Although there are a few 4WD circuits, you'll miss the best bits if you don't explore the park on foot. As a bare minimum, we recommend at least a day in the Petits Tsingy and a day in the Grands Tsingy – more, of course, if time allows.
- Petits Tsingy Near Bekopaka, this is the most accessible section of the park. There are seven hiking circuits in this area, ranging from an easy 1½-hour walk with walkways and easy bridges, to a pretty serious six-hour circuit requiring you to abseil a 30m cliff. Many involve a section by pirogue through the stunning Manambolo River Gorges.
- Grands Tsingy The largest and most impressive expanse of limestone pinnacles, the Grands Tsingy lie 17km north of Bekopaka. Most visitors drive to the start of the two circuits (four hours each), which follow a fantastic via ferrata – no climbing experience required, you just wear a harness, which you clip to cables and ladders as you go.
Walking the Tsingy
Much of the walking in the tsingy area of the park can be pretty strenuous and requires careful conversations with your guides before setting out. Gaps between the rocks are sometimes narrow and bridges are high. Anyone with a low level of fitness or vertigo might find exploring the tsingy challenging, particularly the Grands Tsingy, where hauling, squeezing, crawling and pulling are all part of the fun and guides have developed an arsenal of tricks to coax even the most vertigo-struck trekkers across the rope bridges.
Although better known for its landscapes, the park's wildlife is exceptional. There are 11 lemur species in residence, with the most commonly sighted species being the Decken's sifaka and the red-fronted brown lemur; your best chances come while hiking in the Petits Tsingy. Even by day, you might chance upon fat-tailed dwarf lemurs and grey mouse lemurs catching up on sleep in tree hollows. If you're really lucky, you'll happen upon the Cleese's woolly lemur (also known as the Western woolly lemur) and the Sambirano lesser bamboo lemur, both of which are only found in this park.
Over 100 bird species are also present in the park, including the critically endangered Madagascar fish eagle. Other important raptors include Henst's goshawk, Madagascar sparrowhawk and Madagascar harrier, while sightings of the crested ibis and Madagascar grey-throated rail are also greatly prized among birders.
Some 45 reptiles and amphibians round out an impressive portfolio – watch in particular for the Antsingy leaf chameleon and Madagascar iguana.