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Mananara Lodge

Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

At a Glance

  • Explore the fascinating and pristine Anjozorobe forest

  • Eleven lemur species and eighty-two bird species, all waiting to be seen

  • The lodge is an award winner for eco- and sustainable tourism

  • Comfortable rooms with fireplaces for those chilly Malagasy nights

  • Wake to the haunting call of the indri, Madagascar's largest lemur

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Any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).

Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the hauts plateaux. In Antananarivo and other highland areas, temperatures during winter can drop to 10°C and even lower during the night.

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Insider's View

Take a full day's guided walk and see how many species of lemur you can find (there are twelve here in total).

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Mananara Lodge is a rustic but comfortable place located in Anjozorobe primary Forest, 100km north of Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo. Accommodation is in just five tented rooms with beautiful views over the hills.

Anjozorobe forest is one of the last vestiges of primary forest of the Malagasy highlands: A Darwin’s promised land, it is home to 11 species of lemurs, 82 species of birds, and many more strange endemic reptiles and amphibians that can only be found in Madagascar, as well as over 100 species of plants including rare and wild orchids.

Mananara Lodge is hidden away down a 10km dirt road near the town of Anjozorobe in the north-eastern corner of the central highlands. You will be hosted by local community staff, who will proudly welcome you to this nature-immersed site.

Daily walks from the lodge, which may last from 1 to 7 hours, can be arranged for you with a local guide. The longer walk is highly recommended in order to have a good chance of seeing lemurs. The reserve is proud of its “no baiting” policy so guests are assured of a truly wild experience. Nocturnal walks are also available.

Rooms are comfortable safari-style private cabins equipped with bathtub and outside shower. There is also a spacious central lodge for dining, relaxing and meeting other adventurers. Water will be heated twice daily or on request and a generator provides electricity for a few hours in the early morning and evening.

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There are just five safari-style rooms, with canvas walls and wooden floors, as well as an open fire. The en-suite bathrooms have tiled floors and solid walls. Water will be heated twice daily or on request and a generator provides electricity for a few hours in the early morning and evening so you will not be left without hot showers and lights during these hours. Each of the five rooms has a covered deck with views over the densely forested hills.


Although there are no specific child care facilities available at the lodge, children are most welcome at Mananara Lodge.


The restaurant serves French, Malagasy and international specialties, Creole and Algerian plates. At the bar guests can try a home made rum punch and taste one of 17 kinds of “rhums arrangés”: rum with ginger, lychee, banana, guava, pineapple to name a few of the flavors. Before you leave you will have found your favorite!


The main activities from the lodge are guided walks which can be anything from an easy 45 minute stroll to a difficult hike taking several hours. Walks go through the forest or visit the villages and the school.

It is also possible to tailor-make walks and do the nightly excursion, to see nocturnal lemurs, like the Rufous Brown Mouse Lemur (the smaller one), the Weasel Sportive Lemur, the Eastern Woolly Lemur and various chameleons.

Location & directions

Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

Mananara Lodge is located in Anjozorobe primary forest, 100km north of capital Antananarivo, Madagascar. Anjozorobe forest is one of the last vestiges of primary forest of the Malagasy highlands.

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