Spot Bamboo Lemurs in Ranomafana National Park

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Explore the park in search of lemurs and other unique flora and fauna

Madagascar is made up of some incredibly dry and some very wet areas. Ranomafana National Park is an area of rainforest in the southwest of the country, off the highway RN7.

This particular area is extremely special as it is the only place where the rare bamboo lemur can be found.

To visit the National Park, you must hire a local guide. We met our local guide at the entrance to the park. We were also joined by a spotter, who headed out ahead of us into the park to search for the animals and call ahead with their positions.

To enter the park, you cross over a huge thundering river that cuts through the rainforest. Just as we crossed over the bridge, we spotted a snake eating a frog for breakfast, with one leg still sticking out of the snake's mouth.

The paths in the forest are well trodden, but when you get calls from the spotters, it's not unusual to completely leave the paths and head off into the dense bush.

We were lucky enough to find a number of lemurs, and had time to watch and photograph them before the next group arrived, so we moved on.

While the lemurs were easier to spot, it was incredible how the guides were also able to find some of the smaller species of reptiles and insects. Being able to see such strange and unusual creatures that are endemic to Madagascar, and many just to this particular region is truly a special experience.

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