Masoala National Park
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  • robert_cumming
    Sydney, Australia124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful rainforest
    Just back from a 3 week trip to Madagascar that combined a 2 week road trip down the RN7 in central Madagascar and a wonderful week in Masoala. Our guide in Masoala was Elysee Velomasy - he was great. He organised everything perfectly, including our return flights from Tana to Maroantsetra. We spent the first night in Farankaraina park, where we saw an aye aye. Then 4 nights in the community guesthouse in Ambodiforaha village in Masoala National Park. Finally 2 nights camping on Nosy Mangabe. All transport was by boat. Beautiful rainforest, beaches and animals and lovely people in the village. The tomato frogs in the nice little town of Maroantsetra were another highlight. The rainforest was fantastic and a nice contrast to the drier scenery along the RN7 from Tana to Toliara. Another contrast was the tiny number of tourists (we saw just 10 others) compared to places like Ranomofana and Isola. Masoala is a highly recommended addition to a trip to Madagascar.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Rita Ornelas
    26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trekking Cap Masoala to Tampolo
    I have been in Masoala National Park during 2 weeks with my family and friends. I have three children, 9, 11 and 13 years old. We have spent an amazing time in Cap Masoala, and we have done a trekking through the forest from Cap Masoala to Tampolo with our wonderful, knowledgable, trustful, kind, caring, accountable guide Jean Emile, that i definitelly recomend to visit all this area. Jean Emile and his crew were absolutely wonderful with the organization and providing every detail of our family trip. Here is his whatsapp 00261324403928, and his email- masoalanatureguide@gmail.com. Jean Emile speaks english, french, german and he learned some portuguese words too! He is a really fast language learner! If you love nature, wildlife, hiking, remote places, this is the place for you. There are several options and multiday trip around the area that Jean Emile will provide and organize for you!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 11, 2023
  • ChrisRoughley
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Masoala
    So. You go to Masoala and you want an experience, yes? This place is wild, you need a good guide really. My trip involved Jean Emile Rakotonarison and his crew and I don't regret it. This guy really knows his stuff in numerous languages and his English is good. My personal mission here was to try to see an Aye-Aye and I took a gamble. Could this man deliver? The answer is yes and so much more, both ruffed lemur, mouse, dwarf, wooly and sportive lemur, big boa, and numerous reptiles and birds including helmeted vanga and other vanga, coua, (various), Really if you want an adventure, a real one, come to Masoala and use Jean Emile, as a traveler, I will say, he's top draw, but you will be in the jungle, don't expect 5 stars. Expect an experience you remember for the rest of your life.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 24, 2023
  • Yiannis M
    Athens, Greece26 contributions
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    Masoala National Park weekly trip with Jean Emile
    Masoala National Park with its primary rainforest and the island reserve of Nosy Mangabe are some of the last natural wonders of this world and we were happy to take the long and arduous journey to Maroantsetra to reach there, definitely worth it if you are a nature lover. We were fortunate to choose Jean Emile (Masoala Nature Tour Guide, e: masoalanatureguide@gmail.com) as our guide to support us in this unique experience. During our trip he gave us an amazing insider tour of the wildlife combined with the know-how of the local villages and way of life! During our weekly trip Jean Emile provided for all our needs and made sure we saw all of the unique flora and fauna of the area. Prior to the arriving in the park, he was also extremely helpful in making the right arrangements to get to Maroantsetra on time. We feel grateful for visiting Masoala and for selecting Jean Emile to organise this unique tour and ensuring that our contributions went to the local people to make this trip happen.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 20, 2024
  • Thomas G
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,818 contributions
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    Beautiful park
    Masoala is probably the most beautiful park of Madagascar with the incredible rainforests everywhere. Besides there are beautiful beaches (with great sunset) where you can swim and there is also a marine reserve Tampolo where there are mangroves and you can do some snorkeling. You can reach Masoala by boat and with some luck you can find dolphins and in season humpback whales. Birding is excellent and you can find some endemic species. The highlight in the rainforests is finding the endemic red ruffed lemur and you have good chances. Besides during day time you can find white-faced brown lemur. The night hikes are on the coast and you can find Masoala woolly lemurs, Masoala sportive lemurs, mouse lemurs and dwarf lemurs. Besides you can walk to the village and find lowland streaked tenrecs which is a great sight! Overall this is a fantastic national park to stay a couple of nights.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 24, 2024
  • kathy19444
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable Wildlife and Beaches at Masoala National Park thanks to Lauriot
