight of reptile and six of lemur. Organised trips into the Tsingy may include a spectacular canoe trip down the Manambolo River or simply an interesting day trip to the limestone formations as part of a Madagascar vacation package.
In the south of Petit Tsingy is the spectacular Manambolo Gorge where you can see waterfalls, lemurs and magnificent untouched forests. Wherever you go in the Tsingy area you are guaranteed to be amazed by the unique beauty that this area holds.