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 arguably the best option for guests wishing to enjoy the wildlife highlights of the beautiful National Park. 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 showers and a toilet block. Across the road from the chalets, the campsite is located next to the Ampijoroa Research Station, and there is a recently refurbished locally run restaurant offering lovely but simple local 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 showers are provided which can be warm. 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, rare mongoose lemur, common brown lemur and nocturnal species include the Western woolly lemur, Milne Edwards sportive lemur, Western fat-tailed dwarf lemur, gray mouse lemur and highly localised golden-brown mouse lemur.
The National park is also noted for its excptional birdlife and as one of the most reliable places 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, Madagascar ground boa, hog nosed snake, Nile crocodiles, fish-scaled gecko, giant day gecko and 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.
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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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