Masoala Birding Camp

From MadaCamp
Jump to: navigation, search

Within Masoala National Park, about an hour's walk from the village of Ambodiforaha lies Masoala Birding Camp. This camp is for those who wish to be as close to the nature as possible, without unnecessary conveniences and facilities typically offered by other nature lodges.

Masoala Birding Camp 145.jpg
Masoala Birding Camp 142.jpg Masoala Birding Camp 139.jpg Masoala Birding Camp 136.jpg

Officially opened in 2017, the camp is run by Patrick, a local guide and Masoala birding expert from Ambodiforaha. Patrick and his team will guide you to various bird watching spots in the surrounding forest and help you identify species of flora and fauna along the way.

Masoala Birding Camp 180.jpg
Masoala Birding Camp 061.jpg Masoala Birding Camp 102.jpg Masoala Birding Camp 067.jpg
Masoala Birding Camp 133.jpg Masoala Birding Camp 126.jpg Masoala Birding Camp 148.jpg

Masoala Birding Camp can be booked for day visits including lunch or for one or more nights on a half-board or full-board basis in combination with other lodges in the area. Additionally, the camp offers various extended trekking combined with birdwatching packages, which can be tailored to your specifications.

Classic circuit

Visit Masoala for three nights while staying at Masoala Birding Camp in a small or large group.

Day 1: Depart in the morning from your hotel in Maroantsetra with speedboat directly to Masoala. The boat ride takes between 1½ and 2 hours. Arriving at the beach of Tampolo and walk approximately 30 minutes to the campsite.

Overnight stay at Masoala Birding Camp. In the afternoon, start guided bird watching walk. In the evening, go for a night walk to see different species of lemurs and other night active animals.

Day 2: Red ruffed lemur path. This is a 3 to 4 hours walk to spot the Red ruffed lemurs in their natural habitat. Thereafter, before dinner in the evening, take another night walk to discover more nocturnal species, such as the mouse lemur, dwarf lemur, sportive lemur.

Day 3: Waterfall circuit. Get ready for more bird watching in the morning, to see the famous species close to the camp, such as Helmet vanga, Bernier's vanga, Scaly ground roller and so on... In the afternoon, continue with a river trip in a pirogue (traditional wooden canoe) on the Tampolo River with a local fisherman from the village of Ambodiforaha. In the evening, there will be time for another night walk.

Tampolodge 339.jpg

Day 4: Take the speedboat to Nosy Mangabe for a picnic and thereafter return to Maroantsetra. Our boat can pass close to the island where flocks of egret (heron) can usually be observed in the canopies along the shoreline.

Allow about four hours to visit the island to try and find the Uroplatus fimbriatus (giant leaf-tailed gecko) and with some luck also spot one of the smallest chameleons in the world.

Extended circuit

Visit Masoala for 5 nights with a stay at Masoala Birding Camp and in Farankaraina Tropical Park.

Day 1 and 2: Overnight camping at a lodge in Farankaraina Tropical Park. Try to find the Aye-Aye during a night walk. The best possibility to spot the Aye-Aye here is between July and October.

Farankaraina Tropical Park 001.jpg
Farankaraina Tropical Park 002.jpg Farankaraina Tropical Park 003.jpg Farankaraina Tropical Park 004.jpg

Day 3: Leave Farankaraina Tropical Park for Masoala National Park to reach Masoala Birding Camp by boat. Start a short afternoon bird watching walk. In the evening, take a night walk to discover different species of lemurs and various other night active animals.

Day 4: Red ruffed Lemur path. This is a 3 to 4 hours walk to spot the Red ruffed Lemurs in their natural habitat. Thereafter, before dinner in the evening, take another night walk to discover nocturnal species, such as the mouse lemur, dwarf lemur, sportive lemur and other animals.

Day 5: Boat transfer to Antalavia. This is a wonderful location with a beach and a large waterfall where it's possible to go for a swim.

Day 6: Return to the hotel in Maroantsetra. Visit Nosy Mangabe for a picnic in the morning. Our boat can pass close to the island where flocks of egret (heron) can usually be observed in the canopies along the shore.

Allow about four hours to visit the island to try and find the Uroplatus fimbriatus (giant leaf-tailed gecko) and with some luck also spot one of the smallest chameleons in the world.

Sportive circuit

8 days Maroantsetra to Masoala, trekking one direction and return by boat.

This trek follows the coast of Antongil Bay and through Masoala National Park.

Day 1: Depart early from your hotel in Maroantsetra and take a piroque ride for approximately 1 hour to Andranofotsy and from there continue by foot to the campsite at Farankaraina Tropical Park. Search for the Aye-Aye at night.

Andranofotsy 039.jpg

Day 2: Have breakfast before setting off on a 4 to 6 hours trek through vanilla and clove plantations until reaching Masindrano village. Camp by the beach.

Day 3: Early start to reach the next camping spot by Ambanizana village (4-6 hours). From here on wildlife and nature becomes increasingly lush and colourful with a wonderful beach dominated by large rock boulders close to our camping spot.

Ambanizana 008.jpg

Day 4: Early start through Masoala National Park. This is the last big walk and which takes 4-6 hours. Comparing with previous days, this is the most impressive and adventures trail of all, passing through one of the world's last remaining primary rainforests that meets the oceanfront directly. When reaching Ambodiforaha, the home of Patrick, have lunch at Masoala Village Lodge. In the afternoon, continue for 1-2 hours until reaching your base at Masoala Birding Camp.

Day 5, 6 and 7: Enjoy three full days of discovering nature at leisure in one of the most beautiful spots in Masaoala. With the help of your guide and team at Masoala Birding Camp, you will experience amazing bird watching, combined with night and day walks, river trips, lemur watching, stars counting... Embrace yourself in a truly natural environment from which all species in the area have evolved.

Day 8: Before returning to civilisation, visit Nosy Mangabe a for picnic. Our boat can pass close to the island where flocks of egret (heron) can usually be observed in the canopies along the shore. Allow about four hours to visit the island to try and find the Uroplatus fimbriatus (giant leaf-tailed gecko) and with some luck also spot one of the smallest chameleons in the world.

Arrive at your hotel in Maroantsetra. A goodbye photo with the Masoala Birding Camp team.

For further information regarding Masoala Birding Camp's offers, contact Be Patrick:

Ambodiforaha 035.jpg

Masoala Birding Camp
Email: patrickbezafi1081@gmail.com

Tel: +261 (0)32 86 938 84

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/masoalabirdingcamp/

View all Masoala Birding Camp photos