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The national park of Ranomafana is between the regions of the Haute Matsiatra and Vatovavy-Fitovinany. It is the link between the South and the East by the forest passageway that joins it into the Andringitra National Park. This park is known for the water of the spa of Ranomafana that permits curative treatments. GPS 47°18' to 47°37' of East longitude and 21°02' to 22°25'

Ranomafana, a whole foresty park, spreads on 41,601 ha. It was classified World Natural Heritage of the Atsinanana in 2007. It shelters a big wealth in endemic biodiversity but in danger. We can see the rare species there and seriously threatened lemurs. The park is also the genetic reservoir of some rare and endemic plant species. It is browsed by many rivers that are the affluents of the Namorona stream.

The fauna

- Several animal species have been recorded 115 species of birds. About thirty among them exist exclusively in the primary forest of the park.   
- 90 species of butterflies, 98 species of amphibian and 62 species of reptiles; chameleons, lizards and fish.

The best of Ranomafana’s fauna

1.The Varibolomena or Hapalemur aureus. It is the target species of the National Park of Ranomafana. The Varibolomena is a dusky and diurnal lemur, discovered in the 1990s as new species for the science..   
Prolemur simus should be among the best Ranomafana’s fauna as it very easy to see them in Ranomafana. Indeed, P. simus is one of the rarest primates in the world. It is among the 25 most endangered world’s primates

Propithecus edwardsi is also one of the most appreciated lemur species by tourist to see in Ranomafana

2.the Varibolomadinika or Small Hapalemur (Hapalemur griseus). It is also a diurnal lemur.  
3.the Ground Rollers, very coloreful species found in Ranomafana

4.the Mesite, an ancestor close to Rails, still alive in Madagascar
5.The Asity, fruite eating birds very specific in Madagascar  

The flora

The forest of Ranomafana is rainy forest. Before the creation of the park, this forest was exploited. Today, only some parts away from the road are considered again as the primary forest and categorized there like hard.We can find the Apocynaceaes, Euphorbiaceaes and Rubiaceaes. The most common épiphytes is Asplenium nidus of the family of the Aspleniaceaes and the orchids of the Bulbophyllum kinds, Angraecum, Aeranthes, Aerangis and Jumellea.

Travel shrewd...

For your visit of Ranomafana, think of bringing your tent and sleeping bag for camping, a pocket-size lamp and batteries for the nocturnal visits and a kit of first care. Don't forget your raincoat, rain is sometimes tenacious in the park! Wear some walking shoes to staples. Careful, don't disregard your antimalaria medecine!     

The bloodsuckers are not dangerous… Put a little salt or tobacco to remove them.   
Mineral water in bottle is useful. Local products as rice, chicken, dry vegetables and potatoes can be bought in Ranomafana. Some restaurants can also prepare you   the cold meals to order in advance.  
The nearest banks are in Fianarantsoa which also has a basis hjealth center. Fianarantsoa is covered by the telephone network of Zain and Telmas. A communal information center is established in Ranomafana, with Internet connection.

The history of the park

The Ranomafana National Park was inaugurated on May 31st, 1991. It is already a favorable place for the scientific research thanks to the existing infrastructures in the park. Thus about fifty national and international researchers do some research every year. The Betsileo and Tanala live in Ranomafana. Their traditions and rituals contribute to enrich the value of the park.

Ranomafana, where the hot water flows and the current passes!

The water of the spa of Ranomafana takes its source in the park. Its sulfurous composition is a real therapy for some illnesses. People comes from the four corners of the island to follow a curative treatment in Ranomafana.   
The park is crossed by several rivers, affluents of Namorona. It is a whole hydrographic network that was born in this forest. The hydroelectric power station of Ranomafana on the Namorona river nourishes in electricity the regions of Fianarantsoa, Ambalavao and Mananjary, with a total production of 18.7 MW,

The microprojects of Ranomafana
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Itinerary :

Ranomafana is   412 km in the Southeast of Antananarivo,   65 km   Northeast fromFianarantsoa and 139 km   west from Mananjary. The national roads   N°45 and 25 cross the park.   

