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Adventure crossing of the Masoala Peninsula

Key attractions


Spend 10 adventurous days discovering the wilderness and splendor of tropical rainforest of the Masoala Peninsula on this unique trekking. Exclusively covered with ancestral forests and surrounded by a turquoise sea, it is the favorite playground for trekkers! Primary forest here is a "palpable" reality. You will discover the fragility of this sanctuary. A true "expedition" to the discovery of a generous nature, punctuated by encounters with the Malagasy people. A complete trip off the beaten track.

Key infomration

Price On request
Duration 12 days
Transport a car, about 45 km
Distance about 115 km walk
Camp 3
Difficulity Medium
Regions NorthEast

Day by day

Maroantsetra – Farankaraina

We will be walking towards the end of Maroantsetra till the Antegnambalana River. This is where the river trip starts to reach Andranofotsy village. 1 hour of pleasant trip on a local canoe, which is hollowed out from a solid canarium tree trunk. From here we will be hiking along the seaside, watching along the way, egret, frogs, chameleons, and at a certain point we will enter the tropical park Farankaraina.

The park covers an area of 1,650ha forest and is home to the Aye-aye and other rarest lemur species. The park has set up four tracks for visitors to explore the nature of the park. Track A (4.1km) leads from the encampment to Vohilingoza's Beach. Track B (2km) follows the Farankaraina River in the north-east direction. Track C (1.2km) also follows the Farankaraina River, but on the other side and towards the north. Track D (1.5km) starts as Track C and continues direction east. After a picnic on the beach, we will walk along all these paths.

About 19-00 we will begin a night expedition in search of famous Aye-Aye, Brown mouse Lemurs, sportive lemurs, snakes.

Dinner and overnight in one of the park bungalows.

Starting at 8-00;

The distance - about 13 km;

Lunch-picnic at the beach;

A day and night expeditions in the tropical park Farankaraina;

Overnight in bungalow.

From Farankaraina to Fizono

The next village that we will be passing is the village Navana, which is a native fisherman village. On today's trip we will visit a vanilla plantation, a coffee plantation and we will see the beautiful rice fields, the green landscape, rich of endemic medicinal plants. We be able to discover some interesting fauna and flora during the hiking. We will also go through the villages, cross the streams, and see little cascades.

The trip of the day will end in the Fizono village, where we will spend the night in a bungalow of the local villagers.

Starting at 8-00;

The distance - about 17 km;

Travel time - about 06 hours;

Lunch from fresh seafood at the beach in Navana;

In Fizono will be prepared a delicious Malagasy dinner;

Overnight in a bungalow of the local villagers.

From Fizono to Ampokafo

After breakfast, we will leave Fizono village. The track will be little more difficult than before. 7 hours walk through the secondary and primary forest and we will be crossing streams, rivers and rice fields. This track will let us see the different landscapes.

The highlight is the short walk through Park Ambatolaidama, going up the mountains for about two hours. At the park entrance the trail starts at an elevation of 375m and goes up to 542m at the exit. During our hiking we will find and will watching the red-ruff lemurs, which is endemic in Masoala. Also we will see many kinds of chameleons, birds and other species. We will meet the villagers in their daily activity.

Today we will again see a vanilla plantation. Along the way we will find many kinds of tropical fruits and you will be free to pick them, but always ask your guide before doing so.

At the end of the day we will build-up our tents near one of the streams where we will stay for the night.

Starting at 8-00;

The distance - about 15 km;

Travel time - about 07 hours;

Visit to the Park Ambatolaidama;

The red-ruff lemurs;

Lunch - picnic, dinner - will be prepared by the cook in our camp;

Overnight in camp in the woods.

From Ampokafo to Tsararapaka

Today the hardest part of this hike, 2 hours of climbing through the secondary forest and stipe down to the primary forest to Tsararapaka (good floor) where we will be camping again in our tents.

Like the previous days, we will be able to see various kinds of endemic plants and animals and especially on this track we might see snakes like the Tree Boa and the Ground Boa. The snakes are not dangerous and certainly not poisonous. The villagers that we will meet on our trip will probably greet you with "Salut Vazaha". This is the way to greet the foreign people.

Starting at 8-00;

The distance - about 13 km;

Travel time - about 07 hours;

Lunch - picnic, dinner - will be prepared by the cook in our camp;

Overnight in camp.

From Tsararapaka to Be filipo

The target for today is to reach Be filipo. We will stay in the forest and the mountains.

Today's trek - it an easy walk through the primary and secondary forest,  during which we can observe the endemic birds of Masoala, such as Helmeted Vanga, Berniers Vanga and enjoy contemplation the biggest cascade of this part of the country and bathing in its natural pool.

Starting at 8-00;

The distance - about 17 km;

Travel time - about 06 hours;

Lunch - picnic, dinner - will be prepared by the cook in our camp;

Overnight in camp.

From Be filipo to Marivorano

The track will be similar to yesterday's track. 6 hours of relaxing walking through the Cardamom forest, during which we will several times cross the river and observe the highest waterfall of Masoala with amazing view.

