Ranomafana National Park
Ranomafana National Park became a national park in 1991 following the discovery of the golden bamboo lemur in 1986. Rich in biodiversity, there are a dozen species of lemur found here, including the endangered greater bamboo lemur and Milne-Edwards’ siafaka. The park is also one of the best spots in Madagascar for birding with over 100 species in the park, 36 of which are endemic.
Ranomafana National Park in eastern Madagascar protects dense tropical rainforest which is rich in flora and fauna. The name Ranomafana means hot water and whilst it is the thermal baths that initially drew visitors to this area, the national park was established in 1991 to protect the golden bamboo lemur which was discovered here in 1986 – now the main reason to visit.
As well as the golden bamboo lemur, there are 11 other species of lemur to be spotted in the park including the greater bamboo lemur which was re-discovered in 1986 and which is now categorised as critically endangered. Milne-Edwards’ and diademed sifakas are also found here as well as the more common black and white ruffed lemurs and the nocturnal mouse lemur. Besides lemurs, there is plenty more fauna to be discovered with a variety of tenrecs as well as the incredible leaf-tailed gecko being found in the park. There are over 100 species of bird to spot too, with around a third being endemic to Ranomafana. Keen birders should keep their eyes peeled for rufous-headed ground-rollers, brown mesite and hook-billed vangas.