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Established in 1991, Ranomafana became a UNESCO World Heritage site a few years later. Today this rugged, mountainous park covers an area of over 40,000 hectares of rainforest and is one of the most important mammal sites in Madagascar, protecting 12 species of lemur.

These include: red-bellied lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, Milne-Edwards’ sifaka, small-toothed sportive lemur, eastern woolly lemur and lesser bamboo lemur – plus the rare, and recently rediscovered, greater bamboo lemur and golden bamboo lemur, both species that the park was created to protect.

Standing on the edge of the high plateau, elevations vary between 600 and 1,400ms resulting in vegetation ranges from lowland rainforest to cloudforest to high plateau forest. The scenery is superb, with white-water rivers cascading down steep rainforest-clad slopes. Ranomafana village lies on the banks of the Namorona River, which descends to the east coast.

Your time in the park will be spent in hunting for lemurs and other animals, taking a picnic lunch with you. Rain is common in Ranomafana, making the steep forest trails slippery, so after your morning lemur-hunting exertions you may prefer to return to the village for a soak in the thermal baths.

Like many of Madagascar’s parks one highlight here is a nocturnal forest walk to look for the rufous mouse lemur and one of Madagascar’s few predators, the stripped civet. Also worthwhile is an early morning bird walk where you might see some of the more secretive forest birds such as the yellow-browed oxylabes, Crossley’s babbler, slender-billed flufftail, and the vocal but elusive red-legged ground roller and pitta-like ground roller.

Ranomfana located in Fianarantsoa Province in southeastern Madagascar, around two hours drive from Fianarantsoa and around ten from Antananarivo.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: giraffe-necked weevil, golden bamboo lemur, Malagasy striped civit, Milne-Edwards’ sifaka, red-fronted brown lemur
  • Where: Haute Matsiatra Region, Madagascar

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Madagascar Lemurs

This trip idea visits a variety of Madagascar’s habitats, all brimming with endemic fauna and flora. Enjoy guided day and night walks in the forest to search for a multitude of species, including diademed sifaka, black and white ruffed lemur and the tiny nocturnal Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Southern Highlights

Journey through the highlands to the dry spiny forest of Ifaty, home to an excellent diversity of birdlife and the most bizarre flora. Staying in comfortable accommodation, this trip also visits the Andasibe-Mantadia rainforest for virtually assured sightings of indri, brown lemur and rufous mouse lemur.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Setam Lodge

Setam Lodge occupies a lovely location above the river at the edge of Ranomafana National Park, with fine views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest. Ten chalets, each of which has two bedrooms and a terrace, are scattered across the hillside above the main building.