Stone Forest. Madagascar
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve – a beautiful mineral wood, which is located in 80 km from the west coast of Madagascar. Over millions of years, the karst rocks have been turned into an unusual stone forest by the force of wind and water. In fact it is a huge stone forest consisting of prongs of limestone. The Malagasy people call them “scurvy.” The reserve area is 666 square kilometers!
This place with amazing landscapes has received the status of the national reserve in 1927 and it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. In 1998, the park was opened to tourists. Now there are special viewing platforms equipped for the tourists, and climbers are fond of exploring rocks reaching the height of 50 meters.
Bemaraha Plateau has been under water in the past and during the formation of mountains it has been risen up above the sea for several hundred meters. Due to the millions years of rains, the rocks dissolved and cracks grew deeper. Consequently the ridges began to appear in which water has not remained, and all the same processes of destruction continued in the bottom.
Tourists walk on the trails and special hinged wooden stairs, because the whole territory is speckled with potholes. We have to move here with great caution. Perhaps because of the difficult sections of the reserve, rare species of animals and plants are saved here. Battlements of the mountains are very close to each other, so these places are almost impassable for man. Perhaps that is why a large population of lemurs and wild birds could grow roots here. Large colonies of funny and cute lemurs have a rather strange look at the background of mountains with gray-blue battlements.
For 10 euros you are allowed to walk around the platforms for review, climb the mountains and cliffs, and take pictures of these wonderful picturesque landscapes. A huge variety of flora and fauna live in the lower reaches of these unusual canyons and karst caves. Many rare animals and plants can be seen only in Madagascar. Local Malagasy people use the word “tsingy” as a description of the karst barren land of Madagascar. In English it can be translated as “a place where you can’t go barefoot.” Anyway, this place is worth it to be seen at least once in life!