Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve

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Bemaraha National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve.jpg
A karst limestone formation, known as tsingy in Malagasy
Map showing the location of Bemaraha National Park
Map showing the location of Bemaraha National Park
Location of Bemaraha National Park
Location Western Madagascar
Nearest city Morondava, Antsalova
Coordinates 18°40′0″S 44°45′5″E / 18.66667°S 44.75139°E / -18.66667; 44.75139Coordinates: 18°40′0″S 44°45′5″E / 18.66667°S 44.75139°E / -18.66667; 44.75139
Area 666 km²
Established 1997
Visitors approx. 6000 (in 2005)
Governing body Parcs Nationaux Madagascar - ANGAP
Official name: Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve
Type: Natural
Criteria: vii, x
Designated: 1990 (14th session)
Reference No. 494
State Party: Madagascar
Region: Africa

Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is a nature reserve located near the western coast of Madagascar in Melaky Region at 18°40′S 44°45′E / 18.667°S 44.750°E / -18.667; 44.750 (Tsingy). The area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 due to the unique geography, preserved mangrove forests, and wild bird and lemur populations.[1][2] The southern end of the protected area has subsequently been changed into the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, covering 666 square kilometres (257 sq mi). The northern end of the protected area remains as a strict nature reserve (Réserve Naturelle Intégrale) covering 853 square kilometres (329 sq mi). The incredibly sharp limestone formations make traveling incredibly difficult, being able to cut through equipment and flesh easily.

Tourism[edit]

Tourists can access the national park by road from Morondava, a town 150 km south of the park. Limited access is also possible from the town of Antsalova, which can be reached by plane from Antananarivo or Mahajanga.

See also[edit]

Additional images[edit]

A view of the park 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve". UNESCO. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  2. ^ Shea, Neil (November 2009). "Living On a Razor's Edge: Madagascar's labyrinth of stone". National Geographic. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 

External links[edit]

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