Vakona Forest Lodge

Nestled on a private estate set amid dense rainforest, Vakona Forest Lodge offers visitors outstanding wildlife experiences as well as a peaceful setting to relax. There are 28 guest bungalows scattered throughout the property’s lush gardens, each equipped with ensuite bathrooms and four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting. Your furnished personal veranda offers an ideal place for a quiet cuppa whilst admiring native flora.

At the heart of Vakona Forest Lodge is a large restaurant, with a terrace facing a lovely lake. On cold days, a fireplace keeps the place cosy, whilst on sunny days, there is the option of eating outside. Also in this area is a pool table, ping pong table and a TV lounge. Other recreational facilities include a network of interesting walking trails and an outdoor swimming pool.

Activities at Vakona Forest Lodge include canoeing, horseback riding and visits to Vakona Private Reserve where lemurs and other exotic Madagascan wildlife can be observed. Species you may see during the day include the black-and-white ruffed lemur, the common brown lemur and the ring-tailed lemur whilst after dark, you’ll have chances to see chameleons, mouse lemur and the unique Madagascar nightjar.  


How to get to Vakona Forest Lodge

By road, Vakona Forest Lodge is approximately 2.5 hours or 150km east of Antananarivo.

Activities at Vakona Forest Lodge

  • Walking trails
  • Night and day excursions into Vakona Private Reserve
  • Horseback riding
  • Canoeing

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Vakona Forest Lodge Highlights

  • A rustic, comfortable lodge set in a private wilderness
  • Adjoining the fantastic Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
  • Where visitors can observe many species of lemur by day and night
  • With a wealth of activities from horseback riding to canoeing
  • Access to recreational facilities including a swimming pool

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Madagascar Overview

Why should I travel to Madagascar?
Filled with remarkable plants, birds and animals the island of Madagascar is often called the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean”. With an African and Indonesian heritage, overlaid with French colonial influences, it also has a fascinating history and culture.

What animals will I see in Madagascar?
You can explore Madagascar’s many national parks and reserves by car, on foot or by boat in search of strange and rare species, such as the many types of lemur, chameleon, birds, insects and plants.

What is the climate of Madagascar?
The climate is generally hot and subtropical. The north and east are wetter and the west and south drier. May to October is cooler, with plenty of sunshine, and the best time to visit.

What can I combine Madagascar with?
A safari in South Africa or Botswana for big game viewing. None of Africa’s famous large mammals like lion, elephant or zebra can be seen in Madagascar.

How to get to Madagascar?
There are flights from Johannesburg (South Africa) or Nairobi (Kenya) to Ivato Airport, 12km from Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

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