Ranomafana National Park
Frog, Ranomafana National Park © Axel StrauÃŸ
Most people who travel to Madagascar are avid nature lovers and few of them miss a visit to the Ranomafana National Park. This lush green jungle and rainforest boasts a wide diversity of animals, 12 species of lemurs and an incredible selection of indigenous birds, and it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore the park on its wonderful trails and hikes, and many guides can even call the animals using a series of clicks and whistles. There are also wonderful jungle waterfalls and pools to cool off in after a long day trekking through the humid jungle.
The best time to visit Ranomafana National Park is between August and December. The park office is located at the entrance to the reserve in the village of Ambodiamontana and this is also where visitors will find the privately owned lodge and eco-lodge where foreigners can spend the night. If you do stay overnight at the lodge, guided night walks can be taken to seek out the nocturnal animals in the reserve. Ranomafana is relatively well-developed for tourism and has comparably good facilities and infrastructure including a decent access road. It is one of the most popular nature reserves in the country.