A luxury tented lodge in the traditional Malagasy style.
Masoala Forest Lodge is on the north eastern coast in Masoala National Park, 40km south east of Maroansetra. The boat transfer to the lodge takes approximately 2 hours.
Accommodation & Facilities
The seven luxury palm thatched tree-houses are elevated on stilted wooden platforms, providing uninterrupted views of the forest canopy and sea, and allowing visitors to experience the forest from the perspective of the lemurs themselves. The private en-suite bathrooms have hot water, and there are also verandas on each tent with uninterrupted views of the forest and a hammock to lounge in.
The main area is made from local wood and palm thatch.
The beach house, with views over the beach and Antongil Bay, serves as a communal dining, lounge and bar area. The sea deck is sited on the rocks overhanging the sea, with wrap around views of the sea and forested coastline and the fish below. This deck provides a venue for breakfasts, the daily “tea-time”, sundowners, or you can just relax in a hammock and take in the unrivalled views of the rainforest meeting the sea. The wholesome three course meals are catered to all tastes, with organic produce from the lodge gardens and fresh rainforest fruits and seafood provided by the local community. Fresh wood-oven baked bread and snacks, fruit juice, local teas and infusions from the rainforest, and locally grown and roasted coffee, are always available.
There is a very large variety of activities to chose from when staying at the lodge. Guided forest walks are conducted both during the day and night, so are ideal for wildlife, birding and nocturnal animals. There is access to Tampolo Parc Marin, where there is fantastic snorkelling right next to the beach. Sea kayaking is a great way to explore the reefs, islands and secluded beaches in the area and anyone nervous about this can be taught. Fishing and whale watching excursions are also available at extra cost and are seasonal.
For those wanting to learn more about Malagasy culture, there are community trips where you can lunch with a local family and visit their farm. This forms part of an International Conservation Program, aimed to provide sustainable source of income for the local communities.
Children of all ages are welcome and there are safe facilities for them. The ground is level and well kept. Masoala Forest Lodge is the perfect camp to enjoy on a family holiday.
The lodge has a large focus on sustainability and aims to give back anything taken to run it. Materials used are locally sourced, with minimum cement used, and food is from the local communities or locally fished for.
Electricity in the lodge is available 24/7 and is generated by solar power with a back-up generator. Charging stations are provided inside the bungalows and in the Beach House for charging small electronic devices. Torches are provided for each guest, which make good reading lights in the bungalows and are also good for night walks.
The drinking water provided is very clean ground water that is passed through a 3-stage filter and bottled in glass at the lodge. Bottled sparkling water is available as well. Cold soft-drinks and sparkling water, local coffee, tea and herbal teas, local beer, imported wines, flavored rums and other liquors are always available in the lodge.