Day 1: Tana. Arriving at Ivato international airport and meet our representative for transfer to hotel for overnight at Anjary hotel (mid range) or at Louvre (top).
Day 2: Tana - Maroantsetra - Masoala. Transfer to the airport and fly to Maroantsetra, leave Maroantsetra by boat to Masoala National park. Masoala is actually a complex of protected areas of 240520 hectares. It has four terrestrial parcels and three marine parcels. It is part of the forests of the East of Madagascar classified among the world natural heritage sites of the forests of the Atsinanana. The Masoala complex, the Masoala Park and the special reserve of Nosy Mangabe is the biggest protected area of Madagascar.
We can find islets of the forests or rocks, coral reefs, zones of herbaria and narrow strips of mangrove swamp forest there. Masoala is among the richest regions on biodiversity. We can find 50 per cent of species of the plants of Madagascar and more than 50 per cent of the species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles in there. Overnight at Arol or Tampolo lodge.
Day 3: Visit the park. A full day visit at the park, 102 species of birds of which more than 60 per cent are endentic which have been counted in Masoala. Among the ten species of lemurs of the park, four are part of the category of the primates the more threatened in the red list of the International union of the Conservation of the Nature (UICN). Among the carnivores, Masoala is the only locality where the mongoose Salamander concolor or brown-tailed mongoose have been observed since the 1970.
This species is the least known of the Malagasy carnivores. The Humpback whale, the big dolphin and the belly pink dolphin live in Masoala sea. The Sirenian specie, the dugong, exists too in this region. 41 types of corals are made an inventory at Masoala. Reptiles, batrachians, marine turtles and fishes (Marin and from fresh water) are over there too. Overnight at Arol lodge.
Day 4: Masoala - Nosy Mangabe. Leave Masoala to Nosy Mangabe, the Special Reserve of Nosy Mangabe is a small island (520 hectares) covered in humid thick forest. Despite this island's remote natural beauty, four lemur species (black and white lemur, brown lemur, Aye-aye, microcebe), two of which are nocturnal, also can be found on Nosy Mangabe. This is one of the places where you can find the Uroplatus, a well camouflaged and other worldly looking lizard.
Nosy Mangabe also shelters the world's smallest chameleon, the tiny Brookesia, as well as other rare species like the Aye-aye. In fact, this forested island is thought by many to be the best place to observe the Aye-aye, thought by many to be Madagascar's strangest lemur. With its golden sand beaches from whose shores you can see the hump backed whales swimming in the bay. Camping full-board.
Day 5: Nosy Mangabe - Maroantsetra. After the breakfast, return to the forest. In fact, this forested island is thought by many to be the best place to observe the Aye-aye, thought by many to be Madagascar's strangest lemur. With its golden sand beaches from whose shores you can see humpback whales swimming in the bay, and its emerald green forests where lemurs fling themselves through the canopy, Nosy Mangabe is a rare delight. Before noon take a fast motor boat to get back to Maroantsetra. Overnight at hotel Cocobeach, hotel Relais de Masoala (top) or Masoala resort (top).
Day 6: Maroantsetra. Take a flight back to Tana, upon arrival, direct transfer to the airport for the flight home.
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