Mantadia National Park (Parc National Mantadia)#3 in Best Things To Do in Madagascar
One of Madagascar's most convenient parks to explore is Mantadia National Park. Located about 100 miles east of the capital city of Antananarivo, Mantadia National Park is home to 14 species of lemurs, plus 117 types of birds and 84 kinds of amphibians. Plant enthusiasts will also find plenty to admire here. More than 1,200 plant species grow in this lush park, 120 of which are orchids.
Past travelers enjoyed wandering along Mantadia National Park's five trails, adding that each path and stairway was well-maintained. What's more, several said this protected area is a must-see if you love lemurs and recommend hiring a local guide for a fee at the park's reception counter. Each local guide is an experienced spotter, meaning you'll increase your chances of seeing an array of animals.
Mantadia National Park is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, which are sold at the park's reception counter and at the Analamanga Regional Tourist Office in Antaninarenina, cost 45,000 Malagasy ariary (about $14) for adults and 25,000 Malagasy ariary ($8) for children. An additional per person fee of 20,000 to 60,000 Malagasy ariary ($6 to $19) applies for a guided tour of one of the park's trails. To get to Mantadia National Park, you can drive or join an organized tour from companies like Intrepid Travel and Kensington Tours. Multiday excursions start at $980 per person and include accommodations and most meals. Find out more about this natural wonder by visiting the Mantadia National Park page on the Madagascar National Parks website.
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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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