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An October 2011 trip to Madagascar by catsholiday

Quote: We spent two weeks in Madagascar exploring the country and more specifically looking at the different lemurs and chameleons which exist only in Madagascar

Le Dauphin Hotel

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Hotel | "Eating at Le Dauphin"

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This is part 2 of Le Dauphin reviewLUNCHWhen we arrived after our long drive from Berenty we had only had our bread and jam breakfast so we both fancied something to eat and a cold drink. We headed to the hotel next door and found a lovely big bar and on the other side a nice restaurant which looked out onto really pretty gardens. We had a bit of a walk around and found that there was a pool but that it was empty which seemed strange.We were asked if we wanted to sit inside or out and we chose outside which was on a sort of patio overlooking the garden. We ordered cold water and cold beer and then studied the menu more closely. It was positively exciting to have so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2012

Le Dauphin Hotel
Fort Dauphin
South Madagascar

Le Dauphin Hotel

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Hotel | "Staying at the Dolphin"

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Le Dauphin Hotel, Fort Dauphin, South MadagascarOur flight back from Fort Dauphin was due to leave at about 7am and so this would have meant leaving Berenty at 1am and driving the four and a half hours along a really awful road so that we would be there to check in two hours before the flight. We asked our guide about this and they contacted the tour company and changed it so that we had two nights at Berenty and one in this hotel in Fort Dauphin. It was not difficult as the same people owned both places and there an available room fortunately .Having had two nights at Berenty and knowing it was the same owner we didn’t have very high expectations for the hotel .Our driver dro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2012

Le Dauphin Hotel
Fort Dauphin
South Madagascar

Berenty Private Reserve

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Hotel | "The reserve and animals"

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The accommodation is pretty basic and food not that great so ....WHY GO THERE THEN?The reason people come to the reserve is to see the ring tailed lemurs everywhere around the lodges as well as the little common brown lemurs. We had a whole group of ring tailed lemurs sitting on our patio and I sat in a chair next to two mothers and their babies having an afternoon rest one day.The other reason is to see the amazing leaping Verreaux’s sifakas lemurs jumping along the ground. It is also a unique place to visit for botanists as the spiny forest contains plants seen nowhere else in the world. WALKING IN THE DRY DECIDUOUS FORESTWe had three walks in the surr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 7, 2011

Berenty Private Reserve
Along The Mandrake River
Madagascar, Africa

Berenty Private Reserve

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Hotel | "Staying at Berenty"

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Berenty Lodge and private Reserve South MadagascarBerenty is in the far South of Madagascar. We flew to the coastal town of Fort Dauphin where we were met and driven to Berenty Private Reserve where we stayed two nights in a simple en-suite bungalow at Berenty Lodge with, dinner and breakfast included. The drive from Fort Dauphin is a very long four hours in a for wheel drive without air conditioning along a dusty and very poorly maintained road.The road was built in 1956 and made of tarmac but NOTHING has been done to maintain it since ,large parts of it are washed away and there are huge holes up to two foot deep and as long and varied as you can imagine and worse. It was 85 km and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2011

Berenty Private Reserve
Along The Mandrake River
Madagascar, Africa

Hotel Tamboho

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Hotel | "Tamboho in Tana"

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We spent two nights at this rather lovely hotel in two different rooms. I think it was chosen for us by our tour company as it was pretty reasonably close to the airport and we had to get to and from the airport each time.THE LOCATIONThe hotel was in a sort of gated shopping and housing area but the shops were all the kind that sold very expensive things, designer clothes, designer baby items and rather odd arty shops so after one walk around the area we had seen there was nothing of any interest to us and returned to the hotel to relax. We had thought we might have lunch in a local cafe but as the only one around was a pizza place we decided to eat at the hotel instead.W...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2011

Hotel Tamboho
Tana Water Front
Antananarivo, Madagascar 101

Vakona Forest Lodge

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Hotel | "The gardens and food"

