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. This refers to its hot springs located inside the national park.

Ranomafana National Park

This Madagascar national park happens to be one of the most breathtaking parks in the entire region of Madagascar. It boasts of stunning backdrop and abundance of wildlife species.

Ranomafana national park was declared a National Park in 1991. It 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.

Ranomafana National Park is the third largest national park in Madagascar. This park  is home to a wealth of endemic plants and animal species. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and home to twelve lemur species and other mammal species.

The lemurs here include golden bamboo lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, black-and-white ruffed lemur and Milne-Edward´s sifaka. Others are 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 the adventure junkies on Madagascar tour safaris, they can join in hiking and camping tours that takes place inside the national park.

Things To do in Ranomafana National Park

Spot the Golden Lemurs

You can spend your time tracking the famous golden lemur that was first found in the south-east of Madagascar, this Golden bamboo lemur got the area the status of a national park and now acts as a protected sanctuary for its flora and fauna. There are different types of lemur: the red-bellied lemur, the black and white ruffed lemur and the golden bamboo lemur.

Golden Monkey in Ranomafana National Park

Go for a hike

You can map your way through the mountainous stretch of the National Park with rugged cliff sides and see the turns of the tremendous rivers. And it’s probably one of the best Ranomafana National Park activities for those who want to add some adventure to their trip.

Explore the ecosystem

If you hike to the edge of the Malagasy forest you can finally understand the ecosystem of the land and get your very first glimpse of this incredible vegetation where the most dangerous inhabitants are tiny ones like the deadly leeches and scorpions.

Go camping

The ultimate way get the best of the national park is to spend a night here. Explore the beauty of the region by taking an overnight camping trip; there are many designated campsites within the park.

Best Time To Visit Ranomafana National Park

Are you looking for the best time to visit Madagascar and explore Ranomafana National Park? The best time for a Madagascar tour to Ranomafana National Park is during the dry season.

The dry season 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.

How to Reach Ranomafana National Park

Take a 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.

Flight

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.

Going 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.

Madagascar Tours to Ranomafana National Park

Madagascar Adventure Trip

Madagascar adventure trip starts and ends in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital city, also known as 'Tana'. This Madagascar tour focus is on finding the lemurs and reptiles of Madagascar with forest walks.