Manafiafy is a small, intimate and luxurious lodge set amongst the trees overlooking a sheltered beach in south eastern Madagascar. The lodge has a private and peaceful setting, and the cove it sits on has arms at each side which keep the open ocean swell at bay.
Accommodation & Facilities
Manafiafy has just six large rooms, two of which are family size, and is built of local timbers, stone and thatch. Each room has glass windows which can be closed against the offshore winds or left open to give great ventilation. The en-suite rooms are beautifully furnished and come with interesting decorative pieces. The rooms have private sea facing decks with hammocks and sun loungers, a 24 hour solar electricity supply, a safe, a fan, and plug sockets. The lodge has a lovely restaurant and bar, along with seating outside for meals and drinks. There is a small massage room, as well as a viewing tower for searching the waves for whales.
Wildlife & Activities
Activities on offer at Manafiafy include day and night walks in the littoral forest to seek out the five resident species of lemur, boat trips into the local mangroves and river channels, kayaking, beach picnics, snorkelling, sea fishing, visits to local villages, and cultural excursions. Humpback whale watching is also excellent between June and mid-December, and can be arranged and paid for locally.
Nigel & Emma - WILTSHIRE, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: SEP 2013
Manafiafy was definitely a highlight of our trip to Madagascar. Beautiful lodge, great views, amazing whale watching, lemurs, fantastic food and hospitality. This is the Madagascar that we’d hoped for and dreamed of during all t... Read More
Manafiafy was definitely a highlight of our trip to Madagascar. Beautiful lodge, great views, amazing whale watching, lemurs, fantastic food and hospitality. This is the Madagascar that we’d hoped for and dreamed of during all the dreary days of English weather! Less
Alice Gully - SCOTLAND, UK
TRAVEL DATE: 2011 POSTED: SEP 2013
Manafiafy is sublime. It sits on a small bay on a granite coastline with low rocky headlands each end keeping the worst of the swell away from its beach, and a fringe of forest around the beach itself. The rooms are really nicely ... Read More
Manafiafy is sublime. It sits on a small bay on a granite coastline with low rocky headlands each end keeping the worst of the swell away from its beach, and a fringe of forest around the beach itself. The rooms are really nicely decorated. And from your deck it's straight onto the beach, literally. This is a really excellent place which gives back to the local people, has superb accommodation, great food, and good service. Less
is the best time of year for a holiday in Madagascar?
This wonderful island gets its rain from the Indian Ocean on the eastern side, and as a result the east gets much more rain than the west, ranging from 5 metres per year in some eastern places to as little as 100 mm in the west. Most of the rain falls between November and March, but it’s possible to get rain all year round on the east coast.
February and March
These are hot wet months here, and thanks to a weak infrastructure it’s a difficult time of year to travel. Wildlife viewing is difficult thanks to the thick vegetation. There is also the chance of a cyclone at this time of year, and we don’t recommend travelling in these months.
The weather is cooling down and generally drier, and these are nicer months, but there could still be rain in some parts. It’s a lovely time of year for photography, with good colours and clear air. Wildlife viewing is reasonable, but there’s still a lot of foliage on the trees.
These are the winter months, cool by local standards, although warm compared to many summer days in the northern hemisphere, and good for travelling. Clear days, good wildlife viewing, and good sea conditions make these ideal months for a visit.
October and November
Increasingly hot, the wildlife viewing gets better and better during these months, as the foliage gradually disappears. Many of the lemurs give birth towards the end of October, and birds begin their breeding season. It’s a great time of year if wildlife is the main focus of the trip. Early rains in November can create some logistical challenges with some of the more remote places.
This is a hot and wet month, and we don’t recommend it as a good time of year to visit.
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