The drive from Fort Dauphin on National Route 12 is an experience in and of itself but my word it is well worth it. The lodge is absolutely gorgeous, the private beach front is pristine, the service is impeccable, and our guide, Nama, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We went to Madagascar to see lemurs and see them we did. Boat trip through mangroves was also pretty spectacular AND the food was great. A special birthday trip with my daughter, we were very happy campers!
This must be one of the most beautiful and most remote places we have stayed (measured by time if not distance - the roads are terrible!). It is well worth the effort of getting there; the bungalows are amazing, spacious and well equipped with private access to the beach and sea views. The whole site is set up to fit into the surroundings, so it is well hidden from the sea. The food was amazing, we especially loved the local fish and lobster. The guide was very knowledgeable, and we saw some amazing wildlife, by boat and by jeep. It is very close to the local village, and it was fascinating to see villagers carrying on their traditional way of life. The staff were all lovely, we were so well looked after by everyone. We loved the wood carvings dotted around the site, and the use of wood in the rooms. In short: great for relaxing, great for food, great for wildlife and great for local interest. …
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this lodge, the food, the activity, the friendly staff, and the beachfront room. Whilst it is a bit of a journey to get there it is totally worth every minute as on the way you pass through numerous villages, getting to see the way people live, what I thought of as the real Madagascar. There is a range of activity on offer which you can do each day accompanied by your guide. Our guide, Nama, was great, he had amazing knowledge about the wildlife, the vegetation the history and the culture, which he shared with passion and enthusiasm, he also had amazing eyesight, spotting lemur and other wildlife with ease. The food was great, fresh crayfish and fish cooked to perfection with all staff helpful and generous with their time. We loved every minute of our stay and would certainly recommend it for a few days of escape from the rat race. …
This was our first trip to Madagascar, but will certainly not be our last. We have absolutely fallen in love with the country, the wildlife, the people and the culture - so beautiful and unspoilt, and using the lodge as a base was great. Everyone at the lodge is amazing, friendly and helpful, and our guide was funny, knowledgeable and helped us spot so many endemic species during our short stay. Food was incredible and the kitchen made huge efforts to cater for our vegan diet. We didn’t manage to snorkel in the waters in the end, but that will be for another trip! Thank you to everyone at the lodge and see you again soon!
Fantastic beachside retreat. Right next to the mangroves ti see some endemic birdlife. Around the cove you get to see the 29km beach cove, we didn't see anybody on it. The place is great, the food is amazing. The freshest lobster and oysters I have ever eaten, all inclusive to boot. The staff were great. Only downsides are... 3 hour drive from gort Dauphin to get here and no wifi .
Everything in the glowing reviews is quite correct. Staff, guide and James the manager all extremely efficient. You have to remember this is Madagascar and an adventure not a cruise. The review criticising the difficult road to the camp doesn't get that. It's part of the character of the island, with lots of interest on the journey. There was a great, refreshing welcome with a cocktail and cool towel and all the bumps thus forgotten.
We stayed in early October 2018 and had an incredible stay. Our room was wonderful, very private and secluded. Staff were excellent, our guide Nama was fantastic. We saw lemurs, chameleons, boas, flying foxes and a wide selection of bird life. We saw whales from the shore but unfortunately the weather was too choppy to head out for sea. Food was delicious and we even enjoyed a wet day day by the fire when the weather turned against us. Highlight was probably our jungle walk that brought us out onto the most incredible beach. As other reviewers have noted the road journey is not for the faint of heart, but we cannot recommend the lodge enough to those who want seclusion and adventure.
This was the best of the lodges we stayed in Madagascar. A beautiful setting, comfortable accommodation, very good food, well presented. Excellent service from all the staff who are very welcoming, friendly with nothing too much trouble. Activities very good and guides knowledgeable and good company.
WHAT WAS GREAT: guides Ali and Francis, all of the guided activities, baked bread, village character, local fish market WHAT WAS BAD: the 50 km ride from Fort Dauphin to Manifiafy took 3 HOURS! I do not EVER recall being on a worse road, anywhere! If being in the presence of economic deprivation bothers this destination may not be a good fit.
Gorgeous roundels built of local wood, private decking with a walkway leading to the sea in the lagoon. Excellent. All 5 bungalows are private from each other, and the staff do all they can to make your stay special. The managers and guides and staff are all very helpful and friendly. We were the only ones staying there at the end of September, but previously and after they were full. However, with only 5 bungalows this is special.The drawback is the terrible road to get there. Don't attempt if you have any issues with a bad back. The other problem is the flights from Fort Dauphin back to 'Tana'. Air Madagascar is notorious at cancelling flights, or delaying them. Provided you are prepared for this, the aircraft themselves were fine and staff on board very pleasant.