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This is a fantastic rainforest close to the sea, with 5 lemur species living there, but also many... read more

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Reviewed June 19, 2016

Wanting to avoid the reputedly sleazy side of Mad's tourist scene and having an aversion to isolated luxury resorts I decided to avoid Nosy By. I serendipitously discovered St Luce reserve via Brett Massoud the Australian director of Dadamanga the company that owns and manages the reserve. It is dedicated to preserving the beach, river and semi rain forest in this idyllic corner of southern Madagascar not far from Fort Dauphin. I spent a few days getting there via a boat across lac Ambavarano, walks around the Evatra peninsular and a stay on beautiful Lokara beach ( exquisite, pristine and tourist free ) snacking on sea urchin, oysters and crabs caught by the local fisherman and costing peanuts. A rugged 4*4 drive takes you in a couple of hours to the start of the 2 hour river trip by pirogue to a surprisingly sophisticated bush camp at St Luce Reserve. replete with Its own beach and forest trails, yes there are reputedly lemurs but I was unlucky. Accommodation is in A shape cabins facilities are simple but beautifully done, the meals are set in a riverside open lodge and are excellent, masses of fresh oysters for a start followed by superbly cooked fish, desert wine, rum etc....... and with table napkins...! ! .... quite a surprise. In a village near bye is the oldest French settlement in the South...there are walks, pirogue trips and a long pristine beach that you have all to yourself.......all that with the most charming guides ( English spoken ) and Brett himself the proud owner and host.......I didn't spend long enough there I wish I had stayed at least 4 days just soaking it all up. My best trip in Madagascar.

Date of experience: May 2016
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