Antananarivo – Maroantsetra – Masoala – Maroantsetra – Antananarivo
10 Days – From £3,330 per person (including domestic flights)
For those who want something special, we recommend a journey to a private corner of Madagascar. Cap Masoala has seen less that 50 tourists over the last 3 years and it’s truly a paradise. Situated in a stunning blue lagoon, with a pristine forest with wild orchids and a beach just for yourself – disconnect to connect with the nature. You can choose to relax and treat yourself with a spa and massage holiday, or you can get active and explore the fascinating reserve. This trip is a great choice for honeymoon holidays, for family trips as well as those who like privacy, tranquillity and untouched nature.
International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Madagascar start from £700 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year.
This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor the itinerary to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added and different hotels can be chosen according to your preferences and needs.
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Day 1 – Antananarivo
Today you will arrive in Antananarivo, the “City of thousands”, the place which unified the tribes of Madagascar about 500 years ago. The city is built on 3 levels: the high city where the queen’s palace is situated, the mid-city with nice boutique shops and all the administrative buildings, and the bustling low city with the markets. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or take a stroll through the markets. Time permitting, a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ambohimanga is highly recommended (45 min drive). The fortified hill which is also a royal burial site is considered sacred to the Malagasy people. Overnight at Le Pavillon de L’Emyrne.
Day 2 – Antananarivo to Maroantsetra
Your Masoala fly-in adventure starts today. After a short 1,5-hour flight with magnificent views of the rugged hills and the rainforest of east, you will descend in Maroantsetra over Antongil Bay. On the way to Masoala visit Nosy Mangabe island. Explore the densely forested island with your guide. Expect to meet lemurs and geckos. After a picnic lunch on the beach, continue to the lodge by boat (2h). Enjoy the dramatic rainforest backdrop and dolphin sightings. Seasonally, whale can be seen in the bay (July-October). Once you have settled into your bungalow, go for sundowners around the fire on the beach. Overnight at Masoala Forest Lodge.
Day 3 – Rainforest and Turtles
After breakfast on the sea deck, set off for an adventure. Take a quick boat ride up the coast to the primary rainforest in search of the endemic wildlife. After several hours spent in the dense forest with the giant hardwoods and majestic tree ferns, return to camp by boat for a well-earned lunch and rest. In the afternoon go snorkelling on the nearby coral reefs and a sunset paddle out to a scenic outlook. Expect a close encounter with Green Turtles. After dinner, a guided night walk provides a great opportunity to spot some of the secretive nocturnal wildlife. You have a chance to even see the elusive Aye-Aye. Overnight at Masoala Forest Lodge.
Day 4 – A cultural discovery
After breakfast, take a guided walk through the coastal forest, in search of birds, mammals and reptiles. After a couple of hours walk, take a swim in the crystal-clear water of the Tampolo waterfalls at the base of the mountains. On your way back, paddle down the serene, shady river in a traditional canoe. In the afternoon, take a short walk along the coast to the nearest village to see the local school and the Ambodiforaha village. Discover the local rural life dancing and singing of the local women, the lovely handicrafts and locally-produced spices. After dinner, try your luck spotting elusive nocturnal species on a night walk. Overnight at Masoala Forest Lodge.
Day 5 – Rocks, Stingrays and Mangroves
After breakfast, traverse the unusual rock formations of Tampolo point by kayak, watching picturesque scenery. Stop for a swim on the beach at the Sacred Island. The water is just lovely, crystal clear and full of colourful fish. Later on, continue paddling into a pristine river, with the chance of seeing blue-spotted stingrays in the shallow water and the lesser bamboo lemurs crossing the river. Paddle back to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon lounging in the hammocks or exploring the reefs. Watch the sundowners around the fire on the beach. Overnight at Masoala Forest Lodge.
Day 6 – Tampolo Marine Reserve
After breakfast, board the boat for a 30-minute trip through the Tampolo Marine Reserve to the mouth of Antalavia River. The forested coastline viewed from the boat is stunningly beautiful with countless deserted beaches. Swim and snorkel in pristine waters, spot blue-spotted stingrays and lobsters. When you’ve had your fill, the boat will continue to another beach, where you can take a stroll to the waterfalls. Swim in the clear natural pools, overhung by the lush forest and lemurs leaping through the canopy. After a picnic lunch on the beach, return to the camp by boat or on foot. Watch the sundowners around the fire on the beach. Overnight at Masoala Forest Lodge.
Day 7 – Adventure of the Blue Trail
Today throw in a little bit of adventure. After breakfast, hike along the Blue Trail, including a waist high river crossing, for a different view of the beautiful forest. It’s a great spot for birding and seeing lemurs and chameleons. After lunch at the lodge, you can take a stroll down the beach to the Tampolo River and enjoy a peaceful pirogue trip on the cool shady river to observe the birdlife. Masoala is a true green paradise like no other, one of the few well-preserved forest offering tranquility and privacy. Watch the sundowners around the fire on the beach. Overnight at Masoala Forest Lodge.
Day 8 – Day at leisure
Spend this day at leisure. Choose to go sunbathing on one of the private beaches, birding and mammal spotting on the private forest trails, or relaxing with a good book and a cold drink in the hammock on the veranda. Alternatively, take the opportunity to return to the primary forest in search of more endemic wildlife. If you wish to treat yourself, the lodge has a trained team offering spa treatments to top up the already relaxing atmosphere. The best way to round off the day in this remote area is with a massage. Watch the sundowners around the fire on the beach. Overnight at Masoala Forest Lodge.
Day 9 – Masoala – Maroantsetra – Antananarivo
Today you will take a flight back to the capital. Enjoy an early last breakfast on the sea deck. Board the boat for your return voyage to Maroantsetra followed by the car transfer to the airport where your charter plane awaits you. Enjoy the stunning view of the Masoala peninsula and Nosy Mangabe during the flight. Once in Antananarivo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Time permitting, discover the bustling low city. We highly recommend a cooking experience where you can learn about Malagasy culinary secrets. Overnight at Masoala Le Pavillon de L’Emyrne.
Day 10 – Antananarivo
This morning, if time allow, visit La Digue handicrafts market. According to your flight schedule, you will be transferred to Ivato International Airport (TNR) to either catch your international flight or continue on to the next stop of your Madagascar adventure! Veloma! We hope you enjoyed your time in Masoala 🙂
Masoala is great for a honeymoon holiday !