Lokobe National Park (Parc National Lokobe)#5 in Best Things To Do in Madagascar
If your idea of a Madagascar getaway consists of hiking through a tropical forest and observing lemurs in the wild, then you must visit Lokobe National Park. Situated on the southeastern tip of Nosy Be, an island off Madagascar's west coast that's known for its picturesque beaches and sunsets, Lokobe National Park is one of the Sambirano region's only remaining forests. The park can only be accessed by motorized, canoe-like boats called pirogues, adding to its tranquil, unspoiled atmosphere.
Although some recent visitors cautioned that getting to the park and exploring it can be quite exhausting, most raved about its beauty and wildlife. You'll have the chance to spot three lemur species here, as well as multiple kinds of amphibians and reptiles. Highlights for past travelers included watching boa constrictors slither in the trees, seeing chameleons blend in with their surroundings and feeding lemurs bananas. Since you'll be trekking through wild terrain, remember to wear comfortable sneakers, as well as long-sleeved clothing and bug spray to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
To get to Lokobe National Park, you'll need to row one of the park's pirogues to Nosy Be, which takes roughly 20 to 40 minutes. Pirogue transfers are included in park admissions, which cost 55,000 Malagasy ariary (or $17.50) per adult and 25,000 Malagasy ariary ($8) for each child. Tickets are sold at the park's reception counter and at the Analamanga Regional Tourist Office in Antaninarenina; you can also arrange and pay for a guided tour of the property when purchasing park passes. Once inside the park, you'll find three trails to explore on foot, restrooms and a gift shop. Like Mantadia National Park, Lokobe National Park is open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Check out the park's page on Madagascar National Parks' website for more details.
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#1 Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve
Situated along Madagascar's west coast, Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is home to impressive geological structures and a variety of endangered species. More than 328 miles of forests make up this UNESCO World Heritage site, where 11 kinds of lemurs, 17 types of reptiles, 6 bird species and more reside. But the standout here is the park's towering gray limestone pinnacles, which stand up to 328 feet tall.
Past visitors said Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is a "must-see adventure" that's "definitely worth the drive." Although the locale can be a bit challenging to traverse – some former travelers reported crawling through tight gaps and lots of climbing – many described the views from the top of the pinnacles as "spectacular."
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