Located in the south of Madagascar in the region of Ihorombe, the small town of Ranohira is the crossroads leading to the national park of Isalo. The inhabitants are mostly sapphire researchers. The little town with nothing very touristy is only the starting point for exploring the canyons of Isalo through different circuits. Ranohira is however recognized for its natural swimming pool easily accessible and not requiring more than two hours of walk back and forth. It is three kilometers from Ranohira that the natural basin is with its sublime waterfall.
Isalo National Park
The Isalo National Park covers 81,540 hectares in the heart of the Jurassic sandstone mountains. This unique place in the world is characterized by its deep canyons
reaching up to 1240 m altitude, its rocky vegetation, its rivers, its 77 avian species, most of which are endemic like the quail of Madagascar, its 33 species of reptiles, its 15 species of amphibians not to mention the lemurs it houses as sifaka or maki. Trekking is the only way to explore these different canyons like the Makis Canyon or the Rat Canyon set in a western setting.
The Rats Canyon
To reach the Rats Canyon, a 17-kilometer pedestrian circuit is necessary. This walk offers a panoramic view of the cliffs, palm and bamboo forests and an ancient village. A day is enough to have a global view of the canyon housing a waterfall flowing into a natural pool reflecting the rocks giving the water its blue-green color. The rat canyon is one of the easily accessible circuits of the Isalo National Park. It hides a surprising tropical vegetation.