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Isalo National Park

Very different to the lush tropical vegetation in the east, Isalo's attraction is its vast rolling plains interspersed with stunning rock formations.  The combination of rare endemic plants and sandstone rocks cut by deep canyons and eroded into spectacular shapes makes Isalo one of Madagascar’s most appreciated parks. 
Wildlife here is not as dense as in other parks but look out for Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Brown Lemurs, Sifakas and 14 nocturnal lemur species hiding in dense vegetation along the streams.  There are also 80 species of bird (including the rare Benson’s Rock-Thrush, the Knob-Billed Duck or the Crested Ibis), 35 species of reptiles and several endemic frogs.  For botanists there are Pachypodium plants and locally endemic Aloe.  Isalo is also sacred to the Bara tribe; for hundreds of years they have used caves in the canyon walls as burial sites.

A popular trail is the ‘Canyon des Singes’ which winds through the dense foliage of the forest and brilliantly colored rock formations to reach a stunning rock pool known as the ‘piscine naturelle’.

Isalo National Park: where to stay


Jardin du Roy

: Perfectly located just outside Isalo National Park and with lovely views, Jardin du Roy has 40 delightful rooms built out of the local stone.  A wide variety of activities is available, and the cuisine makes excellent use of vegetables and  fruit grown in the hotel’s garden.
 

Isalo Rock Lodge

: A contemporary and beautifully designed hotel, Isalo Rock Lodge sits high in the Sandstone Mountains with fantastic views over Isalo National Park.

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