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Lohatrozona Ambodiforaha - Maroantsetra Ambodiforaha - Masoala, Maroantsetra 512 Madagascar
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#2 of 4 Speciality lodging in Maroantsetra
Implanted in the heart of a vast 8000 squares forest and lined with a long beach in the white sand, Dounia Forest Lodge welcomes you in a only frame in the Lohatrozana locality. Situated in quotation of the Masoala National Park, Dounia Forest Lodge is the perfect meeting with the nature. For a peaceful stay and the comfort, in the edge of the Park Masoala, think of Dounia Forest Lodge.
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marionshepherd wrote a review Nov 2019
Harrow, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
Just returned from there. It was magnificent. Food. Best we've had in madagascar. Staff attentive . Room.marvellous. nature sublime. I was so sad the leave. Del was so good. Emil was very knowledgeable. I learnt so much. We felt we were part of the forest. The hotel fully supports the local community. Worth supporting.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
anthony v wrote a review Nov 2019
Belfast, United Kingdom3 contributions2 helpful votes
After a 50 minute boat ride from Maroansetra, we spent a wonderful three days here in this pristine, peaceful and natural environment. Our bungalow was spacious and comfortable and sited within yards of the long empty beach and the entrance to the largest primary rainforest in Madagascar. Yes, there are problems with being in such an isolated place...no internet and irregular electricity and hot water supplies, so if you want an all mod cons luxury holiday, look elsewhere. If however you enjoy the freshest local food - fish caught in the sea in front of the bar for instance- and personal friendly service, then this is the place for you. We were made to feel like part of the family and responded by getting to know about the lives of the staff and of the people in the village nearby. Guided through the rain forest each day by Maréchal Emil, we had many memorable encounters with the wildlife, returning tired but happy to the Lodge for a swim, before being looked after by Deputé Del and his team. A perfect spot for honeymooners, it doesn't come much more romantic than watching the sun setting over the bay while sipping a home made rum cocktail, or more relaxed, if you are finally putting pen to paper on that first novel. The owners of this hotel make a significant contribution to the local community in education, health and welfare for example, which in turn encourages it's stewardship of the environment. Without this symbiosis, there will be no secure future for either of them and no destination for tourists like us to visit. So please, come and patronize Dounia Lodge and others like it and help secure the future of the Rain Forest and its inhabitants, human and animal.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Maria_the_Snorkeler wrote a review Sep 2018
Moscow, Russia2,553 contributions170 helpful votes
I have been in several places that embody the paradise on Earth and evoke instant love. Dounia Forest Lodge is one of such places. As an ardent lover of nature and wildlife I fell in love with this place the moment I saw the lodge from the sea as we approached it. The dining area facing the beach and the bungalow all opening up during the day (the walls are made of French blinds) to allow nature to flow into the room. The room was beautiful, spacious and airy, nicely furnished in perfect harmony with surrounding nature. A big bathroom with hot water when I needed it, the walls sometimes nicely adorned with a brightly-coloured day gecko or a tree frog. Food was quite good (although I would have appreciated more fruit) and the staff were very friendly and accommodating, especially our pretty waitress Larisa. Not that I spent much time in the bungalow - or at the lodge. Right behind the bungalow is the entrance to the famous Masoala National Park which proved to be even more than I hoped it would be. During the 5 days that I spent at the Lodge (4 nights) I enjoyed life more than I could have hoped for. The walks were fantastic – largely due to my incredibly competent local nature guide Aldin Belalahy. We started very early in the morning with a long swim in the sea with crystal-clear water before breakfast. Then my all-time guide Parany, Aldin and I would go out for a long walk in the Park (3-4 hours) till we returned, happy and exhausted, for a very satisfactory lunch. Swimming before and after lunch too, followed by another walk in the forest till dinner time! In the evenings we went in the opposite direction outside the National Park where we saw quite a lot of interesting things. The forest itself deserves a special mention, with magnificent buttress-rooted Canarium trees (ramy) and trees “walking” on huge aerial roots. On the whole, I have seen most of the wildlife that could be seen in Masoala. Mammals: first of all, beautiful white-fronted brown lemurs with males “wearing” impressive white wigs and stunning red-ruffed lemurs. The red-ruffed lemurs’ colouring is very impressive: shining red ruff and body with a white patch on the neck, the rest is black – very elegant. Although they spend 90% of the time on the trees, I was very lucky to witness a group of 3 lemurs going down and playing on the ground right in front of us. It was incredible! Both the white-fronted and red-ruffed lemur species are native for Masoala. During night walks I have seen greater dwarf lemurs, Masoala sportive lemur, fantastic lowland streaked tenrec (!) and red forest rat. Birds: that was really something! First of all, of course the iconic helmet vanga with its spectacular, huge blue bill. First Aldin showed us the abandoned nest and then he brought us to a place where helmet vangas used to hang out together with their chicks. It was such a pleasure to see these birds at last, including two chicks (see pictures). I also saw several other vanga species: Madagascar blue vanga, Tylas vanga, the rarely seen Bernier’s vanga, white-headed vanga, rufous vanga in and out of the nest, and nuthatch vanga. Other birds I saw included a magnificent sparrowhawk, red-breasted coua, blue coua, pigmy kingfisher (at