Vakona Forest Lodge
Located next to Parc National d'Andasibe-Mantadia, in the Eastern region of Madagascar, Vakona Forest Lodge stands in a forest clearing, approximately 4km northeast of Andasibe village.
While modest, Vakona Forest Lodge is an excellent spot from which to explore the local forests and for those with limited time or not keen on flying round the island, it is an excellent spot for watching lemurs being just a three hour drive from Antananarivo.
The heart of the lodge is a large hexagonal building accommodating the lodge’s lounge and dining spaces serving mainly French cuisine, which lead out to a wide terrace with views over a small lake.
Guests are accommodated in 28 quaint rooms with en-suite facilities, spread across the hillside and up into the forest. Selected rooms are detached bungalows, while others are arranged two per unit and ten have been designed as family suites with a mezzanine for the children.
Here the main activities are focused on guided walks in Parc National d’Andasibe-Mantadia, with an abundance of native flora and fauna to be seen, not mention, eleven species of primate, including brown, red bellied, indris (the largest lemur species) and lesser bamboo lemurs as well as diademed sifakas. The reserve also has an excellent centre with an interactive display about lemurs which is ideal for inquisitive children.
For a closer encounter with the islands most famous icon, the Vakona Forest Lodge owns a small island in the river which acts as a rehabilitation centre for lemurs, many of which have become accustomed to human contact and will happily sit on your shoulder. Other activities local to the lodge include horse riding and canoeing.