Overview – Bemaraha NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Bemaraha National Park (Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha) is a Unesco World Heritage Site, which contains the ‘Grand Tsingy’ and ‘Petit Tsingy’. These stone forests formed by a labyrinth of limestone pinnacles oddly resemble grey cities from above. This natural wonder has been made accessible with a combination of cleverly placed walkways, ladders and suspension bridges.

Best Time to Go May to October (Cooler and less rainfall)
High Season July to August (Some of the trails get busy)
Size 732km² / 283mi²
Altitude 64-538m / 210-1,765ft

Pros & Cons

  • Unique dramatic landscape
  • Largest uninterrupted tsingy in the world
  • Well-placed vantage points and suspension bridges
  • Several hiking circuits available from easy to difficult
  • Good accommodation options in the nearby town Bekopaka
  • Very hot, which can be a challenge on longer hikes
  • No accommodation inside the park, only camping
  • Inaccessible, off-the-beaten-track destination

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Wildlife

The flagship animal to look for is the Decken's sifaka, which is just one of 13 lemur species recorded in the park. The park is known for its amazing bat colonies, and something to look out for on the forest paths is the rare and very localized western red forest rat. Predator sightings are uncommon, but lucky visitors might see a ring-tailed mongoose or even a fossa.

Scenery

The park protects unusual karstic (limestone) formations known as the Grand and Petit Tsingy. The Manambolo River Gorge cuts through the limestone and can be used to access some of the hiking trails by boat. Deciduous forest grows on the periphery of the formations and colorful succulents such as elephant's foot fill the gaps.

Weather & Climate

Bemaraha is located at low altitude and has a hot, tropical climate with well-defined Wet and Dry seasons. Temperatures are quite even through the year but slightly lower in the Dry season months from April to October. The heat regularly peaks over 34°C/104°F. Rainfall is seasonal and downpours can be expected from December to March.

Best Time to Visit

Bemaraha is usually closed during the Wet season months from late November to April. The park is primarily a hiking destination and the Dry season months from May to October offer the best conditions. These months are also slightly less hot. In October and November many lemurs have babies.

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Other-worldly landscapes and lemurs
4/5

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is unlike anywhere else on the planet and wouldn’t be out of place in a Star Wars movie or a Salvador Dalí painting. I love walking and climbing between the serrated limestone towers that form the...

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amanda  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Dec 14, 2019
Not the "walk in the park" that our itinerary had led us to believe!
3/5

The following is from my journal of our time in the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park:- Locals, with produce on tables, children playing and several dogs greeted us as we all got out of our vehicles at the meeting point for hikes in the...

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