Tsingy de Namoroka Strict Nature Reserve, also known as Namoroka National Park, is a strict nature reserve located in the northwestern part of Madagascar in the Mahajanga Province, specifically, the Soalala District.
History, Climate and Geography
Namoroka National Park was established in 1927 and became a special reserve in 1966. Visit the official Namoroka Nature Reserve web page Located in the northwestern part of Madagascar about 50 km south of Soalala, Tsingy de Namoroka has a dry season lasting about seven months with a rainy season lasting only five months. The resulting precipitation is about 115 cm per year, while the average temperature hovers around 25°C. The park is known for its tsingy walls, caves, canyons, and natural swimming pools.
Like much of Madagascar, Tsingy de Namoroka is known for its abundant and diverse wildlife. Of its over 81 species of birds, 31 are endemic to Madagascar with 23 other species endemic to Madagascar and other neighboring islands. Visit the official Wild Madagascar web site Namoroka is also home to over 30 species of reptiles, five types of frogs, and 16 mammals, including eight lemurs.
The mixed origins of the Malagasy (the name for the people of Madagascar) has produced an interesting set of cultures that draws from southeast Asia, India, Africa, and the Middle East. Today there are more than 20 ethnic groups in Madagascar from the Indonesian-looking Merina in the highlands to Arabic Antaimoro on the eastern coast.