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Isalo National Park

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Isalo National Park

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Galya K wrote a review Jan 2021
Antananarivo, Madagascar20 contributions23 helpful votes
Amazing nature all around you! Founded different animals, while hiking, like owls, birds, snake, lemurs. We visited the blue and black pool. You can get in and swim to the waterfall, but it is cold !
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Rainforests & Rollercoasters wrote a review Apr 2020
london - uk1305 contributions87 helpful votes
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Great national park with Like most others you need a national guide to take you round the park and we had Jose. The park its self if stunning, parts of it look like Mars (or how i imagine Mars to look like!). We saw a wide variety of birds and by the picnic area there are lots of cheeky lemurs! We decided not to walk to the main pools and instead took a much quieter path through the park, it was incredibly peaceful and serene. Before we stopped for lunch we walked to the black and blue pools. The walk to get to them involves clambering over rocks, walking through river beds, walking between boulders , slippery in some places but feels very tropical. I took a dip in the black pool and its very refreshing! No where to change so you just need someone to hold a towel for you whilst you make a quick change of outfits. We had lunch cooked for us at the picnic spot which included zebu kebabs with salad followed by pineapple. We organised this through our main tour guide and we paid 70,000 including soft drinks. The ring tail lemurs make lunch very entertaining!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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PeterE5 wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia54 contributions40 helpful votes
I spent 3 days in Isalo National Park and loved it. Although it's rainy season here this area is relatively dry and a good place to go at this time of year. It is difficult to get to sites and trailheads without transport, and the access roads are poor, but I managed to join another traveller with a vehicle, making things much easier. I am sure my experience was made much better by my guide Sandra. Sandra is a local Ranohira woman, has 3 years experience as a guide, has recently completed her tourism degree and speaks excellent English, as well as French and Malagasy. There are over 100 guides for the park, but only 5 females. So just in the interests of advancing women in Madagascar I would recommend hiring a woman, but Sandra was excellent. The guide rates are set at 120,000 ariary for full day, or 80,000 for half day. You can hire a guide at the guides office, across from the National Parks office, or they may approach you first. The Fenetre (Window) of Isalo is a unusual rock formation and great place for sunset - you need a vehicle to get there. My first hike was to the Piscine Naturelle, then we crossed within a wide canyon to Namaza camp site where there were lemurs and many birds, and then up the gorge to Piscine Bleu and Piscine Noire with waterfalls and beautiful natural swimming pools. Beautiful! My second hike was to Canyon des Makis and Canyon de Rates (but no rats!). They are two beautiful gorges. We were the only ones hiking there that day. I thoroughly recommend the Park and these hikes.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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adcdiving wrote a review Jan 2020
Antwerp, Belgium151 contributions66 helpful votes
Isalo National Park; the second largest and one of the most visited national parks in Madagascar. There are already a number of other cars in the parking lot, but fortunately it is not yet a busy affair. First we walk a bit past the beautiful arched rock formations and in the meantime Hery starts telling about the local fauna and flora. Afterwards we dive into the dry forest and we immediately come across a group of ring-tailed lemurs. That's the jackpot right away, so again we take full pictures of our new favorite animal. Since we cannot get enough of these cuddly critters, we are stuck here for a long time and are already hopelessly behind our timetable.  Once we say goodbye to the ring-tailed lemurs, we descend further to the bottom of the canyon and walk along and over the small stream towards Blue and Black Pool. This walk is again not a 'walk in the park' because we again have to cross an obstacle course of various boulders, rocks and narrow ridges. However, the views of the exuberant green vegetation that we now get are more than worth the effort. No large animal species can be found at the bottom of the canyon, but we do see some beautiful dragonflies, colorful butterflies and several birds. Near the picnic area where you can also admire a number of large chameleons, boa and sifakas.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Anna C wrote a review Jan 2020
Greensboro, North Carolina38 contributions6 helpful votes
We were more than impressed with the natural untouched beauty of this park. No pictures can convey the awe that one feels standing in the presense of these massive rocks formations. The natural pools are pristine and getting to see ring tailed lemurs up close with their babies was a perk. I cannot give 5 stars of for the fault of the Malagasy Parks Department. Their refusal to recognize foreign nationals as residents because of the color of their skin is overt racism and sours the experience for those of us who have paid dearly for our legal status in order to provide volunteer services. But besides that, this is an experience to not miss.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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