The Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve includes a real forest of limestone spurs, as sharp as a razor blade, which can reach a hundred meters. Dense, dry vegetation manages to make its way around deep canyons. This strange landscape, difficult to access due to poor roads, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This country is sometimes called the “Red Island” because of the color of its soil. It is full of laterite, a rock rich in iron and alumina. Deforestation has stripped the ground in many places and created serious erosion problems. The landscapes remain magnificent with tones of red and ocher that are also found on the houses.
The alley of baobabs is one of the emblematic landscapes of this country. These majestic trees can reach 30 meters in height. There are eight species of baobabs, six of which grow only in this country. The trunk of this tree contains a large amount of water: it is often called the bottle tree for this reason.
Lemurs are primates found only in this country. There are a hundred species of lemurs: their weight can vary from 30 grams to 9 kilograms depending on the species. Some are diurnal, others nocturnal. Most are arboreal and eat mainly plants. They are very social animals that live in small groups.