Stone forest in Madagascar

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Nature Reserve Tsingy du Bemaraha located on the west coast of Madagascar, and is famous because of the amazing stone forest. The reserve area is 666 square kilometers and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The landscapes here are fascinating – the giant rock, and preserved forests of mangrove trees, as well as many other miracles.
The reserve is a plateau consisting of the Stone Forest karst sharp spiers formed during erosion of the softer limestone.

Tsingy stone pillars rise to a height of 70 meters and their vertices are not covered by any vegetation and are sharp as a razor.

At lower atitudes can contemplate a particularly tenacious roots of shrubs and plants.

A forest of karst peaks up to 50 meters, is the safest place and home of white lemurs.

The word “tsingy” in the local dialect of the Malagasy is the description of karst badlands of Madagascar. In English it is translated as “a place where you can not go barefoot.”

In the lower reaches of this wreath of forest canyons and limestone caves is huge variety of flora and fauna, with many rare animals and plants, many of which are found only in Madagascar

In 1990, this unique place has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the island Tsingy de Bemaraha became a national nature reserve in 1927.

From the plateau you can see the picturesque canyon and the river flowing through it. Rare and endangered species of birds and lemurs found their refuge in the mangroves growing on the banks of pristine lakes and rivers flowing into it.

Reserve Tsingy de Bemaraha covers an area of ​​152 hectares and is the largest protected area in Madagascar.

The age of this unusual place – about a million years.

Some parts of the nature reserve opened to tourists in 1998 , and some are closed to the present time.

The unusual beauty of the Stone Forest visitors can enjoy climbing on top with climbing equipment. There are no other options.

Local residents say that throughout the vast territory of the reserve you can not find a single smooth piece of land.

This landscape is home for the rare species of plants and animals, especially lemurs that live here in large numbers.