Bush HouseCanal des Pangalanes, Eastern Madagascar
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Bush House is a small eco-lodge located in the east coast Toamasina region of Madagascar, within the Canal des Pangalanes lake district, where fresh water lakes merge with the Indian Ocean. It's perfectly placed to visit the Palmarium and it's lemurs.
The Canal des Pangalanes is an unusual phenomenon, a collection of natural rivers and artificial lakes that stretches 600km along Madagascar’s east coast, although it is navigable only in the northern section. As you cruise along you will pass many local fishermen and see a fascinating assortment of local vessels piled high with anything from logs to vegetables and with colourful square sails made from leftover pieces of carpet or curtain. The canal terminates in the north at the large port of Taomasina (Tamatave), Madagascar’s second city.
Bush House can only be reached by boat, helicopter, train or 4×4 wheel drive. Once you get there, however, you can watch the lemurs, discover the natural botanical gardens, take a low-impact hike tour, or just enjoy the peace and quiet.
Bush House has ten en-suite rooms, each with a deck and the main area houses a bar and small sitting area as well as a dining room. The atmosphere is friendly and the accommodation is basic with limited supplies of hot water and electricity. Six of the rooms are situated just above the small beach with another four up some steps above the main lodge. Of these four, two have a mezzanine with a single bed which is ideal for a child.
The lodge is located very close to the Palmarium Private Reserve (a two-minute boat ride away) where guests can see a variety of lemur species, including the indri, at close range