After 2 days of driving through the red dirt of Madagascar while having layers of dust pasted on our skin we arrived in Bekopaka. The ride was surprising and made me smile since every child we passed waved their arms and yelled “SALUUTTT” with big grins.
Having done some research prior to arriving in Madagascar the ever so famous Tsingy had been on my bucket list.
The verb MITSINGY in English literally translates to “walking on your tippy toes”. The name definitely is a reflection of what our hike felt like, walking on our tippy toes for 4 hours.
Our guide, Landry, gave us a great history lesson on these magnificent rock formations. A veritable cathedral of limestone the “Tsingy” was once completely underwater. Now these massive limestone needles is a home for many rare species of fauna and flora, including 11 species of lemurs, many of who are nocturnal. The Tsingy cover 85,000 ha and allow hikers to test their strength, confidence, and fears by climbing them.
Using harnesses to attach ourselves to ropes along the adventurous journey, we made our way to the top of these magnificent formations. My favorite- a suspended bridge between limestone needles!
This was by far the most amazing, breathtaking, and beautiful adventure I have been on in this country. Definitely recommended.