WELCOME TO FRIENDLY CAMP - COMMUNITY BASED TOURISM IN MADAGASCAR
LEAVE A POSITIVE FOOTPRINT
FRIENDLY CAMP is a group of Nature Lodges all over Madagascar. They are created to find the best balance between local community needs and aspirations, and sustainable biodiversity conservation.
The most successful options in conservation so far are proven to be responsible tourism and nature friendly crops that generate greater income for local households which is why Friendly camps aims to focus in rich ecosystems where development options have so far been elusive.
WE ARE CONVINCED that tourism can only play its vector role of sustainable development by a concerted positionning with the visited communities, because they play an important part in the destiny of the villages.
Harmony is the key word, the development cannot be supported in a long term if the community and the environment are not in harmony; which is why the natural Parks managed by NGO FANAMBY are qualified of « harmonious and protected landscape ».
NGO FANAMBY received a management mandated of 5 protected areas
Harmonious Protected Landscapes
Your visit within one of our camps will be a unique experience, unlike what you have seen along your journey to Madagascar. If communitarian immersion is one of your goal. In each camp, you will sense this feeling of exclusiveness proper to our structure, not because of the design that are quite simple yet comfortable but because of the authenticity of our tours.
More than just a destination, your visit in a “Friendly camp” is an adventure rich in discovery in an unspoiled Nature.
SAHA FOREST CAMP
The Saha Forest Camp is nestled in the forest corridor of Anjozorobe Angavo The forest corridor that makes up this protected area is one of the last natural forests remaining in Madagascar’s central highlands with 41 100ha.
This area is on the eastern edge of the central highlands and supports a rich biodiversity. You will be able to see the Indri indri (the largest of the living lemurs in Madagascar), the Orchids or just visit authentic Merina villages.
CAMP AMOUREUX - LOVERS CAMP
The Camp Amoureux is at the heart of the Menabe Antimena protected area where dry forests, mangroves, lakes and other ecological habitat coexist in an area of 209 461 ha.
Other than the impressive Alley of the Baobabs, located on the way to the camp, you will be able to see black striped mongoose, giant jumping rat, flat tail turtle or the mouse lemur of Mrs Berthe (the smallest lemur) and especially the lover baobab in front of the restaurant.
BLACK LEMUR CAMP
The Black Lemur Camp is located in the protected area of Andrafiamena Andavakoera with 74 606 ha, in the North.
It is one of the wealthiest regions in term of biodiversity. The landscape varies from sandstone and limestone chains of mountains to humid, dry and transitional forests filled with various endemic species, particularly the famous black lemur Propithecus perrieri.
The Camp Tattersalli is located at 7kms near the village of Daraina, in the protected area of Loky Manambato (250 000ha). As you walk toward the camp, you will notice the main activity of the region: « gold mining ». Straight on the camping place, you will discover the other « gold » of Daraina, the famous golden crowned lemur or « Propithèque of Tattersalli » and the bigest nocturnal lemur "Aye Aye".
You can visit the lake Sahaka; a 1000 Hectares or so of freshwater, which makes it the most important of the SAVA region. This area is shelter to 46 species of birds of which 26 species of aquatic birds. During your stay, you can also experience the main activity in the region and visit the vanilla plantation of the local communities
A forest camp at Antananarivo's doors
THE LAND OF BAOBABS