Isalo National Park is situated in the Ihorombe region of the island, close to the town of Ranohira. The park has many canyons, rugged terrain, and sandstone formations that attract more adventurous tourists. This area has a tropical dry climate with seasonal rainfall, and thus, like most of Madagascar, it is filled with diverse flora and fauna creating a brilliantly unique tour.
The canyons, as well as the rock and sand formations, are what make Isalo National Park one of the most unique and rare national parks in the world. The park is filled with endemic plants such as The Elephant’s Foot, a very rare plant that seems to climb up the rocks, creating a rather beautiful picture. The wildlife includes the ring-tailed lemur, one of the more social species of lemur, and Verreaux’s sifakus. A tour guide can be hired in Ranohira.
The rock formation the park is most known for is the Fenetre, this natural rock formation is a true testament to the sheer beauty of nature and allows for one of the most scenic and a romantic view as the sun sets between it. The canyons, caves and rock formations were also used by the indigenous Bara tribe as a sacred burial site. Like so many parts of Madagascar, this park offers an insight into not only the diverse ecosystems, but also the rich cultural history that is imprinted throughout the island.
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