We stayed two nights here. The pictures everyone has posted are accurate so I don’t feel the need to post more. The lodges are lovely but please make note of a few things. There are a lot of steps and it can be quite a distance to get to the restaurant for a meal. My mother-in-law found the steps to be bothersome and considered using her cane. The mattresses are hard. The lodges are cold and damp so keep the heater on in the room and consider bringing warm pajamas for this location. I wished I brought slippers to keep my feet of the cold floor. Please bring a torch to get to your lodge after dinner. The porters are available and will help with luggage. Also the path to the lodges is the same path that vehicles use; there is not a separate walkway. While the staff is friendly, the service is slow. The restaurant staff seemed to always be confused at dinner regarding keeping orders straight. We pre-ordered our dinner because we were going on a night hike. Not sure why we pre-ordered because dinner took 90 minutes once we returned from the hike. The dining room circles a lovely fire, but we had a hard time getting staff to stoke the fire.
While lots of people have an unfavorable review of Lemur Island, it is tons of fun to interact with the lemurs. I too prefer to keep wild animals wild but to have a chance to pet a few captive lemurs was exciting. I was disappointed to see the other animals at Vakona…very zoo like. But I am thankful to see the fossa. Just know that you will be seeing animals in a zoo setting and you won’t be disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- Vakona Forest Hotel Andasibe
- Vakona Forest Lodge Madagascar/Andasibe