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Ranomafana

Madagascar Travel Guide

Practical information on Ranomafana

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
40 miles by car/bus from Fianarantsoa
When to go
From April to October (dry season), hurricane danger between late December and mid-April.

Reviews of Ranomafana

Julie Sabatier Seasoned Traveller
73 written opinions

Ranomafana, a small town with a population of around 12,000, is part of the heritage of the Tanala: the people of the forest. It stands at a point where the landscape abruptly and dramatically changes as the Central Highlands give way to the coastal areas of the eastern part of the country.

My suggestion:
The literal meaning of Ranomafana is 'hot water'. The town is actually famous for its natural, iron-rich hot springs, the waters of which are recommended as a treatment for rheumatism!
My review

The rainforest habitat of Ranomafana National Park extends over an area of 161 square miles and forms part of the Atsinanana UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

Its many river and streams, most of which are tributaries of the Namorona River, play an essential role in sustaining the lives of various rare and threatened species of Lemur and around one hundred species of birds (some thirty of which are forest-dwelling), as well as butterflies, amphibians and reptiles in the kinds of large numbers that you will see often during your trip to Madagascar. The park's steep, mountainous landscape and scenery is exceptionally beautiful and its waterfalls spectacular. When it comes to trees and plants, one thing to point out is that if you love orchids you should visit the park in September or November.

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