This dense rainforest, bisected by the Namorona River, is where the critically endangered golden bamboo lemur was discovered in 1986, and it is one of the most important and spectacular parks on Madagascar. Its tremendous biodiversity supports a remarkable range of wildlife, including 12 lemur species, including the rare aye-aye, and over 115 species of bird and nearly 100 species of frog.
Reasons to visit Ranomafana National Park include:
Ranomafana is is warm and humid all year, and at its rainiest from December to May – which is also the best time to see reptiles and amphibians. The best times to visit are are May and September to November.
Ranomafana is usually incorporated as part of a driving itinerary. It's about 2 hours from Fianarantsoa and around ten from Antananarivo, and this would be broken up exploring towns and areas of interest en route.
There are some lovely small boutique hotels and guest houses in this area that will be perfect for exploring Ranomafana. Two of our favourites are Karibotel, a short walk from the centre of the village, or Centrest Sejour with its pretty gardens, just 10 minutes from the park.
This simple hotel is set in pretty gardens just ten minutes from Ranomafana National Park.
A charming small hotel on Ranomafana with a good restaurant and helpful staff.
A former health spa set in verdant grounds, a good base for visiting Ranomafana National Park.
The hotel is a short walk from the centre of Ranomafana village and has lovely panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.
Language: Malagasy and French are Madagascar's official languages. English or German is spoken by a municipal workers and guides.A basic working knowledge of French will make communication easier.
Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.