I was lucky enough to have stayed at Mandrare in April 2013. From the very start i knew Mandrare was a great choice, the staff were very professional, yet friendly and you instantly feel at home there. The camp is extremely clean and well looked after, from the main areas to the rooms i couldnt fault it. (I saw a review below about bugs which i find really hard to believe, the housekeepers were brilliant and I cant remember seeing one bug in my room!)
The activities are great from camp, really varied and interesting. You can go to the spiny forest, or the sacred deciduous forest for a walk to see lemurs and various other wildlife. You can also see the magnificent Baobab trees in he area which make for an ideal sundowner drinks spot.
The guiding was superb and so was the cultural aspect. Mandrare srike a good balance of providing guests with an insight into the local culture without it being 'staged.' We saw some local songs and dancing one evening and many of the local kids from the village turned up to watch which showed it was a genuine, entertaining evening that the locals look forward to.
To sum Mandrare up in one sentence is hard. If you want a well run, charming, authentic bush camp style property with top class guiding, great food, wildlife and a tasteful cultural fix then Mandrare is the camp for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the banks of the Mandrare River, overlooking the sacred community forests of the Antandroy Tribe, the camp offers luxury tented accommodation in a stunning setting, great wildlife & culture, combined with excellent guiding, activities and food. Explore the Spiny Forests of the Antandroy Tribe. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mandrare River Camp Hotel Antananarivo
- Mandrare River Camp Madagascar/Antananarivo