PN Tsimanampetsotse, parc, entrée

Tsimanampetsotsa national park

This park of the southwest region is mostly famous for its salty lake, spread over 20km long. Nature’s lover will love the numerous animals and plants that live there. There is such a biodiversity in here that its endemic rate is close to the 100%.


A endemic biodiversity

The park offers an exceptional endemic faunistic and floristic diversity. We count 72 bird species : grey head inseparable, crested croots, Madagascar drongo, Newton hawks… The park is also full of lemurs such as the maki catta, or the galidictis grandidieri (that you’ll find only in this park). You can also observe a lot of turtles and reptiles. Inside the numerous caves of the park, you will discover blind fishes (typhleotis) which live in the unenlightened bottom of the cracks. You will also find there a specific vegetation which has adapted to the very dry temperatures and to the limestone relief. Thorny plants, traditional medicine shrubs, and also baobabs’ forests and 10-12 meters long trees (banians).

PN Tsimanampetsotse, flore, parc

PN Tsimanampetsotse, lac salé

The salty lake

The lake is located in the heart of the park and extends on 20km. Shallow, its waters are full of calcium sulfate that’s why no fish live in it. You will be enchanted by its color pallet, from topaze green to turquoise blue. Avifauna lovers won’t be disappointed as the lake counts almost 112 bird species, especially pink flamingos, dwarf flamingos, and Coua. Bordered by a typical south vegetation, the sacred lake offers a wonderful landscape, like an oasis in the middle of the desert. It appears as in a dream…

What can you do in the park ?

Rudimentary accomodations are proposed around the park. You can practise there some trekking, birdwatching, and also surfing (a beach is located 2,5km from the park). You will have also the opportunity to observe dolphins ad whales (depending on the time of the year).

The park’s circuits

The park is accessible by car or by boat from Tulear and Anakao. You will then discover wonderful landscapes such as the famous Madagascar’s baobabs, and also some lemurs and graceful birds. Once there, 4 circuits are available : the Andaka circuit and the Emande circuit (approximately 1h long), the Tsiamaso circuit (about 2h) and the Anadalamaiky one (about 3h). To note : do not forget good walking shoes and a large water supply.

PN Tsimanampetsotse, lac salé

Where is the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park ?