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Tana; Maroantsetra, Antogil Bay, Nosy Manga Be & Masoala National Park

Rating: Doable:
From May to December

Tailor-made program


  • Masoala Forest Lodge
  • Masoala National Park
  • Snorkeling in Masoala
  • Maki Variroux Masoala National Park
  • Uroplatus Masoala National Park
Discover Masoala National Park map






The specialist himself is on your services for more informations about this trip; available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.





This circuit is dedicated to you and all naturalists because you go to be into the richest part in term of the fauna, the flora and exceptional all over the world. Virgin Earth, primary forest which shelters endemic species, beach gilded unexplored and three park sailors which protect more than 10 000 hectares of coral reefs, marine plant … Produce you to the endemicity …


There where the forest and the sea meet
Trekking in rain forest and a lot of activities like scuba diving, kayaking ...
One of the most beautiful wet rain forests of Madagascar
3 submarines Parks which protect more than 10 000 hectares of coral reef
World natural heritages of the forests of Antsinanana
More than 60 % is endemic 10 species of lemurs of the park, 4 are a member of the category of the primates
The carnivore mongoose Salanoia concolor or Brown-tailed
Observation of whales from July to September
Big dolphin and dolphin with pink stomach
Some species of Serene and Dugong 41 genres of corals were inventoried in Masoala
Reptiles, batrachians, marine tortoises and marine fishes and of fresh water complete the list
More than 600 botanical species among which seven species of Mangrove swamps 99 species of seaweeds
About fifty species of palm trees
The carnivorous plant Nepenthes Masoalensis of ferns, seaweeds


From € 1 250,00/pax (LUXURY HOTEL OPTION)

From € 1 000,00/pax (MID-RANGE HOTEL OPTION)

From € 700,00/pax (BUDGET HOTEL OPTION)

The price indicated is per person sharing room (DBL or TWIN), it is based on 2 Persons; if less or more, please contact us and we will send you the final price.



Private Meet & greet .
Return private transfers from/in airport/harbor/hotel.
All speed boat transfer activities
Accommodations in standard DOUBLE/TWIN room with private sanitary.
The meals as specified.
The day trip as specified
Entrance Parks/reserve and local guide fees.
Farewell dinner offered by GMT+3
Taxes, VAT and handling fees.


All international flight costs and visa fees or assistance unless otherwise specified .
The internal flight tickets (Antananarivo/Maroantsetra/Antananarivo)
Tips and personal expense and none specified items .
Travel insurance, it is a condition that all clients travelling with GMT+3 must have appropriate Travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuation cover .


07 days/06 nights: From Antananarivo to Antananarivo. This is a tailor-made wildlife safari and can be edited to suit your needs, wants and budget. Talk to our destination specialists to find out more about this trip and to get advice on whether it is the best one you’re your specific requirements and interests.

Day 1: Antananarivo

Meet and greet at Antananarivo airport by GMT+3 staff and then transfer to your hotel in Antananarivo city. Briefing about the program and introducing the timing.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included

Day 2: Antananarivo – Maroantsetra (1h15 flight)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Maroantsetra, on the Northeast coast of Madagascar at the end of Antongily bay. Moroantsetra is a sleepy, friendly city redolent with the aroma of vanilla and cloves. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel to check in. After this, you visit Nosy Manga Be to discover its fauna and flora, including the famous Aye Aye. There are various endemic plants on the island, including several species of orchids, and many unusual birds. After the visit, take a boat back to Maroantsetra and then transfer to your hotel

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle & flight

Day 3: Maroantsetra – Masoala

After breakfast, transfer to the harbour for the 3 hour boat trip to Masoala, via Antongily Bay, where there is a chance that you will see dolphins and, from July to September, you may see migrating humpback whales. The heavily forested mountain peninsula is a spectacular backdrop for the journey. On arrival, check in at your hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon take a guided walk, or relax on the beach. Kayak briefing (with a little training for the novices), is followed by a short paddle to Lohatrozana, following a deserted beach below tropical primary forest. Return after the sunset, with time to take a shower and relax around the camp fire on the beach

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Days 4 & 5: Masoala National Park

