We'd read a lot about Anjajavy before we arrived. This was our second week in Madagascar and we were looking forward to kicking back, relaxing and seeing some great wildlife.
We have seen the bouncing Coquerel"s Sifaka within 30 mins, some bouncing past the pool, and then hanging out on our terrace at our Bungalow! The Brown Lemurs were equally easy to see - in the Oasis or on the walkway to the beach. The wildlife here is amazing - it is so relaxed that it's sometimes hard to imagine these are wild animals.
We were advised to go into the Oasis gardens when dark with a good torch to see snakes - and snakes we saw. Loads of them - curled up and ready to punch on an unsuspecting frog.
The food here started off plentiful but over the course of our 5 days stay, the portion sizes reduced and it seemed as though they were waiting for a delivery of food. The lodge is very remote but we wondered whether they should control portion sizes better. The children's menu was great and our 7 year old enjoyed the fish and the pizzas.
We did a number of excursions. The sunset cruise is a must for birdwatchers - we saw Sacred Ibis on this trip into the mangroves. Crested Ibis were seen only once in the grounds of the hotel. We also went on the Moromba Bay Boat Trip. This was really enjoyable, with a stop at the sacred tree (you'll see why when you get there). We also saw Madagascar Fish Eagle on this trip (two times). The night walk is recommended - it's short and you see Mouse Lemurs well.
Our daughter developed the symptoms of a bug whilst we were here (caught from a previous hotel we think). We cannot praise Gail enough for the help she gave us, calling the on site doctor, translating for us and generally going out of her way to help. Food was delivered to our room so that we still ate (they don't typically do room service). The health service we were given put the UK's to shame - we had antibiotics and multivitamins delivered 15 minutes later with several more visits to 'check up' made over the next few days. You definitely don't need to worry about the remoteness of this accommodation with respect to health concerns - they have got it covered.
This is a relaxing place to come with beautiful accommodation, intimate service and care, and one of the best wildlife experiences. Where else can you have your lunch with a Sifaka sitting in the tree above you?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a peninsula in Northwest Madagascar, Anjajavy is only accessible by light aircraft or by boat, the lodge includes 24 villas, a nautical centre and a designed garden. The property is tucked in a forest reserve of 550 hectares and opens to a number of deserted coves. The forest is host of a variety of lemurs and one of the most endangered bird of the world (Madagascan fish eagle). ... more less
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