Enjoying a privileged location within the Ankarafantsika National Park, the Gite D’Ampijoroa offers simple, rustic accommodation. Due to a lack of option in this area, it is one of the best options for guests wishing to enjoy the wildlife highlights of the beautiful National Park. The bungalows were also refurbished in 2018 and are all clean and comfortable although simple. The park has many clear, well-marked trails to ease exploration of the area, and an incredible array of wildlife including eight lemur species. The lodge’s location next to the park entrance makes the whole stay a wildlife-spotting adventure, and many lemurs, birds and reptiles live in very close proximity to the bungalows – an exciting opportunity to get up-close and personal with the wildlife.
Different rooming categories are available, with seven simple en-suite bungalows upon the shores of Lake Ravelobe, a two bedroom house with shared bathroom and a basic campsite with shared showers and a toilet block. Across the road from the bungalows is the Ampijoroa Research Station, where there is a recently refurbished and locally run restaurant offering tasty but simple local Malagasy and European cuisine.
Bungalows have double or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms. Some have double and bunk beds and can accommodate four guests. There is no true hot water but private showers are provided which can be luke warm and welcome in the hot climate. A simple but friendly restaurant and research centre are also on site.
The dry deciduous forests of Ankaranfantsika National Park are home to eight species of lemur including the beauifully marked Coquerel's sifaka, the rare mongoose lemur, common brown lemur. Nocturnal species include the Western woolly lemur (avahi), Milne-Edwards sportive lemur, Western fat-tailed dwarf lemur, gray mouse lemur and highly localised golden-brown mouse lemur.
The National park is also famous for its exceptional birdlife and as one of the most reliable places in the country to see the endagered Madagascar fish eagle. Other bird highlights include the Schlegal's asity, Van Dam's vanga, white-breasted mesite, red-capped coua, sickle-billed, rufous, blue and hook-billed vangas and many more. Reptiles are also well represented with the large Oustalet's and rhinocerous chameleons, unusual fish-scaled gecko, giant day geckos, Madagascar ground boa, hog-nosed snake, crocodiles and the rare spear-nosed snake.
Wildlife watching in the National Park including forest walks, boat trips on Lake Ravelobe, hikes to the Ankarokaroka sandstone canyon and visits to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s exemplary Angonoka Project for the conservation of the ploughshare tortoise, the rarest in the world.
It can be a little noisy at night here so taking ear plugs if you are a light sleeper is advised. It is worth watching the Mango trees at the nearby Park Headquarters to see the Coquerel’s sifakas coming to roost in the evenings.
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Thanks to everyone at Reef and Rainforest for making our holiday so memorable. I came home feeling like we had great experiences in Madagascar and that our itinerary had been really well planned to ensure we saw a great variety of what the country is about. Ian and the team were fantastic while we were away in fixing the one small issue we had but then ensuring we had day use of the hotel in Tulear, that we were on time for the plane and in upgrading some of our accommodation. The attentiveness of the company while we were away was really unusual for a tour company and showed how much you care about ensuring people have a truly great holiday.