Saha Forest Camp surpassed my expectations at every turn. We found a brochure for it in our hotel, and decided to go without any knowledge of what was really in store, and we are incredibly glad we chose it. We were picked up by a driver for the Camp and driven about 3 hours north of Tana to the nearest village, where we turned off the main road and continued on a rural dirt road for another 8 kilometers. When the road runs out, it is another 1/2 kilometer walk - at most - to the camp, situated in the most beautiful setting.
The Camp sits on a hill overlooking some small rice paddies and the protected forest area beyond, and after crossing a long bridge over the rice, you find yourself at the steps of a beautiful open air lodge / restaraunt. The "rooms" are individual huts with everything you need, beds, a bathroom with shower and toilet, and a balcony with great views of the surroundings; all of the huts face the forest. They're rather simply adorned, which only adds to the wonderful setting and feeling of relaxation. The food was delicious and plentiful, and the staff was extremely friendly.
We took a guided hike for 4+ hours through the forest, and our guide was also great; it seemed they really tried the entire time to be accomodating, even though we spoke only english and a few words of french; our guides and hosts knew enough english to convey everything, and they really seemed like they were trying to get us as much information as they could and have us enjoy our stay.
At the risk of going on and on, I'll stop here, but to close I have to say that I cannot recommend this place enough for a few days of relaxation and exploring the beautiful forest and village surrounding the Camp. Everything was perfect, and I would love to return again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A forest lodge at the gates of Antananarivo A stay at Saha Forest Camp will give you the opportunity to participate in the development of the village community, owner of the facilities and direct beneficiary of the project 2 hours' drive from the capital, in the district of Anjozorobe, Saha Forest Camp is offering you the simplicity of its facilities in harmony of the environment. Nestling in the heart of a humid tropical forest, a terrace opening onto a green landscape is at your disposal in each of its 10 elegant double tented lodges. The restaurant and its large raised terrace are an invitation to relaxation and quietness. As it is located inside a protected area, those who love hiking will be able to admire extraordinary fauna and flora while enjoying thematic tours that can be adjusted to everyone's pace. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Saha Forest Camp Madagascar/Antananarivo