On an island renowned for its unique landscapes, Kirindy stands out as one of the last remaining areas of dry deciduous forest. Its forests, beaches and inshore dunes house a fantastic range of wildlife. The ”˜stone forest’ of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a World Heritage Site, known for its astonishing limestone formations. Five species of endangered lemurs are amongst the rich abundance of wildlife to be found in its forests.
Reasons to visit Kirindy & Tsingy de Bemaraha include:
Tsingy is only open from April to November as it is impossible to reach during the rainy season, and Kirindy is inaccessible January to late March. For the rest of the year this region is cool, with very little rain.
On the west coast of Madgascar Kirindy is roughly 60 kilometres north of Morondava, which will take a couple. If you can it's worth staying overnight here, although the accommodation options are limited and basic, they are adequate. An overnight stay might get you a glimpse of some of the amazing nocturnal animals such as the fossa. If a nightstop is not for you then the area can be visited as a daytrip from Morondava. To reach the forest you drive along a dirt road which is lined by striking baobab trees.
With bungalows and chalelts scattered in gardens leading down to the sea, Chez Maggie is a great place to relax, enjoy the sun and seafood.
A small beach resort with 30 thatched bungalows, a pool, spa, restaurant and choice of activities.
Rustic accommodation in the heart of the forest reserve.
A atylish, modent hotel with lovely bungalows and an infinity pool close to Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.
Time: GMT +3 hours
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.