Kirindy Forest Lodge is a great base from which to venture into the reserve of the same name, indeed it is the only lodge inside the reserve. The entrance is marked by a large wooden statue of an African lady, offering a warm welcome to the lodge. Accommodation is in rustic wooden chalets of varying sizes, most of which have private bathrooms with running cold water.
Your main reason for staying here is to explore the flora and fauna of Kirindy Forest Reserve. These include impressive baobab trees, the planet's smallest primate: the giant junping rat, and Madagascar's largest carnivore: the fossa, as well as several species of lemur. You can go on guided walks in the reserve by day and night, with the latter providing chances of seeing and hearing nocturnal creatures.
When not out exploring you can take time out at the lodge sampling some tasty home-cooked food in the open air dining area, as you enjoy the company of other guests. Animal encounters are common and you may find yourself face-to-face with a gecko or a fossa without even leaving the lodge.
Open: Kirindy Lodge is open all year. It was formerly called Kirindy Gite.
Location: This government-run lodge provides the accommodation inside Kirindy Forest Reserve, about 50kms north of Morondava.
Rooms: These are quite basic wooden bungalows, each with a private shower room with cold running water, a hand basin and a flush toilet. Beds are fitted with mosquito nets. Electricity is available for a limited time in the evenings via a generator.
Activities: You stay here to visit Kirindy Forest Reserve, a region of dry, deciduous forest which has a population of fossas, Madagascar’s largest carnivore, as well as 7 species of lemur, many reptiles and birds, and the giant jumping rat. Day and night guided walks are possible.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a lounge.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the open-sided restaurant. Food is simple but tasty.
Children: Children are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no Wi-Fi internet access.
A wonderful tour through the dry forest, baobabs and 'tsingy' of western Madagascar with chances to see unique wildlife species.
"As described so what I expected but pretty basic and one night would have been plenty. Everyone else went onto Belo and Tsingy after one night. The forest walks only take 2 hours, not 4 as in your itinerary and there was little to do otherwise. "