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Hiking and Trekking in The Ranomafana National Park
Meaning ‘hot water’ in Malagasy, due to the hot springs found in the area, Ranomafana National Park is one of the most picturesque national parks in Madagascar. Covering a mountainous area of 435km2, the park is set at altitudes that range between 500 and 1200m in a vast tract, comprised mainly of dense rainforest. The rare golden bamboo lemur was discovered here in 1986 by Dr. Patricia Wright, which led to the area gaining National Park status. It now provides a protected environment for these endangered animals and is one of the island’s most accessible and appealing stops on any itinerary.
There are four main districts at Ranomafana National Park. There are many kilometers of trails here, ranging from slightly arduous to quite hard-core – but such is the richness and diversity of the wildlife around you that as long as you’re reasonably fit and have suitable footwear, you’re not likely to notice how strenuous the experience is until the next day. Soarano trails and Varijatsy are especially advised for trekking in a wet forest. They are trekking adventures from 2 to 3 days according to your needs’ for. We also offer special circuits: Botany, ornithology, herpetology, culture, etc…
There are 7 different circuits in order to explore this marvelous Park. Please be aware that the shortest treks are also the most popular ones and trails can get quite crowded especially during the high season. The longer treks are much quieter and more rewarding from a wildlife watching point of view. As ever, it’s worth making an early start.
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Circuit Varibolomena (Complex Varibolomena) easy trek of 4 hours passing by a beautiful waterfall, a good chance to spot bamboo lemurs in the forest. It can also be made by night to discover reptiles and frogs. Historic sites and cultural. Cascades and waterfalls. Picnic spots, bathing is possible at the edge of the Namorona river. Morning start is advised.
Circuit Varibolo trail (Complex Edena): guided day and night visits in the rainforest. Easy observation of lemurs which is the highlights species of the park: The Golden and the Great Bamboo lemurs, of plants and other animals. Historical and cultural sites. Well-arranged and well view point. Morning visit is advised.
Circuit Varijatsy Trail (Complex Vatoharanana): The visit can last from half-day to one day or more if one is willing to camp. Primary forest with lemurs such as Varecia variegata as well as other animals. Rare frogs observation like Mantella baroni, plants, landscapes, historic sites and cultural. Possibility of continuing up to Vohibato complex or ending around the village of Ranomafana (visit favorable from June to November). Varijatsy has the added attraction passing by a waterfall and a natural pool where you can take a bath to cool off in.
Circuit Varijatsy Trail (Complex Vohibato): more strenuous hike to observe a primary forest with characteristic plants, lemurs, in particular Varecia variegata, as well as other animals. Picturesque landscapes. Historic sites and cultural. Natural swimming pool. Cascades and falls. Camping areas. Visit of Tanala villages. (The visit will be done preferably during the dry season from June to November).
Circuit Sahamalaotra Trail: easy access. A trek through the primary forest with characteristic plants (palm trees, orchids) looking for lemurs, birds and various other mammals. Historic sites and cultural. Special observation of birds. Possibility of camping.
Trekking for 2-3 days in Ranomafana National Park
Circuit Vohiparara Trail, easy access, can take up to two days to complete, across the National Park (20 km up and down) spotting lemurs, birds and other animals and visiting a sacred lake. It includes 3 zones of the park: Complex Kidonavo - it is botanical circuit rich of orchids and water and marsh plant species. Observation of amphibians, among which Mantella baroni; Complex Andranonaito - large lake rich in fauna and flora - especially water plants. Terrestrial ferns and orchids. Picnic area; Complex Andranofady - interesting for birders. Sites and historic buildings.
Circuit Soarano. The most challenging trek of available which, depending on fitness levels, can take two or three days to complete. It is the hard-trek through the primary forest discovering interesting plants and looking for lemurs and other animals. There is also a cultural visit to a pair of traditional Tanala-villages set in the middle of the forest. It including: Complex Ranomena - strenuous trail, very rich in fauna and flora, with lemurs, water birds and wild ducks, bats, as well as orchids of which Arangis madagascariensis and Eulophiella. The largest cascade of the park is situated around here. Historic sites and cultural. Camping areas. Possibility of nocturne visit around the camp-site. Complex Vohimeva - strenuous trail. Circuit very rich in fauna and flora of a primary forest. Historic sites and cultural interesting, Picturesque and exceptional landscapes, such as the points of view on the Large Cascade.