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Mandrare River Camp
is located in the Madagascar Southeast
region of Madagascar
Set in a small patch of woodland amongst agricultural land close to the village of Ifotaka, around 100km to the northwest of Fort Dauphin, this relatively high-end camp provides access to the spiny forest and riverine forest ecosystems, with their associated lemurs and other endemic wildlife.
The camp is centred on a modest open-sided mess with lounge and dining areas in shady forest above the river.
Guest accommodation is in six tented suites with substantial bathrooms to the rear.
Activities are centred on walking and vehicle safari amongst the remnants of the gallery and spiny forests that the camp is here to protect, with a wealth of endemic wildlife including several lemur species (Verreaux's sifaka, ring-tailed, white-footed sportive, grey mouse and grey-brown mouse). Sensitive interaction with the local Antadroy people includes villages, markets, tombs and musical events.
The main potential downsides at Mandrare River Camp are the difficulty of access, the relatively high prices, the simplicity of the accommodation and, above all, the severe encroachment upon the wild areas by villages and huge sisal farms.
Mandrare River Camp is almost always combined with sister facility Manafiafy Lodge
, which is under the same ownership and provides access to a very different set of ecosystems.