• Tsingy Rouge

    In the North of Madagascar, just 5 kilometres from Diego Suarez (also known as Antsiranana), there is a very special natural phenomenon. A dark red artwork of erosion!

A true hidden gem

This hidden gem is located between the cities of Ambilobe and Diego Suarez. Did you know that the only reason this was discovered was due to the great landslides of the mid-20th century? What a great surprise! 

Madagascar: the red island

Madagascar is also known as the red island, this is due to the soil here manly being red. We think that the name Tsingy Rouge is therefore appropriate! The warm colours are due to the clay soil which is full of minerals. This is more specifically due to the high amount of iron oxide (a reddish-brown, powdery solid) in the clay. During the sunset, these warm colours stand out and the Tsingy Rouge becomes an absolute spectacle to watch. The photos are also extra impressive at sunrise, but then you have to set that alarm very early! Regardless of the time you visit, you’ll be blown away by its beauty. 

Tsingy rouge: the accessibility

The area is more accessible than the Tsingy de Ankarana or Tsingy de Bemaraha in the West. For example, it’s fun as a full-day excursion with only a two-hour drive from Diego Suarez (aka Antsiranana). Despite it being the smallest Tsingy area in the country, it is nevertheless a very impressive highlight.

Your grandchildren want to see this too, right?

Because the Tsingy Rouge consists of sandstone, it is very fragile. The other two (larger) Tsingy formations are made of limestone, which is a lot harder and therefore less vulnerable. And also a lot sharper and edged … Of course, we want our great-great-great-grandchildren to also enjoy this special natural phenomenon. That is why we would like to point out that it is forbidden to touch the rocks.

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