"The most popular hiking venue in Madagascar, Isalo protects a vast sandstone massif where contorted rock formations, sculpted by millennia of wind and water erosion, stand sentinel over lushly wooded riverine canyons. The park’s succulent-dominated flora supports the iconic Verreaux’s sifaka and ring-tailed lemur as well as 80-plus species of dry-country bird. ”
- Philip Briggs
Isalo National Park
Renowned for its naturally sculpted sandstone formations, most famously the elevated rock arch known as the Window of Isalo, the 815km2 Isalo National Park supports a low-lying semi-arid ecosystem dominated by bizarre succulents such as the bulbous elephant’s foot plant and red-flowered Isalo aloe. A favourite day hike reads to a natural swimming pool fringed by palms and other trees, but it is also possible to do multi-day hikes across the entire sandstone massif.
Isalo is an excellent place to see Verreaux’s sifaka, a cuddly black-and-white creature whose bizarre mode of terrestrial locomotion, hooping sideways and forward with both arms raised in the air, has led to it being nicknamed the dancing lemur. It also supports large numbers of ring-tailed lemur, the most sociable, terrestrial and monkey-like of Madagascar’s primates.
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