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Le Domaine de Fontenay
is located in the Diego Suarez
area in the Northern
region of Madagascar
Set in the small military town of Joffreville, this simple guest-house is one of the best bases from which to explore the Montagne d'Ambre National Reserve.
The lodge is centred on a 1904 colonial army medical facility which has been renovated vy owner Karl-Heinz Horner to create a quirky guest-house with warm hospitality and good food.
Guest accommodation is in one suite room on the first floor of the main house and a further eight in bungalows in converted buildings in the grounds, one of which is a two bedroom family suite.
Activities include guided walks into the reserve to experience the areas wonderful endemic flora and fauna, including the world's smallest chameleon.
The lodge has a very pretty three square kilometre private forest which is particularly good for reptiles including a giant tortoise called Galileo who is reputed to be 250-300 years old. Guided walks here often provide sightings of Sanford’s and crowned lemurs, whilst night walks may encounter nocturnal greater dwarf, northern sportive, northern rufous mouse lemurs, as well as ring-tailed mongooses, civets and tenrecs.
They also operate a local reforestation projects.
Le Domaine de Fontenay is certainly one of the best options in this area, a characterful small hotel which really looks after its guests.