    In November 2023 I had an incredible trip to Masoala National Park, organized by Lauriot, from "Visit Masoala" (visit.masoala@gmail.com). He was fantastic in arranging everything. The wildlife sightings were a highlight – we saw the elusive red-ruffed lemur and countless colorful chameleons. The guide was excellent at spotting these creatures in the dense rainforest. The beaches were pristine and tranquil, especially the golden sands of Nosy Mangabe. Snorkeling in the clear waters, we saw vibrant coral and a variety of fish. It felt like a slice of paradise. Huge thanks to Lauriot for making this trip seamless and memorable. For anyone thinking of visiting Madagascar, I highly recommend getting in touch with him (visit.masoala@gmail.com) You won't be disappointed!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
  • Fred D
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip to Masoala with Elysee Velomasy guide
    If you’re looking for a great mix of adventure and genuine experience, this trip with Elysee is the one! He’s a fantastic guide, really knowledgeable and always on hand to answer questions but also has the right touch in terms of giving you time to explore on your own as well. He’s very adaptable at taking on board your priorities and suggesting new ideas / plans when needed. We spent a week with Elysee and his team, firstly travelling to Nosy Mangabe for two nights camping and then 4 nights in the beautiful and remote Masoala NP. It was a fantastic experience from start to finish, we saw tons of wildlife and had experiences I’ll never forget. Staying in the community lodges at Masoala was a particular highlight. I’m the future I know Elysee is building his own lodge, and I’d guarantee a great stay having seen his attention to detail. Elysee is reassuring and obviously a very kind man. He took us into his home and made us feel very welcome throughout the whole trip. Our return flight to Tana was slightly delayed and he was always there for us, waving us off at the airport. Would highly recommend for a proper and wild Madagascan experience. He can be contacted on Whatsapp +261 324951264 or on email elyseeguide@yahoo.fr
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 6, 2024
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Elyse F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I went to visit Masoala National Park which is the largest national park in Madagascar and where the primary rain forest meet the sea. It was great, We have been lucky to have a guide called Velomasy fidelis Elysee (elyseeguide@yahoo.fr) he took as on tour to visit all around. visit village, trekking, snorkeling, river trip, kayaking...we had such a wonderful time. Elysee is one of the best guide in Madagascar, he helped us to well arranging our tour from arrival to departure to Madagascar, he knows what you need on your trips. he made our dreams trues.

I would highly recommend Elysee guide when you wish to visit Masoala National Park
Written January 24, 2023
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Rakarak
Zurich, Switzerland38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
After the COVID break, my husband and I decided to go back to Madagascar, where we had already been in 2016. It was clear for us from the beginning that our priority was to spend at least one week in the Masoala National Park. We contacted Lauriot from Visit Masoala (visit.masoala@gmail.com), who helped us once more organise the trip. While in 2016 we spent our time in a lodge, this time we decided to hike from Cap Masoala to Maroantsetra. It was just amazing, beautiful, untouched, remote, full of life... Memories that we will keep forever. Lauriot organised the transportation, the accommodation, the cook and the delicious food, porters... Unforgettable experience that we can just recommend.
Contact: Lariot, visit.masoala@gmail.com
Written September 13, 2022
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Fred D
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you’re looking for a great mix of adventure and genuine experience, this trip with Elysee is the one!
He’s a fantastic guide, really knowledgeable and always on hand to answer questions but also has the right touch in terms of giving you time to explore on your own as well. He’s very adaptable at taking on board your priorities and suggesting new ideas / plans when needed.
We spent a week with Elysee and his team, firstly travelling to Nosy Mangabe for two nights camping and then 4 nights in the beautiful and remote Masoala NP. It was a fantastic experience from start to finish, we saw tons of wildlife and had experiences I’ll never forget. Staying in the community lodges at Masoala was a particular highlight. I’m the future I know Elysee is building his own lodge, and I’d guarantee a great stay having seen his attention to detail.
Elysee is reassuring and obviously a very kind man. He took us into his home and made us feel very welcome throughout the whole trip. Our return flight to Tana was slightly delayed and he was always there for us, waving us off at the airport.
Would highly recommend for a proper and wild Madagascan experience. He can be contacted on Whatsapp +261 324951264 or on email elyseeguide@yahoo.fr
Written May 6, 2024
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miniscot
Canterbury, UK142 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We visited 2 locations in the Masoala park and our experience couldn’t have been more different. In one case, although we were promised small groups, all of these coalesced and we were pretty much frog marched around an area. Our guide did not engage at all, in fact marched ahead of us and told as nothing, pointed nothing out, and as a result we felt it was a disappointing visit. The second location could not have been more different. Small groups kept well apart, guide showing us lots of interesting things and making a real effort to help us see tricky to find chameleons. Really good experience.
