Accommodation, Western Madagascar

Bakuba Lodge

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Located just 800 metres from the Tropic of Capricorn and facing the Mozambique channel, Bakuba Lodge is a stunningly creative place to stay. Conceived and designed by Belgian designer and decorator Bruno Decorte, the property is influenced by Gaudi’s signature curved deigns combined with ethnic touches. Located within the Tsinjoriake Protected area, guests feel wonderfully secluded and at peace, with nature as far as the eye can see.

The six rooms available at the lodge are divided into three guest rooms and three suites. Each accommodation is decorated in keeping with the unique theme – light stone and beautifully curved walls offering a cosy and authentic feel. The lodge’s restaurant – L’Ile Rouge – offers outdoor seating on a surrounding terrace, with tremendous morning views over Table Mountain, and stunning sunsets over the sea. The menu is kept simple and seasonal, but careful preparation ensures a culinary treat. A range of cocktails and home made Madagascan rums are also available for guests to enjoy.

Many excursions and activities are on offer, allowing guests to thoroughly explore the wonderful surroundings of the lodge. Explore the Tsinjoriake Protected area by 4×4, excellent for birdwatching; canoe down the Onilahy river to Saint Augustin – the village of The Rhum; or trek upon the path of the Moringas to find the caves where lemurs often go for an afternoon drink. Additionally, trekking to the top of table mountain or visiting the Tropic of Capricorn or Antsokay Arboretum are wonderful experiences, as is a visit to the Baoab Forest.

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Facilities

Three guest rooms, three suites, restaurant, infinity pool, rooftop cocktail bar. Rooms have ensuite bathrooms, desk areas, double or twin beds, and suites have separate living rooms.

Local Wildlife

The nearby The Antsokay Arboretum offers grey-brown mouse lemurs and a wide selection of reptiles, insects and birdlife. Special birds such as the rare red-shouldered vanga and Verreaux's coua can found in the spiny bush habitat at Tsinjoriake while the long tailed ground roller can be found in Ifaty.

Optional Activities

Canoe, 4x4, bicycle or walking excursions in the surrounding areas.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Madagascar tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

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.

Mr & Mrs V - Ashprington, Devon