Accommodation, Western Madagascar

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.

Local Wildlife

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.

Optional Activities

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.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

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

Having recently returned from a truly memorable 3 weeks in Madagascar we wanted to express our sincerest thanks to you Helen, and all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging such a superb wildlife viewing experience.

As you are aware, we were particularly keen to see and photograph the fosa. At Kirindy forest we actually encountered 3. Despite the rather challenging accommodation we would highly recommend the Kirindy experience to all those wanting an exceptional primate viewing experience.
Overall our lemur species/subspecies count was 22 and other notable sightings included 2 species of mongoose, giant jumping rats, a huge Madagascar ground boa, humpback whales and the Madagascar fish eagle.

Every detail of the trip from start to finish was superbly well arranged and managed, which cannot be easy in a country with such complex problems. Well done Helen.

All aspects of the trip were outstanding. Wildlife, people, culture and geography. We will certainly return again to visit the north of the island and return to paradise, Anjajavy.

This was our second trip with Reef and Rainforest and I cannot speak highly enough of your company. I would recommend your services to any natural world/wildlife enthusiast. Thank you again.

Mrs A & Mr J W, Selkirk