I was travelling for the first time in Madagascar. Driving through Tana, I was a little worried by all of the swerving cars, busy markets and being stared at by everyone being the only white person in site! We drove for ages, as it got darker I was looking out of the car at all the dodgy looking hotels becoming increasingly worried about which one I may be staying in (I came here with a tour guide so had no idea where I was going). We turned into the forest and drove for a few ks through, and out of nowhere came the Vakona Forest Lodge. The first thing I saw was the beautiful restaurant sitting over the water, as the light reflected over it beautifully. A major sigh of relief that this is where I was staying!
I was met by the friendly staff, and promptly shown to my room and had my heavy bags carried for me. The room was amazing! Up some stairs so it's away from any noises from cars entering, and has a beautiful garden view! The bed could fit 5 people in it and was very comfortable. Tea and coffee was provided in the room and fresh towels were placed daily.
The food was delicious as well! They had a menu written in English so I knew what I was ordering, and it was served quickly, always with a side serving of fresh bread.
The activities around the area were close by and easy to access too, such as a walk in the reserve, a visit to the lemur island and the small zoo. There was also a night walk available.
I had an issue with my adapter, and could not charge any of my electronics which I was panicking about (mainly my camera). I asked them at reception for any solutions and the very kind man let me borrow the one in reception for the night, I was so grateful for that!
Overall, a truly wonderful stay. Clean, secure, and a beautiful location (the only downside was it's so far from Antananarivo, but at the same time I preferred that).
Thank you so much!
- Also Known As:
- Vakona Forest Hotel Andasibe
- Vakona Forest Lodge Madagascar/Andasibe