Tsimanampetsotsa National Park
Apart from the lake
itself, there are two main
landscapes inside the park: a calcareous plateau covered with dense
thickets (a locally endemic spiny forest), huge baobabs and banyan
the sand dunes along the coast covered by a grassy blanket. The park
numerous caves and sinkholes, which are the result of an underground
Tsimanampetsotsa is a birders
paradise. More than 100 species are found here,
including pink, greater and dwarf flamingos forming big colonies on the
coua species, Archbold´s newtonia,
Apart from birds, there are 12 species of mammals, among them the extremely rare and local endemic Grandidier´s mongoose and 4 lemur species: ring-tailed lemur, Verreaux´s sifaka, Gray-brown mouse lemur and white-footed sportive lemur.
Among the 39 reptile species, the most significant one is the radiated turtle, which is endemic to this region and extremely endangered to extinction.
Because of the chemical composition of the saline lake, no fish can survive in it. Nevertheless, the unique blind fish of the world is easy to find in some underground caves.
White-faced whistling ducks at Tsimanampetsotsa Lake © Danielguip
There are several easy circuits
designed to suit all fit conditions and
- Tsiamaso circuit: this is the cave circuit where you can admire the stalactites and stalagmites and observe the famous blind fishes.
- Andaka circuit: a short walk along the lake shore special for flamingo lovers. You will enjoy beautiful views and get to see many other birds and plants.
- Emande circuit: you will visit old tombs and enjoy some terrific landscapes whilst trying to spot lemurs, reptiles and water birds.
- Andalamaike circuit: a botanical walk through arid landscapes focused on baobabs, radiated turtles, land birds and the underground cave.
The best months to visit Tsimanampesotsa are between April and December since the lake is covered with the flamingo colonies. The Park is opened between 7 am and 5 pm every day. It is strongly recommended to bring walking shoes, sun protection and plenty of drinking water!
A bizarre really old baobab © Gr0uch0
It is also possible to reach
the Park by boar
from Anakao. The journey takes around 4 hours depending on the type of
There is no public transport heading to the park, so visitors will need their own car or arrange a day trip from a hotel in Anakao or Beheloka.
are two camping sites
within the Park where you can experience true nature at Soarano and
basic facilities. Fees are 10,000 Ar per night/person
Another cheap option is one of the modest hotels at Beheloka, ideal for budget travellers.
Just some km from the park the Hotel Ambola offers a more comfortable accommodation. Web:www.ambola-madagascar.com Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: + 261 209 49 30 44 / 261 324 532 621
This beautiful complex has 15 large, comfortable and charming rooms. There is a pool, satellite TV, a cocktail bar and an excellent restaurant. Many activities are offered (whale watching, diving, fishing, excursions to the national park), as well as vehicles for renting and transfers. The hotel owns a 1km long private beach
Price for a double room 45€
Price for a familiar room 65€
For further accommodations in the area see Anakao
Office is at the
Phone: +(261 32) 02 745 99
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