Two days to discover the Masoala National park, which is a sanctuary of primary, wet rainforest and mangrove swamps. The park is very rich in fauna and flora and is probably the most biologically diverse in Madagascar. Certain very rare endemic species such as Aye Aye, the red owl of Madagascar, and snake eagles are found here. There are 3 marine reserves, Tampolo, Ambodilaitry and Ifaho.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Included | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle

Day 6: Masoala – Maroantsetra

Boat transfer to Maroantsetra and transfer to hotel, followed by a free day at leisure

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel | LUNCH: Included | DINER: Excluded | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle & Sail Boat

Day 7: Maroantsetra - Antananarivo (1h15 flight)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your fight to Antananarivo then you will be transferred to your hotel for a day room. After the farewell dinner, transfer to the airport for your international flight

ACCOMMODATION: Day room - Hotel | LUNCH: Excluded | DINER: Offered by GMT+3 | BREAKFAST: Included
TRANSPORATION: Private Vehicle & flight


Grading is a somewhat difficult topic as much depends on the individual's own perception of his or her abilities. The following is intended as a general guide to our walking grades. This tour is rated medium so everyone can join it. We will usually involve easy walks (2 to 6 hours/day) at low altitudes (below 2000m). Some previous hill walking experience would be beneficial but these walks should be within the capabilities of those who lead a normal active life.


1  Antananarivo  Palissandre  Sakamanga  Niaouly hotel
2  Maroantsetra  Relais de Masoala  Pagode Hotel  Central Hotel
3  Masoala  Masoala Forest Lodge  Chez Arol  Masoala Vanilla Lodge
4  Masoala  Masoala Forest Lodge  Chez Arol  Masoala Vanilla Lodge
5  Masoala  Masoala Forest Lodge  Chez Arol  Masoala Vanilla Lodge
6  Maroantsetra  Relais de Masoala  Pagode Hotel  Central Hotel
7  Antananarivo  Palissandre  Sakamanga  Niaouly hotel

Most of the hotels in Madagascar do not have the standard internationnal level, except some hotels in Antananarivo, Sainte Marie and Nosy Be but GMT+3 guarantees to find you the best hotels and accommodation for your budget. We will supply all of the necessary details for you to prepare your holidays and have a memorable stay in each hotel. Please note that in Madagascar, there is only one 5 star hotel, which is the Carlton Hotel in Antananarivo,. Once you leave the capital, the ranges of hotels are varied.

GMT+3 LUXURY (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

Wherever you stay in Madagascar, we will guarantee to find comfortable hotels, lodges or guesthouses with twin or single rooms and en suite facilities. Our hotels have air-conditioning/heating where appropriate and reliable hot and cold water. They generally have a very good level of service and mosthaveadded amenities such as a restaurant, bar, gardens or swimming pool.

GMT+3 MID-RANGE (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These hotels usually have twin or single rooms with en suite facilities. They are generally standard, no-frills hotels with adequate amenities and service standards. Whilst comfort levels are perfectly acceptable to most, please don’t expect too much! These are often small, family-run establishments

GMT+3 BUDGET (hotels/Lodges/guest house/Camping)

These accommodations may be communal or dorm-style, and WC / washing facilities are usually shared. Running hot and cold water may be unreliable or even unavailable. However, these can be the most rewarding and memorable places to stay, despite the comfort levels being low.


Sainte Marie Island (Nosy Boraha) is situated on the East Coast of Madagascar. The most Beach tourist place after Nosy Be and known by its kilometrical sandy beaches shaded by coconut palms, bays and coves protected by coral reefs. Please note that the best beaches are located in the northern; western and in Islet aux Nattes. In the same time, you will like its lush vegetation and animals. In winter (from June to the end of September) the humpback whales (Megaptera) are present around Madagascar but the best place to spot is in Sainte Marie Island …


Location: You need to return in Antananarivo first and then take the flight from Antananarivo to Sainte Marie or continuation to Tamatave and then to Soanierana Ivongo + speed boat to Sainte Marie.
Transportation: by plane; vehicle & Speed boat


This Vezo fishermen village is located 80 km south of Morondava. This place has one of the best beach in Madagascar, you will be surprised by the long beach of bright white sands and an amazing transparent sea of emerald waters. Belo sur mer is the place that they built pirogues and large wooden boats. You will like as well to observe the birds in the mangroves, to visit wild islands surrounded with a superb coral reefs, discover the salt works, baobabs forest….


