Isalo National Park

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Isalo National Park
Distinguished by a canyon and beautiful, rolling plains, the Parc National de Isalo is an attractive reserve of Madagascar's land and wildlife.
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Galya K
Antananarivo, Madagascar31 contributions
Enjoy the beauty nature
Dec 2020
Amazing nature all around you!
Founded different animals, while hiking, like owls, birds, snake, lemurs.
We visited the blue and black pool. You can get in and swim to the waterfall, but it is cold !
Written January 10, 2021
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Rainforests & Rollercoasters
london - uk1,308 contributions
thoroughly recommend isalo
Sep 2019
Great national park with

Like most others you need a national guide to take you round the park and we had Jose. The park its self if stunning, parts of it look like Mars (or how i imagine Mars to look like!). We saw a wide variety of birds and by the picnic area there are lots of cheeky lemurs!
We decided not to walk to the main pools and instead took a much quieter path through the park, it was incredibly peaceful and serene. Before we stopped for lunch we walked to the black and blue pools. The walk to get to them involves clambering over rocks, walking through river beds, walking between boulders , slippery in some places but feels very tropical. I took a dip in the black pool and its very refreshing! No where to change so you just need someone to hold a towel for you whilst you make a quick change of outfits.
We had lunch cooked for us at the picnic spot which included zebu kebabs with salad followed by pineapple. We organised this through our main tour guide and we paid 70,000 including soft drinks.
The ring tail lemurs make lunch very entertaining!
Written April 22, 2020
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Sydney, Australia54 contributions
Fantastic scenery and hiking with a great guide
Feb 2020 • Solo
I spent 3 days in Isalo National Park and loved it. Although it's rainy season here this area is relatively dry and a good place to go at this time of year. It is difficult to get to sites and trailheads without transport, and the access roads are poor, but I managed to join another traveller with a vehicle, making things much easier.
I am sure my experience was made much better by my guide Sandra. Sandra is a local Ranohira woman, has 3 years experience as a guide, has recently completed her tourism degree and speaks excellent English, as well as French and Malagasy. There are over 100 guides for the park, but only 5 females. So just in the interests of advancing women in Madagascar I would recommend hiring a woman, but Sandra was excellent. The guide rates are set at 120,000 ariary for full day, or 80,000 for half day. You can hire a guide at the guides office, across from the National Parks office, or they may approach you first.
The Fenetre (Window) of Isalo is a unusual rock formation and great place for sunset - you need a vehicle to get there.
My first hike was to the Piscine Naturelle, then we crossed within a wide canyon to Namaza camp site where there were lemurs and many birds, and then up the gorge to Piscine Bleu and Piscine Noire with waterfalls and beautiful natural swimming pools. Beautiful!
My second hike was to Canyon des Makis and Canyon de Rates (but no rats!). They are two beautiful gorges. We were the only ones hiking there that day.
I thoroughly recommend the Park and these hikes.
Written February 24, 2020
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Antwerp, Belgium153 contributions
Nice hike in Isalo National Park
Nov 2019
Isalo National Park; the second largest and one of the most visited national parks in Madagascar. There are already a number of other cars in the parking lot, but fortunately it is not yet a busy affair.

First we walk a bit past the beautiful arched rock formations and in the meantime Hery starts telling about the local fauna and flora. Afterwards we dive into the dry forest and we immediately come across a group of ring-tailed lemurs. That's the jackpot right away, so again we take full pictures of our new favorite animal. Since we cannot get enough of these cuddly critters, we are stuck here for a long time and are already hopelessly behind our timetable.

 Once we say goodbye to the ring-tailed lemurs, we descend further to the bottom of the canyon and walk along and over the small stream towards Blue and Black Pool. This walk is again not a 'walk in the park' because we again have to cross an obstacle course of various boulders, rocks and narrow ridges. However, the views of the exuberant green vegetation that we now get are more than worth the effort. No large animal species can be found at the bottom of the canyon, but we do see some beautiful dragonflies, colorful butterflies and several birds.

