Ranomafana, as a base of operations near the entrance to the park, is a good spot to spend a few days. The hotel, Karibotel, has a great view over the village and up into the jungle with the roar of the waterfalls and cicadas in the background. Time to trade out the bike for some trekking 🙂
About the trekking: I don’t recall seeing that having a guide is required for entry to the park, but it is highly recommended. If you want to improve your chances of seeing lemurs and other wildlife then hire a guide! The reason being that this includes a scout who runs ahead to do reconnaissance and reports back to direct you to the critters. In fact all the guides and scouts are on there cell phones to report sightings and share information. I got to see 5 of the 7 species of lemurs for that region that are active during the day, in some cases being within arms reach of them. Including the Greater Bamboo lemur, of which there are only 2 in the entire park! Even the guides said I had a ridiculously lucky day.