Setam Lodge is the closest hotel to the entrance of Ranomafana National Park. It is set on a hillside surrounded by lush hills overlooking a river. You'll be in the ideal spot to explore the park. Guides from the lodge conduct nature and wildlife walks and hikes and, if you're lucky, you may catch sight of the rare golden bamboo lemur and the greater bamboo lemur.
As you enjoy the freshly-cooked food in the lodge's dining room you can take in the views of the rainforest through the large windows. There's a bar, too, and a terrace with sunny and shaded areas where the continental breakfast is usually served.
The comfortable chalet-style rooms feature en-suite shower rooms. Pastel-hued walls, tiled floors and pine ceilings give a pleasant, crisp feel to the rooms. Each has a stone veranda where you can rest, while admiring the views down into the valley.
Open: Setam Lodge is open all year.
Location: The hotel just 2kns from the entrance of Ranomafana National Park, and 5kms from Ranomafana village.
Rooms: There are 20 air-conditioned bungalows on the hillside. They are quite spacious and uncluttered and can be configured as singe, twin or double rooms. Beds have mosquito nets, there is heating for cool days and all rooms are en-suite with hot and cold running water. Each bungalow has a terrace.
Activities: Visiting Ranomafana National Park, spend time in the village browsing among the market stalls.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant with full length windows and a dining terrace. There is a safe at reception and there are luggage storage facilities. Setam Lodge offers a laundry service.
Dining: The restaurant specializes in Malagasy cuisine. Meals are eaten at separate tables. Breakfast is served from 06:30 to 10:00, lunch between 11:30 and 16:00, and dinner from 19:00 till 21:30.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
"This is one of the better known and more expensive hotels in Ranomafana - though still not a bad price. I found the staff friendly and the food to be great (their continental breakfast offered a typical Malagasy type of banana loaf steamed in a banana leaf). The rooms are quite spartan. Having said that, the beds are comfy enough, it was clean there was always hot water and the view over the park is lovely."
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499