See Indri on your Madagascar Holidays. Holidays to Madagascar can combine beach and wildlife

Eastern Rainforests + Masoala Peninsula


MPC9A
9 NIGHTS
FROM £2,296
International flights quoted separately
After exploring the montagne rainforests of Andasibe-Mantadia, the home of the wailing Indri, fly to the unspoilt Masoala Peninsula to see the different species living in these coastal rainforests. Relax on a pristine coral beach, where migrating whales can be seen. Only suitable July to September. English speaking guide, all transfers, local flights & park fees included.
Holidays to Masoala National Park in Madagascar
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Antananarivo
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Analamazaotra Special Reserve
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Mantadia Rainforest
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Indri Indri Lemurs
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Night Walks
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Masoala National Park
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Lemurs
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Reptiles
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Snorkelling
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Tampolo Marine Reserve
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Antananarivo
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Analamazaotra Special Reserve
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Mantadia Rainforest
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Indri Indri Lemurs
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Night Walks
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Masoala National Park
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Lemurs
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Reptiles
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Snorkelling
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Tampolo Marine Reserve
Day 1
You will be met at Antananarivo Airport and transferred to your hotel in the capital city of the tropical island of Madagascar.
 
Check into your hotel and relax in your warm friendly surroundings.
 
Day 2
Today enjoy a full day tour to Ambohimanga and the Lemur Park.
 
Leaving Antananarivo, we travel 40-minutes northeast to the fortified royal settlement (or 'rova') at Ambohimanga. Meaning 'Blue Hill', this complex of royal buildings and palaces is situated on the highest and most sacred of the twelve royal hills surrounding Antananarivo. It is the best-preserved remains of the pre-colonial Merina Kingdom and an important source of Malagasy identity. Andrianampoinimerina was its most famous king, as he united the various Malagasy tribes into a single kingdom. The walled historic village includes the tombs of several kings and queens and remains a place of worship for pilgrims. It is Madagascar's only World Heritage Site. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to visit the local village to see their lifestyle.
 
After lunch (own account) we continue to the Lemur Park, a private nature reserve located near the Katsaoka River. Here you can see many species of birds, medicinal plants, reptiles and lemurs. These include the ring tailed lemur, black and white ruffed lemur, common brown lemur, Coquerel’s sifaka, crowned sifaka, mongoose lemur and eastern lesser bamboo lemur. After about an hour at the park, we return to Antananarivo.
Day 3
Today depart from Antananarivo and travel 4-hours with your driver/guide to the small village of Andasibe. On this scenic drive you will see local villages with their long red clay houses, rice paddies and roadside markets, which will give you a good feel for traditional Malagasy life.
 
On arrival at your lodge, enjoy a 2 to 3-hour walk in the montagne rainforest of Analamazaotra Reserve (previously called Perinet Reserve), which covers 810 hectares. This is where you come to see the magnificent black and white Indri - the largest lemur species in Madagascar, with their eerie wailing calls as they sing from the treetops and mark out their territory.
 
The path into the rainforest starts with a steep ascent up some well-made steps, followed by some relatively good paths, although a longer more gentle ascent is also available. There may be some scrambling off the path to get closer to the Indri, but there are plenty of trees to hang onto for balance.
 
You can also hope to see the beautiful orange, grey and white Diademed Sifaka as well as the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur - although be warned that tracking lemurs in the dense canopy of this rainforest is hard work and you can realistically hope for only two or three sightings on each walk. However the excitement of finding them hiding high in the treetop canopy, and jumping from tree to tree, is a thrilling memory that will last a lifetime - so once you find a group do linger and enjoy watching their behaviour for a while.
 
In the early evening enjoy a 1-hour noctural guided walk along a road close to the Analamazaotra Reserve, so remember your headlamp. Here you can hope to see the glowing eyes of the tiny Goodman's mouse lemur, little tree frogs and sleeping chameleons.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs requires physical mobility and stamina as some trails are demanding, although your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Remember to dress appropriately when exploring the rainforest i.e. walking boots with good tread and proper rain gear, including lightweight waterproof trousers. A head torch for night walks is essential and light gardening gloves are useful to protect your hands when scrambling through the rainforest. As the climate in the mountains is much cooler than at the coast, especially at night, also pack a fleece.
Day 4
Today we drive 1-hour along a rough gravel road to the massive 16,000-hectare primary montane rainforests of Mantadia National Park.
 
