Located at the edge of Madagascar’s mighty Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Vakona Forest Lodge is a spectacularly isolated rainforest retreat surrounded by some of the island’s most beautiful rivers, lakes, and mountains. This is the ultimate rainforest experience, offering comfortable accommodations and interesting activities leading guests into the heart of Madagascar’s most exotic lemur-ridden landscapes.

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The 28 individual bungalows of Vakona Forest Lodge sit scattered over the stunning forest scenery, cushioned amid lush gardens of native trees, blossoming flowers, and flowing streams. Each casita feels like its own apartment, carefully decorated and equipped with four-poster beds wrapped in mosquito netting, en suite bathrooms, electricity, in-room safes, and covered front porches encircled by the surrounding rainforest. Large screened windows bring in the fresh forest air and nature’s lively soundtrack during relaxing evenings inside. Families benefit from the option of 10 spacious, two-story family bungalows, as well as exciting children-friendly amenities such as a play set and swimming pool.

The lodge’s restaurant is situated at the heart of the complex, suspended above its own lake. This massive room, with its huge vaulted ceiling, centers around a central open fire and offers all day dining with a view inside or outside on the open terrace. The main building also houses a comfortable lounge, where adults and children alike can participate in a game of ping-pong or billiards, take in some television, or relax after a day in the forest.

Vakona Forest Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore all of the unique nature and wildlife Madagascar has to offer, especially the famous Indri Indri lemurs exclusive to Andasibe-Mantandia National Park. The Madagascar safari lodge has several of its own hiking trails, allowing for spectacular hiking, trekking, and horseback riding among the wild lemurs, reptiles, and birds of the forest. Vakona is also home to a fascinating crocodile farm and Lemur Island, a private lemur sanctuary accessible only by paddleboat, where rescued lemurs clamber for food and petting from their visitors. Guests are guaranteed a plethora of memorable wildlife encounters, whether during a leisurely canoe ride down the river at dawn or on a night walk through the forest to witness the nocturnal life abounding in the darkness.

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