Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge  
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Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

South East Coast, Madagascar

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge is a small luxury lodge that fronts straight onto on a protected, forest-fringed beach, north of Fort Dauphin. From Manafiafy, you can enjoy a simple beach holiday, exploring the rich marine life while snorkelling, picnicking on castaway islets and indulging in sensational seafood with home baked bread. This is the best place in Madagascar to do whale-watching from June to November. Birding in the extensive mangrove system and the threatened wetlands coastal bush is rewarding – look for blue coua, hook-billed vanga and nelicourvi weavers - and walk in the rare littoral rainforest in search of a variety of rare lemur species including the Mouse, Collared Brown and Sportive lemur.  A private English speaking guide will accompany you on both day and night walks.

The six large luxury thatched bungalows, built by local craftsmen using natural materials, are all en suite with hot and cold running water, a shower, flush toilets and mosquito nets.  Five of the rooms have king size beds with an additional smaller bed suitable for a child. The large family suite can sleep up to five people in two rooms. The private decks are only a short walk from the beach, and have outside showers, sun beds and hammocks where you can enjoy the beautiful views and the tranquil sounds of the sea.

The Antananarivo trained head chef based at the lodge serves delicious a la carte lunches (2 course) and dinners (3 course). The menu is set, but they will happily accommodate all dietary requests – please inform us about any allergies/dislikes when booking. Food is fresh and much of the produce is sourced from the local area – we enjoyed fresh oysters, a tender beef steak and a delicious cinnamon desert on one evening.

Activities & Facilities
Activities are numerous and both terrestrial and marine based. Enjoy kayaking excursions through the mangroves for 1-2 hours in search of wetland birdlife or simply to stretch your muscles, enjoy day and night walks through the rainforest to see the five species of lemur and visit the local fishing village to see how the locals live. You can also enjoy snorkelling and picnic lunches on small deserted islands and whale watching (in season). Relax with a back massage in the special treatment room overlooking the ocean and enjoy a sundowners on the rocks in the evenings.

Manafiafy’s owner, Edd Tucker Brown, encourages an ethos of pride in the community for their traditions and the environment. The lodge is deeply involved in community projects at local schools and the nearby village. Through their dependency on solar energy for electricity and hot water, Manafiafy limits its carbon footprint and eases the pressure on resources from the local forest. The lodge has also planted over 700 neame, tamarind and Madagascar flamboyant trees.

Access to the lodge is by road from Fort Dauphin, a journey that takes up to 2 ½ hours dependent on weather conditions. Do be warned that the road is very bad and must be negotiated by 4WD. 

Accommodation Reviews

'Holiday of a lifetime! Michel in Tana and Ernest at Manafiafy were excellent ambassadors for Madagascar - well educated, informative, personable.

Luxury Camping Safari: Excellent in all respects. Couldn't have been better looked after; very comfortable. Enjoyable camping experience.

Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge: excellent. Elene is an excellent hostess and superb manager. The lodge runs like clockwork; her staff are well trained, enthusiastic and polite. She and they deserve continued success'

Mr & Mrs McClelland
December 10, 2015

'Service from tour operator: Excellent. Overall holiday satisfaction: Excellent. Mandrare River Camp: Excellent in all respects. Same for Manafiafy and Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina. Maison Gallieni (Antananarivo): comfort, service and meals excellent; location and faciltities good.

We had the most AMAZING tme. Thank you for all your help - it was a very, very special trip'.

Mr & Mrs Parsloe
December 9, 2015

Couldn’t have wished for a better end to our trip. One of the best places we have ever stayed in all our travels 

R Doig
June 16, 2013

Manafiafy Lodge was our favorite! Ed Tucker made us feel so welcome, and the setting was so breathtakingly beautiful.

Nancy Bell
October 1, 2012

Beautiful bungalows on the beach and very attentive staff.

M Pullan
July 31, 2011

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