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is located in the Southern
region of Madagascar
Situated alongside the RN7 highway around 750km south of the capital Antananarivo
, Isalo National Reserve is an impressive conservation area centred on a large sandstone massif which in parts has been eroded into weird and wonderful formations.
This is a dry area and the mountains are surrounded by dry deciduous forests, punctuated with magical waterfalls and secret pools. There is a good network of paths and trails, with the chance of encounters with sifakas, brown lemurs and ring-tailed lemurs.
The best accommodation is at the upmarket Le Relais de la Reine
and Le Jardin du Roy
, backed up by Isalo Rock Lodge
. Mid-range options include Isalo Ranch
and Satrana Lodge
. There are also several lower cost options in the nearby village of Ranohira.
The RN7 continues southeast to reach the coast at Tulear