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Vakona Forest Lodge near Perinet: New Lodge in the Eastern Rain Forests

The Indri Reserve is another area birders visit in Madagascar and there didn't use to be a good place to stay here either as was the problem at Ranomafana Nat. Pk. But this lodge had just opened when we were here in 1996 and it is lovely. There is a large central dining room with fireplace in the middle of it and windows all about that look out over a beautiful lake. Individual cottages dot the hillside above the dining room. They are very comfortable with good beds, nice bathrooms and are very clean and new. The food served in the dining room was good. We had Talapia(fish) in ginger sauce one night and zebu(beef) another. They even had ice cream with chocolate sauce. Breakfast was the typical toast and coffee which is about all we had anywhere in Madagascar. Price was included in the tour so I don't know the prices.

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  • Related to: Birdwatching, Jungle and Rain Forest, Eco-Tourism
  • Written March 23, 2006

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Hotel Thermal: Rats Bite at the Worst Hotel

This was the only hotel near Ranomafana Nat. Pk. It once was lovely with thermal baths but it is totally run down now. The themal pools are green scum. It's dirty high ceiling rooms were lit with one bare bulb hanging from the middle of the room. Our double bed had a worn hole in the middle that both of us fell into when we lay down so it was impossible to get a decent night's sleep. The 2 communal bathrooms were downstairs in the basement and were so dirty I would rather use the outside. It was scary to have to go use the bathroom at night because it was dark and lit only by one bulb. But the worst thing was that one night another woman in our group was bitten on the nose by a rodent while sleeping in her bed. She thinks it was a rat. She was seen by a doctor in the village. Our guide apologized for this hotel but said it was the ONLY place to stay if we wanted to see this national park. Food here wasn't good either.

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  • Related to: National/State Park, Birdwatching
  • Written March 23, 2006

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Hotel Lakano Vezo: Fair Resort on the Mozambique Channel

This is a resort on the ocean on the Mozambique Channel, the body of water which separates Madagascar from the continent of Africa. It is apx. 35km north of the city of Tulear up a rather bad sandy road requiring a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Rooms here looked more like we are used to motel rooms looking like in the US. We had a nice room with large windows overlooking the ocean. There were air conditioners in the rooms and they did have electricity to run them. The open air dining room was nice and the food was good. There was a set menu and we had a lot of freshly caught fish while here which were very good. This is where we stayed while visiting the Ifaty Dry Forest, another unique habitat.

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  • Related to: Birdwatching, Eco-Tourism
  • Written March 21, 2006

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La Dolphin at Ft. Dauphin: Nice Hotel on the Indian Ocean

This was a nice hotel, especially compared to others we had stayed at in Madagascar. It was more like a small cottage. We had a small living room and bedroom. It was quaint with white painted furniture, chennile spreads, and pale peach sheets. The large pink bathroom had a large tub with hand shower. They do not have showers like we do anywhere in Madagascar. (At least not that we saw). There was a toilet that worked and a bidet. Each room had it's own water heater over the tub so you had hot water. The rooms were around a courtyard filled with tropical plants and each room had a porch. I do not know the cost since it was included in the tour price. This inn is owned by Monsieur De Haulme who also owns Berenty Reserve where we were going to birdwatch and look for lemurs.

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  • Related to: Eco-Tourism
  • Written March 21, 2006

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Roche Rouge Hotel in Mahujunga: A Bad Hotel

I do not recommend this hotel but evidently it's the best to be found near the reserves we were to visit and then it was 100 km away. The rooms did have AC units but no electricity to run them at night when you needed it. There were no screens on the windows and the room was full of bugs. They give you a mosquito repellant coil to light and put near your bed. I covered myself in repellant before going to bed. The linens did not look clean (but then we later learned they wash in streams by hand and lay them on the ground to dry so that could have had something to do with it!). The shower only worked at times and toilet didn't flush. It's better than camping in the bush but not much.

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  • Related to: Eco-Tourism, Birdwatching
  • Written March 21, 2006

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Le manoir rouge!: Dinner at le manoir rouge!


Oh , and the last day we made a deal. Our flight for Air France was late in the evening. So we arrived at this little hotel to spend the last night and asked if it was possible to take a shower before we elft. We could keep our room for half price and take a hot shower. (it was hot , but there wasn't too much pressure on the water - something that hapens more...)


Now the hotel has a nice bar , restaurant. The fun thing is that I was taking pictures at the market nearby and that I met the cooks of the hotel. Two enthousiast ladies. This little hotel hasn't got a large menu , but it works like this. The ladies go to the market , when they come back , they tell the receptionist what they got and what they are able to make with it. You make a choise and she askes how late you want to have dinner. It takes about an hour to prepare the food.....

It was fresh , tasted great....we had a great time here.

Oh and they also got this rhum- flavored with all sorts of stuff. Try some.
(I said some , not all!!)

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Backpacking
  • Written November 23, 2005
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Le manoir rouge.: If you need accomodation near the airport.


I know it is ridiculous to ad a hotel tip for an entire country. But this might be useful. The flight from Air France arrives late at the airport - 10 o'clock. We had our flight booked early in the morning for Diego , and the idea of spending the night at the airport wasn't very tempting. Driving into Tana for that short time either. (14 km , but it is expensive - Malagasy standards and it takes time). So , I booked le Manoir rouge.. We liked it there , and we also booked it for our last night.


-Patrick is the owner , a Frenchmen , who likes to be friendly to everybody French , but not to us. We didn't care since he got the best staff ever - which he isn't too friendly at either.

-We did think that it was fantastic that we were picked up at the airport. Our names at a piece of cardboard - it did feel like a big welcome.

