I stayed with some friends for one night at Kirindy Gite in the Kirindy Reserve. The place is the only option close to the reserve and offers only very basic accommodation.
We stayed in cabins 10 & 11. Each cabin is made of wood and stands on a raised deck. Room 10 had two single beds (both quite small), a table and a chair and an en-suite shower and toilet. A soap bar and some towels are provided. There is no A/C or fan, but a socket and light in the room.
The wood panels on the floor had huge gaps as well as the bathroom, so that you have a lot of unwanted roommates. I did not even use the shower as it looked quite awful, so I decided to stick to my wet wipes. The mossie nets had some holes and were too small. The beds were the worst I even experienced, the thin foam mattress was not giving any comfort so you felt like lying on the blank wooden board.
Even though it’s certainly worth visiting the reserve, it’s sad that the accommodation is so basic and not really cleaned and maintained. With little effort and money, this could be much improved.
The food is also very basic, and unfortunately not very tasty. The selection of beverages is equally limited. Again, since this place is the only option there, and was at least full when we stayed, the operators / owners could improve the conditions easily. Obviously, there is no internet in this place.
There are brown lemurs and mouse lemurs around the camp, so you can see them quite close. If you are lucky, the fossa may drop in as well. Guides can be booked for morning, afternoon and night walks in the reserve. As with all wildlife, you can never know what you will see. So it’s important to be open-minded. Then you might discover some amazing stuff e.g. a snake that lives with ants in their underground dwelling.
Despite its basic condition, the reserve is worth a visit and for one or max two nights it’s ok. When you arrive from Morondava, you can do the afternoon and evening walk on the same day. The next morning do an early walk, after which you can continue e.g. towards Bekopaka / Tsingy. Tip: seems there are some huts without bathroom, so check when booking.