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Tsingy of Bemaraha
City: Siuch State: N/A Country: Madagascar
Tsingy of Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is a nature reserve located close to the western coast of Madagascar. Because of the unique geography, preserved mangrove forests, and wild bird and lemur populations of the area, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. Since that time the southern end of the protected area has been changed into a national park covering 666 square kilometers. The northern end of this protected area complex remains as a strict nature reserve covering 853 square kilometers.Located some inland from Madagascar's west coast, Siuch of this reserve is a mass of sharp-ridged limestone pinnacles -jttigy'in flic Malagasy language - some rising up to heights of 50 m and cut, through with canyons and gorges. Declared a nature reserve in 1927, this extraordinary mineral 'forest' was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 and opened, in part, In flic public as recently as 1998. These peculiar rock formations, which are unique to Madagascar, were (Tented by erosion as the acidify of rainwater over the centuries gradually dissolved the stone of the chalky plateau. The iin Irs are so dose together as to make the area virtually toipenelrablo by humans; yet there arc many species of lemur here whose agility is entirely unaffected by the razor-sharp ! lone environment.The eastern border of the reserve is defined by the Bemaraha Cliff, which rises dramatically some 400 m (1,300 ft) above the Janambolo River valley. The northern part, which is closed to the llblic, is a mixture of undulating hills and limestone extrusions. Madagascar is famous for its unique diversity of wildlife - nearly 90 per cent of the species to be found on this beautiful island, the world's fourth largest, can only be found here - and the Tsingy of Bemaraha reserve itself is the only known location for a number of raiv plants and animals, some of which are endangered.
Climate | When to Visit
Visit during: March to November
Directions | How to Reach
By Air: From Europe, the best connections are with Air Madagascar, Air France or Corsair from Paris to Antananarivo.By Road: This is the only inexpensive way to get around, but Madagascar's roads are almost all of very low grade.