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Explore the Natural Wonders of Madagascar on a 6-Day Masoala Peninsula Wildlife Discovery Tour

4GC5+85C, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Activity provided by Blue

6 days (approx.) - English

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Travel across the lovely Masoala Peninsula, which includes Masoala National Park and Nosy Mangabe Island, to get a sense of the vibrant Malagasy culture, pristine beaches, stunning natural landscapes, and magnificent flora and fauna.

Highlights
  • Explore the breathtaking Nosy Mangabe Reserve Island, which is packed with wildlife and must-see sites, to find the famous aye-aye lemurs and leaf-tailed gecko.
  • Unravel Madagascar’s most cherished wildlife, including lemurs, chameleons, birds, and other rare species, for a chance to re-establish a connection with the natural world.
  • Enjoy Masoala National Park’s beautiful splendor while exploring the area and getting up close to some of Madagascar’s unique species, like the Madagascar Crested Ibis, Helmeted Vanga, Berniers Vanga, Short Legged Ground Rulers, Leser Bamboo Lemurs, and Pygmy Kingfisher.
  • Take a stroll through the marine park and coastal forest, relax, and go snorkeling in the Masoala Marine Reserve.
  • Take a boat to the island of Nosy Mangabe, a lovely nature reserve that provides a sanctuary for many different animals.
Description

Travel through the beautiful Masoala Peninsula in 6 fantastic days and enjoy the stunning beaches, unique flora and fauna, and scenic views! One of Madagascar’s largest and most varied remaining rainforests, Masoala National Park supports a vast variety of endangered species of both plants and animals. Unravel Madagascar’s most cherished wildlife, including lemurs, chameleons, birds, and other rare species, for a chance to re-establish a connection with the natural world. Explore the breathtaking Nosy Mangabe Reserve Island, which is packed with wildlife and must-see sites, to find the famous aye-aye lemurs and leaf-tailed gecko. You will have plenty of time to see the charming capital city of Antananarivo. 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Antananarivo – Maroantsetra – Masoala

Arrive in Antananarivo. Meet and greet your guide at the designated location, taking you to the airport for a flight to Maroantsetra, a small seaside village located in a lovely riverine landscape at the foot of Antongil Bay. From Maroantsetra, the boat ride to Masoala takes about two hours. The Masoala Peninsula is home to a 230,000 ha national park with one of the best rainforests in the country. It is the largest terrestrial and marine protected area in Madagascar.

Day 2 – Masoala National Park

Enjoy Masoala National Park’s beautiful splendor while exploring the area and getting up close to some of Madagascar’s unique species, like the Madagascar Crested Ibis, Helmeted Vanga, Berniers Vanga, Short Legged Ground Rulers, Leser Bamboo Lemurs, and Pygmy Kingfisher.

Day 3 – Tampolo Marine Park

Take a stroll through the marine park and coastal forest, relax, and go snorkeling in the Masoala Marine Reserve. As one of Madagascar’s top hiking and trekking destinations, the Masoala Peninsula offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling and sea kayaking; all you need is a basic mask to enjoy the crystal clear underwater scene. You can also observe enormous humpback whales in the Bay of Antongil between July and September. After lunch, get on a boat and tour the mangroves.

Day 4 – Masoala – Nosy Mangabe

Take a boat to the island of Nosy Mangabe, a lovely nature reserve that provides a sanctuary for many different animals. One of the best locations to see aye-ayes in the wild, explore the natural reserve to observe its rare and uncommon plants and wildlife creatures. The exhilarating opportunity to tour the Betsimisaraka tombs is yours. The Betsimisaraka tribe, Madagascar’s second-largest ethnic group, makes up the majority of the central and northeastern coastal region. After that, take a nighttime stroll in the wildlife reserve to search for unusual nocturnal critters. The endangered aye-aye, the largest nocturnal monkey in the world, may be seen if you’re lucky. On the island of Nosy Mangabe, you’ll spend the night.

Day 5 – Nosy Mangabe – Antananarivo

Return to Maroantsetra after breakfast. Once you are back in the mainland, you will be taken to the airport to catch your flight back to Antananarivo. Upon arrival, head to the hotel and check in. You will have plenty of time to see the attractive capital city, with its bustling streets ornamented with distinctive local crafts, diversified culture, and lively marketplaces. Take in the city’s architecture, culture, and vibrancy as you stroll around the capital’s winding, steep roads. You can also climb to the old rova (castle) to see the city of Antananarivo and its surroundings. The town is at its best in the evening when the sun is sinking and the hillsides are magnificently illuminated.

Day 6 – Antananarivo

Depart from Antananarivo for your onward journey.

Inclusions

  • 5 Nights Accommodation

  • Breakfast (5)

  • Lunch (3)

  • Dinner (3)

  • English-Speaking Local Guide

  • Park Ranger

  • Porters

  • Transportation as Per Itinerary

  • Admission Fees and Activities 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.

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