This lodge consists of simple bungalows set in Palmarium Ankanin'ny Nofy Reserve. The reserve covers 50 hectares and includes Lake Ampitabe, sandy beaches, mangroves and lakes. It is best known for its wildlife, and is home to ten species of lemurs including the indri, sifaka and especailly the elusive aye aye, making it one of the few places in the world you can expect to catch a glimpse of this shy, noturnal creature.
The lodge's remote location means that it can be reached only by boat, travelling along the Pangalanes Canal, and the journey is all part of the Palmaruim adventure. There are two styles of guest accommodation. The original bungalows are simple structures with comfy if rather functional rooms set within the reserve, while the newer bungalows are more spacious and face the lake. All have en-suite bathrooms with running water and limited electricity, and the use of a terrace, either private or shared.
The restaurant serves Malagasy and international dishes with seafood featuring prominently on the menu, and there's a bar and a lounge where you can relax.
While at Palmarium you can accompany a guide on a nature walk seeking out amphibians and reptiles as well as lemurs, go for boat rides on the canal and lakes, and take a night walk looking for aye ayes.
Open: The Palmarium is open all year.
Location: The Palmarium is located in Palmarium Reserve bordering the Pangalanes Canal on the east coast of Madagascar. It can only be reached by boat travelling along the canal.
Rooms: The guest bungalows built of wood and reeds, a mixture of singles, doubles, triples and quadruples. They are divided into 2 groups: the original camp within the reserve and a short walk from the lake, and the newer section, which has larger bungalows, beside the lake. All have an en-suite bathroom with running water and access to a terrace, either private or shared. They are simply furnished, have comfy beds with mosquito nets, hanging space for clothes.
Activities: You can take a boat ride on the Pangalanes Canal and lake system, and take guided walks looking for lemurs including sifaka and indri, and other wildlife such as chameleons and tenrecs, and the varied plant life including the palm trees after which the reserve is named. Staff can arrange visits to a small island where aye ayes are found, with excursions departing at around 17:30 to spot these nocturnal creatures.
Facilities: There is a restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bar offers a choice of beverages. The lodge also has a lounge. There is a limited supply of electricity (none during the night).
Dining: Breakfast is a light continental meal that can be supplemented by cooked eggs. At lunch and dinner times there is typically a choice of snacks, seafood and zebu dishes. Local and international cuisines are available.
Children: Children are welcome though this is a remote location which takes time to reach and there are no specific activities or facilities for children, so this is not really suitable for young children.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no Wi-Fi internet access.
Notes: The Palmarium does not accept credit or debit cards, Payment must be by cash.
See lemurs, chameleons and orchids, enjoy forest hikes, speedboat rides and relaxed beach time - all in just 12 precious days.
"We were in a lovely refurbished chalet, with electricity and hot water. Good central bar/restaurant area, with lemurs to help eat breakfast"