Campsites & lodges

Best campsites and lodges in Madagascar

Based on the experience of our own and those of other road trippers, see an overview of our favourite campsites & lodges in Madagascar so that you can book the accommodation yourself. Although some lodges have a website and reservation form, many respond poorly to emails. Better to call directly and/or just show up on time. 

We strongly recommend that you start and/or end your roadtrip from Ivato, which is close to the airport and our office. Antananarivo is highly congested with mostly one-way streets, and it will be a nightmare to try to find your hotel in your rental car. Better to visit Tana as a day trip from Ivato by taxi, or take a taxi from the airport to your hotel in Tana. We don't do car deliveries to Antananarivo. 

Accommodation is dirt cheap in Madagascar and, if you book mid-range and upwards, of good quality. Note that breakfast is never included in the room price and charged separately. 

The lodges in this section are categorised according to pricing on the basis of a double room, bed only.  

  • Budget - € is up to € 15 for a double room
  • Mid-Range - €€ is up to € 50
  • Deluxe - €€€ is unlikely to cost more than € 125 per room.

Campsites do not require any advance arrangements - most of them can't even be booked in advance.

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5 accommodations in Ivato

Susie's Place - €€

Susie's Place - €€

Susie's Place is a lovely family-run bed and breakfast. It has an ideal location, easily accessible from the airport and our office, therefore perfect for staying the first or last night of your trip to Madagascar.
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Au Bois Vert - €€

Au Bois Vert - €€

Au Bois vert is a hotel located near to the airport and the Roadtrip Madagascar office, which makes it a perfect place to spend your first or last night while visiting Madagascar. The large compound is set in a beautiful forest with an inviting pool, terrace and very good restaurant.
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Chat o Park - €€

Chat o Park - €€

Chat o Park is a friendly, mid-range accommodation near the international Airport and the Roadtrip Madagascar office. The rooms are comfortable and clean, there's an onsite restaurant and large, secured parking.
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La Savanna Cafe - €€

La Savanna Cafe - €€

Savanna is a mid-range guesthouse with a lively bar - restaurant where they serve real good food. It is located close to the airport and the Roadtrip Madagascar office.
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Green Palace Hotel - €€

Green Palace Hotel - €€

Green Palace Hotel is a small, friendly guesthouse with a nice garden, close to the airport and the Roadtrip Madagascar office.
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2 accommodations in Antananarivo

Les 3 Métis - €€

Les 3 Métis - €€

This guest house is located in a nice neighbourhood of Antananarivo from where you can explore the city centre by foot. They have private parking. Roadtrippers tell us they are especially happy with the service and nice restaurant serving good food.
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Sakamanga - €€

Sakamanga - €€

Sakamanga is the most funky hotel in Antananarivo - its always crowed in the restaurant, terrace and bar - also with non-staying guests. They have a big variety of rooms in all price ranges. There's private parking. Great location, at walking distance from several sightseeing places in Antananarivo. If you're not staying here, at least enjoy a drink or have dinner when you're visiting Tana.
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3 accommodations in Andasibe

Feon' ny Ala - €

Feon' ny Ala - €

This is a basic hotel but boast a prime location, with great views of the jungle. Its so serene to listen to the sounds of the jungle at night. You might even wake up to the sound of the Indri Indri call. Little chance they pick up the phone or react to your email. But if you show up on time, you have a good chance of finding a room, as they have many. The food is cheap but good. Try one of their stir fry dishes.
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Grace Lodge - €

Grace Lodge - €

Grace lodge is established and managed by a lovely Malagasy lady, who speaks very well English. The B&B is set is a large, landscaped garden and even has its own chapel on site...It's about 15 min drive from Andasibe National Park Entrance Food options are limited but of good quality.
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Vakona Forest Lodge - €€€

Vakona Forest Lodge - €€€

Vakona Forest Lodge is a luxury lodge. Accommodation consists of spacious bungalows each with a private veranda overlooking the lake. The communal bar and dining room has a fireplace, cosy on those chilly nights. The lodge owns a little island, which is a sanctuary for ex-pet lemurs.
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5 accommodations in Antsirabe

Camping at Green Park - €

Camping at Green Park - €

Green Park is a budget hostel in Antsirabe. You can also pitch your own tent in their gardens. They have a cosy restaurant, known for the good pizza's.
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Guesthouse Madalief - € + €€

