The Berenty Lodge is the only accommodation available in the Berenty Private Reserve. And since the 80 km drive from Fort Dauphin takes 4 hours, you best stay here.
The basic but comfortable bungalows are arranged around a garden area, the red sand paths, bordered with stones are kept scrupulously swept smooth. You need top ask the staff if you need boiled water for the room since none was provided.
It is a short walk to the restaurant. Meals are served on the verandah. Since we were the only guests in the lodge during our visit, the kitchen was very slow, and the variety not great. We thought the food was the least exciting we had in Madagascar, but then we weren't at the Lodge for the food.
Well worth the visit.
One does not come to Berenty for the accommodation and the meals. There is one reason, and that is to get up close views of lemurs. And there are many, though we did not experience the plague proportions reported by other travelers.
The ringtails are most numerous, and wander through the lodge area in the mornings and afternoons, sitting in groups and warming themselves in the sum. They are pretty cheeky and will enter rooms with open doors. None joined us during meals however.
We only briefly glimpsed the Verreaux sifakas doing any 'dancing' - they were mostly in trees, and pretty high up at that.
The forest walks are fine too. From the cool shady tamarind forest along the river, to the eerie spiny forest, all are fascinating and offer a great opportunity to see lots of animals in a small area.
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