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Masoala Forest Lodge
is located in the Masoala
area in the Northern
region of Madagascar
Situated in the forest at the back of a beautiful beach in the southwest of the Masoala Forest Reserve (the largest remaining rainforest in Madagascar), this reasonably high-end camp is probably the best location to experience the lush tropical forests of the east coast, a very special mix of land and marine environments.
The lodge is centred on a simple main building under thatch, tucked back in the forest and containing pleasant lounge and dining areas. There is also a separate bar and lounge area raised up over the rocks above the beach.
Guest accommodation is in five tented rooms raised up on elevated decks and with separate bathrooms at ground level.
Activities are centred on walks through the rainforest by day and night, with good chances of lemur species (including white-fronted brown and woolly), as well as a wide range of bird and reptile species. There is also an outside chance of aye-ayes. There is also kayaking, snorkelling, whale-watching (Jul/Sep) and cultural visits to local villages. Massage is also available.
Access is by twice weekly (Wed/Sun) shared charter flight from the capital Antananarivo to the coastal settlement of Maroansetra, from where it is two hours by motorboat across Antongil Bay to the lodge.
The main potential downsides at Masoala Forest Lodge are the difficulty of access, the relatively high prices, the simplicity of the accommodation and the outdoorsy nature of the activities.