Reasons to Visit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Africa and The Indian Ocean
This is a warm, friendly and cosy lodge. The chalets are wonderful to snuggle up in after a day exploring Montagne d' Ambre.
Nature Lodge is a beautiful property set high on the hills just 2km south of Joffreville. Fantastic views out over Diego and the Indian Ocean contribute in making this a tranquil setting, an ideal place to enjoy a couple of nights.
The 12 thatched chalets are very cosy and once inside there is a feeling of being inside a Swiss mountain cabin. Each room has been simply furnished with double or twin beds all with mosquito nets and en suite bathrooms. In front of every chalet is a small deck- a perfect spot for enjoying the evening sunsets and views of the rolling hills down to the bay. From the chalets guests can stroll up to the main lodge along pathways lit by twinkling lanterns winding through the gardens of bougainvillea and palms.
Although it is a little cool in the evenings to eat outside, the terrace is a wonderful spot for an early evening drink, before retiring indoors to the small, but sociable bar. Next to the bar, the restaurant serves delicious food, a mixture of traditional Malagasy and French. The Malagasy dish Hena-Rita is particularly popular with the Audley team, though we'd suggest that the traditional flavoured rums are only for the adventurous!
Joffreville is a village situated about 4km from the entrance to the Amber Mountain National Park. It used to be a French colonial town and is now a sleepy little place with some character accommodation.
Our rating: Medium
Amber Mountain National Park and Joffreville
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