Discover the camps and lodges of Madagascar
The best places to stay in Madagascar have taken a bit of criticism over the years, in recent times however, there have been multiple investments in some truly unique properties improving the overall standard. From remote camping in undiscovered parks, to luxury beach hideaways and jungle lodges, Madagascar now has a great selection of truly diverse places to stay. For a purely bespoke trip, please do contact us so we can tailor the ideal properties to meet your needs, as we only list a small selection of what is available below.
If you are looking for primary rainforest, tropical coastlines, and truly wild lemurs, then look no further than Masoala Forest Lodge. A family run property owned by Pierre and Maria every guest is made to feel at home in thatched tented bandas overlooking the beach. The great simplicity of Masoala is that you are free to roam at your will, whether that be along the coastline, or through numerous forest trails, one of the last rainforest strongholds is waiting to be explored.
Connected by private flight when requested, Anjajavy sits only a few hours away. Admittedly on the opposite side of Madagascar, but a great property to combine with Masoala Forest Lodge. Ideal for honeymoon couples or equally families, with high standards of comfort, sifaka lemurs bouncing across the lawns, and bungalows overlooking the ocean.
Miavana is the latest addition to Madagascar’s luxury beach retreat portfolio. A ‘North Island-esque’ private island destination with luxurious villas and ocean views. A chance to combine some relaxation with exploration as helicopter excursions can take you to visit nearby islands or local lemur populations. A great property to also combine with Anjajavy or Masoala Forest Lodge.
Mandrare River Camp sits on the banks of the Mandrare River and provides the perfect spot to explore the surrounding area. With 5 different species of lemur found locally, the spiny forest, night walks and more, there is plenty to do during your stay. Mandrare provides remote exploration with comfortable lodging.
If you are looking for a bit of beach relaxation then Ile Sainte Marie and Princesse Bora Lodge are ideal. Perfect beach relaxation in cosy bandas provide the backdrop for your stay, with whale watching available during the months of July to September. Ideally combines with the rainforests and wildlife of Eastern Madagascar or a short flight from Tana.
Relais de la Reine and Relais des Plateaux are sister properties located down in the southern reaches of Madagascar. Savannah plains and the Isalo rock massif provide a surreal contrast to the rainforests of the east. These properties are some of the best places to stay in Madagascar for exploring the renowned Isalo National Park with its rocky canyons, wild trekking, and natural pools.
Whilst the best places to stay in Ranomafana National Park are limited, Setam Lodge is one of the best options available. 10 bungalows look out over the river and rainforest below where reside the endangered golden bamboo lemur and greater bamboo lemur. Ranomafana is one of Madagascar’s great rainforest reserves as you make your way south and out onto the savannah grasslands.
Tsarabanjina is one of founder Will’s favourites as it was where he learnt to scuba dive about 20 years ago! Beach chic bandas, some great diving, and tasty food and wine to round your day off. An ideal honeymoon spot where you can sit back, relax, and reminisce over the adventures of the last few weeks.
The Makay, or should I say ‘no fixed abode’. A vast wilderness that is not even listed as a national park at present, is one of our favourites. A week or more can be spent exploring the canyons, waterways, and pockets of rainforests, that are home to its own unique wildlife. Bespoke mobile camps can be tailored to your specific requirements to either enjoy as one big adventure or an element of a wider expedition.