Tsingy de Bemaraha, a highlight of any visit to Madagascar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a forest of 40 - 50-meter-high limestone peaks.
Razor sharp pinnacles, The Tsingy are produced by the erosion of limestone massifs over millions of years. There's a pathway of steps, ladders, boardwalks, cables and suspension bridges that has been installed, with phenomenal expertise, to allow tourists to explore the tsingy in safety.
Sheltered in the Tsingy is an array of wildlife including 11 species of lemur, 103 species of terrestrial and aquatic birds, 22 species of amphibians, 15 species of bats, and a variety of reptiles. Strange succulents such as Pachypodiums provide splashes of green amidst the grey limestone.
The Manambolo River cuts a spectacular gorge through the limestone on the southern boundary of the national park. Visitors can enjoy a trip up the river in a traditional dugout canoe known as a 'pirogue'. There's also the opportunity to visit one of the caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites as well as a few human tombs from Madagascar's first settlers, the Vazimba (approximately 5th century).
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