Tsingy de Namoroka National Park
|The Tsingy of Namoroka (223 km²) have
protected since 1966, but it just gained the status of National Park in
is located in the northwest part of
The Park is inaccessible during the hot rainy season between the months of November and March. During the long and totally dry period from April to October, when Namoroka can be visited temperatures can be very high, so bring warm and light clothes and plenty of drinking water.
|The rich wildlife offers a perfect counterpoint
to the stunning landscapes. 18 mammal species are found in the park,
fossa and 8 lemurs: Decken´s sifaka, Milne-Edwards sportive
lemur, grey mouse
lemur, common brown lemur, fork-crowned lemur, red-fronted brown lemur,
grey bamboo lemur and aye-aye.
Birds are also widely spread, with more than 80 species (70% endemic), among them the Henst’s goshawk, crested ibis, Schlelgel´s asity, blue pigeon or
Among the 220 plant species which grow in the different forests and savannas, more than 100 are endemic to
Red-fronted brown lemur with baby
© Gail Johnson
The Park is closed during the hot rainy season between the months of November and March. During the long and totally dry period from April to October, when Namoroka can be visited temperatures can be very high, so bring warm and light clothes and plenty of drinking water.
There are several long and quite hard treks to walk through the tsingy and the forest, and also to explore the cave galleries, always with a guide. Fees are 10,000 Ar up to 6 people
park access is relatively hard due to the
The starting point to a trip to Tsingy de Namoroka should be Mahajanga (Majunga). After crossing the bay to reach Katsepy, take the poor road RN 19 until Soalala, and here continue on a not tarred terrible secondary road to reach Namoroka.
If you travel independent, you can reach Soalala with taxi-brousse, but you will need an alternative transport until the Park (zebu chart, boat or join a trip with a jeep)
Amazing view over the tsingy © Madagascar Travel Guide
There are a couple of campsites inside the Park with very basic facilities. Another option is to overnight with the local Sakavala people at their homes to get a glimpse into the real hard life of these farmers and zebu cattle-holders.
At present there is no infrastructure to receive tourist in the park, so if you want to visit the park you must arrange a trip at the ANGAP office at Soalala.
Parc National Baie de
Baly / Namoroka :
Appartement EZIDINY – Soalala 420
Tél.: 033 11 968 89