Introducing Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha
The highlight is the jagged, limestone pinnacles, known as tsingy. Formed over centuries by the movement of wind and water, and often towering several hundred metres into the air, they are quite a sight. Walkways and bridges allow visitors to climb on top of the smaller areas of tsingy (known as Petits Tsingy), while ropes and climbing equipment are needed to negotiate the larger pinnacles.
The maze-like tsingy (known as Grands Tsingy) once gave shelter to the mysterious Vazimba, the first inhabitants of Madagascar, and the deep caves between them served as the venue for their ancient spiritual cults. Fragments of Vazimba pottery can still be found hidden in crevices between the rocks.
The park also has about 90 species of birds, eight species of reptiles, and 11 species of lemurs, including Decken’s sifaka.