Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

Southeast coast Madagascar

  • Beautiful ocean views from your private terrace
  • See lemurs and geckos in the rainforest
  • Sightings of humpback whales from late June to mid-November
  • Explore the mangroves by kayak
  • Delicious cuisine including seafood

Open: Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge is open from 20 March till 10 January annually.

Location: Manafiafy is on the southeast coast of Madagascar, about a 2 and a half-hour drive north of Fort Dauphin where there is a domestic airport.

Rooms: There are 4 bungalows and 1 family villa, all built of wood and thatch. Each of the bungalows has a bedroom with a king-size bed and a single bed both with mosquito nets, a sitting area, wooden furniture, a safe, round-the-clock solar electricity and power points for recharging batteries. The bedroom is spacious and high-ceilinged. The en-suite bathroom has hot and cold water, a shower and there is a further outdoor shower. There is a big, sea-facing terrace with seating, loungers and a hammock. The family villa has similar facilities and 2 bedrooms.

Activities: There is a combination of water and land-based activities, most of which are complimentary. Go swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, take a motorboat into the mangroves, visit a local village, market and school, go on a day trip along the coast including a picnic lunch, watch whales from the observation tower from late June to mid-November, take day and night guided walks in the rainforest and visit traditional palm mat weavers. The following are available at extra cost, payable locally: whale watching by boat,  and sport fishing.

Facilities: The main area is a large open-sided building with a high thatched roof, and houses the bar and dining room with an open fireplace. It leads out to a terrace by the lawn with views of the beach. The lodge has access to 2 beaches, separated by rocks where a viewpoint has been created. There is a massage tent by the beach. A laundry service is offered, to be paid for locally.

Dining: Meals are eaten communally in the dining room. At breakfast you have a choice of dishes, lunch is a light meal with various salads and fresh bread, and for dinner you have 3 courses. Your stay is on an all-inclusive basis, so all meals and drinks (soft and alcoholic) are included, apart from premium wines and champagnes.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The family villa can accommodate up to 2 adults and 3 children.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is no internet access.

Notes: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge is part of the Madagascar Classic Collection.

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Client Rating for Madagascar 5/5 from 9 reviews

Beautiful lodge. The bungalows were well positioned so they were private, had a sea view, but could not be seen from the sea. Lovely use of local wood; we loved the carvings dotted around the place. The food was excellent, and the service amazing. We were surprised for our final dinner that I was given stuffed tomato for a starter, but Simon had oysters; I don’t like oysters, but could not remember telling them that. When we enquired, it seemed they had asked so subtly, we had not noticed! The lobster on the last night was delicious, and the chef did amazing things with local fish.

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