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Welcome to Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve

Tsingy de Bemaraha Nature Reserve

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve (or just Tstingy to locals), is a popular reserve near the western coast of Madagascar due to its unique combination of terrains. The distinctive karst limestone rock formations are contrasted by the preserved mangrove forests, which house a number of different animal species, including seven species of lemurs, rare stump-tailed chameleons, and endangered fish eagles. Tsingy is located approximately 180 km north of Morondava. Access is limited by special UNESCO management.

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Malagasy is the official language, but French is used in business and government and is widely spoken in the main cities in Madagascar. A few people involved in the tourism industry might be able to speak some English, but it is not widely spoken.

The official currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA), which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc. Coins and notes display both currencies, but newer notes display the ariary more prominently than the franc. One ariary is equal to five francs. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux de change, but the ariary cannot be changed back into hard currency. Some banks will only accept US dollars or Euro. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at most banks and in major hotels, but some banks refuse to accept them. ATMs are available in Antananarivo. Most major credit cards are starting to be accepted in top hotels and major travel agencies in the capital and other major towns, but have limited usage elsewhere.

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