Located a short distance from the tiny centre of the old French military town of Joffreville, The Litchi Tree is a six-roomed boutique guesthouse, run by the welcoming Frenchman and owner, Herve Dumel. The rooms are located in the attractive gardens and have large wooden beds, en suite bathrooms with large shower, wooden floors and simple , but colourful and stylish décor. The main house includes a small restaurant, where superbly home-cooked food is made by Herve. There is a well-stocked bar and ‘smoking room/lounge’, where a nightcap or two is encouraged.
Litchi Tree is the closest accommodation in Joffreville to the entrance of Montagne D’Ambre National Park – it’s only 3.5kms away (approx 20minutes) along a dirt track. This is a friendly establishment with attentive and personal service, complete with great views out over the surrounding landscape.
Overall we had an absolute fantastic trip! Everything went off seamlessly! It was both of our first experiences hiring a company like Rainbow tours on our own and I must say it’s been a pleasant experience from beginning to end: You were timely with responses, you listened to what we wanted and it was all in there in the itinerary.
Rija was our favorite guide and Loren our favorite driver. They were so much fun and agreeable about stopping, pointing out all the wildlife and surroundings. Rija did all that she could to obtain information and provide us with the best info possible on our hikes.
The accommodations were all very comfortable and the staff was always very nice and accommodating. Our first stop at Litchi Tree, the owner, Herve, was always polite and accommodating to Michelle and I.
Bush Camp was amazing, staff attentive and friendly and they had frogs in the toilet! We personally love frogs in the toilet and our own toilets at home are now a huge disappointment :) Eden Lodge also amazing with fantastic staff. And super bonus that we were the ONLY ones there! It really was like having our own private beach. Vakona lodge also great. The rooms were underwhelming after Litchi, Bush and Eden but there was nothing wrong with them. In fact our room had a cat on the porch and that was a welcome bonus. Again staff and was great. The physical surroundings of Vakona were just beautiful and Lemur Island was definitely a huge highlight. Just icing on the cake!
The place by the airport, Relais des Plateau (?), was okay. Our last stay there which was the afternoon/evening before we left they put us in room 5. Directly behind room 5 is where they burn the rubbish. It was quite an unpleasant smell. We discussed going to the front desk but decided since we weren’t staying the night… But I do regret not saying something. But I suggest for future bookings, tell them no room 5.
Highlights for me are the Tsingy and ALL the lemurs. It was amazing to have lemurs on your shoulder but they were spectacular to behold on in the wild as well. I enjoy seeing as many animals as possible in the wild and we saw a LOT!
Our guide, Stefan, and driver - whose name I can’t recall! - were good. It was a different experience after being with Rija but still good. Stefan didn’t eat with us and we weren’t sure if it was because we are women, or just technically they are off the clock and eating with us is purely a personal choice. But he was great and loved taking pictures for us which was super helpful during Lemur Island.
Thank you so much! We plan to be back to book with you!
I’ll get some pictures together.
Ms Gras-Usry and Ms Norsen
May 24, 2017
'Vakona Forest Lodge, Andasibe: lovely location.
Allamanda Hotel, Antsiranana: the food was very good.
Litchi Tree, Montagne d'Ambre: Friendly and characterful.
Iharana Bush Camp, Ankarana: accommodation a bit too basic; got bitten in bed
Eden Lodge: Lovely place'
Mr Foster and Ms Anderson
November 22, 2016
Overall holiday satisfaction: excellent. We enjoyed the whole holiday with the exception of our stay at Iharana Bush Camp.
Vakona Forest Lodge: we particlarly liked th central building with the open fire which we needed as it was cool and damp.
Litchi Tree: Excellent +++ (food especially). The food was delicious. This is a very special place.
Ankarana Lodge: Good service, comfortable, good food and facilities. Location excellent. I liked the swimming pool. Very handily located for Ankarana.
Iharana Bush Camp: the service was indifferent. The lodge wasn't cleaned all the while we were there.
Anjajavy Le Lodge: excellent +++ Not just a very luxurious resort, but the whole area hd so much interest, with the paleontology, archaeology, as well as the wildlife. A fantastic stay'
September 14, 2016
'Your brochure offered us a suitable trip with option to customise sample tour. We had a wonderful trip. Food at Litchi Tree and location at Iharana Bush Camp wonderful. Sakatia Lodge is very friendly. We enjoyed snorkelling especially with Whale sharks!! As we are not divers, a magical experience. Very lucky to be there at right time of year to see Whale sharks'
Mr and Mrs Thompson
November 26, 2015
'Vakona Forest Lodge has nice grounds. Easy walk to Lemur Island if we had not already been driven there. Food better than average. Litchi Tree excellent. Seemed willing to consider any limitations on diet (we had none). Menu at Iharana Bush Camp limited but well prepared. Effort to provide individual and friendly service. Didn't mind the wildlife in the room.
Overall planning for a two-week tour was excellent an was tailored to our abilities anthe season. We wanted a more generalised tour than, for example, a birding trip, an got it. I am also interested in loca life an the guides were able to point ou and explain what we observed and something of the overall status of Madagascar. We commend all the drivers who hd to deal with the chaotic traffic on the decrepit roads. The vehicles provided were all comfortable. Recommend to add Tsingy Rouges to the itinerary'
Mr and Mrs Ehrlich
June 22, 2015
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