Starting at 8-00;

The distance - about 13 km;

Travel time - about 06 hours;

Lunch - picnic, dinner - Malagasy delicious dinner will be served in the village;

Overnight in Marivorano village.

From Marivorano to Antanandavaely

Today will be the last day that we will travel through the forest and we will reach the village Antanandavaely. This 6 hours walk through the secondary forest, crossing river.

We will spend the night in the houses that belong to the villagers.

Starting at 8-00;

The distance - about 13 km;

Travel time - about 06 hours;

Lunch - picnic, dinner - Malagasy delicious dinner will be served in the village;

Overnight in Antanandavaely village.

From Antanandavaely to AMBOHITRALANANA

Today, after a short walk, we start our trip with pirogue (wooden canoe) along the riverside where we will be able to discover the crocodiles laying down on the riverbanks. We will reach the village Ambohitralanana after approximately four hours. Most likely you would like to stay a while in this beautiful place on the coast near Cap Est. Therefore, we will to stay for a day of relaxing and bathing in the ocean.

Ambohitralanana is a very nice place with a white sandy beach. It is a village of fisherman. You can see how the fishermen are busy repairing their nets and their boats as you walk around.

Lunches and dinners will be prepared by us on the ocean shore.

Starting at 8-00;

The distance - about 15 km;

Travel time - about 04 hours;

Relaxing and bathing, snorkeling;

Lunches and dinners on the ocean shore;

Overnight in village.


For the enterprising travelers, we can organize a sea kayaking and snorkeling.

Today we also have an excursion to the most eastern point of Madagascar - Cap Est. This can be done on foot, under sail, or on a kayak.

Lunches and dinners will be prepared by us on the ocean shore.

Relaxing and bathing, snorkeling;

Lunches and dinners on the ocean shore;

Overnight in village.


Once we have packed our bags and are ready to go, we head straight to the village Marofinaritra that will take about three hours. Earlier it could be done by car, but a wooden bridge on this part of the track has collapsed, which forces us to walk. In Marofinaritra for our car will be waiting us, to reach Antalaha.

In Antalaha we will stay in the resort/hotel Ocean Momo.  Once we are there, we will have time to enjoy this superb resort town and a nice opportunity to celebrate the completion of the trekking.

The distance - about 45 km;

Travel time - about 4,5 hours;

Overnight in hotel.

ANTALAHA – Antananarivo – Airport IVATO

Transfer to Sambava airport and flight to Tana. At the airport of Antananarivo you will be met by our guide and will take you to your hotel. The next day you will be transfer to Ivato International Airport for your international flight.

Or continue your exciting Madagascar Holidays and see below the recommended extensions for this adventure.

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Marojejy National Park is located in the northeast of Madagascar. It protects one of the finest mountain environments in Madagascar, with exceptional biological richness, ranging from moist lowland forests to high mountain thickets.

This offer is valid only on the purchase of our package tours to the Sava region.

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Welcome to SAVA, a region well known for its attractive rural landscapes, beaches, forests and rainforest. It is surrounded on all sides by the high mountains of Marojejy, Betaolana, and Anjanaharibe-Sud, and is dotted throughout by small, picturesque villages. You want to go beyond the regular day trip. We're here for you! You will have terrific impressions left of all of fascinating activities and night time entertainment. You are the sort of trip-taker who wants to dive right into the excitement. We definitely realize how you feel. There's a reason why you want to travel to a place like Sava, where you'll find lots of things to see and do.

Breathe in and feel your stresses melt away as you explore the area's relaxing pastimes, such as shore fishing and beach combing. If you're feeling energetic and love the water, SAVA is home to a variety of watersport activities. Swimming and snorkeling are a couple of the fun and exciting water activities you can try out in the region.

Immerse yourself in the culinary traditions and head to the local eateries. Trying some authentic cuisine is a fun way to get to the core of a region's local culture. You will surely be charmed by this journey through: *The big park market in Ankoalabe (Tuesday); *The big market in Antambao (Thursday); *Cock fights (Saturday afternoon); *MORENGY: Malagasy boxing (Sunday).

Included in price

*Pick up and drop off;


*Food full board;

*Rent of equipment for the camp (tents, sleeping bags, etc)

*Drinking water and toilet paper, repellents, plastic bags for packaging electronic equipment and baggage, etc;

*Porter and cook;

*Cost of boat services for crossing rivers;

*Сar 4x4 with a driver;


*services a personal guide-escort (English or French or Russian language);

*Entrance fees to parks and reserves and the services of local guides;

*All excursions according to the program;

*Government taxes and fees, including TVA and tourist tax at hotels.

Not included in price

*Domestic airfare and International air travel;

*Your medical insurance;

*Personal items and expenses;

*Soft and alcoholic drinks;

*Lunches, dinners in hotels (regarding food, there will be no risk of starving if one does not expect a 3-course meal each evening);

*Additional activities outside the program.

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