The Palmarium


  • Nocturnal walk to see aye ayes
  • Remote setting reached by boat
  • Relax on your veranda
  • Take boat trips in the Pangalanes Canal
  • See lemurs at close range 

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.

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Client Rating for Madagascar 5/5 from 9 reviews

We were in a lovely refurbished chalet, with electricity and hot water. Good central bar/restaurant area, with lemurs to help eat breakfast

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