Forest of Knives, Madagascar…

Truly intriguing how wildlife happily exists amidst razor sharp vertical rocks in the mesmerising ‘Forest of knives’? Limestone sculptures sharp enough to slice through quality climbing gloves, rising up to 500 feet. Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park on Madagascar’s west coast is known as ‘Forest of knives’. Absolutely unlike any place on  the planet. Tsingy refers to limestone formations in stone forests. Means ‘walking tiptoes’ or ‘place where one can’t walk’

Tsingy de Bemaraha owes it’s beauty to 200 million years of heavy tropical rainfall erosions. Believed ground-water from heavy rains entered porous limestones to create caves, tunnels. When roofs of caves, tunnels eventually collapsed, giant spires emerged.

Park contains gorges, mangroves, deciduous forests, tropical rainforests, lakes, rivers, rolling hills, waterfalls, sinkholes, extensive underground cave system. Endangered lemur species frolic about limestone needles, 100’s of rare bird species soar. Endemic reptiles, amphibians, rodents roam around. An unusual natural marvel. A great place for adventurous hiking

 

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