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Kirindy and Tsingy de Bemaraha

Why visit Kirindy & Tsingy de Bemaraha?

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:

  • Explore some of the 72,000 hectares of private reserve at Kirindy – its varied and beautiful landscape is rich in fauna and flora, including the famous Avenue of Baobabs
  • When in Kirindy, try to catch a glimpse of Madagascar’s largest predator, the endangered Fossa, or the rare Malagasy giant jumping rat – this is the only place on the planet you will find it living wild. 
  • Kirindy is also home to lemurs galore, and to the greater and lesser flamingo and the Malagasy kingfisher
  • Tsingy offers breath-taking hiking opportunities amongst the bizarre limestone formations and its hills and forests. 
  • Explore Tsingy’s mangroves, or take a canoe trip along the beautiful, broad Manambolo Canyon, where the river flows past sandstone cliffs and thick forest. 
  • Tsingy is also great for birding, with over 100 species, including the endangered Madagascar fish eagle. The park is also home to 11 species of lemur, who leap from sharp rock to rock, and 45 species of reptile.

When to go to Kirindy & Tsingy de Bemaraha

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.

How to do it

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.

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