The most popular of Madagascar’s national parks, Isalo National Park continues to offer its visitors breathtaking sights and a glimpse into the natural splendour that was prominent in this area during the Jurassic age. The park protects over 80,000 hectares of eroded sandstone so if there’s one thing you need to remember to pack; it’s your walking shoes.
A walk through this park will provide an orchestral performance by nature unlike anything around the world. Lemurs cross your path while the trees are filled with over 75 species of birds and the grasslands are filled with over 14 species of mammals that dodge over 33 species of reptiles that scurry amongst their feet.
However, while there are many animals in this protected area, the natural formation of sandstone and deep canyons have to be the most popular attraction to Isalo. Follow paths through the Canyon des Singes that will lead you along paths that carry you from Massif to Piscine Naturelle. The latter being a particularly unforgettable sight as it features a cave overlooking a crystal clear waterfall that forms an azure pool below surrounded by nothing but green for as far as the eyes can see – a truly remarkable sight.
This pool is one of the many natural swimming pools that nature has created over the years; moulding and shaping the rock to form natural stone caves and enclaves. A definite adventure for anyone visiting Madagascar, Isalo National Park provides adventurers with a wealth of discovery.