Near the picnic area where you can also admire a number of large chameleons, boa and sifakas.
Written January 20, 2020
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Anna C
Greensboro, NC38 contributions
Hiking the land of dinosaurs
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were more than impressed with the natural untouched beauty of this park. No pictures can convey the awe that one feels standing in the presense of these massive rocks formations. The natural pools are pristine and getting to see ring tailed lemurs up close with their babies was a perk. I cannot give 5 stars of for the fault of the Malagasy Parks Department. Their refusal to recognize foreign nationals as residents because of the color of their skin is overt racism and sours the experience for those of us who have paid dearly for our legal status in order to provide volunteer services. But besides that, this is an experience to not miss.
Written January 17, 2020
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Minnesota2,696 contributions
Visiting Madagascar's most popular national park.
Nov 2019
Located in southwestern Madagascar just adjacent to the town of Ranohira, the Isalo National Park registers size-wise at an impressive 800 sq km. Created in 1962, it was the second of three “regions” that I visited while in the country, sandwiched between trips to the rainy forest and spiny desert. Deep canyons, seasonal streams that become rivers, windswept plateaus, and rocky outcrops set the stage here for a bewildering array of biodiversity. Botanical inventories are second-to-none (13 endemic species), six habitats of vegetation are catalogued, and there are enough mammals and birds to keep even the superficial tourist occupied if not enthralled. A local guide is mandatory.

I spent an entire day here, starting off in the morning at the main entrance. After our 4x4 took us to the park office at the beginning of the trail, we met our local guide who served as a companion for the next six hours. Our initial hike took us on a long, varied loop which included gravesites, plants, trees, amazing scenery, too numerous to count living creatures, and even a few of those dreaded but expected animals…. fellow tourists. After the four-hour walking loop we embarked on a trip to the Nymphes waterfalls along a dry riverbed, finishing with a late lunch/early dinner of local Malagasy food at a campsite. The compulsory local escort served as essentially a live-audio guide for the duration, exhibiting an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the area.

In summary, this was probably the most memorable day of my two weeks in the country. While there is a comparatively lower density of “high-yield” animals like the sifakas or ring-tails, this was easily the best cross-section of Madagascar’s biodiversity that I saw. Sure, I’m not a fan of lichens but hearing that there are over 500 species in the country and appreciating a few of them here was in retrospect as important as hearing the calls of the Indri at Andasibe. Add in some low-impact but moderately stressful physical activity and you have the full tourist experience; the journey improved the mind and the body. I would highly recommend an entire day here for those making the trip to the 8th Continent. Those with special interests may want to spend a longer period of time. Fantastic.
Written December 31, 2019
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Newton Le Willows, UK3,284 contributions
Wildlife and swimming
Dec 2019 • Couples
A good 4 hour scramble over rocks on some good paths and some rough, uneven trails.
There is plenty of wildlife and birds to see and the views of the surrounding countryside is stunning.
There are two pools to swim in which are refreshing but there is no place to change or dry.
There are two paths one takes about 4 hours and the other much longer and you climb to the top of the mountains. You need to be in reasonable fitness and able to walk a lot.
Written December 8, 2019
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Werner G
9 contributions
Tough Hiking
Nov 2019
Hiking paths in the Isalo National Park are unlike those in the Alps, or in the Rockies. Instead of zig-zagging up a steep hill, they are all steps, thousands and thousands of them. Since they are uneven, you must forever watch your step; this is not conducive to see a lot of the scenery. If you like nice hiking paths, I would not recommend you go to Isalo.
Written November 30, 2019
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Tucson, AZ254 contributions
Nice Hiking But Horrible Lunch
Oct 2019
Isalo NP is really pretty and the hiking is great. We saw a bunch of new birds and reptiles and of course the ring-tailed lemurs. There is one lone verreaux's sifaka that lost it's family in a fire that hangs out with the ring tails but it's sad to know that it may be the last one in the park.

However, I am only giving this park 3 stars for a few reasons:

1. There was a ring-tailed lemur chained up in front of the National Park offices which is absolutely disgraceful. It wasn't the only exploited wildlife we saw on our trip but it was horrible to see.
2. They give you and option to eat lunch in the park provided by the locals which sounds great but the meal was inedible. The "chicken" provided was tough and dry with little meat on the bones and it was 30K each!
3. They allowed the ring-tailed lemurs to come down and steal food. This is making them way to habituated to people which in the long run will be bad for the lemurs.

We did have a very good local guide and the scenery is quite nice but over all we left with a feeling of disappointment.
Written November 27, 2019
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Oslo, Norway613 contributions
Perfect place for lemur
Nov 2019 • Business
We saw a lot of lemurs. We walked 2 hours and then we came to a perfect natural pool with really cool water to swim in. Really nice day in nature.
Written November 23, 2019
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