Guesthouse Madalief - € + €€

Madalief guesthouse is situated in a beautiful garden, a few kilometers outside Antsirabe town. You can camp or stay in one of their rooms with en-suite bathroom. Its a social enterprise. With your stay you support the foundation, helping disadvantaged children in Madagascar with clothing and education.
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Le Trianon - €€

Le Trianon - €€

Le Trianon is a small B&B in a rambling old building with a lot of charm, decorated with colonial, French furniture. The restaurant is popular among the local expatriate community, serving classic French fair. Its located in the centre of town.
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Hotel des Thermes - €€

Hotel des Thermes - €€

Just like le Trianon, Hotel des Thermes is also an iconic, old hotel in the centre of town. The interior is faded, but the rooms are comfortable with nice balconies and the terrace is a great place to unwind.
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Couleur Cafe - €€€

Couleur Cafe - €€€

Couleur Cafe is the most upmarket B&B in Antsirabe. The hotel has 15 charming brick bungalows, spread around a well-maintained garden. Each has their own fireplace to keep you warm during those colder nights in Madagascar.
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3 accommodations in Ranomafana

Camping at the park entrance - €

Camping at the park entrance - €

Right next to the park entrance office of Ranomafana, you have the possibility to pitch your own tent and listen to the sounds of the jungle by the camp fire. Keep in mind there are hardly any facilities. Another option is to arrange your overnight stay inside the park, supervised by a park ranger. This allows you to be in the park before daybreak and the rest of the crowds come in, the best time to spot wildlife.
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Ihary Bungalows - €

Ihary Bungalows - €

Ihary Bungalows is a pleasant, no frills guesthouse in Ranamofana town, great for those travelling on a budget. They have a number of tropical banda's along the river.
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Setam Lodge - €€

Setam Lodge - €€

Setam Lodge is a well managed hotel close to the Ranomafana National Park commanding great views of the jungle. You would have to take the car to eat in the village. Rooms and bathroom are spacious and clean, with no frills decoration.
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3 accommodations in Andringitra

Camp Catta - € + €€

Camp Catta - € + €€

Camp Catta offers a range of accommodation options; you can pitch your own tent, go lasy camping, book a room or stay in a bungalow. It has a fantastic setting, with great views of the mountain ranges. We have warm memories of gazing at the starlit skies and seeing the sun climb over the mountains peaks early morning. They have a cosy restaurant offering simple meals. The big draw here is the natural pool. Great place to unwind after some strenuous hiking in the mountains.
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Tsara camp - €€

Tsara camp - €€

Close to Camp Catta lies this well managed, pretty little camp. Accommodation is in spacious, lovely furnished safari tents with concrete ensuite bathroom.
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La Varangue Betsileo - €€

La Varangue Betsileo - €€

Ideally situated between Andringitra and Isalo National Park, close to the main road RN7 and right at Anja Park lies La Varangue Betsileo. The pool, comfortable rooms and good food makes this a recommended place to stay.
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3 accommodations in Isalo

ITC Lodge - €

ITC Lodge - €

ITC Lodge is a great place for those travelling on a budget. You can pitch your own tent or stay in a bungalow with ensuite bathroom. Its located in Ranohira, the gateway town to Isalo National Park. The owners have a wealth of information about the region and can sort you out. On the same property is Momo Trek, who organise trekkings into Isalo.
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Isalo Ranch - €€

Isalo Ranch - €€

Isalo Ranch is a popular mid-range hotel in Isalo, and for good reason. Accommodation is in comfortable bungalows with private terrace, set in a flower filled, landscaped compound with great views of the Isalo Mountains. There is inviting pool and good on-site restaurant.
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Le Relais de la Reine - €€€

Le Relais de la Reine - €€€

If you want to spoil yourself, stay at Le Relais de la Reine. The price is still a bargain compared to what you would be end up paying in Europe. It's tastefully designed lodge, with good onsite restaurant and nice pool & spa. Accommodation is in spacious bungalows with fireplace and lovely colonial furniture.
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5 accommodations in Tulear / Ifaty

Residence Eden Ecolodge - €€

Residence Eden Ecolodge - €€

This French owner-managed guesthouse is located close to Sarodrano village. A very remote corner of St Augustin Bay. Right at the beach, accomodation is in bungalows, tastefully decorated as if you are at the Atlantic French coast. The home-cooked food is simply fantastic. The owners are a good source of information for things to do in the region. From Tulear, its around a 40 min drive on a tough, travel road.
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Bakuba Lodge - €€€

