Madagascar luxury private tour
Description of Madagascar luxury private tour
This is a private tour with charter flights from Antananarivo or 'Tana' as the locals would refer to it, relax and enjoy the views of rugged hills and rainforests of eastern Madgascar during the flight.
Lots of activities are available at the luxury beach lodge such as kayaking, swimming, exploring the beaches and coastal forests for wildlife such as white-fronted brown lemurs. If you are really lucky you may spot whales or dolphins on your voyage by boat from the mainland.
Leave the pressures and strains of the rat race behind for a few days and enjoy the peaceful surroundings with sundowners by the camp fire in the evenings, or why not take a guided sea kayak to the look out for sun set.
Guided night walks will bring you closer to nature and you may be rewarded by seeing some of the nocturnal wilflife such as dwarf and mouse lemurs or the elusive Aye-Aye.
This is a tailormade truely private luxury trip designed for the discerning traveller who seeks sancutary
|Day 1||Saturday You will be greeted on arrival by an english speaking guide and transfered to your hotel in 'Tana'|
|Day 2||Sunday - You will be collected from your hotel and escorted to the private charter terminal for your 2 hour flight. The views are breath taking over the rugged hills and rainforests. Upon arrival you will transfer directly to the harbour and voyage accross the bay to your lodge. After freshening up, lunch will be served in the beach house. Afternoon activities include exploring beaches and coastal forests or simply taking a swim in the see before taking a guided walk with very experienced guide who will help you spot white-fronted brown lemurs.|
|Day 3||Monday - make the most of your stay and arise early to enjoy the great coffee and breakfast on the sea deck. Take a walk into the primary rainforest in search of red-ruffed lemurs and dwarf chameleons. Return to the camp by boat for a well earned lunch and rest. Spend the rest of the day snorkelling over coral reefs, kayaking to the secret cove and maybe meet a dolphin or a green turtle or two.|
|Day 4||Tuesday - A relaxed start to your day with a leisurely breakfast on the sea deck. Take a guided walk through the coatal forest in search or more mammals and birds. After a couple of hours take a swim in the river at the foot of the forested mountains and return to camp using a traditinal dugout canoe. This evening take a night walk to spot some nocturnal wildlife.|
|Day 5||Wednesday - All good things must come to an end; after an early breakfast on the sun deck board your boat for one last adventure and a chance of spotting Black and White Ruffed Lemurs, leaf tailed geckos and perhaps a Madagascar Tree Boa that inhabit a small island. You can also see traditional Malagasy Tombs in a cave and engraved on rocks. After a picnic lunch on the beach board the boat for the last time to reach the mainland and take your charter flight back to Tana. On arrival you will be welcomed by your driver and guide who will accompany you to your hotel.|
|Day 6||Thursday - After breakfast your guide will escort you to the international terminal and assist you in checking in to your outbound international flight.|
PlanetThe beach lodge we use in this itinerary is located on a peninsula; the peninsula contains the largest tract of pristine rainforest remining in Madagascar and is especially species-rich. The area is known as the 'hotspot within the hotspot' of bio-diversity that is Madagascar. The rainforest is home to primates, carnivores, birds, reptiles and countless plant species of which 90% are endemic to Madagascar. Lemurs, a group of primates that is endemic to the island are threatened by habitat destruction and poaching for the bush-meat trade. If not protected, logging or slah and burn farming practices could eliminate half this forest and its' wildlife by mid-century. With all of this in mind the beach lodge seeks to complement the efforts of the national parks and Wildlife Conservation Society and Zoo Zurich in the conservation of the area of rainforest by embracing a philosophy of sustainable, earth friendly design, construction, operation and maintenance. While providing an alternative and sustainable source of income to the local population.
PeopleThere is a small village very close to the luxury beach lodge and their rice paddy fields are only a short walk away. The villagers are a very friendly tribe who are very eager to provide an insight into their traditions and techniques of subsistence farming and how they live their day to day life in the forest. The lodge is committed to a program of community benefit to assist the local tribe in maintaining their sustainable lifestyle in this protected environment.
Only local Malagasy craftsmen and artisans were commissioned for the construction and furnishing of the lodge, demonstrating the skill of the local craftsmanship and providing job creation. The lodge also serves as a living cultural museum, where traditional artifacts and utilitarian objects manufactured by local communities are in daily use and on display. This provides a sharing of cultural information with the guests and a sense of pride and ownership for the local community.
Masoala Forest Lodge seeks to complement the efforts of Madagascar National Parks, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Zoo Zurich in the conservation of this rainforest and the Antongil Bay by embracing a philosophy of sustainable, earth-friendly design, construction, operation and maintenance, while providing an alternative and sustainable source of income to the local population
We do work together with the Zoo Zurich for many years.
They stayed here to make a nature film. We have built a Malagasy kitchen that is now part of the Masoala Hall, we have worked with students that were at Masoala Forest Lodge for research projects and we regularly host the director and the curator when they work in the area.
We also run our own projects in the Masoala area:
The “Atsikajiaby” project focuses on heath, education and keeping our area clean.
- we run a little pre-school (14 kids from 3-5), which we provide the meals, materials and wage of the teachers for.
- we support the hospital (currently with building project)
- we have provided bins to the area, collect the rubbish ones a week and run a weekly check up on the trails and in the village to unsure the cleaning was done.
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