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Isalo National Park

Why visit Isalo National Park?

The impressive canyons, strange rock formations, dramatic gorges, waterfalls, pools and wildlife attract visitors year round, making this one of the most popular parks in Madagascar.
Reasons to visit Isalo National Park include: 

  • Marvel at the sandstone landscape, carved into ridges, strange formations and valleys by the elements. 
  • Hike through the varied terrain and swim in a natural pool ”“ and spot the frogs! 
  • This is a great place to see lemurs, and is also home to 80 species of birds, including the rare Benson’s rock thrush. 
  • Try to identify some of the 500 species of plants, including the elephant’s foot.

When to go to Isalo National Park

The climate is dry and warm throughout the year, with seasonal rainfall from January to March. Baby lemurs are born in October and November, and weaned in February/March.

How to do it

From Tolaria airport in the south, it's about a 4 hours drive to Isalo. If you are coming by road from Ranomafana or Fianarantsoa you will travel through some of the most beautiful scenery that the island has to offer. You will even pass through Madagascar’s small wine growing region.

Where to stay in Isalo National Park 

Le Relais de la Reine and Hotel Jardin du Roy are considered to be amongst the finest hotels in Madagascar and they are situated just beyond the southern boundary of the park. For something a little different Satrana Lodge offers safari style tented accommodation.

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time:

Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.

Language: Malagasy and French are Madagascar's official languages. English or German is spoken by a municipal workers and guides.A basic working knowledge of French will make communication easier.


Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.


Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.



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