The trees in these rainforests are tall and some trails are steep and muddy. There are also streams to cross using log bridges, but you should be rewarded by a view of the gorgeous Diademed Sifaka, perhaps the most beautiful of all the lemurs with its fluffy golden-orange, grey and white coat.
 
You should also see the Black-and-White Ruffed Lemurs that scream at each other across the forest and, if you are fortunate, maybe also the large Indri that is easily heard because of its impressive shrieks. This park is also a great place to see the giraffe-necked weevil, tenrec (similar to hedgehog), frogs and chameleons.
 
The indigenous flora is outstanding, with hundreds of species of orchids that blossom in October & November, many species of ferns, sacred creepers, lichens and dwarf palm trees. In total there are 12 different species of lemurs, 28 species of reptiles and over 100 bird species.
 
Afterwards enjoy a 30-minute visit to Lemur Island, where you can interact with and take close-up photos of habituated lemurs rescued from captivity and now living in the semi-wild near Vakona Lodge.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs requires physical mobility as some trails are demanding, although your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Remember to dress appropriately when exploring the rainforest i.e. walking boots with good tread and proper rain gear, including lightweight waterproof trousers. A head torch for night walks is essential and light gardening gloves are useful to protect your hands when scrambling through the rainforest. As the climate in the mountains is much cooler than at the coast, especially at night, also pack a fleece.
Day 5
Today transfer 4-hours back to Antananarivo, the capital city of this enormous island.
 
Check into your hotel near Antananarivo Airport.
Day 6
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight to Maroantsetra, where you will be met and transferred to the port for a bumpy 2-hour boat ride to the remote Masoala National Park.
 
After checking into your lodge in this vast reserve, which is the the largest protected area in Madagascar, enjoy swimming or walking along the beautiful beach before the sun sets over the sea.
 
Flights on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays only. As this is an exceptionally wet part of the island, the cyclone seaon (January-March) is best avoided, as the only way to access the reserve is by boat. September to December is the best time to visit, as this is the driest period.
Days 7 To 8
Rise early to avoid the heat of the day as we set out to explore the rainforests of Masoala National Park, which protects nearly 900 sq. miles (2,300 sq.km) of primary rainforest and 40 sq.miles (100 sq.km) of pristine marine park.
 
The wildlife here is exceptionally diverse due to the huge size of the reserve and the variety of habitats, which include rainforest, coastal forest, flooded forest, marsh and mangrove. Three marine parks protect the coral reefs and a dazzling array of marine life.
 
Masoala is home to 10 lemur species including the flamboyant red ruffed lemur, which is native to the peninsula. The island reserve of Nosy Mangabe is one of the best sites in Madagascar to try and glimpse the elusive nocturnal aye-aye, and Masoala harbors many other interesting species such as the Madagascar day gecko, chameleons of all sizes, spectacular birds such as the helmet vanga, and rare species such as the red owl and tomato frog. Masoala is also home to the spectacular day-flying sunset moth - and at dusk you can see some of the secretive nocturnal wildlife, such as the leaf-tailed gecko, dwarf lemur and mouse lemur.
 
In the afternoon enjoy snorkelling on the nearby reefs or sea kayaking to the lookout point at Secret Cove. An added bonus is that from July to early September, hundreds of humpback whales visit Antongil Bay during their long migration, as the warm protected waters here provide an ideal breeding and calving ground for these magnificent marine mammals.
 
Note: Tracking lemurs requires physical mobility as some trails are demanding, although your guide will be mindful of your level of fitness and adapt your route accordingly. Remember to dress appropriately when exploring the rainforest i.e. walking boots with good tread and proper rain gear, including lightweight waterproof trousers. A head torch for night walks is essential and light gardening gloves are useful to protect your hands when scrambling through the rainforest.
Day 9
Transfer 2-hours by boat to Maroantsetra for your flight to Antananarivo Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your airport hotel.
Day 10
Transfer to Antananarivo Airport for your flight home.
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