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Situated in Madagascar, Ranomafana National Park is a popular tourist attraction that has attracted tourists from all walks of life. The word Ranomafana translates to ‘Hot Springs’ in Malagasy that refers to its hot springs located inside the national park. This national park happens to be one of the most breathtaking parks that one can find in the entire region of Madagascar. Boasting of stunning backdrop and abundance of wildlife species, you can never get bored of this place. Designated in 1991, Ranomafana national park preserves the area’s biodiversity making it a must visit place in Madagascar. The park spans to 415 km stretch and the entire region is covered in dense rainforest. Being the third largest national park in Madagascar, Ranomafana is home to a wealth of endemic plants and animal species. Declared as a UNESCO world heritage site, this national park boasts of twelve lemur species and other mammal species. You can spot golden 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. Apart from the lemurs, you can spot 7 species of tenrecs, 8 bats and 6 carnivorous inside the park. For those who are adventure junkies can join in hiking and camping tours that takes place inside the national park. Like all other national parks in Madagascar, Ranomafana Park offers many hiking routes that will allow you to get close with the nature and other surroundings. From the easiest 3 hour tour to 3 day hiking tour, this national park has lot in store for all kind of travelers.

Best Time To Visit Ranomafana National Park

The best time to visit Ranomafana National Park is during the dry season that is from the month of April to December. During this season, the weather remains calm and pleasant allowing the visitors to explore the place without any hassle. You can spot animals out in the open during the dry season, so it is best you visit this part of the region during dry months. From September until November, you may witness rain so it is likely you should avoid going to that region during rainy months. 

Things To Do In Ranomafana National Park

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Spot the golden Lemurs

Ranomafana is famous for its golden lemurs that are found inside the national park. Spend your time tracking these famous golden lemurs in their natural habitat. You can spot different types of lemur such as the red-bellied lemur, the black and white ruffed lemur and the golden bamboo lemur. You can even take a guided walking tour along with the experts who will give you knowledge about these endangered species and the entire region.

Go for a hiking tour

Ranomafana national park is a hub of hikers where you can spend your day exploring the place amidst the beauty of the nature. Walk through the lush greenery of the place and make sure you take a guide along with you as you will get to know about the region. Make your way through the rugged cliff sides and get to see the tremendous rivers that flow in the park. Hiking in this national park can be an ideal choice to boost your adventure side and make the most of your trip.

Camping in Ranomafana

For those who want to spend an entire day inside the park can choose to go for camping. The national park boasts of many campsites where you can simply enjoy and gaze at the stars with your loved ones. Explore the beauty of the region and make sure you take your camera along as there are several photographic spots that will take your breath away.

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How to Reach Ranomafana National Park

By Train: You can travel to Ranomafana National Park via train that takes your from Fianarantsoa to Manakara. This route from Fianarantsoa to Manakara offers stunning views of the vast landscapes and plantations. Choose to go for RN 7 (National Road number 7) that will take you directly to the national park.

By Air: The nearest airport to Ranomafana is Ivato International airport that is situated just 23 km away from Antananarivo. From there you can take a bus to Ranomafana National Park that will take around 6 and half hours to reach.

Take a flight Ivato International Airport just about 23 km away from Antananarivo, Madagascar (TNR / FMMI). Take a bus from Antananarivo Airport (TNR) to Ranomafana National Park and it will take around 6 and half hours. You can also take a shuttle which will reach you at your destination by 10 and half hours.

By Road: Ranomafana is located at a very easy spot lying about 60 km north from Fianarantsoa and just around 400 km south from Tana. There are two roads that cross the park-one stretch from Ambohimahasoa, RN25, and the other coming from Alakamisy, the RN45. You can commute via any of these routes all year round. You can even choose to go for taxi-brousse connection that will drop you at the village from Antananarivo and from Fianarantsoa. 

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