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Setam Lodge

Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

Setam Lodge is situated inside the mountainous Ranomafana National Park in Central Madagascar. All the rooms have a river view and are surrounded by rainforest. It is the perfect base from which to explore Ranomafana and spot the lemurs found here.

At a Glance

  • Conveniently close to the entrance to Ranomafana Park

  • Rooms set up on a hillside with lovely views to the river below

  • See if you can spot the golden bamboo lemurs, which the park was set up to protect

  • Beautiful situation, surrounded by pristine Madagascan rainforest

  • Enjoy delicious meals in the glass-fronted restaurant, affording beautiful views of the forest

Adventure, Family, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

Go for a nocturnal walk to spot the extraordinary (and tiny) mouse lemur.

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Description

Set up in 1986 to protect two species of very rare lemur, the golden bamboo lemur and the greater bamboo lemur, Parc National de Ranomafana covers 40,000 hectares of stunning forest, rivers and beautiful waterfalls. It is now one of Madagascar’s most popular parks and a great place to spot lemurs in the wild. The staggering views will hit you as soon as you arrive at the lodge, and will remain to amaze you for the remainder of your time spent at the lodge.

Setam Lodge offers the best accommodation in the area in 22 chalet-style rooms with en-suite shower rooms and 24-hour electricity. The restaurant serves good food in generous portions, which you will feel you deserve after a day scrambling around the forest in search of long-tailed primates. In addition to serving hearty meals, the restaurant has huge windows to encompass the delightful views of the national park.

Accommodation

The rooms are basic but comfortable, there are 22 chalet-style rooms at Setam Lodge, set in ten single storey bungalows on a hillside overlooking the river below. Each room has en-suite facilities and 24-hour electricity. The rooms are furnished with pine ceilings, wardrobes, desks and beds. The walls are painted a bright white, giving the rooms a refreshing feel.

Childcare

Although there are no specific child care facilities available for children, children are welcome at Setam Lodge and babysitting can be arranged if parents fancy a bit of time out.

Activities

Guests can enjoy guided walks from Setam Lodge to the mountainous Ranomafana National Park. The hikes offer you the chance to see a number of important species and rare wildlife, such as the endangered Golden Bamboo Lemur and the Greater Bamboo Lemur.

Location & Directions

Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

Setam Lodge sits close to the entrance of Ranomafana National Park, 40 miles east of Fianarantsoa and about 250 miles south-east of Antananarivo, in central Madagascar.

When to go

Any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).

Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the hauts plateaux. In Antananarivo and other highland areas, temperatures during winter can drop to 10°C and even lower during the night.

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