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“Worth the pain on the “road” to get there”

Ranked #2 of 170 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.
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Amazing national park, totally worth the bad road that you have to take to get there, great views from Grand Tsingy, you are literally climbing to the top, passing caves, the hike itself is fun, using ferrata. Small Tsingy are also nice, it is possible to do both in one day.

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"tsingy de bemaraha"
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"fear of heights"
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"suspension bridge"
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"long drive"
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"brown lemurs"
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"pirogue trip"
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"unesco world heritage site"
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Reviewed 3 May 2018

We spent a day at two sections of the park, tough roads to get here, but the park is beautiful limestone cliffs and crevices that the local people have thought sacred and used for burials (in the caves). The main feature here are the rocks, there are a few birds and lemurs, but if that is what you are expecting, it could be a disappointment after the long rough road to get here.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

After a long trip to get there (mid April), we were told that the road to the ferry to cross the Manomboly river was too bad and we needed to leave the car on the other side of the river and take a pirogue across the river with all our stuff, followed by a 1.5 km (in reality more like 2.5km) walk through the sand to get to Bekopaka. The local guides told us that it was currently ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE to go to Grand Tsingy, which was our main goal and what we really had been looking forward to. The only way to do it, we were told, was to go by motorbike which is 100,000 per person - which we thought was quite a lot for having already paid for a full tour to do both. So we went to the small Tsingy the next day with a guide who was nice - but it truly wouldn't have made much of a difference to just go without a guide (which isn't allowed) as the information provided was quite sparse and he seemed very hurried. A guide costs 135,000 for four people (groups of up to seven are possible at a higher price). Quite a bit of money for a 4h walk. The humidity makes it a bit though, but otherwise it's not a difficult hike. For the (optional) 15-20 minute canoe ride back to the entrance they charge 15,000 per person. It's a nice short ride.
Later we learned that another car had made it across the ferry crossing - but most importantly, made the 'impossible' trip to the Grand Tsingy and had a great time there. We felt a bit cheated and like guides are caring most about making an easy buck off of tourists who can't really know any better about the local conditions. So the rating is less towards the park itself but mostly about the guides and misinformation that is being spread. Very disappointed, but interesting landscape. Didn't think it was worth the long trip out here.

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Reviewed 16 February 2018

If you ever wanted to go to space without dying in a rocket ship or by running out of oxygen just go to Tsingy! It has out of this world rock formations that are as sharp as a razors edge. Falling here would surely impale you. There is a 4 hour hike from the start of the trail through a forest with lemurs playing above in the canopy. From there you have to climb some pretty sharp rock formations and it gets really intense, especially with the heat. You climb up to the top of the formations where there is a bridge that crosses a cavity that you don't want to look down in. One person crosses the bridge at a time and you have to connect your harness to it just in case. Once you safely cross there is an overlook and you can see most of the formations and take photos safely. There is nothing like this anywhere else in the world!! Getting down, you have to descend through a system of caves and some you literally have to get on your belly to crawl through. Definitely nerve-racking but if you are into hiking, new experiences, nature, climbing or tight spaces...this place is for you!

Not so humbly submitted,
Michael C.

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

The most rewarding trip within the park as it goes deep into the limestone forest passing through several hanging bridges with the impressive limestone formations below your feet. The trail is not technically difficult and even children can cope with it, but you certainly should not suffer from vertigo,

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