Overview – Ranomafana NP

Philip Briggs
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By Philip Briggs

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Insight guide to Madagascar.

Philip is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Philip is the author of the Insight Guide to Madagascar.

Ranomafana National Park (Parc National de Ranomafana) is one of the most biodiverse areas in the country and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. It is home to 12 lemur species, including the highly endangered golden bamboo lemur. There are many guided hikes available ranging from an easy two-hour stroll to overnight camping trips.

Best Time to Go August to November (Less rainfall)
High Season July, August and December (The park is busy)
Size 405km² / 156mi²
Altitude 611-1,330m / 2,005-4,364ft

Pros & Cons

  • Very accessible
  • Home to 12 lemur species
  • Large network of trails
  • Lush rainforest
  • Kayaking available
  • Mid-altitude rainforest is often cold and wet
  • The terrain is steep and slippery
  • Most lodges are on a main road and in the village

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Wildlife

Ranomafana is home to seven lemur species active in the day including red-bellied lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, golden, greater and grey bamboo lemurs. There are many chameleons and frogs and they are most easily seen at night. This is one of the best places to see the bizarre, aptly named giraffe-necked weevil.

Scenery

The mid-altitude rainforest of Ranomafana spreads out over some steep slopes on either side of the valley of the Namorona River. The hilly terrain can make hiking more challenging but guarantees good views into the canopy. A main road follows the river through the valley and gives access to a spectacular waterfall which is a scenic highlight in the area.

Weather & Climate

The park has a temperate to warm climate. Rainfall is high and the Wet season months are from November to April. During these months, temperatures reach up to a maximum of 26°C/79°F during the day with high humidity. The cooler Dry season months from May to October see daytime temperatures of 22°C/72°F and nights get as cold as 10°C/50°F.

Best Time to Visit

Ranomafana can be visited throughout the year. However, January to March is cyclone season and these months might be too wet to enjoy activities. The shoulder months of April, May, October and November are particularly nice as the weather is mild and there isn’t too much rain. Animals, including reptiles which are less easy to spot in the Dry season months, are active during this time and in October and November many lemurs have babies.

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Exceptional biodiversity in Ranomafana National Park
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The early morning view from my humble room on the main road running through the park was mesmerizing. Rainforest clad slopes shrouded in mist stretched out in every direction. This nearly impenetrable jungle is known for its exceptional...