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“VERY basic, but wildlife can make it worthwhile” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kirindy Lodge
Maun, Botswana
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70 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“VERY basic, but wildlife can make it worthwhile”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

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.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

Large open-sided dining room, with beer, menu with some choice, and videos for those wanting to stay up. Small wooden shacks for sleeping, with concrete floor, bare foam mattress under a simple clean sheet; mosquito net provided. Gloomy toilet and shower attached. Fossa, brown lemurs and mongooses often scavenging around the camp.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Quatre Bornes
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

This was a new experience compared to the other hotels we stayed. Yes the huts and the food are basic but the staff is very friendly and it is a great experience to be surrounded by nature! The fosa walked several times around our hut while the lemurs were jumping in the trees. The value for money is low but we dont have to forget that a part of the money will go to the projects to protect the forest and that is worth it!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here almost two years ago (before I used TripAdvisor!) and absolutely loved it. The cabin was great for having your own privacy and feeling like you're really surrounded by nature.

We really enjoyed the food in the restaurant and expected the high prices as it was so off the beaten track. It's hard for us to judge the price of the accommodation as we booked it in a tour with other activities but we were just glad for the chance to be able to stay there and soak up the atmosphere!

Having the chance to see so many lemurs, snakes and even the notorious fossa from the accommodation grounds alone was just incredible for us and we had a brilliant time thanks the wonderful staff that worked there. Thanks guys!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This place is pretty basic, we had a small wooden bungalow that had 2 very narrow and quite uncomfortable beds and a pretty basic bathroom, so accommodation wise I guess it wouldn't get a brilliant rating. But you know what it doesn't matter - it is just so cool to be right in the middle of all that nature! Fosa's are around a lot and the workers will call you when they see them, we were crouched only a few feet from one! A troop of brown lemurs also swung through the lodge during the day to drink from the water that spills out of the water tank, again the workers will call you and give you some bananas to feed them with - you can get very close without that 'zoo' feeling! Everyone that works there is very friendly and helpful so we really enjoyed ourselves!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

We didn't originally plan on coming here. When we planned out trip to the Parc National de Tsingy de Bemaraha, we though it would be nice way to break up the journey. Lonely planet said it was an interesting place, so we stopped. We shouldn't have.
Probably as a result of the LP coverage, the lodge raised prices. A LOT! Can't remember the prices, but they were more than twice what the book quoted, and the book was barely a year old. Also, the food was expensive and they basically gave us Maggie noodles or something along those lines. The wildlife was also disappointing, as the emphasis was on nocturnal lemurs, and all you ever get to see of those are a pair of eyes glimmering in the dark, and even that does not happen often.
I say, if you wanna go to the Tsingy, just go to the Tsingy. This is just a waste of time and money.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

Before travelling it is good to set your expectations of a place on the right level. And for the Kirindy Lodge I had set mine to absolute zero, expecting nothing at all. You are staying in the accomodation of a Reserve itself, far away from everything, and in the middle of a forest. That most often indicates very basic accomodations, where ever you are in the world! And I had set my expectations right....

We stayed in a little hut, which was only a short walk away from the main building with the open-air restaurant. It contained of two beds, and a little porch. A positive surprise and to my delight the cabin had a flush-toilet! There is even something like a shower in the hut, but only with cold water though. Admittingly, the beds were terrible! I don't think I have ever seen such uncomfortable beds in my life. The mattress was paper-thin and one could almost just as well lie directly on the wooden boards of the bed. I was fortunate enough to have a rather comfortable inflatable mattress with me, as during this trip we also were staying several nights in a tent. So I opted to use this 'luxery' alternative for the night instead of beds :-) The nights at Kirindy can get very cold during the winter time (I was here in August), but plenty of blankets are provided to keep you warm.

Electricity is only available during part of the day, it turns on late afternoon and if I remember correctly turns off again at 10 o'clock in the evening. The staff were very friendly and accomodating though, and they offered to put on the electricity an hour earlier than usual, so we were able to charge our batteries.

So why stay here when it is so very basic? Well, that is for the wildlife experience! You are right in the middle of Kirindy Reserve, a dry deciduous forest, and from the lodge night-walks and morning walks are organized. And night and early morning are the times to be here to see the exceptional wildlife of this Park. The guides here are excellent! Amazing what they are able to spot in the dark! No need to say that the night-walk was really rewarding. We even spotted a Fossa, a cat-like looking animal, which hunts for the lemurs in the park. And of course plenty of nocturnal lemurs and also chameleons. During the morning we saw several Verreux's Sifakas and the brown lemur (these seem to be almost everywhere).

I wouldn't opt to stay any longer though after the morning walk. There is no really comfortable place to relax, and you get a rather good view of the wildlife during the night and morning walk.

Finally dinner, breakfast and lunch are served in the open air-restaurant. Some patience is required, and the food is like the accomodations basic. Although the food is not spectacular is was absolutely ok.

Please do not confuse the Kirindy Reserve with the Kirindy-Mitea National Park, which is located adjacent to Belo-sur-Mer.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kirindy Lodge
Address: Kirindy Forest, Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Toliara Province > Kirindy Mitea National Park
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