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6-Day Maroantsetra to Cap-Est Trekking Adventure

4GC5+85C, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Activity provided by Blue

6 days (approx.) - English

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Experience the ultimate Malagasy wildlife adventure as you journey through Masoala from Maroantsetra to Cap-Est in 6 days! Discover the treasures of Madagascar from lush rainforests abundant with flora and fauna to spectacular landscapes.

Highlights
  • Canoe ride to Andranofotsy to start your Masoala adventure
  • Hike through the Farankaraina Private Tropical Park and pass through a number of vanilla, pepper, coffee, and clove plantations
  • Search the Ambatolaidama forest’s corridors for the elusive Red Ruffed Lemur
  • Hike through the most difficult sections of ascending the mountain
  • Canoe ride down the river to the village of Ambohitralanana to see crocodiles lazing under the sun
Description

Journey from Maroantsetra to Cap-Est for six days and discover Masoala’s best-kept secrets! Madagascar has a lot to offer, especially its lush rainforests brimming with unique flora and fauna. This trekking expedition is ideal for anyone looking for a thrilling and exciting way to experience the wildlife in the untamed rainforest of Madagascar. This tour can also be customized to fit your interests and needs.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Maroantsetra – Fizono

Take a canoe ride to Andranofotsy to start your Masoala adventure before setting out on foot through the Farankaraina Private Tropical Park. To go to the village of Fizono, where you will spend the night, pass through a number of vanilla, pepper, coffee, and clove plantations and stop at the Mahalevona Community for a picnic lunch.

Day 2 – Fizono – Ampofako

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning before packing up and beginning your hike via several streams and high mountains. While searching the Ambatolaidama forest’s corridors for the elusive Red Ruffed Lemur, take in the breathtaking landscape of Masoala National Park. You will continue hiking until you reach Ampokafo, where you will pitch up camp for the night.

Day 3 – Ampofako – Tsararapaka

Start your hike through the most difficult sections of ascending the mountain after breakfast. From the summit, you can overlook Ampokafo and Manakambahiny, two villages with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Continue into the Masoala National Park, passing through forests, listening to the sounds of the Red-Ruffed Lemur, and witnessing a variety of birds. At night, camp at Tsararapaka in the heart of the Masoala National Park to  observe rare nocturnal wildlife just a few meters from the tents. 

Day 4 – Tsararapaka – Marivorano

After breakfast, begin your journey to Marivorano. The hike is less strenuous due to the lack of mountains, but the first three hours of the hike are spent in the forest before reaching the Befilipo fields. Back in the rough forest of Masoala National Park, you will see several wildlife creatures, including the Red-Ruffed Lemur, Red-Breasted Couas, Blue Couas, and Madagascar Wood Rail. From Befilipo camping areas, get a chance to follow the riverside through the slippery rocks or even cross the river en route to Betsirebika for a picnic. You will then set up a tent next to the small town of Marivorano at night.

Day 5 –  Marivorano – Antanandavahely

Follow the main streams until you reach the main river, which grows stronger until Antanandavahely, where you can see birds, chameleons, and some muddy picnic areas. People used to live in a variety of camping grounds throughout Ambalavy, but the national park system compelled them to congregate in only a few places, where they eventually established communities, giving the impression that the forest had already been evacuated. Afterwards, take a canoe ride going to the small village of Antanandavahely, where you will set up a tent for the night.

Day 6 – Antanandavahely – Ambohitralanana – Antalaha

Get on a canoe boat and paddle down the river to the village of Ambohitralanana. See crocodiles lazing under the sun at the Onive River along the way. Upon arrival at Ambohitralanana, take a Taxi-Moto or Taxi-Brousse up to Antalaha.

Inclusions

  • Pick Up and Drop Off

  • 5 Nights Accommodation

  • Meals

  • Porter

  • Camping Gear

  • English-Speaking Local Guide

  • Transportation as Per Itinerary

  • Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary

Exclusions

  • Local and International Flights

  • Airport Transfers

  • Meals Not Mentioned

  • Drinks

  • Visas

  • Travel Insurance

  • Personal Expenses

  • Gratuities (Optional)

Additional Information

  • This experience involves a moderate amount of walking; Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • This experience requires good weather conditions. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you will be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum is not met, you will be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

  • This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded. 

  • Arrival time at each location may vary depending on the season.

  • If there is insufficient time for all attractions/destinations on the itinerary, the tour guide will adjust the length of time spent at other attractions/destinations. 

  • Delays, shortening of the tours, or omissions to the itinerary due to traffic, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances are not subject to refund.

  • Itinerary is subject to change and the attractions may be closed due to traffic, weather, and force majeure. An alternative itinerary may also be omitted depending on road conditions.

  • Please note that on days in which no activities are planned, you are free to explore at your leisure; all activities and purchases will be at your own expense. You will have your tour guide’s mobile number in case of emergency.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Maroantsetra – Fizono | Take a canoe ride to Andranofotsy to start your Masoala adventure before setting out on foot through the Farankaraina Private Tropical ParkTo go to the village of Fizono, where you will spend the night, pass through a number of vanilla, pepper, coffee, and clove plantations and stop at the Mahalevona Community for a picnic lunch|
Day 2 – Fizono – Ampofako | Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning before packing up and beginning your hike via several streams and high mountainsWhile searching the Ambatolaidama forest’s corridors for the elusive Red Ruffed Lemur, take in the breathtaking landscape of Masoala National ParkYou will continue hiking until you reach Ampokafo, where you will pitch up camp for the night|
Day 3 – Ampofako – Tsararapaka | Start your hike through the most difficult sections of ascending the mountain after breakfastFrom the summit, you can overlook Ampokafo and Manakambahiny, two villages with stunning views of the surrounding countrysideContinue into the Masoala National Park, passing through forests, listening to the sounds of the Red-Ruffed Lemur, and witnessing a variety of birdsAt night, camp at Tsararapaka in the heart of the Masoala National Park to observe rare nocturnal wildlife just a few meters from the tents|
Day 4 – Tsararapaka – Marivorano | After breakfast, begin your journey to MarivoranoThe hike is less strenuous due to the lack of mountains, but the first three hours of the hike are spent in the forest before reaching the Befilipo fieldsBack in the rough forest of Masoala National Park, you will see several wildlife creatures, including the Red-Ruffed Lemur, Red-Breasted Couas, Blue Couas, and Madagascar Wood RailFrom Befilipo camping areas, get a chance to follow the riverside through the slippery rocks or even cross the river en route to Betsirebika for a picnicYou will then set up a tent next to the small town of Marivorano at night|
Day 5 – Marivorano – Antanandavahely | Follow the main streams until you reach the main river, which grows stronger until Antanandavahely, where you can see birds, chameleons, and some muddy picnic areasPeople used to live in a variety of camping grounds throughout Ambalavy, but the national park system compelled them to congregate in only a few places, where they eventually established communities, giving the impression that the forest had already been evacuatedAfterwards, take a canoe ride going to the small village of Antanandavahely, where you will set up a tent for the night|
Day 6 – Antanandavahely – Ambohitralanana – Antalaha | Get on a canoe boat and paddle down the river to the village of AmbohitralananaSee crocodiles lazing under the sun at the Onive River along the wayUpon arrival at Ambohitralanana, take a Taxi-Moto or Taxi-Brousse up to Antalaha.

Starting Location
4GC5+85C, Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Itineraries are subject to change.
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