Ranomafana is one of Madagascar's best known and most important parks. Created in 1991 following the 1986 discovery of the golden bamboo lemur, Ranomafana has served as a model for subsequent parks and reserves in the country and abroad.
Near the entrance of Ranomafana is Centre Valbio, a facility run by Dr. Patricia Wright that is now Madagascar's leading field research center. An interview with Dr. Wright is available at An interview with lemur expert Dr. Patricia Wright.
Ranomafana features a range of accommodations from basic to relatively deluxe. Internet access is usually available.
Protected area status: National park
Year established: 1991
General location: Eastern Madagascar
Location and Access: 60 km north of Fianarantsoa, 400 km south of Antananarivo
Climate: Montane rainforest
Average temperature: 14-20�C
Elevation: 400-1417 m
Precipitation: 230-400 cm
Crustaceans (Crayfish): 6
Ranomafana is mostly mountainous and consists of low altitude rainforests (much of this is degraded or deforestated), mid-altitude forests, and montane rainforests.
Dominant ethnic group(s): Tanala, Betsileo
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Additional notes: While long, the drive from Tana to Ranomafana is spectacular, especially as you approach Ranomafana.