-The rooms are quit large , there is a garden at the back (where I spotted a chameleon the last day) and above all it is clean and it has something happy.

- If you come from Tana , it is only a very small walk from the taxi brousse station , and there is a large market nearby.The friendly receptionist will make sure your taxi is there at the time needed and any adivice needed is provided..

The website says it is 600m from the airport...I had the feeling that all malagasy meters are longer then I'm used too. Especially when we walked them lol. But it is very close.

And best of all , they answer fast if you amil them.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written November 23, 2005
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Lodge, Reserve Speciale De L'Ankarana, Madagascar: Lodge, Reserve Speciale De L'Ankarana, Madagascar

I'm not really sure of the name of this place, I think it is known as the EcoLodge.

The Lodge is very basic: the bungalows are a bit bigger than the double bed they contain and aren't high enough to stand up in. The toilet is a concrete foot-plate over a cesspit, with wicker style walls on the other side of the site, and there is a bucket shower also.

The bungalow was clean, and the bed confortable and with a net. But it was very very hot when we were there and difficult to sleep! They supply an oil lamp as there is no electriciy.

The food was very tasty local fare, we had fish stew and rice for lunch, and chicken stew and rice for dinner. They serve the usual continental breakfast.

There was a very friendly and helpful guy there who can speak good english.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written April 24, 2005
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Bungalows are basic but clean.


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Vanila Hotel: Vanila Hotel, Nosy Be, Madagascar.

The Vanila Hotel is in a great location, right on the beach. We stayed in a ocean view room, and we had great views of the bay from our balcony. The gardens were very pretty and well maintained.

The restaurant and bar also had a good view, and was nice and airy - open on all sides. The food was OK, but not great - this was a shame because it was our first taste of Malagasy food.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written April 24, 2005
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View of the gardens & restaurant from our balcony.


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Bienvenue Hotel: Cheapest place in Nosy Be

In Indipendence Boulevard- Hell Ville- The cheapest place in Nosy Be. Just 50000 CFA for a room. Shared Bathroom. You can then gop the northern beaches by Taxi(7500 CFA one way) and get back to the capital late afternoon

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written September 9, 2004

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Bamboo Club: Chalets on the beach

With sandy paths leading to the sea, rooms, pool and restaurant, the hotel is in a lovely position. I am pleasantly surprised by this place, although others are not keen. Individual bamboo and thatch chalets dot the ground with mouse lemurs living in the rafters. Snorkelling and diving is available as is boat hire. The reef here is disappointing, consisting mainly of dead stag-horn coral, but there is some colourful wildlife down there: parrot fish, trumpet fish, angel fish and schools of iridescent green, pale blue, black and yellow fish which I don’t know names of.

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  • Related to: National/State Park, Safari, Beaches
  • Written July 5, 2004
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Le Relais de la Reina: Wow!

This hotel is seriously classy, with superior French style and excellent service! Great attention to detail. The hotel blends in beautifully in the rocky outcrops of the area with a huge boulder by the entrance.

The rooms are spacious with three beds, mosquito nets, a fan, a superb shower and a sitting area outside.

No wonder is is supposedly Madagascar's best hotel!

Snacks are served with the drinks in the bar, and as soon as another one of our group arrives, a member of staff miraculously brings another chair.

We spend the afternoon by the pool and are totally alone in these gorgeous surroundings. Flowering jacarandas and bougainvillea surround the patio and white canvas umbrellas provide shade. Butterflies as big as birds and with amazing markings flutter all around us, there are beautiful birds in the trees, buzzards soar above and lizards scamper on the rocks.

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  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, National/State Park, Safari
  • Written July 5, 2004
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Hotel Soafia: Weird and whacky

The hotel shares a lit of similarities with a Chinese temple with intricate designs and colourful symbols on the walls.

The room is very large, the bed looks almost lost in it, there is a sofa group, a fridge and TV and a huge balcony which goes all the way round the corner of the room. The balcony overlooks the swimming pool, a scrap yard, a rubbish dump and back yards with someone’s privy!

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  • Related to: Safari, National/State Park, Hiking and Walking
  • Written July 5, 2004
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Hotel Domaine Nature: Living in a zoo

Bamboo huts scattered down the hillside from the road, simple but rustic accommodation with en suite bathrooms.

Beware of the gas water heaters in the bathrooms. The staff will come and switch them on for you, but occationally the light with go out, leaking gas into the room. The smell alerted us to the fact that all was not well. We had to ask three times before someone came and put it right. I heard rumours of a fire at some stage in the past, but whether this is true or not I don't know.

The whole area (including the rooms) is full of wildlife - geckoes, chameleons, frogs, butterflies (bed bugs?) etc. The second night we were kept awake by the strange sounds of a frog :'click click rowr'.

From time to time the restaurant is used to house the local disco. As the rooms are within feet of the bar and are made of thin bamboo slats, the music reverberates throughout the whole complex. We were the only ones who got any sleep that night (we sleep though absolutely anything!).

Despite all the above negative comments, this was still my favourite hotel in Madagascar!

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  • Related to: Safari, Hiking and Walking, Jungle and Rain Forest
  • Written July 4, 2004
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Hotel Diamant: Not sure about this....

The hotel, which is on the ouskits of town, has miles of corridor and we are concerned that the fire door was padlocked! After explaining that this is for security reasons (really?) we are given the key.

Excellent showers inthe rooms.

The restaurant has an extensive menu (in French only), but the service is almost non-existent and despairingly slow.

The general agreement was that this hotel appeared to double as a brothel.

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  • Related to: Safari, Jungle and Rain Forest, Hiking and Walking
  • Written July 4, 2004
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