Day 1 Antananarivo
The day will be organised according to the arrival time of your international flight.
Day 2 Antananarivo – Maroantsetra (direct flights only on Wednesdays)
The domestica flight is expectd to leave Antananarivo for 12:20 PM and arrive in Maroantsetra by 1:35 PM. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel and relax by the pool and by the beach, we need to be ready for the tough adventure awaiting from tomorrow in the Malagasy forests.
Day 3 Maroantsetra – Farankaraina
From Maroantsetra we board a small motorized boat for 1.5 hours to get to a Farankaraina. Along the way we can easily observe birds such as reeds and herons, rice paddies, elephant ears and many more tropical plants endemic of the region. Once in Farankaraina, we will visit the leafy local forest and principally look for the rare/endangered white-headed lemur. At dusk, we begin a nocturnal walk and search for nocturnal lemurs, such as the elusive aye-aye. Night of camping.
Day 4 Farankaraina – Fizono
Today we have s 13 miles walk, not particularly difficult but probably muddy, depending on the rain. We will walk through villages and be able to admire locals doing their daily activities. Landscapes is varied and spectacular, from the seaside to forest and rice paddies. We will sleep in Fizono in a local house.
Day 5 Fizoano – Ambatoledama
11 miles walk ahead, tough route with lots of hills and rivers to cross. Be ready for lots of mud. If we make it before sunset, we will be able to start exploring the Masoala National Park looking, and again, we will be looking for nocturnal lemurs. We are in an incredible environment, right in the middle of the primary forest. Overnight stay in Ambatoledama, in local a local house.
Day 6 Ambatoledama – Ampokafo
In the morning we will visit the National Park of Ranomafana, a UNESCO Word Heritage Site. The forest of Masoala is a rain-forest located at an altitude of 2600 ft. The Park is famous for its incredible variety of wildlife and plants. Of the lemurs, let’s mention the red ruffed lemur, lots of rare and endemic palms and the carnivorous plant Nepenthes Masoalensis. After the visit, we will walk along a path that will take us to Ampokafo. This is very ecologically rich corridor that connects the forest of Masoala and Andrakaraka. We will also begin descending towards Cap Est. Overnight stay in a local house in Ampokafo. Today’s walk is of 10 miles. .
Day 7 Ampokafo – Tsararapaka
A very tough day ahead, lots of hills to ascend and descend, we will begin in secondary forest and finish in primary forest. 10 miles! Overnight camping in Tsararapaka.
Day 8 Tsararapaka – Bezono
Another day between primary and secondary forest, we will be crossing rivers and see the amazing waterfall of Bevontsira. Overnight camping in Bezono.
Day 9 Bezono – Ambalavy
Again a day of river crossings in valleys submerged in praimary and secondary forest, perhaps the most beautiful scenery of the whole trip. Overnight camping in Ambalavy.
Day 10 Ambalavy – Cap Est
Two easy hours’ walk followed by a 3 hours river descent in a dugout canoe. Before arriving in Cap Est we will see quite a few crocs by theriver banks. Overnight in basic guest house in Cap Est.
Day 11 Cap Est – Antalaha – Sambava
Today we will be traveling by private taxi brousse, the local bus, to take us to Sambava via Antalaha. The journey should take about 6 hours. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12 Sambava – Mantella Camp
From Sambava by car, we will leave at 7 in the morning towards the town of Manantenina, located at the foothills of Marojejy. Here, we will begin a 4 days 3 nights trek to reach the summit of Marojejy National Park. Located in Northeastern Madagascar, the Marojejy massif is home to an exceptional biodiversity: 12 species of lemurs, including the silky sifaka, which is endemic to the region and seriously threatened. In addition, there are 125 species of birds, 150 species of reptiles and amphibians, 30 species of palm trees and 300 species of ferns. Marojejy is one of the most beautiful and wild parks in Madagascar thanks to its diverse landscapes within short distance of each other. From Manantenina, we begin walking to Camp Mantella (3 hours), where we will spend the first night. Here we are in the lower and humid primary forests, we will have the opportunity to observe several species of reptiles, amphibians and birds. At Camp Mantella (at 450m altitude), we will settle in and have lunch. In the afternoon we will explore the surrounding area and admire the waterfall of Humbert. At dusk, possibility of a nocturnal walk in search of nocturnal lemurs, the reddish mouse lemur and the aye-aye to mention few.
Day 13 Mantella Camp – Simpona Camp
Breakfast and departure to Simpona Camp as soon as possibly can. We have 6/7 hours of walking with an ascent of 2600 ft from Camp Mantella. If we are lucky, we can have a glimpse at the very rare silky sifaka lemur, one of the most endangered species, it’s endemic to this park. We will arrive in Marojejia Camp for lunch, and in the afternoon we continue our trek to Simpona Camp at over 4000 ft amsl. At dusk nocturnal walk, this area is very different from the previous nights.
Day 14 Simpona Camp – Marojejy Peak – Marojejia Camp
We must have breakfast very early, we need to leave Camp by latest 6AM and, we have 3 hours trek and an ascent of almost 3000 ft to reach the summit of Marojejy, at almost 7000 ft. The forest is not as spectacular and lush as our previous days but if we are lucky, we can admire the exceptional view of the Indian Ocean and the north of the island. After an hour of rest at the summit, we descend to Marojejia camp for lunch and overnight. More possibilities for night walks.
Day 15 Campamento Marojejia – Manantenina – Sambava
5 hours of trek to descend to Manantenina, the entrance of the Park. We continue by car to Sambava. Overnight in hotel
Day 16 Sambava – Antananarivo
Transfer to Sambava airport to catch the domestic flight to Antananarivo. End of our services.BOOK NOW top
Internal Flights Antananarivo – Maroantsetra and Sambava – Antananarivo
Hotels on half-board basis in Maroantsetra and Sambava In Antananarivo (the 1st night) only breakfast is included
Full board from day 3 to day 10 in Masoala and from day 12 to day 15 in Marojejy.
Different English speaking guide/expert in Masoala and Marojejy
1 porter (up to 15 kg per person) per person, more can be arranged
Transfers from and to the airports
All park fees
Tourist visa $25/30 pp
Anything not mentioned in What’s included
This circuit is for expert travelers with a medium high level of fitness and the lovers of trekking.
Masoala and Marojejy, receive good amount of rain throughout the year. We strongly recommend waterproof shoes/boots and clothing.
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