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Vakona Forest Lodge

Vakona Forest Lodge

Lovely bungalows in the heart of the forest, Madagascar

No-frills lodge near Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

French-owned lodge near Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

The best known of the lodges around Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, this French, family-run establishment is conveniently located (a 25-minute drive from Analamazaotra Special Reserve). It provides access to the various protected rainforest parcels of Vohidrazana-Mantadia corridor and, like most of the other properties we recommend here, provides comfortable but no-frills accommodation.

It has 28 bungalows (seven double, five twins, seven triple and nine family rooms) set in a garden overlooking a small lake. Each room has a simple, en-suite bathroom, safe, mini-bar and mosquito netting is provided.

There is a swimming pool for the warmer months (September to April). During winter (May to August), a fireplace is used in the hexagonal, main building. Meals are simple, with a set menu and continental breakfasts. There is a bar at the restaurant. There is also a Crocodile farm (with about 30 Nile Crocs resident) where they do feeding once a week. There is also the lemur sanctuary which offers a good opportunity for up close photographs of various types of lemur. Be warned this is not for everyone as the lemurs are fed and encouraged to climb on your shoulder forn that special photo!

Alistair Visited this lodge at the end of 2018.

All in all this lodge does what it is supposed to and offers you good access to Mantadia and Andasibe National Parks. The rooms are on the small side and could do with a bit more light and updating but you won't be disappointed due to its great location and good yet simple food. A more upmarket lodge is currently being built by the same owners next door.

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