Masoala Forest Lodge
Kayaking is a popular pursuit around the lodge  
Guests arriving by boat from Maroantsetra  
Boats used for transfers to/from Maroantsetra  
Private bathroom  
Interior of tented room at Masoala Forest Lodge  
Guided night walks are really rewarding in the lowland rainforest  
Relaxing in the afternoon  
View of beach and treehouses  
Lodge at night  
View of the lodge's wonderful location  
Exploring the lowland rainforest with resident guide  
The 'tree house'-styled tented rooms  
 
Betsimisaraka kids on their way to the school funded by the lodge  
Kayaking where lowland rainforest extends to Antongil Bay  
In the restaurant, preparing to welcome guests for dinner  
Delicious meals are served, using fresh produce  
Drinks at the beach  
Lowland streaked tenrec can often be seen at night  
White-headed lemur (male)  
Brookesia (leaf) chameleon  
Whale-watching while enjoying breakfast!  
The deck overlooking Antongil Bay  
Private dinner on a secluded beach  
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Masoala Forest Lodge

Masoala National Park, Madagascar

This fabulous, small and very comfortable tented camp is set in a clearing behind a beach at the edge of the Tampolo Marine Park, and provides the opportunity to explore the Masoala's forests and the surrounding Bay of Antongil. 

Accommodation
The 7 comfortable, furnished and fully netted safari-style tents accommodate a maximum of twelve people. The tents are on high stilts (so have a tree-house feel) and set under thatched roofs and each stands on a wooden deck, with a hammock in which to doze after lunch. Each tent has private toilet and washing facilities with hot water. 

The site is level and well-tended, enabling less fit people to visit the Masoala. There are easy walking trails for people who do not want to take on the more challenging trails traversing steep slopes. The main area, where you can relax with a book or a game, is constructed from local wood.

Food
The restaurant area is a traditional Malagasy thatched structure overlooking the sea. Meals are wholesome, prepared by local chefs (the kitchen manager is superb) with fresh fish, seafood and local produce being used. 

Activities & Facilities
The lodge provides guided rainforest walks for wildlife, birds, nocturnal species - and the privilege and pleasure of exploring the rich primary rainforest at Lohatrozana, part of the Masoala National Park. The rainforests of the Masoala Peninsula are rich in lemurs, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Red-ruffed and White-fronted brown lemurs can be seen by day, and various range-restricted nocturnal species may be seen at night.

With its location just behind the hardwood trees that border the beach, Masoala Forest Lodge is ideally located for the Tampolo Parc Marin, which protects extensive coral reefs and myriad marine species. There is rewarding snorkelling right from the beach.

A sea kayak is the perfect way to explore the clear rivers, deserted coves and the sacred islands offshore and kayaking is a particular feature of this lodge - proprietor Pierre Bester used to do kayaking on Lake Malawi before he and Maria moved to Madagascar. If you are new to kayaking, you can be taught; and it is worth learning for the magical experience of doing the short paddle down the coast to an untouched beach at the edge of the rainforest at Lohatrozana.

Fishing, whale-watching and excursions to other parts of the Masoala Peninsula can be arranged at the lodge (extra cost).

Community
The community tourism activities of the lodge are part of an international conservation programme which aims to provide a sustainable source of income for the local communities. The lodge opened and is responsible for running a school. The proprietors also founded a rubbish collection programme back in 2013; this has been a great success. 

Access
The lodge is about 40km southeast of Maroansetra. The speedboats at Masoala Forest Lodge means transfers can be arranged at any time during the day and take between 1½ and 2 hours, depending on conditions. (Transfers are best operated in the morning because of sea conditions).

Note that currently (2018) visitors need to reach Maroantsetra Airport by means of chartered flights. . 

Accommodation Reviews

'Rainbow Tours did a great job. We had a great time. We saw all of our target species. In Marojejy we had wonderful sightings of Silky sifakas and we saw nesting Helmet vangas twice - one pair was really close to the trail. We saw Aye ayes at Palmarium - that is definitely an excursion worth doing, its a fun place. Saha Forest Camp was really wonderful - we saw tons of chameleons and leaf-tailed geckoes which my sister really liked. Terrific guides there, you should definitely send more tourists there. Its easy to reach despite the last few miles of roads being horrendous. The down side is the burning going on everywhere. At Anjozorobe the burning of forests is so close you see the haze. In the north-east, on the way to Sambava by charter and also on the way to Maroantsetra, the burning was very bad this year. The charter planes can fly low so you can actually see the flames. We definitely want to go back again, to see the South'.

Ms Grose and Ms Hebert
December 4, 2015

Brilliant services. The lodge is very well managed, spotlessly clean. Very helpful staff.

D Kraft
September 30, 2010

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