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TSINGY ROUGE

In the north of Madagascar, just 5 kilometres from Diego Suarez (also known as Antsiranana), lies a very special natural phenomenon. A dark red work of art from erosion!

A TRUE HIDDEN GEM

This hidden gem lies between the towns of Ambilobe and Diego Suarez. What is special is that it was only discovered in the middle of the 20th century, purely by landslides. And what a beautiful surprise was the gorge that came out from under it; the Tsingy Rouge!

MADAGASCAR: THE RED ISLAND

Madagascar is also called the red island and that is because – how could it be otherwise – the earth is mainly red. The name Tsingy Rouge is therefore appropriate! The warm colours are due to the clay soil that is full of minerals, especially the high amount of iron oxide (a reddish brown, powdery solid) contributes to this. During sunset, these warm colours come out very strongly and the Tsingy Rouge becomes a spectacle to watch. The photos are also very impressive at sunrise, but then you have to set your alarm clock very early! But actually it does not matter when you visit this place, the special landscape guarantees a unique picture.

TSINGY ROUGE: THE ACCESSIBILITY

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

YOUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL 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. Of course, we want our great-great-grandchildren to also be able to enjoy this special natural phenomenon. Therefore, we would like to point out that it is forbidden to touch the rocks.

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The team lives and works all over Africa and therefore has a lot of first-hand knowledge and experience.

 

WE DEVELOP OUR OWN ROUTES

Wherever Charlie and his team travel, they develop new routes and experiences together with local entrepreneurs.

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Charlie’s Travels works together with local partners and contributes to CO2 projects to offset environmental pollution.