Isalo National Park
Isalo National Park is located approximately 700 km southwest of Antananarivo. This Madagascar National Park was establishes in 1962.
Isalo National Park protects 815 km² of sandstone massif wildly eroded by wind and rain into bizarre ridges (known as “runiformes”). They feature wild forms, impressive gorges and canyons and tiny stalagmite pinnacles.
The far Wild West reminiscent of the landscape, dominated by rugged massive. The massive rises up from the flat surrounding grassy plain that attracts hikers from the whole world. They gather here to admire the sweeping colours of this Jurassic scenery. The climate is dry tropical with warm temperatures all year around.
The Isalo National Park is a natural rock massif giving a reminiscent great America West vibe. Stroll through this Jurassic setting;, alternating between deserted landscapes and verdant canyons.
You will roam in completely arid zones with various colors and shapes. When you enter in the forest, it is not unusual for a lemur or a harmless serpent to welcome you.
When on Madagascar safari to Isalo National Park, you can roam on the rocks along the small streams. Enjoy watching the Nymphs waterfall (which has carved the rock over time), or you can take a dip in the blue pool that is a refreshing break during excursion.
The black pool is also worth a visit, but you are recommended not to bathe in it because the water is frozen.
The History of Isalo National Park
Isalo National Park was founded in 1962 and is one of the most popular national Parks in Madagascar. Although the park is constantly plagued with fires, the government in Madagascar is doing all it can to make sure that the park maintains its natural state.
This is to ensure you will be able to see the glorious Park without worry. The Park has a lot of things that it offers you one of the best sceneries in the country.
The drive to the Park is a long one due to the bad roads that are found in the area. This makes the journey itself tiring before you carry out any activities at Isalo National Park.
It is very hard for you to get there on your own and that is why it is advisable for one to hire a driver who will be able to drive through the better roads so that you can get to the Park in time.
Getting someone who knows the ins and outs of Isalo National Park is the best idea. This is because preservation has been done by both the government and the Bara local people. The latter are believed to be the first settlers around the park.
Wildlife in Isalo National Park
Though wildlife in Isalo National Park is not as prominent as in other parks of the country. There are still a couple of species worth to look out when on Madagascar tour to Isalo National Park. They include Ring-tailed lemurs, brown lemurs, sifakas and 14 nocturnal lemurs hide in dense vegetation along the streams.
Isalo National Park homes also approximately 80 species of birds. This includes the rare Benson’s rock-thrush, the knob-billed duck or the crested ibis. 35 of reptiles and several endemic frogs are also found in Isalo National Park.
The flora in Isalo National Park is indeed more interesting than the fauna. There are several local endemic plants among the 500 species which are found within Isalo, such as the elephant´s foot and some rare palms and aloe species.
Accessing Isalo National Park
Isalo National Park is accesible during all the year. It lies just next to the RN7, the highway connecting Tana with Tulear. The road is one of the best of Madagascar, so the journey is quite comfortable.
For those on Madagascar safari to Isalo National Park from Tana it takes around 15 hours (700 km), from Tulear 4 hours (250 km).There are several daily taxi-brousse connections between Tana and Tulear. You just have to ask the driver to drop you out at Ranohira.