Reasons to Visit Madagascar

  • Beaches

    Madagascar is fringed by stunning coastline and tiny islands. The beaches of Madagascar are beautiful, untouched and undeveloped. Here turquoise waters meet white sandy shores and they are the perfect place to relax after an adventurous time exploring the mainland and its magnificent wildlife.

  • Birds

    The birdlife is remarkable on Madagascar with chances of seeing over 100 endemic species. The coua family, vanga family and Madagascar red fody are to name but a few. With striking plumage and sweet song they are a special feature of this diverse island.

  • Chameleons & Frogs

    Over 90% of Madagascar’s chameleons and frogs are endemic and are found all over the country. They range from giants like the Parson’s chameleon that can reach 60cms to some the size of a fingernail, and found in every colour under the sun the variation that can be seen is staggering.

    Chameleons & Frogs
  • Lemurs

    Lemurs are the star attraction in Madagascar, and their endearing behaviour and abundant energy will keep everyone entertained. From the largest indri and its haunting eerie cry, to the smallest nocturnal mouse lemur with its huge amber eyes make each species so unique and fascinating.

  • Rainforest

    The rainforests of Madagascar are a real treasure trove of exceptional and unique flora and fauna. Here you will easily find lemurs, chameleons and frogs hidden away and the diversity of species found here is overwhelming. All exploring is done on foot on the trails that weave through the forest.

  • Snorkelling

    The reefs around Madagascar are home to bright colourful fish and vibrant corals. From the beaches you can explore with fins and snorkel to discover more of this countries magnificent wildlife.

  • Whales

    Whale watching off the east coast of Madagascar between July to September is something not to be missed. These giants swim close to the shores of Ile Sainte Marie and make for a great spectacle.


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Accommodation in Madagascar: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge is situated on a sheltered, forest fringed bay. It is a truly tranquil setting: azure blue seas, lush verdant forests, and distant mountains.

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Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge


Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge is situated on a sheltered, forest fringed bay. It is a truly tranquil setting: azure blue seas, lush verdant forests, and distant mountains.

The owner, Edd Tucker Brown is committed to eco-tourism principles and has built the lodge from natural materials of wood, stone and ravinala thatch and used local craftsmen. The electricity and hot water are 100% solar powered and there is a large tree-planting project underway. All lodge supplies that can be are sourced locally.

The lodge has six bungalows tucked into the forest at the top of the beach. All are en suite and have hot and cold running water, showers, flush toilets, mosquito nets and a safe. There are huge windows at the front of each bungalow and stepping out through the door you come to the large terrace with sun beds, outdoor shower and a hammock. There is also a table and chairs for those wishing to dine in the privacy of their own terrace. Four of the bungalows are doubles with king-sized beds and a third bed for a child. The remaining two are large family bungalows sleeping five in two bedrooms.

The main lodge houses a thatched lounge and dining room. There is a large fireplace and chimney with soft cushions to relax around on cooler winter nights, and outside seating to unwind and watch fishermen paddling pirogues on the ocean. Lunch is often a barbeque with seafood, salads and freshly baked bread. Dinner is a la carte dining with a great selection of seafood including mussels, oysters, crab, lobster and fresh fish.

The lodge offers a host of activities for both adults and children. The bay is sheltered and provides for safe swimming and snorkelling. Day and night walks in the rainforest surrounding the lodge provide excellent lemur and birding opportunities. Whale watching can be enjoyed in season and kayaking, canoeing and boat trips to nearby islands for picnic lunches are a must. Finally, there is the chance to immerse yourself in the local community, visiting the school, meeting the villagers and haggling in the market. 

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