How do you manage to get assigned to a good guide - no idea unfortunately.
Written January 10, 2020
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kathy19444
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
In November 2023 I had an incredible trip to Masoala National Park, organized by Lauriot, from "Visit Masoala" (visit.masoala@gmail.com). He was fantastic in arranging everything. The wildlife sightings were a highlight – we saw the elusive red-ruffed lemur and countless colorful chameleons. The guide was excellent at spotting these creatures in the dense rainforest.

The beaches were pristine and tranquil, especially the golden sands of Nosy Mangabe. Snorkeling in the clear waters, we saw vibrant coral and a variety of fish. It felt like a slice of paradise.

Huge thanks to Lauriot for making this trip seamless and memorable. For anyone thinking of visiting Madagascar, I highly recommend getting in touch with him (visit.masoala@gmail.com) You won't be disappointed!
Written March 13, 2024
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Anna K
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We were 4 days in the jungle of Masoala with the very kind and excellent nature guides Jean-Emile (Masoala Nature Guide; masoalanatureguide@gmail.com/ WhatsApp +261 32 44 039 28) and Rami (Randriamiandrisoa). They took care of our programm for 6 days and organized everything for us. We made a lot of fun with them.

We did walking tours, saw many lemures, cameleons and other interesting animals. We learned about cinnamon tree, toiletpaper plants and about the Malagassy way of life. We stayed in Lodge Hippo Campus and had great food with a sea-view. Unbelieveble!
Written November 4, 2022
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Masoala is probably the most beautiful park of Madagascar with the incredible rainforests everywhere. Besides there are beautiful beaches (with great sunset) where you can swim and there is also a marine reserve Tampolo where there are mangroves and you can do some snorkeling. You can reach Masoala by boat and with some luck you can find dolphins and in season humpback whales. Birding is excellent and you can find some endemic species. The highlight in the rainforests is finding the endemic red ruffed lemur and you have good chances. Besides during day time you can find white-faced brown lemur. The night hikes are on the coast and you can find Masoala woolly lemurs, Masoala sportive lemurs, mouse lemurs and dwarf lemurs. Besides you can walk to the village and find lowland streaked tenrecs which is a great sight! Overall this is a fantastic national park to stay a couple of nights.
Written February 25, 2024
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Rita Ornelas
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I have been in Masoala National Park during 2 weeks with my family and friends. I have three children, 9, 11 and 13 years old. We have spent an amazing time in Cap Masoala, and we have done a trekking through the forest from Cap Masoala to Tampolo with our wonderful, knowledgable, trustful, kind, caring, accountable guide Jean Emile, that i definitelly recomend to visit all this area. Jean Emile and his crew were absolutely wonderful with the organization and providing every detail of our family trip. Here is his whatsapp 00261324403928, and his email- masoalanatureguide@gmail.com. Jean Emile speaks english, french, german and he learned some portuguese words too! He is a really fast language learner! If you love nature, wildlife, hiking, remote places, this is the place for you. There are several options and multiday trip around the area that Jean Emile will provide and organize for you!
Written November 11, 2023
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Yiannis M
Athens, Greece26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Masoala National Park with its primary rainforest and the island reserve of Nosy Mangabe are some of the last natural wonders of this world and we were happy to take the long and arduous journey to Maroantsetra to reach there, definitely worth it if you are a nature lover. We were fortunate to choose Jean Emile (Masoala Nature Tour Guide, e: masoalanatureguide@gmail.com) as our guide to support us in this unique experience. During our trip he gave us an amazing insider tour of the wildlife combined with the know-how of the local villages and way of life!
During our weekly trip Jean Emile provided for all our needs and made sure we saw all of the unique flora and fauna of the area. Prior to the arriving in the park, he was also extremely helpful in making the right arrangements to get to Maroantsetra on time. We feel grateful for visiting Masoala and for selecting Jean Emile to organise this unique tour and ensuring that our contributions went to the local people to make this trip happen.
Written January 21, 2024
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Dirk k
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Making onforgettable pictures in the Rainforest. We stayed 4 days in Masoala with two excellent nature guides. Jean-Emile (Masoala Nature Guide; masoalanatureguide@gmail.com/ WhatsApp +261 32 44 039 28) and Rami (Randriamiandrisoa). They organisde our trip and ound many places and animals to photographe. They organized everything for us. We explred the forest by day and by night (evening) we found many lemures, cameleons and other interesting animals. We stayed in Lodge Hippo Campus and had great food with a sea-view. Unbelievable!
Written December 3, 2022
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