Accommodation, Northern Madagascar

Le Camp Tattersali

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This very simple and rustic community run lodge is operated by the NGO FANAMBY (that also run Black Lemur Camp, Le Camp Amoureux and others) on the edge of Bekaraoka forest, in the Loky Manambato protected area. The lodge is built below a forested hillside around 15km from the village of Daraina.

Camp Tattersalli is one of the most remote wildlife locations in Madagascar where the special attraction is the habituated family groups of golden-crowned sifakas and nocturnal aye ayes, that frequent the surrounding forest.

The accommodation consists of very simple wooden and bamboo bungalows with mattress, sheets and blankets laid on the floor and a mosquito net. Please note that you may still prefer to take your own sleeping bag here for extra comfort.

To the side of each bungalow is an attached private bathroom with a western style toilet and simple shower with currently only running cold water available here. Due to the remoteness and limited infrastructure there is no phone reception or electricity on site so please charge batteries in advance of arrival and bring plenty of spares and torches.

Simple and local dishes are provided in a main bungalow and the staff are all from the local community. Camp Tattersalli may not be for everyone due to its simple accommodation and long drive from either Ankarana National Park or Vohemar to reach. However, for those looking to explore a beautiful forest, well off the beaten track with unique wildlife it is a great addition to those exploring Northern Madagascar. The wildlife highlight is the population of highly endangered and inquisitive golden crowned sifakas after which the lodge was named and also aye ayes, which are rarely seen elsewhere.

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Camp Tattersalli -13.203893, 49.661790 Burbayar Jungle LodgeView

Facilities

Basic wooden and bamboo bungalows with just a mattress and mosquito net inside and attached private bathroom. There is only cold running water and a simple restaurant. There is a very limited infrastructure here due to the remoteness, which is part of the charm. There is currently no phone signal, Wi-Fi or electricity.

Local Wildlife

The deciduous and semi evergreen forests of the Loky Manambato Protected Area are of international importance for lemurs. The surrounding forest is one of the few remaining locations where the beautiful golden-crowned sifaka can still be found. These stunning lemurs are incredibly rare as a result of the deforestation, gold mining and hunting activities in this region and visiting this lodge helps support their conservation. The sifakas spend most of their day feeding in the forest canopy on leaves sometimes right next to the lodge. In the afternoons they often come lower and even forage on the ground on occasions. This can provide a wonderful detailed view of these lemurs, which are inquisitive of people, allowing for some wonderfully intimate sightings.

The aye aye is one of Madagascar’s most sought after and elusive nocturnal lemurs and although sightings still involve some luck, the night walks here offer some of the most reliable aye aye viewing anywhere. Several aye aye families and favourite nesting trees are well known to the local guides here and they can often be staked out in advance of a visit. Due to the lower canopy too, sightings can also be a little closer than in other regions.

In addition, crowned lemurs are also present in the forest here and other nocturnal lemurs include the localised Daraina sportive lemur, Daraina fork-marked lemur, Western fat-tailed dwarf lemur and the Tavaratra mouse lemur. There is plenty of endemic birdlife and reptiles including the huge Madagascar ground boa.

Optional Activities

Wildlife walks in the Loky Manambato protected area and visit to local villages.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

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

Tour guide was perfect (Excellent++). Attentive and caring. Outstanding person. Became part of the family. Give her an award!!! Local guides very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and pleasant people to be with. Helen’s enthusiastic and sparkling voice was a pleasure to hear on the ‘phone. All questions answered in detail and printed information sent was helpful. You guys really cared. Very attentive in Madagascar and went well. Very pleasant and good driver. No corners cut and a well planned trip with all details covered. Perfect for us. Due to good guides and spotters we saw 16 species of lemurs and plenty of them. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see so many species and so close to us. Marvellous – very emotional. Lemurs are such wonderful gentle creatures. This trip was so well-designed for people like us. I will never forget this trip in my life. What a humbling experience it was. Some time in the future we will be back to see these special animals. In the mean time I look to our video footage of our time with the lemurs of Madagascar. Helen Cox – well done. Your company is at the top of our list.

Mr & Mrs M - Berkshire