Tsingy Rouge Park#8 in Best Things To Do in Madagascar
Although this attraction in northern Madagascar is a bit removed from the main roads, Tsingy Rouge Park's dramatic landscape cannot be missed. Featuring tall clay-like rock formations created by landslides and mudslides, this area's red rocks are often compared to the larger ones found at Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park.
You'll need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to this natural wonder, but recent travelers recommend making the trek. If you don't rent a car while in Madagascar, you can take one of several organized tours to the site; rates start at $168 per day, excluding lodging and meals. Tour operators that visit Tsingy Rouge Park include Soa Tours and Visit Mada Tours. Since the terrain is rough in this park, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
Tsingy Rouge Park will take an hour or two to reach from National Road No. 6 (or about 31 miles from Antsiranana) and is open daily between sunrise and sunset. Other than a bathroom, no facilities are available on-site, so bring water and snacks if you plan on staying awhile. An entrance fee of 10,000 Malagasy ariary (roughly $3) per person applies.
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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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