Setam is a comfortable small lodge situated in a pre-montane river valley close to the primary rainforest of Ranomafana National Park. In our opinion it is the best accommodation option in the area and a good base from which to explore the park. The rooms have comfortable beds, a wardrobe and bedside table and have excellent views towards the mountains.
Facilities include 24-hour electricity and pleasant gardens. Generous platters of good food using fresh ingredients are served in the main restaurant with its picture windows offering excellent views. Breakfast can be served on a large veranda, also with good views.
Restaurant, bar, private facilities, 24-hr electricity, private veranda
The park was created to provide protection for the very rare Golden bamboo lemur, which can be easily seen with the help of local guides. The park is also the best location to see the critically endagered greater bamboo lemur and the stunning Milne Edwards sifaka as well as red-bellied lemur, black and white ruffed lemur and red-fronted brown lemur. Over 100 bird species have been recorded in the park with specialities including the attractive pitta-like, short-legged and rufous-headed ground rollers, yellow-browed oxylabels, velvet and yellow-bellied sunbird asitys and brown mesite. Reptile and frog diversity is also very high with o'shaughnessy chameleon, Madagascar tree boa, three species of leaf-tailed gecko and numerous frogs.
Guided wildlife walks into the Ranomafana National Park. The trails can be steep and tough but generally the going is moderate.
The rainy season is rewarding in terms of wildlife, but access and conditions might be problematic. April and September to November are usually considered the best months for a visit.
If you have any questions regarding our Madagascar tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965
Nice, clean rooms - ideally positioned for birding. Accommodation is basic but more than adequate for birders.