Indications :
Antananarivo - Ranomafana.      
Take the national road N°7 , toward Toliary . Turn to Ambohimasoa to the National Road N°25 Drive on about 25km toward the park. This secondary road is practicable in dry season, difficult of access in the season of rain. You can also turn to Alakamisy Ambohimaha on the National road N° 45. Drive one 35km tarred road.   
By Taxi-brousse :   

Antananarivo - Ranomafana   
Station RoadDam" fasan'ny karana" to the South East   
Fianarantsoa - Ranomafana   
Bus station : road station   
By Plane :    

The company Air Madagascar doesn't assure regular flights in Fianarantsoa. The transfer is done by car for Ranomafana

Five circuits cross the national park of Ranomafana.

Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The circuit of Varibolomena Duration : 3 to 5h walk
Distance : 5 Km looped

This course crosses the secondary forest to go by the cascade of Sakaroa. You will be able to observe the lemurs of which the species beacon of the park is Hapalemur aureus and Simuses, griseus.
Guidance :
- For 1 to 5 people : Ar 22,000 per day
- for 1 to 7 people : Ar 28,600 per day
Duration : 2 to 3h walk
Distance : A loop of 3Km

It is a course baptized Edena. These are of the nocturnal visits to the heart of the park.
Tariffs :
- For 1 to 5 people : Ar 15,000 per day
- For 1 to 7 people : Ar 19,500 per day


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The circuit of Sahamalaotra Distance : 10 km in loop to admire the birds, the lemurs and the aquatic plants.
Guidance :
- For 1 to 5 people : Ar 20,000 per day
- For 1 to 7 people : Ar 26,000 per day


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The circuit of Vohiparara Duration : 4h till 2 days
Distance : 20 km in loopback

It is a king of forest trekking where you will appreciate birds, lemurs and rares amphibians. The circuit goes through the sacred lake Andranofady.
Guidance :
- for 1 person till 5 : 60,000 Ar/day
- for 1 person till 7 : 78,000 Ar/day


Ciruit name Specifications Tariffs
The Soarano circuit Duration : 6h-3 days
Distance : 20Km one way ticket

It is a trekking in a primary forest to the meeting of the lemurs, with a cultural note that will certainly seduce you in the villages of Torotosy and Bevoahazos where you will dance the traditional Tanala dances!
Guidance :
- for 1 to 5 people : Ar 60,000 per day
- for 1 to 7 people : 78.000 Ar par jour


Circuit name Specifications Tariffs
The Varijatsy circuit - Vatoharanana course :
Duration : 6h-2 days
Distance : 17 km one way ticket

The circuit begins at the exit of the village of Ambatovory. Trekking in forest, discovery of endemic lemurs and camping to the appointment.

Guidance :
- for 1 to 5 people : Ar 35,000 per day
- for 1 to 7 people : Ar 45,500 per day

Nocturnal guidance :
- for 1 to 5 people : Ar 20,000 per day
- for 1 to 7 people : Ar 26,000 per day

Areas of camping available at Vatoharanana and Valohoaka:
kitchen, sanitary, water of stream.

- Tariffs: 10 tents for 20 people, Ar 2,000/person/night

- Vohibato course :
Duration : 6h-2 days
Distance : 17 km one way

The circuit begins at the exit of the village of Ranovao. Trekking in a primary forest where the Varijats lemurs lives . The circuit will drive you toward the natural swimming pool and the cascade of Ranovao. It continues on the Vatoharanana course.
Guidance :
- for 1 to 5 people : Ar 60,000 per day
- for 1 to 7 people : 78.000 Ar par jour

Carte des circuits ecotouristiques du Parc National Ranomafanba

Carte des circuits ecotouristiques du Parc National Ranomafanba

The welcome office is in Ambodiamontana located 6.5 km from the village of Ranomafana. It is the entry of the park. There, you will be helped to plan your stay. 49 English-speaking and French-speaking guides work in the park of Ranofamana.      
Apart from the areas of camp arranged in some circuits, a lodging of stage is ready to receive you in Ambodiamontana.  
Ambodiamontana, a kitchen, of the sanitary and water of stream : 9 tents for 18 people : Ar 2,000 / tent / night  
A private tourist operator manages an ecology in the park. Some comfortable hotels are established in the surounding.  

Trekking, birdwatching and bathing will be in your schedule note of Ranomafana. Also discover the spa for a relaxing bath as well as the arboretum of the SAF FFKM where all species of trees of Ranomafana are represented.

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