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Madagascar West
is a large region of the island of Madagascar.

This remote and relatively little visited region has some pretty interesting features, but is so desperately short general infrastructure and decent quality accommodations that we very rarely recommend it to our guests.

The main attraction is the Tsingy de Bamaraka Reserve, renowned for a network of precarious pathways through spectacular limestone landscapes. The best accommodation in the nearby village of Bekopaka is probably Vazimba Hotel.

Further south lies Kirindy Forest Reserve, one of the largest and most rewarding wildlife areas in the country and the most 'reliable' place to spot elusive fossas. The best accommodation in the area is the rough and ready Camp Amoureux.

Just south of the forest the road passes through the iconic Avenue des Baobabs.

These areas are accessed via the coast town of Morondava, which is connected to the capital by air. The best accommodation here is at Chez Maggie and Palissandre Cote Ouest.

It is worth noting that the road journeys between these locations are tortuous. Although it is only around 220km from Morondava to Bekopaka, that can easily take 6-8 hours on some classic "welcome to Madagascar" type roads.

Most excitingly the area can be accessed by river expedition from the west, most commonly along the Tsiribihina, but preferably along one of three lesser known rivers, although these too are rather peripheral for most visitors to the country.
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