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Villa Andry, Lot 1221 MC Ter, Mandrosoa-Ivato Tana 101, 11085 Madagascar
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#5 of 56 Specialty lodging in Toliara Province
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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 otherworldly Spiny Forests, encounter countless endemic species including Ring Tailed lemurs and Verreaux's Sifakas and meet the fiercely independent Antandroy tribe.
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Villa Andry, Lot 1221 MC Ter, Mandrosoa-Ivato Tana 101, 11085 Madagascar
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PJS1949 wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
Madagascar is a very special country, although I fear for its future with rapacious foreign interests clamouring to destroy its fragile ecology through greed and self-interest. But enough of harsh reality, Mandrare River Camp is a heavenly place and my wife and I have walked in its hushed cathedrals: the Spiny and Gallery Forests, both silent witnesses to the local tribe's ancestors. We have seen the stately Sifakas and the Ringtail Lemurs, the latter seeming to dance and caper on the forest floor especially for us. We have witnessed the charm of the local villagers and basked in the caring attentions of the camp's staff, not least our wonderful guide, Theo. There's nothing pretentious or fake about Mandrare. Zimbabwean-born Nathan and his American fiancée, Elizabeth, run a brilliant show, and everyone who is fortunate enough to visit is the beneficiary of their attention to detail. Had we but world enough and time, we'd be back like a shot.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Jeffrey S wrote a review Nov 2019
Ascot, United Kingdom18 contributions38 helpful votes
Great opportunity to really see remote Madagascar. The other reviews accurately describe the experience. Special shout-out to hosts Nathan and Elizabeth who couldn't have been more positive and ensured the staff caught every detail. We flew into the private airstrip just 5 min from the camp and wow were we glad we did! Most others who came in by road wanted to change to the plane for departure, which was not always possible on short notice. Loved the chance to see the local village market. No Wi-Fi and no hair dryers, but was not an issue for us as long as you know ahead of time. Mandrare isn't cheap, but it is wonderful and fully recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Suzanne O wrote a review Oct 2019
Siem Reap, Cambodia17 contributions20 helpful votes
I filled out the survey at the end of my stay and realized I couldn't think of a single thing that could be done to improve the experience. I think there may have been three groups checking out at the same time, and we all said the same thing. The acommodations, service, and food were supberb and the pool was a wonderful treat after a morning hike. Our guide, Theo, was truly wonderful. He helped us spot lemurs on night walks, including the very small grey brown mouse lemur, that we would never have been able to find on our own. The contrast of the Spiny Forest, the Baobab trees, and the Sacred Canopy Forest gave a glimpse of the huge diversity that makes up Madagascar. We will definitely go back to see other parts of Madagascar but a return visit to this camp will be a "must have" for any itinerary
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Jan wrote a review Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions29 helpful votes
I had a wonderful time in this tented camp. The tents are amazing with big queen beds and a fixed fully fitted bathroom, solar heated water and flushing tolilets (glamping for sure). The meals were excellent, the staff friendly and helpful and the guiding excellent. The camp is well run and offers a variety of activity, our guide, Franklin, was amazing, his knowledge about the local fauna, wildlife and culture was truly exceptional. We saw an amazing variety of different things, including a viillage visit and various forest walks to spot lemur and other local wildlife. Our trip was topped off with sunset drinks after our visit to the Baobab avenue. As other travellers have said it is a long bumpy ride from Fort Dauphin but it is interesting and an opportunity to see how the locals live, personally it was just part of the adventure and another experience to be remembered.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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chapyBristol wrote a review Oct 2019
Winford, United Kingdom383 contributions183 helpful votes
We stayed in this lovely camp for 4 nights recently and had a wonderful time. It is very well run, and everything possible was done to make our stay special. The tent was comfortable, and overlooked the river; I loved waking up in the morning to the view of the river and the local people going about their daily jobs on the river bank. The food was great, the staff were excellent, and the local people always seemed happy to see us; it was lovely to stay somewhere with such good links to the community. It was quite a long charter flight from Tana, but well worth it!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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111Andrew111 wrote a review Sep 2019
Vienna, Austria57 contributions71 helpful votes
The 3-nights' stay at Mandrare River Camp was a genuine highlight of my time in Madagascar - from arrival until departure! And the location and the actual setting of the Camp could not be better - with excellent proximity and access to the multiple atractions in the area - borh fauna and flora! There are, as I recall, 7 "tents" - but luxury tents indeed, with all amenties ( including endless hot water!) My tent overlooked the Mandrare River - a beatiful outlook. One of the outstanding aspects is the management, by two first-class young professionals (Nathan from Zimbabwe, and Elizabeth from USA - a really admirable team whose attention to guest wishes and comfort could not have been better). All other staff were equally helpful All meals are excellent in quality - as this a VERY remote location with a relatively small guest accommodation, there obviously cannot be a large selection of dishes, but the quality and service was outstanding. The final evening's surprise of our sunset Baobab walking excursion (after driving to the location in a 4WD vehicle) ending with two staff appearing seemingly out of nowhere with a fully-stocked bar, ice and all, and comfortable chairs to enjoy the wonderful village musicians from the local Antandroy tribe who arrived to complete the experience, was one of the most delightful pre-dinner "events"s imaginable ! A word of caution: try to arrive by light aircraft from Tana or elsewhere - there is an excllent functioning airstrip 1 km from the Camp - and avoid the extremely ardous trip by "road" from Fort Dauphin. You will save a great deal of time and the stress of a highly stressful drive - the "road" is in appalling condition and speed is reduced to almost zero for much of the time.)
