Masoala Forest Lodge

Masoala Forest Lodge is nestled between pristine rainforest and coral rich sea on the mainland of Madagascar. It's accessible only by boat, designed as an eco-haven to touch lightly on earth and allow an intimate experience of this unique environment and all the diverse species that call it home, to provide a sense of adventure and conservation. Not just a lodge in the rainforest – but an authentic experience, an interactive journey of information, education and inspiration.

Your exciting journey begins with a domestic flight to the small town of Maroantsetra where you board a boat for the voyage across Antongil Bay, a World Heritage Site and breeding ground for humpback whales, to the Masoala Peninsula.

This densely forested peninsula contains the largest remaining block of protected rainforest and harbours an important part of the fauna and flora of Madagascar, including a wealth of rare and unique species.
From R 42 789
For 4 Nights
Full Board
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The seven palm thatched tree-houses are elevated on stilted wooden platforms, to provide uninterrupted views of forest canopy and sea and allowing visitors to experience the forest from the perspective of the lemurs and birds. This elevation from the undergrowth is also luxurious and maximizes privacy and natural ventilation from all sides. Using fast-growing indigenous Ravenala and Raffia palm, bamboo and sustainably sourced indigenous timber, the tree-houses are inspired by the traditional designs of the local Betsimisaraka tribe in design and construction, with steep thatched roofs to aid in the run-off of rainwater and allow for the natural cooling of the internal spaces.

Natural lighting and ventilation has been elegantly provided by the exclusion of exterior walls and the inclusion of a canvas and mesh inner tent, creating a bug free and private sanctuary that is extremely energy efficient. Inside the tent, the furnishing and layout is an exercise in restrained luxury and sophisticated design, providing all creature comforts without excess. The two communal areas are also stilted, thatched and open-plan, providing natural lighting and ventilation in a minimalistic and efficient style.

Dining & Entertainment

The beach house, with views over the beach and Antongil Bay, serves as a communal dining, lounge and bar area. The sea deck is spectacularly 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 just relax in a hammock and take in the unrivalled view of rainforest meeting 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


This vast rainforest of the Masoala Peninsula contains the largest tract of pristine rainforest remaining in Madagascar and being especially species-rich, Masoala is known in conservation as the “hot spot within the hotspot” of bio-diversity that is Madagascar. Nature lovers will be in paradise at Masoala Forest Lodge. The primary rainforest is home to the gorgeous Red-ruffed Lemur – one of the planet’s most dazzling mammals! White fronted Brown Lemurs are common in the coastal forest and Dwarf, Mouse and Woolly Lemurs are regularly seen on night walks.

A huge diversity of life also dwells below the warm waters of Antongil Bay. Snorkelling the reefs in front of the lodge will produce a colourful selection of hard and soft corals, reef fishes and other marine life. Green Turtles and Bottlenose Dolphins are often seen and during the months of July and August the bay is a breeding ground for Hump-backed Whales. Sightings of these magnificent animals are regular and special whale watching trips can be arranged.


While comfortable settled in the Masoala Forest Lodge, the choice of activity is all yours.

  • Guided walks
  • Game and Bird watching by day or night
  • Guided Sea Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming in the sea
  • Clear Forest Streams
  • Whale watching
  • Fishing

Total package price from:
  • Johannesburg: R 42 789

Prices are per person sharing, inclusive of:

  • All meals daily
  • National park fees
  • Activities included with guide
  • Visit to Nosy Mangabe
  • Return Airport transfers by road and by boat
  • Accommodation for 5 nights
  • Rates exclude any flights and taxes

Prices are a guideline and may vary depending on date, time and class of travel, final rates would be confirmed at time of booking.

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