Stone Forest in Madagascar

Stone Forest in Madagascar

Categories: Africa | Nature

The Tsingi du Bemaraha Nature Reserve is located on the west coast of Madagascar and is famous for its amazing stone forest. The area of the reserve is 666 square kilometers and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The landscapes here are simply fascinating – giant rocks, and preserved forests of mangroves, as well as many other wonders.

Stone Forest in Madagascar

Stone Forest in Madagascar

The reserve is a plateau consisting of a stone forest of sharp karst spires formed during the erosion of softer limestone rocks.

Stone Forest in Madagascar

The stone pillars of Qingzhi rise to a height of up to 70 meters, their tops are not covered with any vegetation and are razor sharp. 

Stone Forest in Madagascar

At lower altitudes, you can only see the roots of particularly tenacious shrubs and plants.

Stone Forest in Madagascar

A whole forest of karst peaks up to 50 meters high serves as a safe habitat for white lemurs, unique in nature. 

Stone Forest in Madagascar

The word "qingzhi" in the local dialect of Malagasi serves as a description of the karst barren lands of Madagascar. It is translated into English as "a place where you can not go barefoot".

Stone Forest in Madagascar

In the lower reaches of this tangle of forest canyons and karst caves, a huge variety of flora and fauna is raging, with many rare animals and plants, many of which live only in Madagascar

Stone Forest in Madagascar

In 1990, this unique place was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and on the island itself, Tsingi de Bemaraha became a national reserve in 1927. 

Stone Forest in Madagascar

The plateau is bordered by a picturesque canyon and the Manambolo River flowing through it. Rare and endangered species of birds and lemurs have found their refuge in the mangroves growing on the pristine shores of the lake and the river flowing into it. 

Stone Forest in Madagascar

The Tsingi de Bemaraha Nature Reserve covers an area of 152 thousand hectares and is the largest protected area in Madagascar. 

Stone Forest in Madagascar

The age of this unusual place created by nature is about a million years.

Stone Forest in Madagascar

Some parts of the nature reserve were opened to tourists only in 1998, and some are closed until today. 

Stone Forest in Madagascar

Tourists can admire the unusual beauty of the Stone Forest by climbing the peaks with the help of climbing equipment, or from observation platforms. There are no other options. 

Stone Forest in Madagascar

Local residents say that there is not a single flat piece of land throughout the vast territory of the reserve. 

Stone Forest in Madagascar

This landscape is inaccessible only to humans, but it helps rare species of plants and animals to survive, especially lemurs, which live here in large numbers. 

Keywords: Nature | Africa | Madagascar | Nature reserve | Forest | Rocks

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