Accommodation rating: Superior
Mandrare River Camp is set in the grounds of an old colonial plantation house, on the banks of the Mandrare River. The sun rises directly in front of the tents over the Mandrare River giving beautiful early morning views. This camp has six large, comfortable tents. Each tent has a four-poster bed, wooden furniture, 24 hour electric lighting and en suite facilities. Hot water is constantly available and the bathroom is fully plumbed. Outside is a private veranda with two comfortable canvas safari chairs and a drinks table; a great way to sit and relax away from the midday sun or with a gin and tonic in the evenings.
Opposite Mandrare Camp are the sacred ancestral forests of the Antandroy tribe. Mandrare is an excellent place to interact with the local community and expert guides will accompany you to the ancient forest tombs to explain the culture of ancestor worship. Sit around the camp fire and watch a traditional dance group perform, visit a local school and village and see the markets.
Wildlife is abundant in the area. Verreaux's sifaka and ring-tailed lemur may be seen during the day walks in the gallery forests whereas the mouse and white foot sportive lemur come out in the spiny forest at night. Birding is also exceptional with at least 15 resident species in camp.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.