Blue Vanga Lodge
Located in a rural part of Ampijoroa 10 minutes’ drive from the Ankarafantsika (Ampijoroa) National Park, the Blue Vanga Lodge provides simple yet clean and comfortable accommodation.
The friendly owners provide excellent hospitality but due to the remoteness of the area, it is not always possible to provide every luxury all of the time and meals can be a little limited in option.
The solid, brick-built bungalows are basic but have comfortable beds, and electricity is provided from 6pm to 11pm most days for lighting and charging equipment. Each room has an en suite bathroom with western flush toilet and shower with no hot water. The rooms are simple but feature a desk and chair, luggage rack and fan, and a laundry service is also available. The small restaurant has individual dining tables and there are usually 2 or 3 options available for each course. The lodge sits on the edge of a village so it is not uncommon to wake to the sound of cockerels in the morning.
It’s the best base from which to visit Ankarafantsika National Park (aka Ampijoroa). The park is a superb example of tropical dry deciduous forest with many lemurs and special birds, plus a large lake harbouring Nile crocodiles, many waterfowl and the endangered Madagascar fish eagle.
Restaurant, variable electricity supply, fan and private bathrooms with western flush toilets and showers without hot water.
The forest contains rare, localised endemic birds including Van Dam’s vanga, white-breasted mesite, red capped coua, Schlegal's asity and the impressive Madagascar fish eagle. There are an impressive 45 species of reptile recorded in the area including amazing chameleons such as the Oustalet's, dwarf, horned and rhinoceros. Other reptiles include iguanid lizard, fish-scaled gecko and spear-nosed snake. Seven species of lemur inhabit the area, including the beautiful Coquerel’s sifaka, common brown lemur, Milne-Edwards sportive lemur and locally endemic golden-brown mouse lemur. Jersey Zoo’s exemplary Angonoka Project is located here too, protecting the ploughshare tortoise, the rarest in the world.
Wildlife watching and hiking in the Ankarafantsika reserve. Boat trip on the lake (sometimes not operational). It is also possible to visit Ampijoroa village and an impressive sandstone canyon.
Go with an open mind and managed expectations and you will have an enjoyable stay at this lodge.
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It was lovely to meet Helen face-to-face and to devise the ideal trip with her – her enthusiasm for Madagascar certainly confirmed us in our choice of destination. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, seemed genuinely interested in their work and in interacting with tourists. Invaluable in spotting wildlife and discussing uses of local medicinal plants. [Our escort guide] was a delightful companion on our journey in Madagascar and very solicitous of our welfare. We were thrilled by the wildlife. Without the keen insight and knowledge of our guides we would certainly have failed to spot the giraffe-necked weevil and stick insects. The night walks were very productive – several mouse lemurs. The first sight of indris was an especial thrill as was the sight of a sleeping mouse lemur in broad daylight. Perhaps the most rewarding experience occurred when the lemurs came to us – six ring-tailed lemurs in Isalo, sifakas on the balcony in Anjajavy, flocks of grey-headed lovebirds on the lawn at breakfast. An excellent tour which gave us a good insight into the wildlife and potential conservation issues in Madagascar. We had opportunities to visit local communities. We were most impressed by the efficiency in ensuring a trouble-free and very enjoyable time in Madagascar. Our tour leader and driver were delightful and very hard working. We shall certainly look forward to booking a further tour with you.