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FOOD AT THE LODGEBREAKFASTBreakfast was included in the tariff. This was a sort of buffet affair. The waitress brought you the juice of the day, no choice. They also brought you tea which was watery and very weak or coffee which was French style and very strong. They then asked if you wanted eggs and how you wanted them. If you asked for scrambled you got a big pile of scrambled eggs on a plate, fried was just two fried eggs on a plate. In a basket on your table you were brought a few slices of toast, a few chunks of toasted French bread and a couple of croissants. Also already on the table was a small dish of local honey, a small pot of jam which changed daily and a tiny dish of butter....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2011

Vakona Forest Lodge
7 Kms from Perinet National Park
Andasibe, Northern Madagascar

Vakona Forest Lodge

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Hotel | "Vakona - the lodging"

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Vakona Lodge, Andasibe, MadagascarGETTING THEREVakona is the Malagasy name for a Pandanus palm. This lodge is reputedly the best in this area and from the others we saw I think that is the case. The lodge is reached by a dirt road of varying quality over about ten miles so quite a trek, we were in a four wheel drive but there were some normal cars parked at the lodge. The lodge is a long three and a half hour drive from the capital Antananarivo and there is not really a huge choice of places to stop for a break so be prepared with water etc for the trek when you embark on the journey, toilet facilities are also not widely available and those that are available leave a lot to be desir...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2011

Vakona Forest Lodge
7 Kms from Perinet National Park
Andasibe, Northern Madagascar

Ankarafantsika National Park

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Attraction | "Land of Sacred Lakes"

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Ankarafantsika National ParkAnkarafantsika is one of the best examples of dry deciduous forest in Madagascar. We flew to Mahajanga, a port on the west coast of Madagascar where we were met by a guide and driver then we drove to the Sunny Hotel five minutes from the airport. The next day we were collected at 8 am and driven 2 hours inland along a reasonably good tarmac road to Ankarafantsika National Park next to the village of Ampijoroa where we stayed a night in the en-suite lakeside bungalow at Gite de Ampijoroa with all meals included.This National park is particularly known for its rare endemic birds such as the Madagascar Fish eagle which we saw when we were on our boat tr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2011

Ankarafantsika National Park
Boeny Region
Mahajanga, Northwestern Madagascar
(0)20 627 8000

Gite de Ampijoroa

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Hotel | "No fan but we had condoms!"

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En-suite lakeside bungalow at Gite de AmpijoroaThis was the night we stayed to explore the Ankarafantsika National Park and thankfully we did only have the one night as it was very basic. We were warned that there was no hot water in the bungalows but when you combine that with the fact there was no fan and a sliding door that had to be shut otherwise the mosquitoes flew in and a pretty solid bed with pillows that had a few large chunks of sponge in them it was not the most comfortable night.When we arrived we were taken for a walk to see the tallest Baobabs in the world. There were three and they were enormous and certainly worth a visit. On the way to the Baobabs we passed other na...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 27, 2011

Gite de Ampijoroa
Overlooking Lac Ravelobe
Madagascar, Africa

Sunny Hotel Majunga

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Hotel | "More sad than sunny"

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RECEPTIONThis was a large high wooden desk behind which one lady sat. She welcomed us and then disappeared to return with a tray of juice as a welcome drink. This was gratefully received as my throat was parched and so fed up with water which I had been drinking all day. We were told we would have dinner and breakfast included here so would only have to pay for drinks.The downstairs of the hotel was large and airy with windows all around but had a rather tired look about it. The building was one of those squarish totally box like 60s buildings. This area led onto the dining room which also led out to a patio with a huge pool and lovely tropical gardens.OUR ROOM...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 27, 2011

Sunny Hotel Majunga
Route D Amborvy
Madagascar, Africa

Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne

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Hotel | "French Colonial Luxury"

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RECEPTIONThis was a small room to the right of the main house and we were welcomed with a friendly smile and told that if we wanted a complimentary massage then this was available between 5pm and 8pm just let him know. Well as you can imagine I was back down within minutes after we decided that we would share a slot. Each massage was 40 minutes so we asked if we could have a slot of 20 minutes each as it was already 6pm.THE MAIN HOTEL We were taken across to the main building which was a 1930s French style house which has a lot of original furniture and has been modernised and done up but in a style in keeping with the house. As you enter the house you pass through a large porc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 27, 2011

Le Pavillon de l’Emyrne
2, rue Rakotonirina Stanislas–Isoraka
Antananarivo, Madagascar