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Set in the Sandstone Mountains, Isalo Rock Lodge overlooks the Isalo National Park. The property offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant. This is a beautiful hotel in an amazing location. The view from the balcony was beautiful. Service was exceptional. On-site restaurant was great.
What really disappointed me are the local autorities, like the actual mayor. Though responable for the development and well being of the villagers ,they do absolutely nothing to develop the village and commune. The Ranohira commune is actually fortunate to have a large and regular source of finance through the tourist tax on overnights stays in hotels and park fees but nobody seems to know how that money is used to develop the village...it just seems to disappear into a few peoples pockets. Apart from that the mayors office does not show any support and even blocks & sabotages associations that are there to develop and improve the life in the village and region. A visit of associations like "Soa Zara"; battling deforestation because of which the area is getting eroded and is drying up and "association Le Village", aiming healthcare and education (they have constructed the Ranohira hospital and teach environmental care) should be part of your visit to Ranohira. Both organisations are run by the owners of ITC Lodge. If you want to leave a positive influence of your stay in Madagascar sponsor and plant trees from the Soa Zara tree nursery and plant them on one of their the reforestation sites. It's associations like these that need your help to develop the commune and region!
I came to see the Isalo national park but I learned there is much more than the standard park visit. I came in touch with the owner of the hotel I was staying (ITC Lodge) and he organised a trip to the sapphire mines in Ilakaka 25 kms from Ranohira. It was a very interesting half day excursion. ITC Lodge also have a tree nursery. They explained to me that the area between Ranohira and the national park was covered with forest only 50 years ago. Now all the surrounding area is savannah. Because of the deforestation Ranohira has serious water problems and so the owners of ITC Lodge took it upon themselves to reforest the region. For this they partly use local trees to create forests to serve as a refuge for the wildlife and partly with production tree plantations near the vllages with mainly eucalyptus and acacia trees to be used by the population as fire and construction wood. A very noble project!