• Greater bamboo lemur, Madagascar

About Setam Lodge, Ranomafana

About Setam Lodge, Ranomafana

Setam Lodge is set above the forested river valley, just inside Ranomafana National Park. Each of the 10 bungalows looks out from the hill on which they are perched, down to the river and to the spectacular rainforest below.

Ranomafana National Park was originally set up to preserve 2 of Madagascar’s endangered lemur species, the golden bamboo lemur and the greater bamboo lemur. 

Lodge Details


A comfortable rainforest lodge with single storey bungalows.


Setam Lodge is surrounded by rainforest and sits on a hillside, close to the entrance of Ranomafana National Park, 40 miles east of Fianarantsoa and about 250 miles south-east of Antananarivo.

Accommodation & Facilities

The 20 chalet style rooms are in 10 separate bungalows, with thatched roofs and welcoming yellow and wood panelled walls. Inside, the rooms are basic but comfortable and very clean. With either double or twin beds, a fan and 24 hour electricity. Rooms are ensuite with a shower and toilet and have simple décor; plain walls and wooden furniture. Private stone verandas are attached and have great views down to the river and over the surrounding rainforest, with seating for you to relax and absorb your surroundings. Rooms also have very good heaters which are useful for the cooler evenings during winter months. 

The large restaurant and bar area, with lots of individual tables for private dining, makes the most out of its stunning surroundings with large glass windows, bringing in the outdoors as much as possible. This leads out onto a nice breakfast veranda, which has lots of comfortable seating and parasols for shade.

There is a laundry service available.


The restaurant serves good food in generous portions. Continental breakfasts are available in the mornings with fresh juice, bread, pastries and hot drinks. Guests can dine either in the restaurant or outside on the main terrace under shady parasols.


Walks from Setam Lodge into the mountainous Ranomafana National Park offer hikers the chance to see a number of important and rare species of lemur, such as the golden bamboo lemur, red bellied and eastern grey bamboo lemur, as well as Milne-Edwards’ sifaka. It’s not just lemurs you will find here though; there are many different reptile species, a variety of different mammals and a huge variety of birds!

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome but no facilities.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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