Isalo National Park
Travel to Isalo National Park – Canyons, Oases & Great Trekking
Isalo National Park features a remarkable landscape of eroded sandstone formations, rare vegetation, and a variety of birds. The park is one of the biggest attractions in the country and an excellent place for day trips.
Isalo National Park is located in the Toliara Province of Madagascar and is a part of the Isalo Massif. The park is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone fomations, deep canyons, palm-lined oases, and grassland. The closest town is Ranohira, and the closest city is Toliara.
The park covers an area of 81,540 ha of the Isalo Massif, which rises up from the flat surrounding grassy plain. Vegetation is concentrated in the canyon bottoms where streams flow. These wooded areas are dominated by the fire-resistant tree, tapia (Uapaca bojeri), on which a Malagasy endemic silkworm feeds, along with Pandanus pulcher and the locally endemic feather palm, Chrysalidocarpus isaloensis.
On the cliffs and rocks are several endemic succulents including the elephant’s foot and the Isalo aloe (Aloe isaloensis).
The park has 82 species of birds, 33 species of reptiles, 15 species of frogs, and 14 species of mammals, including 3 different species of Lemur. 340 different species of fauna are also known to be in the park.
Visitors can enjoy trekking in the park with treks lasting from several hours to a week or longer.
- See amazing sandstone that has been eroded into strange shapes, cut through by impressive gorges and canyons.
- Head out on foot and see breathtaking scenery on a wilderness trek.
- Isalo National Park has a large number of species and rare plants, offering a feeling of space and stillness.