Ranomafana National Park
(which means “hot water” in Malagasy) is doubtless
one the most spectacular
National Parks of
The park contains twelve lemur species. Aside from the golden bamboo lemur, visitors can spot eastern woolly lemur, red bellied lemur, eastern grey bamboo lemur, greater bamboo lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, black-and-white ruffed lemur, Milne-Edward´s sifaka, Small-toothed sportive lemur, greater dwarf lemur and brown mouse lemur and the very rare aye-aye. Other mammals include 7 species of tenrecs, 8 bats and 6 carnivorous, like the Malagasy striped civet and some mongooses.
Greater bamboo lemur © Gail Johnson
Golden bamboo lemur © Antony
The golden and the greater bamboo lemurs are
threatened with extinction - they are classified as an
endangered species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Although
Birds are also wide spread in
are at least 115 species catalogued (30 are local endemic to this part
Apart from that, the immense wildlife is completed by 62 species of reptiles ( chameleons, snakes and fringed and satanic leaf-tailed geckos are pretty common), 98 frogs, 90 butterflies, 350 spiders and several fishes and crayfishes. As in Andasibe-Mantadia, most reptiles and frogs are best seen during night walks, when chameleons in particular initially reflect white in the beam of a torch.
the plants which grow in these rain forests, many are used by the
Tanala and the Betsileo for medical purposes. There are precious wood
and palm trees, many orchids and carnivorous plants.
In addition to its densely forested hills, the protected area is characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful
The climate is warm and humid all the year. Best visiting months are May, September, October, and November. Although the dry season extends from April to December, the North East and Central East regions have no months (or weeks) that are completely without rain.
Namorona River © Danielguip
5 different circuits in order to explore this marvellous Park. Please
that the shortest treks are also the most popular ones and trails can
crowded especially during the high season. The longer treks are much
and more rewarding from a wildlife watching point of view:
Varibolomena circuit: easy trek of 4 hours, a good chance to spot bamboo lemurs in the secondary forest passing by a beautiful waterfall. It can also be made by night to discover reptiles and frogs.
Sahamalaotra circuit: a 10 km trek through the forest looking for lemurs and birds.
Vohiparara circuit: 2 days trek across the National Park (20 km up and down) spotting lemurs, birds and other animals and visiting a sacred lake.
Varijatsy circuit: 1 or 2 days trek (15 km of rough path) across the primary forest looking for lemurs and birds and passing by a waterfall and a natural pool where you can take a bath.
Soarano circuit: 2 or 3 days hard trek (at least 20 km) through the primary forest discovering interesting plants and looking for lemurs and other animals. There is also a cultural visit to a pair of traditional tanala villages set in the middle of the forest.
|Milne-Edwards´ sifaka © Gail Johnson||
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The entry costs Ar 25,000 for one day visit and Ar 37,000 for two days. The fees for the circuits depend on the number of participants and the duration of the trek. Average is 50,000 to 80,000 Ar a day for one to five people.
The park hosts several campsites spread within the park boundaries for those choosing the longer treks as well as a rustic "gite" next to the Park Office with shared showers and warm water available at Ar 8,100 per person.
There are plenty of more comfortable accommodation in Ranomafana village.
The National Park Office and the entrance are located at the
BP. 2 – Fivondronana Ifanandiana, 312 Ranomafana
Phone : + (261 20) 75 523 02 / (261 33) 01 228 55
Email : email@example.com