Top things to do in The Desert

Top Choice National Park in The Desert

Parc National Isalo

Isalo is one of Madagascar's most beautiful parks. It contains sculpted buttes, vertical rock walls and, best of all, deep canyon floors shot through with streams, lush vegetation and pools for swimming. All of this…
Top Choice Pizza in Parc National de l'Isalo

Pizza Liberta

Arguably the best pizza in Madagascar's south, this fine little place, run by the amiable Luigi, does real thin-crust Italian pizzas, with all the usual ingredients, as well as some local surprises like zebu sausage…
Viewpoint in Parc National de l'Isalo

La Fenêtre de l'Isalo

La Fenêtre de l’Isalo is a popular natural rock window that frames the setting sun, although we actually prefer it for the surrounding views of sweeping plains and weird-and-wonderful rock formations turned golden a…
National Park in The Desert

Parc National Zombitse-Vohibasia

Parc National Zombitse-Vohibasia protects one of the last stands of dense dry forest in all of southern Madagascar, a bird-rich island of foliage in the heart of a denuded semi-desert landscape. The park's 36,300 he…
Bar in Ilakaka

Color Line Bar

To really enter the local scene in all its shadiness, attend the gem dealers’ party starting at 1am every Friday night at Color Line’s adjacent bar, known as Al2O3 (the formula for sapphire, naturally). This is only…
Landmark in Parc National de l'Isalo

Canyon des Makis

Canyon des Makis is an important hiking area north of town, with some lemurs in residence. It's a 17km drive from Ranohira and an easy 2km hike, taking around 2½ hours. If you need a vehicle, count on paying Ar100,0…
Malagasy in Parc National de l'Isalo

Restaurant Le Zébu Grillé

The best restaurant in Ranohira itself serves a good mix of Malagasy specials (such as pork with beans) and international dishes (such as roast chicken or zebu brochette), all in a pleasant setting in the heart of t…
Landmark in Parc National de l'Isalo

Canyon des Rats

Around 17km north of town, Canyon des Rats is a traditional burial area with some lemurs in residence. Often combined on a hiking expedition with Canyon des Makis.
Museum in Parc National de l'Isalo

Maison de l’Isalo

The buttons don't work at this once-interactive little museum, but it's still a good introduction to the history, culture and geology of the park. If you're staying in town, combine it with a trip to La Fenêtre, or …
Mountain in Parc National de l'Isalo

La Reine de l'Isalo

If you like finding figures in stone, La Reine de l’Isalo sits about 3km south of the museum, on the left side of the road. It's cool once you spot it, but you'll probably need someone to point it out.