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Isalo National Park - A view from our expert author


Isalo NP, Madagascar by Daniel Austin

The combination of sandstone rocks, rare endemic plants and dry weather are what make this national park particularly rewarding.

The combination of sandstone rocks cut by deep canyons and eroded into weird shapes, rare endemic plants and dry weather for most of the year makes this Madagascar’s most popular national park. For botanists there are Pachypodium plants and a locally endemic Aloe; and for lemur lovers there are sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tails. Isalo is also sacred to the Bara tribe; for hundreds of years they have used caves in the canyon walls as burial sites.

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