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Member since: 12 May 2008
Property Type: Bed and Breakfast, Bungalows, Guest Lodge
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If you go over all the reviews of guests at the lodge you will find everybody praising the location and some complaining about the price or the dampness in the rooms.
Turns out they are all right- the location is staggering, the place is overpriced and extremely touristy- meaning you get no feel of Madagascar, and the rooms are damp as the place is quite literally over a swamp.
Having said that- its a great place, fun and friendly, the food is good, the staff attentive.
Vakona Forest Lodge was a magical place to stay in Madagascar. Up in the rain forest we would experience a torrential downpour with dramatic thunder and lightning then a few minutes later frogs and birdsong. We heard the indris calling each morning and the lodge has an island of lemurs that will come to you to be fed bananas. The setting is tropically gorgeous and the food is French with plenty of selections. We never were able to get the lodge to answer email requests for accommodation so we eventually hired a Kenyan travel agent who hired a European agency that booked us... and included a driver and car! Our last day a group of young people arrived who were very noisy :( but other than that we would recommend it wholeheartedly.
I enjoyed the stay here which was full board for three nights.
The bungalow we stayed in was nice although the heater in the bedroom didn't work too well meaning it was rather cold. There are extra blankets in the room so we didn't get too cold overnight. Some of the bungalows are a couple of minutes walk from the lodge building so it's an idea to pack an umbrella to use between buildings. Easy to spot lots of birds from our bungalow too.
The lodge building is also pleasant with nice views and a real log fire (necessary as there doesn't seem to be any other heating). The full menu has lots of choices and looks really nice. However, if you are full board, you only have a selection of 5 starters and 5 mains which didn't change at all while we were there. Three days of lunch and dinner from the same small menu does get a bit dull and makes you feel a bit like a second class citizen.
All the staff are really friendly and helpful.
it was good experience, my itinery was well planned and I loved forest walks
In the area you can travel like a local but at night you sleep like a tourist. A great traveller's hotel