Vakona Forest Lodge
Vakona Forest Lodge is situated on a picturesque hillside that slopes down to a lake. Surrounded by lush vegetation and filled with fresh mountain air, only the sounds of frogs and other wildlife can disturb you here. Accommodation is in bungalows scattered throughout the hillside gardens, while the main building has an octagonal reception area and large dining room with huge windows overlooking the lake. The large outdoor dining terrace and small lounge area offer peaceful spaces in which to relax as you sip a pre- or post-dinner drink from the bar.
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Dotted around the hillside, the bungalows have been built and decorated in a Madagascan style. Each of them has its own terrace, so guests can feel immersed in their natural surroundings without leaving their accommodation. Inside, the bungalows are fairly basic but comfortable, featuring a safe and a minibar. The beds are equipped with mosquito nets, while the en suite bathrooms have hot showers. Family bungalows that can accommodate up to four guests are also available.
Located a few kilometres from the village of Moramanga, to the east of Madagascar, Vakona Forest Lodge is located on the edge of Andasibe National Park, providing easy access to wildlife-filled forests.
Food and Drink
The food, while sometimes slow to arrive, is usually both plentiful and tasty. There's a log fire in the centre of the restaurant, creating a cosy atmosphere in the cold season.
Facilities and Activities
On site you'll find a pool and a sun deck, a ping pong table, a TV room, a small lounge area and a billiards table. For those looking to explore, a number of paths and sign-posted trails will lead you into the centre of the primary forest.
If your guide recommends a trip to the Vakona wildlife reserve/crocodile farm, please be aware that it they are referring to a small, poor quality zoo. As an alternative, we enjoyed walking down to Indri Island (about a 20 minute walk from the lodge). The island is touristy, but you do get the chance to see lemurs at very close quarters.
Please note that the lodge doesn't accept credit cards.
Vakona is the best place to stay in the Andasibe area, with its scenic forest setting being a particular highlight. The rooms are clean and comfortable but lack any additional frills, offering just the essentials. However, this is a great option for wildlife lovers who don't mind staying in simple accommodation in order to feel closer to nature.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Andasibe Hotel is the newest property in the area offering good standard of accommodation in 12 comfortable and spacious bungalows.
Eulophélia Lodge is a basic lodge, located 20 minutes south of Andasibe National Park along a very bumpy and dusty dirt track.
Feon'ny Ala is a quaint Chinese owned hotel situated at the edge of Perinet Reserve. The rooms have all the essentials, the wildlife in this area is wonderful and this hotel is in an ideal spot to explore it from.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Despite the National Parks and the Perinet Reserve being closed in the evenings it is still possible to see some of the nocturnal species by means of a night walk, accompanied by a local guide.
The main draw to the Perinet Reserve is the chance of seeing and hearing the indri, the largest surviving lemur species. The indris are only found in this national park.
There are four species to see at Lemur Island, including the bamboo lemur, the black & white ruffed lemur, brown lemur and one diademed sifaka.