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Reviewed March 14, 2014

We went for 5 nights and it was not enough to appreciate the lodge and its surroundings. Beautiful sunset on a peaceful beautiful beach ! what else will you need? Birds songs will wake you up in the morning. Back to real life....
Tampolodge is the best spot to discover Masoala Park and Tampolo Marine Reserve: its coralreef is still alive compared to other marine reserves such as in Nosy Be and Sainte Marie.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Fanjetta2014
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

A boat ride away from the nearest town and located right on the beach, with the Indian Ocean to swim in and stars to sleep under. The camp has been added to with en suite cabins - and, although there is no hot water in the tap, the staff bring round buckets of the steaming stuff once you're back from lemur/ bird spotting. Breakfast, in fact all meals, are in the restaurant, open to the air and right beside the estuary. The geckos are friendly - had one run up my leg! - and beautiful. The staff are great and the local guides incredibly helpful. Claudio even resorted to building a bridge for us types too puny to scramble down to the log the locals use during one wealk. Oh and there's a handy dugout canoe for river crossing

Did I mention the home made ginger rum? One tot of that's all you need for a wonderful deep sleep

Room Tip: Ask for the newer. en suite cabins
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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2  Thank Sally W
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Paradise lost…although it looks like it will be found soon, with several hotel developments underway along this stretch of Antogil Bay. The boat ride across was a little choppy but soon forgotten when we arrived at Tampolodge. A 30-minute walk from the area's main patch of primary rainforest the lodge is surrounded by secondary rainforest, which also yielded plenty of surprises including a view of the much sought-after Helmet Vanga. The lodge boasts by far the best beach on this stretch of coastline (great for snorkelling), a comfortable central lodge next to the beautiful river Tampolo, amiable staff and excellent food (3 courses for every meal – always fresh and innovative). I've never seen a more brilliant night sky and we enjoyed many fantastic walks with our guide Elysee, who was extremely patient, friendly and knowledgeable. The condition of the paths inside the park was much better than I expected, and the walking not too difficult at all, if a little hilly. Wish we could have stayed longer...a pefect choice for a unique honeymoon combining activity, relaxation and nature.

Room Tip: Try for a sea-front bungalow with en-suite facilities
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Lollopinglemurs
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Room 4. Rustic and interesting but overpriced. Mosquito coils were kindly provided. So were candles. Electric, at this price, should come on at sunset rather than an hour later (6-9pm only). We’ve stayed in a temporary campsite in the middle on the Serengeti in Tanzania and had electric all day and sockets so it’s no use excusing this because it’s rustic. It’s just not being invested in properly. It’s not great preparing for a night walk in the forest or to go to dinner by candlelight. Again, having to ask for hot water to be brought in a bucket shouldn’t be the case at this price. Our room meant walking from the bedroom to the toilet on hardcore which was strange. Some rooms have wood between the two. The food was okay but didn’t set the world on fire. The staff were very polite, friendly and helpful and they kept the paths really clear of leaves, etc. We walked up and down passed all the lodges and there’s no doubt in our minds that this lodge is the best positioned in terms of scenery. The beach was beautiful and the lagoon, with the reflections of the unusually-formed rocks and the lush trees was exceptional, rivalling some of the world’s most photographed beaches. The crossing of the lagoon in a pirogue (canoe carved from solid tree) was an interesting necessity to start and end the forest walks. Our guide, provided by the lodge, called Claret, was brilliant. He found us some amazing wildlife and he was always smiling and courteous. While other guides sometimes made their clients wade through the lagoon, he would fetch the pirogue himself if no one else was available to collect us and he pointed out small details such as tree roots that were trip hazards. We can recommend this place but mostly due to the silly prices of the other lodges rather than due to its own merits.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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joseMilano, Proprietario at Tampolodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2012

You are truly out of the concept of eco-lodge. We do not sell hot water and electrical supplies but stays in harmony with nature. Consult our website before to talk about bad investments and inflated prices.
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

You get to Tampolo by boat which is an adventure in itself. From the water it does not look like much but once there you realise that you are in a very special spot. It is the last lodge along the peninsula which means you are next to the marine reserve and feel like you are there all by yourself. The en-suite bungalow is the way to go. The food was great, I had fresh caught Wahoo for dinner one evening. Walks from Tampolo do take some time to get to the primary forest but they are worth it as you get to experience the local fishing village along the way and see the difference between primary and secondary rain forest.

Your travel season here is crucial. November was the perfect time for me. One day of rain only, the rest was sunshine, loads of different fauna and flora, swimming in the bay, snorkeling in the marine reserve.

One word of advice - take your own mask, I struggled with the one I borrowed which made the snorkeling slightly less fun than it should have been.

Room Tip: Choose a room with en-suite bathroom, they cost more but they also overlook the bay. The other rooms sharing an ablution are set back from the beach and don't really have a view.
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank Anthony B
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