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Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

Practical information on Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Lake
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
90 km from Tuléar by car
When to go
From April to November
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

Julie Sabatier Seasoned Traveller
73 written opinions

Tsimanampetsotsa National Park is one of the first ten parks to have been created in the country in 1927. The reserve, which is accessible from the village of Efoetsy, spreads over 43,000 hectares. It consists of a coastal forest and a dense, dry forest.

My suggestion:
Choose the lemur circuit, especially if you have not yet had the chance to see them during your stay on the Big Island!
My review

The park derives its name from a salt lake, the Tsimanampetsotsa, which literally means "the lake without dolphins". The presence of calcium sulphate in these waters makes fish life impossible. The lake is around twenty kilometres long. The different shades of colour that pass from turquoise blue to emerald green are stunning.

Tsimanampetsotsa is an excellent site to observe birds since it shelters more than a hundred species, such as grebes, the Madagascan plover or the famous pink or lesser flamingos.

The park offers four circuits to choose from, according to your tastes. One is more focused on bird watching, the other leads through the hills, caves and underground rivers that are home to a native blind fish. The third circuit is based on the plant world and the last one centres around lemurs.

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