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Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
is located in the Madagascar Southeast
region of Madagascar
Set around 40km to the northeast of Fort Dauphin, this relatively high-end lodge provides access to the Sainte-Luce coastal forest and wetlands area. It is certainly one of the finest small camps in the country, great for active guests who will appreciate the remoteness of this stunning location.
The lodge is centred on a modest open-sided main building, with decks leading directly out onto the beach. There is also a massage pavilion and a lookout tower set in the forest behind.
Guest accommodation is in just five large suites, also set immediately back from the beach, one of which is a larger family suite.
Activities include forest walks by night and day in search of lemurs (collared brown, southern woolly, thick-tailed dwarf, brown mouse and sportive) and other indigenous mammal, reptile and insect species, motorboat safari and kayaking in the lagoon and mangrove forests, village visits and motorboat trips out to the ocean to visit various uninhabited islands and whale-watching (Jun/Oct).
The main potential downsides at Manafiafy Lodge are the difficulty of access, the relatively high prices, the simplicity of the accommodation and the low chances of up close lemur experiences.
Manafiafy Lodge is almost always combined with sister facility Mandrare River Camp
, which is under the same ownership and provides access to a very different set of ecosystems.