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Tsingy de Bemaraha

The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is a national park located in Melaky Region of western Madagascar. The national park centres on two geological formations: the Great Tsingy and the Little Tsingy. Together with the adjacent Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, the National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Tsingys are karstic plateaus in which groundwater has undercut the elevated uplands, and has gouged caverns and fissures into the limestone. Because of local conditions, the erosion is patterned vertically as well as horizontally. The superposition of vertical and horizontal erosion patterns has created dramatic "forests" of limestone needles. The word tsingy is indigenous to the Malagasy language as a description of the karst badlands of Madagascar. The word can be translated into English as "where one cannot walk barefoot".
Along with the Great and Little Tsingys, the other tourist attraction is the Manambolo River Gorge. Just upstream from the ferry crossing the river has carved a gorge with steep sided cliffs through the limestone bedrock. At the time of our visit the river level was very low but in flood conditions the river can be several metres deep at this point. The nearby village of Bekopaka has various hotels and shops. The Little Tsingy lies right behind the National Park office at the ferry crossing whilst the Great Tsingy is about an hours drive away to the north.
From a birding perspective, we had terrific views of Madagascar Pratincole in the gorge and Madagascar Fish Eagle on a nest close to our hotel. In one of the gullies at Great Tsingy we managed to find a Schlegel's Asity. Also we managed to track down the endemic and only recently described Tsingy Wood Rail in the wood at the edge of Little Tsingy.
The Manambolo river ferry and the new slipway
The Manambolo river ferry and the new slipway
Village at the Manambolo ferry
Village at the Manambolo ferry
Village at the Manambolo ferry
Village at the Manambolo ferry
The Manambolo river ferry and the new slipway
The Manambolo river ferry and the new slipway
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river
The canoes for the Manambolo Gorge trip
The canoes for the Manambolo Gorge trip
View up the Manambolo River Gorge
View up the Manambolo River Gorge
Waiting our turn for the canoes
Waiting our turn for the canoes
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river
Traditional sun screen
Traditional sun screen
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Villagers returning from a shopping trip
Villagers returning from a shopping trip
Villagers returning from a shopping trip
Villagers returning from a shopping trip
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Disembarking to visit one of the caves
Disembarking to visit one of the caves
Limestone stalactite in one of the caves
Limestone stalactite in one of the caves
Limestone stalactite in one of the caves
Limestone stalactite in one of the caves
A huge moth sheltering in the cave
A huge moth sheltering in the cave
View out of the cave to the river
View out of the cave to the river
The river is actually very shallow at this time of year
The river is actually very shallow at this time of year
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
Onboard the canoes in the Manambolo Gorge
One of the caves in the limestone cliff
One of the caves in the limestone cliff
One of the caves in the limestone cliff
One of the caves in the limestone cliff
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
The limestone cliffs of the Manambolo Gorge
The path to Little Tsingy
The path to Little Tsingy
Spiny vegetation at Little Tsingy
Spiny vegetation at Little Tsingy
A water worn passage at Little Tsingy
A water worn passage at Little Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Little Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Little Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Little Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Little Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Little Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Little Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Little Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Little Tsingy
The approach to Great Tsingy
The approach to Great Tsingy
The approach to Great Tsingy
The approach to Great Tsingy
Fossil formations at Great Tsingy
Fossil formations at Great Tsingy
Fossil formations at Big Tsingy
Fossil formations at Big Tsingy
Fossil formations at Great Tsingy
Fossil formations at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
View of the limestone karst at Great Tsingy
Flowering cactus at Great Tsingy
Flowering cactus at Great Tsingy
Birding in one of the gullies at Great Tsingy
Birding in one of the gullies at Great Tsingy
Birding in one of the gullies at Great Tsingy
Birding in one of the gullies at Great Tsingy
The highest point of Great Tsingy
The highest point of Great Tsingy
A boy in a boat on the River Manambolo
A boy in a boat on the River Manambolo
A boy in a boat on the River Manambolo
A boy in a boat on the River Manambolo
A boy in a boat on the River Manambolo
A boy in a boat on the River Manambolo
A boy in a boat on the River Manambolo
A boy in a boat on the River Manambolo
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river
Washing day in the river