Tsingy de Bemaraha is Madagascar’s biggest reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (152,000 hectares). The intriguing elevated limestone plateau is adorned with the “Tsingy,” also known as the Labyrinth of Stone, a fragile, chaotic, razor-sharp assemblage of pinnacles. Brown lemurs, a diversity of bird life, and the uncommon all-white Decken’s sifaka may all be found in deciduous forest areas. Aloes, orchids, many pachypodium, and baobabs are among the diverse flora. Over 50 bird species, seven lemur species (including the all-white Deckens sifaka), and the uncommon stump-tailed chameleon all live in the deciduous forest (Brookesia perarmata). Bemaraha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where entry is limited and the places you are permitted to see change from time to time. It’s around 180 kilometers north of Morondava.
The Avenue of the Baobabs is a spectacular grove of massive baobab trees. It is one of the most frequented attractions in the Menabe Region, located 45 minutes north of Morondava on Madagascar’s west coast. This unusual grove of more than a dozen trees is a contender for one of Africa’s Seven Wonders, and efforts are underway to preserve it. Some of the trees, such as Adansonia grandidieri, are over 800 years old and grow to be 30 meters tall. It’s a photographer’s dream, and it’s particularly lovely at sunset.