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is located in the eastern
region of Madagascar
Continuing south along the RN7 from the Ambositra
area, the RN47 branches off to the east to head over the high mountains and on down to the southeast coast.
Around 30km along this route lies the small town of Ranomafana, which in colonial times was a spa town centred on a number of thermal springs. These days visitors are more interested in the national reserve of the same name, a very beautiful area of motane rainforest which harbours an incredible array of wildlife, including twelve lemur species.
Ranomafana does experience much lower visitor traffic than the ostensibly similar Andasibe
area to the north, but the fact that the largest lemur species, the indris, are not present and the dearth of higher quality accommodation means that we tend to include it in trips relatively rarely. The best is probably Setam Lodge
Back on the RN7 and 40km further south lies the major town of Fianarantsoa, the termination of the second major colonial railway up from the east coast. The town can be used as a base for excursions to Ranomafana, as well as various tea estates and vineyards. There are some decent small guesthouses in the upper town, such as Maison Vala
The RN7 continues south into the Andringitra