Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, The South


White sands and wildlife where the rainforest meets the ocean in Madagascar.

Every year between June and November, some 7,000 humpback whales come to the coast of Madagascar to give birth to the next generation. Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge is perfectly situated to catch a glimpse of the magnificent creatures – and there are no other lodges around, so you have them all to yourself.

The lodge is nestled in a palm-fringed cove on the south east corner of the island, which is much drier than the north of the country, and has its own secluded white sand beach. It was voted one of Tatler’s 101 best hotels in the world, and it’s a shining example of eco-friendly tourism. The whole place is solar powered and produces no sound pollution. Which is good news for the local wildlife, including exotic birds, crocodiles and different species of lemur.

You can enjoy them from the hammock on your private veranda, but we recommend you head out to spot them on day or night time walks into the lush surrounding mangroves and wetlands. The owner of the lodge has many years’ safari experience, and employs some of the best wildlife guides in the country. Let them take you a canoe trip and cast you away to a nearby island – only for lunch time, of course.

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Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge is around two and a half hours by car from Fort Dauphin, or 20 minutes by light aircraft.

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