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Masoala

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  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Hiking / Trekking
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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Situated 30 km by car from Maroantsetra
When to go
From April to November
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Masoala

Simon Hoffmann Seasoned Traveller
185 written opinions

In the north-east of Madagascar, Masoala peninsula harbours primary forests with enormous wealth in terms of biodiversity.  

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My review

Although it is isolated from the rest of the island, Masoala shelters more than half of the species that are present in the entire country, making it a true natural sanctuary. To protect these species from forest over-exploitation, in particular from slash-and-burn agriculture and the illegal logging of precious woods, the Malagasy authorities have created the largest network of protected areas in Madagascar on the peninsula: Masoala National Park.

With an area of 240,000 hectares, Masaola National Park and the special reserve of Nosy Mangabe island form a group of spectacular formations. Mangrove forests, rainforests and coral reefs are the refuge of a large number of birds (102 species) and lemurs (10 species) but also of amazing plant species, such as the carnivorous pitcher plant.

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