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“Not before beginning or even middle of May”

Ranked #11 of 160 things to do in Madagascar
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Owner description: The amazing landscapes of limestone pinnacles, gorges and pristine forests protect many rare birds, lemurs and reptiles.
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“Not before beginning or even middle of May”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

We tried to visit the Tsingy de Bemaraha middle of May 2012 and did not succeed due to muddy roads. There were daily cars heading for the Tsingy, some of them succeeded, most of them did not. None of them could visit the Big Tsingy.
We learned from the people in a village about 100 km before the Tsingys (coming from Morondava) that this is too early in the season to go there. We also learned that reliable tour operators don't offer it before beginning or even middle of May.

Remark: forget my rating since I was not there.

Visited April 2012
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

If you ae going to Madagascar I recomend the guide Nolavy (olamadatrip@yahoo.com) and his companion Jimmy for the ultimate Malagassy experience. Theyre friendly, speaks good english, very efficient, affortable, knows the spots and people well, basically all around great guides. Madagascar is an amazing country, even more amazing with the help of these fine gents. 10/10 !

Visited January 2012
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Windermere, Florida
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“Challenging, but rewarding hike in reserve to the natural rock formations”
Reviewed July 11, 2011

The hike through the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is definitely worthwhile, and is something that most people will never get the chance to witness. It is a World Heritage Site that focuses on a bizarre landscape of limestone that you get a chance to hike, climb and crawl through. For those who are not in shape or are overweight, there is spots that are difficult and require tight squeezes through crevices to make it through.

There are two main hikes you can choose from. The original hike is to what is now called the small Tsingy and is shorter and easier than the big Tsingy. The small Tsingy will give you a sense of what the big one offers, and is a good addition to your itinerary if you are spending a day at the park. You will get a chance to see some wildlife such as insects and spiders, as well as some ancient artifacts of ancestors who lived within the limestone formation decades ago.

The highlight is the big Tsingy. As with all other National Parks in Madagascar, you are required to go with a guide. At the start of the hike, you will be given a safety harness to put on, as once you get into the limestone formations there are spots that will require you to hook up for your safety. You will also cross a couple of bridges, so those who are afraid of heights will want to be careful. There are several viewpoints long the way, and expect to spend several hours on the hike. There is also the option to bring your lunch and eat it on the way as well.

Along with the limestone formations, expect to see many different types of flora and fauna along the way. The chance to see lemurs will come once you exit the limestone formation and enter the forest enroute to the parking area. If you are lucky, they will be close to you. Our guide was very informative in providing details on plants that I never even heard of before, and how many are still used today for medicinal reasons.

The park is a must see on any itinerary to Madagascar. While you will see more lemurs elsewhere, the limestone (they are sharp, so where good shoes - good sandles for the surefooted are ok - and long pants) formations are unique.

Visited June 2011
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“The Tsiribihina River, Tsingy de Bemarah national park, Kirindy and the Avenue of the”
Reviewed November 21, 2010

I booked a 9 day trip out west with Madatrip manager Nolavy Robene and his excellent english and french-speaking guide Jean-Claude for what I considered to be a very reasonable price. This trip encompassed some truly stunning scenery, wildlife and an insight into rural Malagasy life. On our first day we made our way from Tana across the visually stunning central highlands through Antsirabe (reputed to be the coldest place in Madagascar) to Miandrivazo (said to be the hottest) from where we were to start our river expedition. We commenced our 3-day pirogue (canoe) trip down the Tsiribihina river early the next morning. By day we rowed (and occasionally paddled) our way down the river passing rural villages, stunning waterfalls and near-pristine forests and by night we camped on the sand-banks and were treated to some delicious meals cooked by our guide Jean-Claude. This river trip not only offered a real insight into rural life but also an excellent opportunity for observing wildlife, especially birds - I must have seen at least 100 malachite king fishers, in addition to countless bee-eaters, herons, raptors and many others. We also saw several groups of Sifakas feeding in the trees by the river bank. After 3 wonderful (albeit tiring) days on the river we arrived at our end-point where we said goodbye to our boatman - who then had to paddle the pirogue back upstream for 5 days to the start point – remember this when tipping! Our bush taxi (Zebu cart) met us here for the 5km walk to the town of Belo where we spent the night in a basic but very friendly and comfortable hotel. The next day we met our new driver Claude and his 4x4 who would transport us for the rest of the trip. It took the best part of a day to get to the Tsingy de Bemarah NP thanks to some very bad roads and a leisurely ferry crossing but the landscape you drive through is beautiful. On arrival we set up camp in the very well situated campsite and had another delicious dinner before taking an early night. In the morning, accompanied by an experienced local guide, we toured the Grand Tsingy. This involved donning safety harnesses and a lot of climbing some very jagged limestone rocks but was well worth all the effort for the stunning views from the main viewpoint in addition to learning about the plants that inhabit this strange environment. We were also very lucky to see a group of Decken’s Sikakas just a few meters from the path on the way back to our vehicle. In the afternoon we had a more sedate adventure around the Petit Tsingy spotting a family of Red-Fronted Brown lemurs in addition to numerous species of birds. Departing the Tsingy the following morning we headed south towards Morondava. If you have time I would thoroughly recommend squeezing in a visit to Kirindy – even if it is just for an afternoon/evening. I saw 6 different species of lemurs, 2 fosa’s, a narrow-stripped mongoose and several species of birds including the crested and giant coua’s and a white-browed owl – all in the space of 5 hours! It was an early start the next morning departing at 4am in order to arrive at the Avenue of the Baobabs for sunrise - beautiful! From here it was a short drive to Morondava where our tour ended. I stayed here for a night sampling the local nightlife and enjoying some R&R on the beach before catching a taxi-brousse overnight back to Tana ready for commencing my next adventure!
This really is a fantastic trip, away from the usual tourist routes meaning you escape the crowds found at some of the more popular national parks such as Ranomafana and Isalo allowing you to enjoy the scenery and wildlife all the more.
Madatrip’s Nolavy Robene and guide Jean-Claude can help organize a similar tour to the one I did (and having travelled with them myself I can recommend them first hand). Nolavy can be contacted by e-mail: nolamadatrip@yahoo.com

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