Eastern Highlights, Luxury Holidays in Madagascar
The park also shelters 112 bird species, reptiles, insects and batrachians. As for its flora, it is the luxuriant vegetation of tropical forests with several varieties of ferns, epihyts, sacred creepers, orchids and dwarf palm trees.
The well-surfaced road between Antananarivo and Toamasina is one of Madagascar’s most travelled, with most folk flocking in this direction to see (and hear) the indri, Madagascar’s biggest lemur, in Parc National d’Andasibe-Mantadia.
Further north the beautiful Île Sainte Marie is also easy to reach, and the island’s palm-fringed beaches and turquoise water are beginning to edge out Nosy Be as a sun-worshipper’s favourite paradise.
Accommodation in Andasibe
Vakona Forest Lodge. Surrounded by lush tropical forest, this is a true gem for wildlife enthusiasts with a wide variety of wildlife to enjoy (especially the troops of Indri). This popular lodge blends seamlessly into its surroundings to make you feel as if you are in the forest. More...
Andasibe Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotel in the East coast of Madagascar. More...
Eulophiella Resort is nestled in the heart of an area of primary forest of several hectares. More...
Ile Sainte Marie
Ile Sainte Marie is a tropical island just off the East coast of Northern Madagascar. Once known for being a haven for pirates and vagabonds, it is now a treasure island for those seeking palm-lined beaches, coral reefs and relaxation. Most famous for its whale watching, the channel between Sainte-Marie and Madagascar is a hot spot for substantial groups of humbank whales migrating from the Antarctic to this idyllic breeding place.
Other activities on the island include fishing trips, cycling around the island, snorkeling and diving - Ile Sainte Marie offers both wreck diving around the pirate ships and Ile aux Nattes to the south of Ile Sainte Marie offers some of the best coral reefs.
For the naturalist, Sainte Marie is also of interest because of its lemurs (brown lemurs, mouse lemurs, the White-fronted brown lemur, Grey gentle lemur, and the beautiful black-and-white ruffed lemur) and diverse orchid and reptile life – look out for the 2ft long Parson’s chameleon!
Accommodation on Ille Sainte Marie
Princessa Bora Lodge & Spa is a luxury eco-friendly lodge nestled in a huge palm tree grove surrounded by a blue lagoon and a pristine white sand beach.
Masoala National Park
Masoala National Park is Madagascar’s largest park and one of its least visited. Its extraordinary biodiversity was recognised when it was declared a World Heritage Site earlier this year The primary rainforest of the Masoala National Park is a hot spot of endemic wildlife and many species of birds, reptiles and mammals are found in the lodge and surrounding coastal forest.
Rainforest covers a range of mountains and drops down to the deserted beaches of Antongil Bay where hump-backed whales come to breed and calve. The Masoala rainforest is breathtaking with tall pallisander trees, vines, wild ginger plants, ferns and orchids. Chameleons are easily spotted here and the most commonly-seen species include the panther chameleon, hooded chameleon and several species of stump-tailed chameleon.
Masoala is the last refuge of the red-ruffed lemur which sun themselves on the tops of trees in the morning. At night you may see eastern woolly lemurs sitting in the tree forks and white-fronted brown lemur, brown mouse lemur and the aye-aye are also resident. Beyond beaches of golden sand, three marine parks protect important coral reefs and an abundant diversity of marine life. If you are after truly stunning wildlife, a taste of traditional Madagascar and enjoy active holidays, include the Masoala Peninsula in your holiday.
Accommodation in Masoala National Park
Masoala Forest Lodge - nestled in a cove of golden sand and blue water, at the meeting of rainforest and sea, a luxurious outpost awaits – The Masoala Forest Lodge.
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