Bakuba Lodge - €€€

If you want to spoil yourself once, do it here. Bakuba is a one-of-a-kind B&B, build and decorated by the charismatic Belgian owner and his lovely wife. Located at St Augustin Bay, about 15 min drive from Tulear town. The beach is not really suited for swimming here, because of mangroves and big difference in high and low tide, but the lodge makes all the more up for it. Bakuba is an harmonious mixture of Gaudi inspired architecture with Congolese, Malinese and Malagasy furniture and decoration, the result of live long travels in Africa. Fantastic service, good music, inviting pool, lovely views - big chance you end up staying longer than planned. Book ahead, there are only a few rooms.
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Paradisier - €€

Paradisier - €€

Ifaty/Mangily, east of Tulear town, is the most touristy part of Tulear as the beach is the nicest here. We personally prefer the vibe at St Augustin Bay though. If you do stay in Ifaty, Paradisier is a decent, mid-range choice. The hotel is located right at the beach. Accommodation is in comfortable and spacious bungalows.
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Belle Vue - €€

Belle Vue - €€

Ifaty/Mangily, east of Tulear town, is the most touristy part of Tulear as the beach is the nicest here. We personally prefer the vibe at St Augustin Bay though. If you do stay in Ifaty, Belle Vue is a decent, mid-range choice.
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Les Dunes D'Ifaty - €€€

Les Dunes D'Ifaty - €€€

Les Dunes is the most upmarket place to stay in Ifaty | Mangily and comes with all the facilities you'd expect: good service, sea front bar, comfortable bungalows, inviting pool, nice beach.
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3 accommodations in Salary Bay

Mamirano Bay Ecolodge - €€

Mamirano Bay Ecolodge - €€

Mamirano is a tiny B&B run by Rosanna, a lovely Italian lady. The home-made Italian food is lovely. It's located along the remote Salary Bay, close to Ambatomilo, a tiny Vezo fishermen village. There is not much to do here, apart from endless walks along a beautiful coastline, and not seeing another living soul. Where in the world is this still possible?
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Shangri-la Lodge - €€

Shangri-la Lodge - €€

This is another good place to stay, also along the remote Salary Bay, close to Ambatomilo, a tiny Vezo fishermen village. Wonderful setting, right at the beach. We had troubles finding the place, so try to phone the owners to direct you.
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Five senses lodge - €€€

Five senses lodge - €€€

Open since 2017, Five Sense is a new luxury lodge. The furnishing was done by the owner of Bakuba, so this obviously worked out well. Accommodation is in spacious beach villa's along a deserted beach. There' only a few rooms. Service and food ( fresh seafood) is great. Try their octopus!
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3 accommodations in Andavadoaka

Manga Lodge - €

Manga Lodge - €

If you don't mind to go back to basics, Manga Lodge is a place to consider. It has a great location on the top of a dune overlooking the sea. Rooms and facilities are basic but fine, and the price is very friendly as well.
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Coco Beach - €

Coco Beach - €

Coco Beach is a budget and run down place, but has a great location right at the sea. It is frequently visited by volunteers working in marine conservation. They allow you to pitch your tent or unfold your roof top tent.
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Laguna Blu Resort - €€

Laguna Blu Resort - €€

Laguna Blu Resort is an Italian run, mid-range lodge boosting a great location right at the sea and a private beach, great for swimming. They offer spacious, bright bungalows with 'open air shower' and good food. We think the prices are a bit steep for Malagasy standards.
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2 accommodations in Belo Sur Mer

Hotel Entremer - €€

Hotel Entremer - €€

An adventurous drive through mangrove and quicksand, takes you to Hotel Entremer, a hidden gem at Belo sur Mer, perhaps the most stunning beach of the West Coast. The eco lodge is passionately run by the owner, a friendly French lady. The home cooked food is simply delicious and not the standard fair. Make sure you try her coco rum punch. Great price - quality ratio. This is our favourite place to stay in Belo sur Mer. You will not be the first person, staying longer than planned. If the lodge is full, try Ecolodge du Menabe, also very nice.
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Ecolodge du Menabe - €€

