Vakona Forest Lodge

Andasibe, Eastern Madagascar, Madagascar

At a Glance

  • The lodge has its own private lemur island for guests to visit

  • Walks available in the early morning to see the indri-indri

  • Situated in the "bowl" of the forest, the birding is spectacular

  • Surrounded by tropical plants and flowers

  • Only three hours drive from Antananarivo on excellent roads

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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 little trip to Lemur Island, watch them dance and play and even feed them by hand.

The forest surrounding the lodge is beautiful - well worth exploring!

Go in search of the incredible indri lemur in neighbouring Andasibe National Park

Take a night walk in search of nocturnal lemur species

Huddle around the fireplace after a day exploring the nearby rainforest of Andasibe

Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Vakona Forest Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Eastern Madagascar


Vakona Forest Lodge is located next to Parc National d'Andasibe-Mantadia, a three-hour drive from Antatanarivo, and offers simple accommodation in 28 rooms, some with a mezzanine sleeping area which are suitable for families.

Parc National d’Andasibe-Mantadia is an ideal place to see lemurs in the wild for those who have little time to travel around Madagascar or prefer not to fly. Located just a three-hour drive from Antananarivo, the park offers the usual good standard of ANGAP guiding and there are several pathways one can follow for an easy walk, while the more adventurous can go ’off-road’ and scramble through the undergrowth to view the several species of lemur found here, including the indri. The park also has a visitor centre with an interactive display about lemurs which is excellent for children.

Vakona Forest Lodge is located close to the national park in its own small reserve. The lodge offers simple clean rooms with en-suite facilities and showers. The food is good and mainly French in style and the restaurant area has an outdoor terrace surrounded by a small lake.

For really close-up lemur viewing the lodge has its own ’Lemur Island’ where you can feed the friendly creatures as they jump on your shoulders. There is also a crocodile farm and a menagerie of birds and reptiles.

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The lodge has 28 Malagasy style bungalows including 10 family bungalows with mezzanine, six double bungalows and five twin bungalows and seven triple bed bungalows. Each bungalow has a terrace with a small external living room, bathroom with warm water and individual toilets, heating, a personal safe and a mini-bar.


Malagasy Style Bungalow

Family Chalet

Malagasy Style Bungalow. 1 double and 2 twin beds with mezzanine.

Twin Chalet

Malagasy Style Bungalow with twin beds.

Three Bed Chalet

Malagasy Style Bungalow with 3 beds.


Children of all ages are very welcome at Vakona Forest Lodge, however, there are no specific child care facilities. It should also be noted that children under 8 years are not allowed to visit Lemur Island.


There is a small library at the Lodge with many reference books where guests to read up on what they have spotted during the day's activities and they can learn more about the local area. The Lodge has an inviting swimming pool for you take a dip in or swim a few laps around. There is also a crocodile farm on site.


Activities include trekking to see lemurs as well as canoeing, squash, horse riding, swimming, bowls, table tennis and billiards and there is a playing field for children.

For really close up lemur viewing the lodge has its own 'Lemur Island' where you can feed the friendly creatures as they jump on your shoulders. There is also a crocodile farm and numerous birds and reptiles.



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Vakona Forest Lodge is all about the lemur experience in the nearby Andasibe-Mantadia National Parks. The accommodation itself may be on the rustic side, but it is a comfortable retreat where you can warm yourself by the roaring fire after a day exploring the rainforest and enjoy comforting home-cooked meals.


  • Lemur Island walk

    This is a wonderful experience, visiting the tiny Lemur Island with expert guides and getting up close and personal with the lemurs who live here. The guides show you around and encourage the lemurs to approach, so excellent photographs are guaranteed!

Holiday Ideas

  • Classic Madagascar

    Antananarivo, Andasibe & Tsarabanjina

    from £6000 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Listen to the haunting cry of the Indri as it echos through the forest
    • Discover the nocturnal species such as sportif mouse lemur on a night walk near Andasibe
    • Listen to the sounds of the waves as you enjoy a relaxing massage in the pop up spa on the rocks at Tsarabanjina
  • Off the Beaten Track Madagascar

    Andasibe, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Ile Sainte Marie & Nosy Komba

    from £10600 pp inc flights & transfers for 21 nights

    • Listen the call of the Indri as it echos through the forest at Andasibe
    • Discover the incredible sights of Tsingy de Bemaraha and enjoy some of the best wildlife sightings the country offers
    • Enjoy a sunset drive through the Avenue of the Baobabs - this region is well documented and photographed for a reason
  • Wild Kenya and Madagascar

    Maasai Mara & Madagascar

    from £8000 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights

    • Search for the migration herds in Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara
    • Enjoy a traditional East African safari with an authentic Out of Africa experience
    • Explore the Andasibe Reserve in search of lemurs, including the largest species, the Indri

Location & directions

Andasibe, Eastern Madagascar, Madagascar

Vakona Forest Lodge is located in the heart of the Perinet Forest, a few kilometres from the village and on the doorstep of the Andasibe National Park. The lodge is 140 km from the capital, Antananarivo. It is north of the village of Andasibe, 7 km from the Périnet park entrance and about 20 km south of Mantadia National Park.

How to get there

It is a 13-hour international flight (one stop) to Antananarivo Airport. Vakona Forest Lodge is 140km East of Antananarivo by good tarmac road (drive time approximately 3 hours).

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