The SpaceThe «GITE» is a large ventilated dorm on 3 floors, Youth Hostel like. Built in traditional style & materials (“mokoty”, kind of palm leaves & “vondro”, local reeds), there aren't many walls, just colourful sheets of material separating sleeping areas to allow for natural ventilation. This means no sound proofing whatsoever… but a very airy space, like a Tarzan hut. Kids love it.
There are 3 double beds (two very large: 1.90m x 2.10m) and 4 single beds, all with mosquito nets, WC & shower room.
It is equipped for 10 people (sheets & towels), but you are welcome to create additional sleeping capacity by hanging your own hammocks on the top floors.
Guest AccessYou have access to a very rudimentary kitchen with no fridge, but you will find many little shops who sell cold drinks a few meters from the hut. The market is not far away for fresh daily vegetables, fruit & meat, and fishermen wives pass daily with fish and prawns.
We are only 20m from the beach and have a pontoon right under our dining room terrace overlooking the Mangrove, so if you are arriving by boat you can park it there for a small fee to contribute to its upkeep.
There are also Car Parking facilities in the forecourt, but please do not wash your cars there or it'll wash all the sand off...
Interaction with GuestsAs we are off sailing most of the time, local Solange & Jean Niriko who are in charge of the GITE, will welcome you. And Gaga, who lives just below, will come and clean daily. You can make arrangements with her directly for your personal laundry as this service is not included in the price.
Although crockery, cutlery and traditional energy efficient Malagasy "fatapera" are provided for your own cooking downstairs, Solange or Gaga will be delighted to prepare Malagasy meals for you.
The NeighborhoodOur hut is right in the middle of Nosy Kely, the tourist area of Morondava with beach, restaurants, lively bars and disco within walking distance. Getting AroundEverything is within walking distance, but you can also get around by “cyclo-posy” cycle drawn carts, “taxi be” minibuses, "Bajaja" yellow motor carts, or taxis. Other Things to NoteOur neighbourhood is rather vibrant... We are sited about 10m from an open air disco and several lively street bars. So if it is quiet and peace you are after, this is probably not the best place for you…
Also make sure you don't leave valuables, money, phones, tablets, cameras or computer equipment lying around. The hut is very easy to break into... We won't accept responsibility for any stolen goods.
Bed lined and towels are provided for 10 people, but if you are going to be more than 10 you will have to bring your own extra ones.
Unfortunately there are very often water and power cuts in town. These can sometimes last a few days. The house team will endeavour to leave several 20L water canisters for your use in the toilet and shower room. Be economical with water as it has been known for the town's water supply to dry completely out for several days...
Light bulbs in the GITE are rechargeable ones and are remotely controlled so that you can have some light even during power cuts. Please make sure you don't loose or walk away with the remote controls...!