The shore on which Le Palmarium rests is lapped by the gentle waters of Lake Ampitabe on this small 50-hectare reserve on Madagascar’s eastern coastline. The air is filled with the constant twitter of birdlife, the trees rustle with lemurs, and orchids bloom in abundance. This is a great option for travellers in search of peace and solitude—and a Malagasy experience more off the beaten track.
Eastern Madagascar showcases the island as it used to be before tourism expanded. Here, the natural world is kind and dotted with small villages. Different lemur species such as the critically-endangered indri, black and white ruffed lemurs, and aye-ayes can be spotted in these parts. The Pangalanes Canal is an inland waterway created for transportation purposes, now perfect for a leisurely lemur-spotting cruise.
La Palmarium is home to 11 bungalows, either sharing verandahs or boasting their own private ones. Picture: thatched roofs, white-washed walls, and polished stone floors. Guests can venture to the main lodge for drinks at the bar and meals at the restaurant. Excitingly, the hotel can only be reached by boat.
- Located on the banks of Lake Ampitabe in eastern Madagascar
- This part of the island is known for being remote and authentic
- Different lemur species can be spotted along the Pangalanes Canal, from the Indris to the aye-aye
- 11 Bungalows built from natural materials, while the main lodge has a bar and restaurant
- Can only be reached by boat