Flora & Fauna

The lodge as arboretum

Everyone interested in plants and birds will get his/her money's worth at the Famata lodge. Since beginning, the owners conserve and extend the plant diversity in the area. Whether we are talking about coconut or date palms, the famata or other euphorbias: all were grown at the lodge. No trees are felled, at the most, they are transplanted. Even the access road to the lodge was built in such a way that no tree had to yield. The ponds and plants attract many birds. With some luck, you will observe mouse lemurs at dawn.

Winter residence for botanists

From October to February, the endemic plant types flower in the dry South. Treat yourself to a break and use the Famata lodge as a point of departure.

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Typical plants

On discovery tour at the lodge

Famata plant (euphorbia stenoclada)


The Famata (euphorbia stenoclada) ranks among the dominant euphorbias in the area and gave the lodge its name. A proud Famata decorates the entrance to the pool area. It used to be right there, where the swimming pool is today. Instead of ripping it out, the team dug a ditch around the plant and pulled it with the help of the Landrover to its new place.

Delonix plant at the Famata Lodge


When Peter visited the quarry, which supplied the stones for the construction of the lodge walls, he made an astonishing discovery: At the quarry, there were age-old delonix trees growing, which seemed of nobody's interest. With his trailer, he fetched one after the other one and planted them on his land. Today, they prosper magnificently.



Mangroves decorate the beach. The Famata Lodge protects these rare and endangered mangroves. They grow as one of the few land plants in this hostile salty environment. Apart from coral reefs and the tropical rain forests, mangroves rank among the most productive ecological systems of the earth.


Good friends of the lodge

Famous botanists rank among the friends of Peter Schachenmann. He combines the love for nature as well as ideas for the protection of flora and fauna.

Hermann und Andri Petignat

Hermann & Andri Petignat

Hermann Petignat created the world-known Arboretum Antsokay in the proximity of the lodge, which has now been taken over by his son Andri. Hermann used to guide well-known botanists and friends of the lodge through the diverse flora in the South of Madagascar.


René Haller

Hc. René Haller

Peter and René Haller know each other well from the days back in Tanzania. They share the love for nature. Haller transformed the old area of the Swiss cement factory Holcim in Kenya to an area with flourishing flora and fauna, the «Haller Park».


Steve Goodmann

Steve Goodman

The probably most-known Madagascar researcher, who was already in the country, when Peter Schachenmann started to establish the Andringitra national park. Together, they researched the park according to the method «Rapid Assesements», developed by Goodman.

Walter Röösli

Walter Röösli

Walter Röösli is a world-known pachypodium specialist. Peter got to know his Swiss friend by accident on a flight to Madagascar. As good friends, they undertook extensive expeditions with focus on the vegetation in Madagascar each year.

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