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Escape to a tropical lush forest location in Andasibe, Madagascar, which offers visitors a wonderful encounter with nature. Located a few kilometres from the village and on the doorstep of the Andasibe National Park, Vakona Forest Lodge is a nature lover's paradise.
Accommodation at Vakona Forest Lodge consists of:
Surrounded by lush forests featuring bountiful vegetation and a spectacular array of wildlife species, the marvellous lodge exudes a delightful rustic charm that is perfectly in keeping with the environment. Each of the 24 charming bungalows nestles between luxuriant gardens and includes double rooms as well as family units. Enjoy soaking in the en-suite bathroom and thereafter crawl under the luxurious bed covers beautifully framed by translucent mosquito netting. Relax on the terrace / balcony whilst taking in the amazing peaceful setting, or spend time in the adorable little outside living area.
Vakona Forest Lodge boasts a fantastic octagonal restaurant and bar with a splendid centrally positioned fireplace. Feast on the excellent variety of vegetarian and French / Malagasy / Chinese cuisine while taking in the astounding views of the forest through the full-length windows or chill on the outdoor terrace while watching the local birds around the lake. Play a game of squash, table tennis or billiards and have an invigorating swim in the fabulous sky-blue pool.
Canoe around the lake or to nearby Lemur Island boasting an incredible selection of lemur species, follow the well marked trails in search of colourful chameleons, reptiles, and interesting plant life, or explore the private reserve at Vakona Forest Lodge on horseback or mountain bike. Vakona Forest Lodge is absolutely stunning, a tranquil haven for relaxing and exploring, an extraordinary establishment for a truly remarkable getaway in the arms of Mother Nature.
All rooms en suite
Lounge Adorable outdoor living area
Terrace All bungalows and terrace at main lodge
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Vakona Forest Lodge was a magical place to stay in Madagascar. Up in the rain forest we would experience a torrential downpour with dramatic thunder and lightning then a few minutes later frogs and birdsong. We heard the indris calling each morning and the lodge has an island of lemurs that will come to you to be fed bananas. The setting is tropically gorgeous and the food is French with plenty of selections. We never were able to get the lodge to answer email requests for accommodation so we eventually hired a Kenyan travel agent who hired a European agency that booked us... and included a driver and car! Our last day a group of young people arrived who were very noisy :( but other than that we would recommend it wholeheartedly.
01 December 2012
I enjoyed the stay here which was full board for three nights.
The bungalow we stayed in was nice although the heater in the bedroom didn't work too well meaning it was rather cold. There are extra blankets in the room so we didn't get too cold overnight. Some of the bungalows are a couple of minutes walk from the lodge building so it's an idea to pack an umbrella to use between buildings. Easy to spot lots of birds from our bungalow too.
The lodge building is also pleasant with nice views and a real log fire (necessary as there doesn't seem to be any other heating). The full menu has lots of choices and looks really nice. However, if you are full board, you only have a selection of 5 starters and 5 mains which didn't change at all while we were there. Three days of lunch and dinner from the same small menu does get a bit dull and makes you feel a bit like a second class citizen.
All the staff are really friendly and helpful.
01 September 2011
it was good experience, my itinery was well planned and I loved forest walks
01 May 2011
In the area you can travel like a local but at night you sleep like a tourist. A great traveller's hotel
01 June 2010
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