is located in Andasibe
("an-dassy-bay") area in the Eastern
region of Madagascar
Situated at the end of a dirt track about 10km south of Andasibe village, this relatively upmarket lodge serves as a reasonable based from which to explore the local forests.
The lodge is centred on a large main building, accessed on a bridge across a small stream, with lounge and dining areas leading out to broad verandas with views across the surrounding hills.
Guest accommodation is in ten small wooden "Ascendants" bungalows and seven larger and more substantial "Parfums d'Orangers" family bungalows.
Activities are centred on guided walks in both Andasibe and Mantadia national reserves, with a wealth of endemic flora and fauna on show and where there are eleven species of primate, including indris (the largest lemur species), red bellied, brown and lesser bamboo lemurs and diademed sifakas.
The lodge has a small private reserve where night walks can provide opportunities to encounter nocturnal wildlife. It is also possible to visit the private reserve at Vakona Forest Lodge
, which includes a small island in the river which acts as a rehabilitation centre for lemurs, some of which are very habituated, tame in fact, they will sit on your shoulder if invited, providing great photographic opportunities. Night walking safari, horse-riding and canoeing are also available.
Access is by road from the capital Antananarivo, a journey of 140km, which takes around four hours. The usual stay duration is 2 to 3 nights.
The main potential downsides are the difficulty of access (especially during the Jan-Mar rainy season), the relatively busy and touristy feel of the Andasibe area, the deforestation in the area immediately around the lodge, a marked lack of English speakers amongst the staff, the shortage of availability and the outdoorsy nature of the activities.