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Responded Sep 19, 2019
Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for this fantastic review. It was such a pleasure for our team to host you. We wish you all the best!
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Lisa R wrote a review Aug 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for 4 nights with our two girls (aged 13 and 10), and loved everything about this place - 4 days felt about the right amount of time The camp was much more luxurious than we anticipated, with plenty of space, comfy four poster beds with duvets and lovely bathrooms with proper loo, hot showers, fluffy towels - the accommodation was spotless and definitely no bugs. There is no phone reception, wifi or hairdriers (which the kids found harder then we did), but there is electricity for charging cameras The managers, Nathan and Elizabeth are assisted by a great team of locals who made our stay very special. Dinner is arranged in different "surprise" locations each evening, and food was of excellent quality throughout our stay, with plenty of wine/soft drinks at lunch and dinner. The staff were able to accommodate our fussy kids and spent time with them showing them interesting wildlife around the camp (the owls and chameleon were a hit, the large orb spider not so much - although it remainined high up in a tree) We were assigned a guide and driver who met us from the airport at Fort Dauphin and accompanied us throughout our stay. Rodin, our guide was fantastic. He was extremely knowledgable about the local area, the wildlife and the local tribes and was very patient with us all, making sure we saw as much as possible and were comfortable throughout each day Yes, the drive from the airport is long and very bumpy because the road had so many potholes, but if the region was easy to get to I don't think it would have been the gem that it was - so few tourists make it to this area that we barely saw any throughout our stay, meaning that we had the spiny forest all to ourselves Wildlife - we saw plenty of lemur (ring tailed, mouse and sportive), sifaka (dancing through the forest), chameleons and a large variety of birds. Rodin was able to find everything quite easily and as long as we were quiet we were able to get fairly close without disturbing anything Trips - during our stay we had a number of trips in the day and evening to see the area and wildlife. We visited the spiny forest with its octopus trees, cacti and various lemur, sacred galleried forest with ring railed lemur and sifaka, we waded across the shallow river to learn about the sacred tombs with sundowners on the shore, watched the sun set over the baobab trees and while watching locals performing traditional song/dance, there was a visit to the local village and market, and a full day trip to Lac Anony with its enormous sand dunes and wide expanse of beach (which we had all to ourselves) Taking children with us made us quite the celebrities with the locals. Crowds of village children ran out to shout "bye bye" as we drove past, and pretty much every person we saw smiled and waved to us. Our visit to the village and market were quite an experience with a large crowd gathering to greet us. It was wonderful to meet the locals, and with the aid of our guide to translate and the photos on our mobile phones we were able to show and explain to them where we come from. This whole area is completely untouched and unspoilt, which made it so special. We cannot recommend it highly enough, and hope to return
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Room Tip: All fixed tents were good, with views of the river
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mei700 wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom340 contributions56 helpful votes
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This was our first, but definitely not the last time in Madagascar, for we have utterly fallen in love with this beautiful, unspoilt country and its culture, people, wildlife and scenery. The camp is beautiful and everyone was friendly and made us feel very welcome and spoilt! The guide was knowledgable and helped us to see and learn about so many species of plants, animals and insects in the area, as well as the different ecosystems and habitats. The baobabs are phenomenal as well - breathtaking view at sunset, which ended our trip to Mandrare in the most perfect way. Thank you to everyone and we will see you again soon!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Martin Fearnley wrote a review Jul 2019
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom59 contributions63 helpful votes
This is not your typical vision of Madagascar. It is an arid environment, with a mixture of endemic octopus trees and cactus imported by the the French from Mexico along with billions of sisal plants. The tented lodge was glamping on an extreme scale. The staff were all lovely and the activities were all great. This is a fantastic place to see birds, as the spiny forest doesnt offer much in the way of hiding. The only downsids are no wifi to share your experience and the long journey 5 hours from fort Dauphin, if you don't go for the private charter to the local landing strip.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Laura B wrote a review May 2019
Acton, ontarii17 contributions1 helpful vote
I was surprised at this camp as I am not a camper Beautiful setting,great people memorable trip Something to take into consideration Madagascar is the 10th poorest country in the world and the roads are terrible It was more than 4 hours drive from the airport to the camp and after I got there I found out they have an airstrip so the extra cost would be worth it to miss the drive
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, Mandrare River Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.