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Mandrare River Camp
Why we like it
- A three hours drive north west of Fort Dauphin in southern Madagascar lies Mandrare River Camp on the banks of the river
- Just 3 kilometres from the village of Ifotaka and opposite and sacred ancestral forests of the Antandroy Tribe
- Six luxurious tents all with views of the Mandrare river and mountains beyond
- Visit Gallery Forest with its excellent sifaka and ring tailed lemur populations
- Mandrare River Camp is the perfect choice for combining wildlife with culture
Visit Lac Anony during the months of September and October and you may be fortunate to see flamingoes.
Robin Spanner provided excellent service overall. We received our initial itinerary within 24 hours of our inquiry and subsequent amendments were dealt with even quicker.
- RF, Abingdon
Mandrare River Camp is nestled under the shade of tamarind trees on the banks of the Mandrare River which is the lifeblood of the region. Awake to the sound of the local Antandroy tribe singing as they fetch water from the river or the morning calls of the coucal and crested drongo.
In an area so richly diverse and removed from the western world culture, revel the opportunity to see first-hand the life and rich culture of the Antandroy. By protecting the Sacred Forests, where the Antandroy ancestors rest in their ornate tombs, the tribe have managed to preserve large pristine wildlife areas and through the traditions of Fady they not only protect but seem to genuinely live in harmony with their environment.
Day and night walks will allow you to see both forests in detail and the wildlife that lives in them. In this area there are four species of lemur, the ring tailed, verreuxs sifaka, mouse and white foot sportive (both nocturnal). The birding is also exceptional with at least 15 resident species in camp and many more in the surrounding wooded areas, including scops owl, malachite kingfisher, verreaux's coua and many raptors.
The six large tents all with bathrooms to the rear of the tents, hot water is supplied on demand to fuel the bucket shower or wash basin.This is most definitely a luxury camp with grand four poster beds and delectable cuisine prepared on site from the finest of ingredients. A real treat are the fresh Parisian patisseries prepared at 4am every morning.
With so much to see and do, Mandrare River Camp and surroundings are best explored on a three night camping programme.
14 hours 20 minutes (via Johannesburg)
GMT +3 hours
Issued on arrival
Yellow Fever certificate required if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
April - November
Due to the size of the country, Madagascar experiences a range of climatic conditions. The heaviest rainfall tends to fall on the east coast and in the north particularly through the cyclone season between December and March. The highlands and parts of the south west remain fairly dry year round although sharp showers can be experienced in Fort Dauphin area.
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