night), short-legged ground-roller, Nelicourvi weaver, Madagascar cuckoo-shrike, lesser vasa parrot, long-billed tetraka, spectacled tetraka, Madagascar bulbul, Madagscar paradise flycatcher (male and female), Souimanga sunbird (male and female), common gery, and a common whimbrel on the beach. A paradise for a birdwatcher. Reptiles: above all, the biggest and probably the most beautiful chameleon, the Parson’s chameleon Calumma parsonii, so dignified, huge and bright-coloured. It was not easy to find but Aldin succeeded! The area where we saw it was a jewel in itself, with a scenic waterfall and a pool. But when I wanted to go for a swim there, Aldin told me it is forbidden because it’s the Parson’s chameleon area and should not be disturbed. I was impressed! Other reptiles included panther chameleon, long-nosed chameleon, snake Madagascarophis colubrinus, and leaf-tailed gecko. Frogs: one day was devoted to frogs. The frogs were numerous and magnificent (see pictures): Mantidactylus spp (including grandidieri and albofrenatus) Gephyromantis spp, Mantella spp.. Crustaceans: I saw huge hermit crabs, especially the one wearing a very beautiful shell, and pretty black and red tree crabs. In addition to incredible forest, I must mention very nice snorkeling at the Masola Marine Park (a short trip by boat). Not too many corals because of the cyclone but the corals that are there are lovely and coral fish are plenty. On day five we went to Maroantsetra and visited Nosy Mangabe with its fantastic special nature reserve. In addition to being a very beautiful island, it offered incredible wildlife to see: thus I watched a group of black-and-white ruffed lemurs, the smallest chameleon in the world (Brookesia) and the giant leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus), and jewel-like green-backed Mantella frogs (Mantella laevigata). The smallest chameleon was incredibly tiny, just a few centimeters long. He was so cute when he played dead on Aldin’s palm. The biggest leaf-tailed gecko demonstrated incredible mimicry. They are really huge (about 30 cm) and practically invisible on tree bark. There were two of them: a lighter one on the tree with lighter-coloured bark and a darker one on the tree with darker bark. A sweet couple of Mantella frogs were sitting on the edge of their private swimming pool in a tree next to the cave with the ancient tombs of the first inhabitants of the island. Then we proceeded to Maroantsentra where I finally saw tomato frogs. These incredible animals the size and colour of the ripe tomato can only be found in the gutters of Maroantsentra, which is their natural habitat. This was the glorious end of my trip to Dounia Forest Lodge and Masoala National Parc/ Mangabe Reserve. I am extremely grateful to the wonderful and lovely lady Mme Dounia who orgainsed this wonderful trip for me. My special thanks to Aldin and Larisa. Actually I hope to go back there very soon!
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Diane S wrote a review Aug 2018
20 contributions5 helpful votes
We arrived at Dounia by boat after a trekking on the Vanilla Coast. The lodge was empty but for a solo scientist bird and nature watching. The bungalows are made from Palissandre wood and are open to nature (we were in #2 that has a terrasse overlooking the park and we had lemurs coming nearby). The bathrooms are a bit rusty and we had to ask for water to be fixed a couple of time but staff was really nice and willing. Fidel is a recent hire and seems to take charge and is very well trained. He is assisted by Larissa. They make their best to make our stay unforgettable. They miss basic things like games, cards, books and information about the forest. The beach is pleasant and they have kayak and we went to Tampolo marine reserved and hiked to Tampolo and nearby villages, watching fishermen life. We were fortunate to have Rami as a guide for our hikes. He made the whole trip very enjoyable. Food was good, although choice was limited. Wonderful stay for people who enjoy being in a remote place with a reasonable level of comfort. Probably too expensive for the current level of service but very enjoyable experience and memorable souvenirs
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MacKennaMar wrote a review Jul 2018
Thousand Oaks, California314 contributions202 helpful votes
I had high hopes for my three night stay here, but a lot of things missed the mark. It seemed like we were the first guests of the season (or maybe even ever) because the entire staff rode over on the boat with us and everything was a little off/unorganized. The boat ride over was about an hour and a half and was fine and when we arrived I was really excited about the rooms. They are beautiful and clean I loved how they were all open to nature. However, the wood shutters that make up the walls were rusted at the hinges so they didn’t close properly, which left giant gaps open to the world, which was a big issue at night/for sleeping because of mosquitos. Luckily there were mosquito nets around the beds. I also chose this hotel because it advertised hot water, but we only had hot water for one of about six showers. Our bathroom light also didn’t work the entire stay and it gets very dark in there. In my group of seven we had four rooms and of those rooms three had electricity the whole time, only one room had hot water the entire stay, one room had a shower that wouldn’t drain, my sister got locked in a bathroom of one room because the door handle was broken, and overall it was a mess. There wasn’t one room where everything worked the way it should. I also found that for three days there just wasn’t enough to do. You’re stranded and the lodge doesn’t have any kind of activities or internet so your only options are hikes (which are so beautiful, but the humidity is crazy and we didn’t see any animals). Another big problem for me is because of the humidity everything stays damp and smells like mildew, including your clean towels and sheets. The positives were that the food was really delicious and it is neat being out in what feels like the middle of no where in a really beautiful spot (just maybe for not so long).
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
2 Helpful votes
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.