Masoala Tour Madagascar
The Masoala tour safari is an affordable African safari tour in Madagascar. This 8 day Madagascar wildlife safari takes you to the Masoala Peninsula to look for the Aye Aye.
About Masoala Tour in Madagascar
Masoala peninsula is a large and most diverse areas of un-spoilt rainforest in Madagascar. It holds possibly the greatest number of unclassified species on the island.
On this Masoala tour, you'll come across a large number of lemurs. There are many chameleons and spectacular birdlife. Masoala can only be reached by boat. This takes approximately 2 hours from Maroantsetra.
The visit is only for avid nature-lovers who have an average level of fitness. The area also boasts stunning beaches, incredible wildlife, and beautiful scenery.
Included in this Masoala tour is a trip to the island of Nosy Mangabe. Here you’ll see the famous for its Aye- aye lemurs and the leaf-tailed gecko.
The reserve has beautiful sandy coves, a mass of trees and strangler figs. This Madagascar wildlife safari begins and ends in Antananarivo.
Highlights of the 8 Day Masoala Tour in Madagascar
The highlights of the 8 day Masoala tour includes:
- Forest Hike
- Tracking Aye Aye
- Reptile Counts
- Boat trips
- Beach Relaxation
Detailed 8 Day Masoala Tour in Madagascar Itinerary
Day 1: Antananarivo
meet and greet upon arrival at the airport by our Madagascar safari rep. You’ll be briefed on the 8 day Masoala tour in Madagascar. You will then enjoy a transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo. Here you can enjoy your day with some relaxation or go out and discover Antananarivo.
Day 2: Antananarivo - Maroantsetra
You will begin your 8 day Masoala tour in Madagascar with breakfast. Enjoy a trasnfer from your hotel to the airport. You’ll be in time for your flight to Maroantsetra.
On arrival you’ll be met by our safari guide who has been waiting for your arrival. With introductions doen, enjoy the transfer to your Maroantsetra hotel.
Maroantsetra is a charming town situated at the bottom of the Antongil Bay. This is in beautiful riverine scenery where the scent of vanilla and cloves fills the air. Its surrounding area is lush and green dotted with rice paddies and stands of coconut palm.
You will have the rest of the day here with the option of a tour of the town. Overnight will be at your hotel in Maroantsera.
Day 3: Maroantsetra - Masoala
Start your day on 8 day Masoala tour in Madagascar with breakfast at your hotel. This is before pick up and a transfer to the port. Your 8 day Masoala tour in Madagascar will embark a boat to Masoala.
The Masoala Peninsula is the site of a 230,000 ha national park. It contains one of the best rain forests in the country. It is the largest protected area, terrestrial and marine, in Madagascar.
Today, you’ll have a 3 hour walk in the primary forest to see reptiles upon arrival. You’ll also see birds, lemurs and orchids as well as rare and unique species. These include the green lizard, the red owl, the tomato frog or the serpent eagle.
There will be an opportunity to relax and swim in the refreshing cool water of a river. You’ll end your day with a barbeque party at night.
About Masoala National Park
The Masoala National Park is on the Masoala peninsula. This is in the north-east of Madagascar. The peninsula is enclosed by the Indian Ocean in the east and Antongil Bay in the west. On and around the Masoala peninsula are several protected areas. The Masoala National Park combineswith the Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve within the bay. This forms the largest nature protected area in Madagascar.
Masoala can be translated to the eye of the forest - maso meaning eye and ala meaning forest in Malagasy. According to history, the first inhabitants of Madagascar settled in the Masoala region. During the 15th and 16th century, slave traders stopped at Nosy Mangabe on their sails to Asia or Europe. Today, the Betsimisaraka remain the dominant ethnic group of the Antalaha and Maroantsetra region. The people of Maroantsetra call themselves Antimaroa.
The Masoala National Park was created on the 2nd March 1997. The Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve was established earlier on the 14th December 1965. Masoala National Park is one of six national parks on the east coast of Madagascar. All the 6 parks are a World Heritage in Danger by UNESCO. They are under the combined name Rainforests of the Atsinanana.
Day 4: Masoala
The day will start with an early breakfast at your hotel. You’ll then embark on a 3 hour bird watching excursion. Your 8 day Masoala tour in Madagascar will then visit to a typical village. This is to see plantations of vanilla, cloves and coffee.
Masoala Peninsula is one of Madagascar's premier trekking and hiking areas. It also offers excellent opportunities for sea kayaking and snorkelling. A simple mask is enough to admire the colorful marine world. Between July and September, you may see the majestic humpback whale in the Bay of Antongil.
Day 5: Masoala
This will be a free day on Madagascar wildlife safari. You are free to relax or go snorkelling in the Masoala Marine Reserve. This is inside the Masoala National Park, off the coast of Tampolo. You might spot the giant humpback whales in the Antongil Bay.
Day 6: Masoala - Nosy Mangabe - Maroantsetra
Your 8 day Masoala tour in Madagascar will go on a boat transfer to Nosy Mangabe. This is a scenic island with a variety of wildlife. This reserve is also one of the best places to see aye-ayes in the wild.
You’ll visit the reserve to admire its endemic flora and fauna. Later you’ll have the exciting opportunity to see the Betsimisaraka tombs. The Betsimisaraka tribe is Madagascar's second largest ethnic group. It inhabits most of the central and north-eastern coastal region.
The name Betsimisaraka means "those who stand together". This is in reference to the time when the tribe's confederation was forged. It is an amalgamation of several smaller tribes in the early 18th century.
Later in the afternoon the Masoala tour in Madagascar takes a boat ride back. You will be heading to the mainland at Maroantsetra in the Analanjirofo Region.
Day 7: Maroantsetra - Antananarivo
Start your 8 day Masoala tour in Madagascar day with breakfast. This will be followed by a transfer to the airport. This is in time for your flight to Antananarivo.
On arrival, you’ll enjoy a transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo. You can wander through the capital's steep and narrow streets. Enjoy the architecture, atmosphere and pace. You may climb up to the old rova (palace). This is to enjoy the views over Antananarivo and the surrounding countryside.
Day 8: Departure
Start the last day of your 8 day Masoala tour in Madagascar with breakfast. You’ll have the rest of the day at leisure. You’ll enjoy a transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight back home.
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8 day Masoala Tour in Madagascar Costs:
What is included in the cost of 8 days Masoala Tour in Madagascar?
- Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel and from the hotel to the Airport
- Car and Fuel during the whole trip
- The boat trip to: Masoala, the marine park, to Nosy Managabe and from Nosy Mangabe to Maroantsetra
- Budget hotel accommodation as per program
- Driver guide will help with his food and hotel
- Entrance fees to the National park and the private Parks
8 days Masoala Tour in Madagascar Price excludes:
- Your food and drinks during the whole tour
- The local guide fees for the National Park and the private Park
- local flights
What to Carry on the 8 days Masoala Tour in Madagascar
- Light and a few heavy clothings for evenings
- long sleeved shirts
- Closed, comfortable shoes
- Sun protection like sun cream, hat
- Insect repellent