The SAKALAVA LODGE  is located on the North shore of Madagascar, 18km away from Diego Suarez City (Antsiranana).

Get to Diego Suarez

  • Around 200€ round ticket by domestic flight from Antananarivo or Nosy Be (

  • By international flight from La Reunion (Air Austral) or Mayotte (EWA).

  • From Nosy Be, by road, a private 4X4 will cost 180€ all the way to the Sakalava lodge.  The road condition is really rough and the trip usually takes 7h.


Via Antananarivo (Tananarive) 

  • Air Austral 

  • Air France 

  • Airlink 

  • Air Madagascar 

  • Air Mauritius 

  • Air Seychelles 

  • Comores Aviation 

  • Corsair International 

  • Ethiopian Airlines 

  • Kenya Airways 

  • LOT Polish Airlines 

  • Turkish Airlines 

Via Nosy Be 

  • Air Austral 

  • Air Madagascar 

  • Ethiopian Airlines 


Via Mayotte 

  • Air Austral 

  • Corsair 

  • Ewa Air 

  • Air Madagascar 


Not require a visa for stays of less than three months. The visa is on arrival at the airport, the 2019 price is 35 E and it does not take longer than going through customs with a visa.

In this case, we advise you to obtain a visa at the Embassy of Madagascar in Paris before your departure (4, av Raphaël -. 75016 Paris - 01 45 04 62 11).


Not need specific vaccines for Madagascar. It is however recommended to be updated to conventional vaccines. Antimalarial treatment, however, is highly recommended, if not essential.

Diego region is much less exposed to malaria as the east coast of the island. Treatment Savarine type is ample. Be careful not to get too heavy prescribe a treatment (that is relatively common), you could suffer once there. The trouble to carry suitcases of medicines, you will find there all conventional medications. Assistance repatriation insurance is recommended, however, especially since it is usually given by agencies or airlines cheap.


There are several international banks Diego (Société Générale, BNP, Crédit Lyonnais, ...), you will not struggle to change Euros into Ariary.

It is very easy to withdraw money with a credit card. Very few places take credit cards as payment. There are ATM machines in all cities. The best way is to start with banknotes (Euro) and change once there. You can pay at the Sakalava lodge with Cash Euro or Ariary, bank transfert in Euro or Paypal (3% commission).

General informations

The Sakalava Lodge is 18 km from Diego Suarez, it takes 40 minutes by car to get to the city center and about 1 hour to the airport. You will have no problem finding a taxi, day or night, to go to town.

The phone / 3G network operates at the lodge, we produce 220 V, the electrical outlets are the same as those you find in Europe.

All excursions are accessible from the Lodge, we have negotiated rates with our partners, no extra charge will be asked to go to the Amber Mountain, Red Tsingy, Ankarana ....

We only work with fresh produce and only sell half board or full board stays. You can eat lunch at Sakalava Bay in a beach restaurant or at night in the city in one of the many restaurants in Diego.

Diego Suarez is in no way a dangerous city. However, it is strongly discouraged to walk alone at night in the streets (with the exception of the main street).

By Greg Sakalava