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.
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
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.
When to visit
Take a little trip to Lemur Island, watch them dance and play and even feed them by hand.
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.
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).
This itinerary really showcases the bizarre wildlife that Madagascar is so famed for. Your journey will start in the east of Madagascar where you’ll witness the largest lemur in Madagascar, the Indri, in Andasibe National Park. Look out for the Golden Bamboo lemur amongst the dense forests of Ranomafana National Park and end further south, observing the ring-tailed lemur and winding your way through the cactus-like trees of the arid spiny forests.
Family Fun in Madagascar and Mauritius
Let us take your family on a journey through the Indian Ocean. In Madagascar, you’ll encounter the bizarre and wonderful wildlife that this island is so famed for before immersing yourself in the culture of the capital city. We’ll then fly you to Mauritius where you can enjoy the untouched south of the island, surrounded by tea plantations and azure water. We’ve hand picked hotels that keep family fun and comfort in mind and thrown in some unforgettable experiences along the way.