Location: Lac Hotel Sahambavy is a small hotel located right on the lake in Sahambavy, in the central-eastern highlands of Madagascar. The edge of the Ranomafana National park is nearby. It’s on the crossroad to the arid south and the exotic and tropical east of Madagascar and in the middle between the north and the south of Madagascar. Located at the foot of a hill, Lac Hotel offers breathtaking panoramic views of the island’s unique tea plantation (520 hectares)
How to get here: To get here you will have to drive 400 km south from Antananarivo. An overnight in Antsirabe is recommended to balance off the journey, as it might take around 1 day to get here. It’s 30 minutes from the RN7 road and cca 1 hour before Fianarantsoa. The hotel is literally just a few steps away from the train stop Sahambavy. The FCE train is the only still operating train for passengers in Madagascar.
Structure: Lac Hotel Sahambavy is overlooking a lake with its front bungalows rising out of the water on stilts giving you a floating feeling. Little wooden bridges lead you over the water to your bungalow. The hotel is surrounded by a stunning tropical garden. The hotel produces their own organic products (cheese, yogurt, honey, vegetables etc). There are traditional bungalows on stilts, a real train wagon, colourful wooden houses and modern rooms next to a swimming pool.
Why staying here: Visit the tea plantation and the adjacent tea factory, the lake and Sahambavy village, Ranomafana rainforest and Fianarantsoa town. 5 minutes by car from the Lac Hotel lies the only existing tea plantation of Madagascar. They produce only black and green tea of a strong intense flavour, which is hand picked every day from October to April, and 3x per week the rest of the year.
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This trip is for the adventure seekers and travelers who like being close to nature. This is definitely a road trip with some portions covered by boat. The itinerary offers a slow-paced journey into the western region of Madagascar, the land of Sakalava and Menabe. Since flying within the country can sometimes be unreliable, a road trip comes handy. During the river cruising overnight is done in tents with a romantic dinner by the campfire. You will get to see Tsingy and the majestic baobabs too. The trip can be done both on a private and shared basis. Get in touch for more info about scheduled departures. Off we go!View full itinerary