Stay at Vakona Forest Lodge
Vakona is a fairly basic no-frills lodge but is the best place to stay in the Andasibe area. The rooms are clean and the location is lovely, up in the fresh mountain air surrounded by forest.
Vakona Forest Lodge, MadagascarOur rating: Medium
Vakona Forest Lodge is owned by a graphite miner and as such is situated near his mine. This is not ideal however the hotel is a great option to visit the park. It is situated on a hillside that drops down to a lake and the combination of luxuriant vegetation, fresh mountain air and only the sounds of the frogs to disturb you is lovely.
The main building has an octagonal reception area and large dining room with huge windows overlooking the small lake. The service is slow in the restaurant however when the food arrives it is usually both plentiful and good. There is a log fire in the centre which is very nice in the cold season.
Dotted around the hillside up steep steps are the 28 bungalows which have been built in a Madagascan style. Each of the bungalows has its own terrace. Inside the rooms are basic but comfortable. There are beds with mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms with piping hot showers and plentiful water. There is a pool and sun deck and a number of paths and sign-posted trails lead you to the middle of the primary forest.