Lush rainforests – showered in humid rains and lightly covered in layers of cloud – form a chain along Madagascar’s east coast. Collectively known as the Rainforests of the Atsinanana, they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to their incredible wealth of biodiversity. One of these tropical rainforests is the Ranomafana National Park, spanning across 41,600ha of rare fauna and flora and home to twelve species of lemur.
The critically-endangered golden bamboo lemur, greater bamboo lemur, and black and white ruffed lemur call the park home alongside other species such as the Milne-Edwards sifaka—but that alone has not warranted the park’s important status as a World Heritage Site. It is also home to 115 birds, 62 reptiles, 98 frogs, 90 butterflies, 8 species of bat, and 350 different kinds of spiders.
There are two lodges near the entrance of the park, while the nearby town of Ranomafana has a number of other accommodation options along with a spa, museum, botanical garden, and several restaurants. The park has five different circuits that visitors can use to explore Ranomafana. These range from short 4hr trails to multiple overnight treks through 20km of rainforest. Well-tarred roads connect Ranomafana to the capital and to Fianarantsoa, making it easily accessible.
- Ranomafana is part of the Rainforests of the Atsinanana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Home to 12 different kinds of lemur, several of which are critically endangered
- Birdlife, reptile, frog, and butterfly species are abundant in the park
- 5 different trails ranging from half-day treks to 3-day treks in the forest
- Trails in the forest may lead past the ancient tombs of the Tanala people who used to inhabit the forest