The wondeful Masoala Forest Lodge offers the best standard of accommodation in this isolated area providing a highly comfortable base to explore the wild Masoala National Park as well as its many beaches and marine reserve. The core rooms are safari-style canvas and mesh tents which keep out insects, set on raised platforms with tall, pitched palm-thatched roofs allowing for greater air flow. The structures are based on the local Betsimisiraka tribe’s traditional building methods and materials, and members of the tribe were employed in the construction and furniture making.
Meals are freshly prepared and delicious, the service is friendly, intimate and efficient and the guides are expert at finding the wildlife.
The Masoala peninsula protects the last remaining extensive coastal lowland rainforest in Madagascar. Given World Heritage Site status in June 2007 and accessible only by boat, the reserve boasts staggering biodiversity and a wide variety of habitats: rainforest, littoral forest, marsh, flooded forest, mangrove and coral reefs.
Rainforest wildlife here can be a little more difficult to spot than in some more popular locations, and guided walks can be challenging due to steep and slippery trails (it’s the wettest place in Madagascar).
Restaurant, bar and lounge housed in the Beach House; breakfast is taken on the Sea Deck, which is built over the water and has full views to the sea and coastline.
Highlights include the red-ruffed lemur, white-fronted brown lemur, greater hedgehog and lowland streaked tenrecs, ring-tailed mongoose, day geckos, leaf-tailed geckos, panther and Parson's chameleons, the rare helmet vanga and the recently rediscovered Madagascar serpent eagle. The elusive fanaloka (Malagasy striped civet) is sometimes seen in the lodge's small private forest reserve at night alongside nocturnal lemurs such as the Masoala sportive lemur and Masoala woolly lemur. From July to early September, humpback whales can be seen offshore in the Bay of Atongil.
Hikes and wildlife spotting in the Masoala National Park and in the lodge’s own private reserve, night walks, visits to the local village, snorkelling, boat trips and kayaking.
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If you want to be very secluded and private, choose Room 7 which is set away from the rest of the lodge.
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