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Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar

A freshly cut bamboo branch is enough to lure a golden bamboo lemur closer

Best time: early October–late November

Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Ranomafana National Park
Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Ranomafana National Park
Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Ranomafana National Park
Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Ranomafana National Park
Hot Springs and Waterfalls of Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park is known for its tropical rainforests, humid climate, hot mountain streams and waterfalls. The name of the park speaks for itself: “ranomafana” literally means “hot water”. This reserve was created after an endangered golden bamboo lemur was spotted within the area. This animal consumes about 500 grammes of bamboo every day. The number of this lemur species in Madagascar is declining and nowadays there are just a 1000 of them left. Females give birth to a single baby once a year. Lemurs will like your company if you treat them with a freshly cut bamboo branch. Another rare lemur species is called aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur with a distinctly longer middle finger. Due to its weird appearance it bears a status of the world’s creepiest animal. Moreover, Malagasy call it a devil lemur, that sneaks up to humans and pricks their eyes out with its middle finger. In fact long middle fingers are necessary for lemurs to get larvae which hide in the trunks of trees.

Overall, the park has 12 lemur species, 90 species of butterflies, 120 frogs, 350 spiders, 115 birds, also chameleons, fishes and crayfishes. Speaking of its fauna, the park offers numerous orchids, palm trees and even carnivorous plants. The area is inhabited with non-aquatic leeches, thus clothes should cover up your limbs in order to prevent you from getting bitten by a leech. The best time to explore Malagasy rainforest is between October and November, since it's known as the breeding season of lemurs and other animals as well as birds who are specially vocal in that time.

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Ranomafana National Park?

The breeding season of lemurs and birds, between early October and late November, is the ideal time to visit Ranomafana National Park as the weather is mild and good for hiking. Show more

Where can tourists find the endangered golden bamboo lemur?

Ranomafana National Park is the home of the endangered Golden Bamboo Lemur, and visitors can feed them with freshly cut bamboo branches to interact with them. Show more

What are the unique features of the rare aye-aye lemur?

Nocturnal and possessing an elongated third finger to capture tree-trunk larvae, the Aye-Aye lemur is considered frightening by many despite its harmless nature, thanks to its strange appearance and eerie fingers. Show more

What other fauna can visitors encounter at the reserve?

In addition to 12 species of lemurs, thousands of invertebrates including 90 butterfly species, 350 spiders, and 120 frog species, a variety of fish, crayfish, carnivorous plants, orchids, and palm can be found by visitors to Ranomafana National Park. Show more

How can tourists protect themselves from non-aquatic leech bites while exploring the park?

Tourists venturing into Ranomafana National Park which houses non-aquatic leeches should cover their skin with long-sleeved shirts, trousers, sturdy shoes, and leech socks, while salt can be carried to remove any leeches that managed to get into clothes or shoes. Show more

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