Ecolodge du Menabe - €€

Ecolodge du Menabe is another great, little lodge in Belo sur Mer, also boosting a fantastic location with wonderful views over the ocean and an inviting beach for swimming. Accommodation is in airy beach bungalows and they have a nice common dining and lounge area.
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3 accommodations in Morondava

Hotel Trecicogne - €

Hotel Trecicogne - €

Hotel Trecicogne is nothing special but has a very good price-quality ratio. Rooms overlook a courtyard, and are clean, cool and with good beds.
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Maeva Guesthouse - €

Maeva Guesthouse - €

Maeva Guesthouse is a pleasant budget bed & breakfast option in Morondava. The rooms are spacious and clean with air-condition, and face a garden patio.
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Hotel Palissandre - €€€

Hotel Palissandre - €€€

Palissandre is a luxury hotel and spa offering all the amenities you'd expect from a hotel in this price range. Big, inviting swimming pool, sundeck with lounge chairs, spacious and nicely decorated beach bungalows and good service, make this a great place to relax after some tiresome days on bumpy and dusty roads.
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3 accommodations in Tsingy de Bemaraha

Camping at the park entrance - €

Camping at the park entrance - €

You can pitch your tent or unfold your roof top tent at the public campsite next to the park entrance. Great way to avoid the crowds and be the first in the park!
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Orchideé du Bemaraha - €€

Orchideé du Bemaraha - €€

Located near to the park entrance, Orchideé du Bemaraha is a decent mid-range option. There's an inviting pool, a welcome relief on those hot days in the Tsingy. Rooms are a bit worn out.
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Le Soleil des Tsingy Lodge - €€€

Le Soleil des Tsingy Lodge - €€€

For those looking for a bit more luxury, Le Soleil is the best pick. Lovely compound, spacious and comfortable bungalows and an inviting infinity pool overlooking the bush, makes this a good place to unwind after a day of hiking and climbing the Tsingy.
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1 accommodations in Miandrivazo

Princesse Tsiribihina - €€

Princesse Tsiribihina - €€

Miandrivazo does not have a range of options to choose from, and this is actually the only recommended place to stay. It is nothing special, but you would not expect a hotel of this standard and service in such a remote town. Rooms are spacious, clean and cool. Staff is really friendly and they prepare good food. The swimming pool is a welcome relief on those hot days in Miandrivazo. As it is located in one of the hottest areas of Madagascar, this hotel and especially its pool is a welcome place to cool down. Being built on a cliff overlooking the Miandrivazo area, this is a great place to enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
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3 accommodations in Canal de Pangalanes

Les Acacias Bungalows - €

Les Acacias Bungalows - €

Acacias is a nice budget place to stay at Manambato village, the gateway to Canal de Pangalanes. Accommodation is in simple bungalows. The cosy restaurant is visited by locals and expats. Especially in the weekends, the beach of Manambato is a popular place for Malagasy families. We enjoyed watching these families and mingle with the crowd, which you don't have if you stay at the more touristy lake resorts, for which a boat is required to get there.
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Palmarium - €€

Palmarium - €€

Palmarium is perhaps the most popular place to stay at Canal de Pangalan. The lodge is situated on a lovely private peninsula in lake Ampitabe where they have a small forest reserve with a wide variety of palms and 9 different species of tame lemurs. You can park your car at Orania Lodge in Manambato village, from where it is a 45 min boat ride to the lodge. So you need to call them in advance and inform them about your expected time of arrival.
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Bush House - €€

Bush House - €€

Bush House is another good mid-range option for those looking for more quietness than you find at Palmarium. Facilities are a bit more run down though. Its also located at the shores of lake Ampitabe. From here you can also visit Palmarium Reserve, either by foot, which is a nice walk along the shores, or ask for a boat ride to cross the lake.
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2 accommodations in Mahambo

Hotel Hibiscus - €

Hotel Hibiscus - €

Popular among locals and expats, Hibiscus is a small, no frills, budget place, right at a beautiful stretch of beach. There's a relaxing vibe to this place.
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La Pirogue - €€

La Pirogue - €€

La Pirogue is a popular and well managed lodge right at the lovely beach of Mahambo village. They offer budget and more deluxe family bungalows. Their breakfast is one of the best we had in Madagascar; pancakes, eggs and fresh fruits, which you enjoy with your feet in the sand, right at the sea surrounded by flowers and palm trees.
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