Day 1: Tana
Arriving at Ivato international airport, clear customs and meet our representative for transfer to the Hotel Chalet des Roses (midrange) or Tana Hotel (top) for overnight.
Day 2: Tana - Mananara
Transfer to the Airport and take the flight to Mananara, Mananara is the only place where you can be sure to find Aye-Aye easily on the Aye-Aye island, however, their range is restricted by the island‘s small size and the trees are much lower and less dense, so they are comparatively easy to see. Overnight at the hotel Aye-Aye (mid range) or the hotel Chez Roger (mid range). Evening visit at the Aye-Aye Island.
Dsy 3: Mananara – Manambolosy
Morning walk from Mananara to Manambolosy along the sandy and rocky road which brings you toward the eastern beaches coast. Overnight in the Bungalow.
Day 4: Manambolosy - Fananehana
Trekking takes place all along the beach side; with beautiful blue and greenish colour of both the ocean and the forest across from the sea till you reach Fananehana. Overnight camping.
Day 5: Fananehana- Rantabe
This will be the last day of the trekking but the starting point if you are from Maroantsetra to Mananara, criss-crossing the rivers by ferry, passing on the side the ocean. Overnight in the bungalow.
Day 6: Rantabe - Maroantsetra
Take the bush taxi from Rantabe to Maroantsetra passing the vanilla and gloves’ field. Overnight at the hotel Cocobeach (mid range) Relais de Masoala (top) or Masoala Resort (top).
Day 7: Maroantsetra - Masoala
Leave Maroantsetra by boat to Masoala National park. Masoala is actually a complex of protected areas of 240,520 ha. 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% of species of the plants of Madagascar and more than 50% of the species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles in there. Overnight at Chez Arol (midrange) or Tampolo Lodge (mid range).
Day 8: Visit at the Park
A full day visit at the park, 102 species of birds of which more than 60% 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 Salanoia concolor or Brown-tailed mongooses 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 Sirenien specie, the Dugong, exists too in this region. 41 types of corals are made an inventoryat Masoala. Reptiles, batrachians, marine turtles and fishes (Marin and from fresh water) are over there too. Overnight at Chez Arol (mid range) or Tampolo Lodge (mid range)
Day 9: Masoala - Nosy Mangabe
Leave Masoala to Nosy Mangabe, The Special Reserve of Nosy Mangabe is a small island (520 ha) 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. Overnight Camping &full-board.
Day 10: 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(midrange), Hotel Relais de Masoala (top) or Masoala Resort (top).
Day 11: Maroantsetra - Tana
Take a flight back to Tana; upon arrival, go directly to the terminal A for the international flight check in.
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