Mandrare River Camp, The South


Exotic wildlife, local culture and an authentic experience of Madagascar.

The Ifotaka forest is one of the few places in the world where you can find the bizarre looking Spiny Octopus tree. The forest is sacred to the native Antadroy people, and their partnership with the Mandrare River Camp means you get an unusually authentic experience of the Madagascan way of life when you stay.

The lodge is very secluded, set among Tamarind trees on the banks of the Mandrare river, with views up to the mountains beyond. And that seclusion means the Antadtroy people and the lodge’s English-speaking guides can immerse you totally in local culture. They’ll take you through the sacred forest, show you their ancestral tombs, explain their way of life and the ancient ceremonies they still perform today. You’ll also get to experience the abundant local wildlife, taking day or night treks on foot or by 4×4 to see lemurs, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

The lodge itself, like its sister Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge, is a standard-bearer for eco-friendly tourism. It’s fully solar powered, and works to support the local community. You’ll eat locally sourced Malagasy food, and then retire to one of the fully equipped tents, each one with hand carved wooden furniture based on a different local wildlife theme. And you’ll wake up every day to a golden sunrise over the river.

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Mandrare River Camp is three and a half hours by car from Fort Dauphin. The camp also run scheduled flights on certain days of the week.

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