Take a flight from Diego to Nosy Be or drive to Ankify and then speed boat to Nosy Be



Area: 594,180 sq km.
Population: 23,129,189.
Language: French, Malagasy.
Religion: Christian, Muslim.
Local Time: GMT +3
Electric Supply & Plugs: 220V, 50Hz, two pin round plug.
Recommended Maps: Freytag & Berndt 1:2,000,00 Madagascar.
Recommended Books: Bradt Guide: Madagascar, Dervla Murphy: Muddling through Madagascar, G. Durrell: The Aye-aye and I, D. Attenborough: Zoo Quest to Madagascar, I. Sinclair: Birds of the IndianOcean Islands, I. Tattersall: The Primates of Madagascar.


The climate is tropical, but very cold in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The southwest area is hot, dry and semi-arid. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed here.

The western coast of Madagascar is much drier than the eastern coast. In general, we can say the climate here is dry tropical. During the dry months between May and November it does not rain at all and the temperatures are pleasant (20 to 25°C on average). Between December and April it can rain torrentially or just a couple of showers, depending on the area and the year. The northern area is greener and indeed considerably wetter than the south. The hottest months are March, April, November and December, when the average temperature is 30° C or even more.



The visa is always free for an holidays less than month and subject to change. We will confirm you before your arrival. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of return.

All visitors must obtain a tourist visa (maximum duration 3 months).
This costs approximately 60.00 Euro per person and can be obtained in any Madagascar Embassy or upon arrival at the international airports of Antananarivo, Diego Suarez, and Nosy Be or in Tamatave (Toamasina). Return International flight tickets.


Please consult your doctor when planning your journey: Malaria is present in most parts of Madagascar. Some form of anti malarial is recommended. Always use mosquito repellent and avoid being bitten. Vaccinations against tetanus, cholera and yellow fever are recommended. Bring your usual medicines because they may not be available in Madagascar.
In top Urgency, GMT+3 works with specialist doctors to assure and assist you before your evacuation.


We recommend you to see a Travel insurance to secure your holidays in Madagascar. You must take your policy document with you on tour and it should state in writing that you are the named policyholder and that the cover is valid for your period of travel. Your policy document must also indicate that you have medical expenses and emergency repatriation cover and a 24-hour contact telephone number for your Insurance Company must be shown on your documentation in case of emergency.



Credit cards are still not used widely in Madagascar. However, they are accepted in big cities, international hotels and in the banks of all cities. You will find ATMs in most main cities, where you can withdraw Ariary. VISA and MASTERCARD are most commonly accepted cards. It is also useful to bring some Travelers Cheques or cash in Euros or US dollars. AMERICAN EXPRESS is seldom accepted outside of Antananarivo. Please note that $100 date 1996 bills are not accepted (better from 2006 dated)


Tips are expected for most services. The size of the tip depends on your satisfaction but 5 to 10 % is an acceptable level. We suggest that you plan on average 10 Euros per person per day for a guide. Remember that wages are very low in Madagascar so be careful not to over tip and create unreasonable expectations for other travelers



Unfortunately it does occasionally happen that luggage does not always reach its destination on the same flight as its owner, or possibly it may be damaged in transit. If you are unlucky enough for this to occur, it is important that you file a PIR (Property Irregularity Report) with the airline before leaving the airport. This is essential when you come to make a claim either against the airline or from your travel insurance company. Please note that 20kg per person is allowed for the internal flight.


Given the variations of day and night temperature, and the changes of altitude between the highlands and the coast, we recommend that you dress in layers. Bring light clothes but have additional layers (fleece, pullover, jacket, windbreaker or raincoat). Make sure you have long sleeves and long trousers to protect against mosquitoes in early morning and dusk.


On each tourt a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the tour leader. See the list in the General Information Booklet for more information. A good pair of sunglasses is essential for protection against UV rays and glare at high altitudes. Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block & Lip Salve.
Choose a high factor sun cream (Factor 30 or more) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitudes. A combination sun block/ lip salve are ideal for facial protection. A head torch is essential for NOCTURNAL visit. Remember to bring some spare batteries and a bulb. Sun screen and insect repellent. Make sure you have enough camera film and spare batteries, as both are difficult to obtain locally. Bring a beach towel and swimming costume.