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, also known as Anjajavy L'Hotel
, is located in the Mahajanga
area in the Northern
region of Madagascar
Remotely situated in a 750 hectare private forest reserve, this relatively high-end lodge is one of the easiest to access and offers an unusual range of activities, including some excellent lemur viewing.
The lodge is centred on a large main building under thatch, with bar, lounge and dining areas leading out to a pleasant garden with a large swimming pool, fronting out onto a broad sandy beach. Behind the main lodge there is a large tropical garden where very habituated wild lemurs can be viewed at close quarters almost every day.
Guest accommodation is in 24 timber and thatch suites, arranged either side of the main building, all directly at the back of the beach and all of which are fully air-conditioned and have a small room upstairs for children.
Activities include an extensive network of walking trails, which guests can explore alone or with a guide, taking in the surrounding forests, tsingy rock formations and baobab avenues, with their wealth of endemic species. Coastal walks along beaches and through mangrove inlets can be punctuated with remote picnics. A short drive away is the Sakalava Cave, with stalagmites and endemic bats. Visits to meet the local people in the village of Ambodro Ampasy are also possible. There is also sea swimming, water-skiing, catamaran sailing, snorkelling, kayaking. Spa treatments are also available.
Access is by shared charter which operates out of the capital Antananarivo three times weekly (Tue/Thu/Sat) which means that this lodge is a lot easier and reliable to get to that others which depend on Air Madagascar. The usual stay duration is longer than usual, at 4 to 7 nights, due to the wide range of activities.
The main potential downsides at Anjajavy Lodge are the difficulty of access, the relatively high prices, the simplicity of the accommodation and the high number of rooms.