Ranomafana National Park
Travel to Ranomafana National Park – Mountainous Park with Lemurs
Ranomafana National Park is located in the southeastern part of Madagascar, 90 kilometres northeast of Fianarantsoa. It became the fourth national park in Madagascar when it was inaugurated in 1991. The park was established with the purpose of conserving the unique biodiversity of the local ecosystem and reducing the human pressures on the protected area.
The Park is on the edge of Madagascar’s High Plateau. It is extremely mountainous with elevations ranging from 600 to 1,400 metres. The park is divided into a core protected zone of 41,500 hectares surrounded by a peripheral zone in which some exploitation of the forest is permitted.
The park’s name stands for “hot water” (Rano is Malgache for water and mafana for hot). Some hundred years ago, a Malgache discovered hot springs down in the valley, and the French created a spa around them. This has become the town of Ranomafana.
Ranomafana National Park is rich in animals and plants.