Madagascar Updates: Chapter 12

Madagascar, 11th edition

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  1. 1 March 2017 at 3:33 pm

    L HIPPOCAMPE Hôtel a Maroantsetra – Lodge dans le Parc Masoala – Location de bateaux et vedettes rapides – Pêche sportive – Snorkeling – Organisation de,trek a la demande _

  2. 29 April 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Nicotours Masoala is run by the young and enthusiastic English-speaking guide Nico. If you are interested in visiting the Masoala National Park or Nosy Mangabe Special reserve and want help organising your visit, your can visit his new website or contact him on

  3. 18 April 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Lovencie Lodge is just 1km from Foulpointe. It has eight triple bungalows for 100,000Ar and ten rooms, half of which are doubles for 70,000Ar and the others are triples for 80,000Ar. All have en-suite bathroom facilities with hot water as well as AC, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Contact: tel 034 02 142 14 or 032 04 142 14; email;

  4. 18 April 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Azura Resort Golf & Spa is located at PK60 on RN5, before Foulpointe village, down a 800m track. This brand new upmarket hotel has 18 en-suite rooms with open-air showers, priced from 410,000Ar for a double to 740,000Ar for a 4-person suite. Breakfast is included. The complex includes a swimming pool, gym, tennis court, male and female spas with massage, and a buggy for beach transfers. Contact: mob: 033 37 420 66 or 032 03 420 66 or 034 05 420 66; email: or

  5. 18 April 2016 at 10:59 pm

    La Cigale (literally ‘The Cicada’) is a fairly new French-owned beachfront hotel and restaurant in Foulpointe. It has eight double rooms, two of which with AC, minibar and sea view for 140,000Ar, and the rest with fan ventilation for 80,000Ar. All have Wi-Fi, balcony, safe, and en-suite bathroom facilities with hot water. Contact: tel 032 07 907 79 or 034 07 907 79; email;

  6. 30 March 2016 at 12:53 am

    CPALI (Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, International) is a sustainable livelihoods project focused primarily on wild silk production with a local partner called SEPALI. Farmers working with their project plant native host trees on their land and rear species of silk that are very different from the silk reared on the plateau.
    Although their tourist programme is in its infancy, you can visit CPALI in Maroantsetra if you are interested in their work. Guided by a member of the team, you can tour an active farm with a seasonal butterfly garden and silk processing center. It is best to check in ahead of time as the silkworms are seasonal.
    Tours can be scheduled with Mamy Ratsimbazafy (mob 032 04 452 46; email Visitors are expected to make a donation to the project. They also have a volunteering programme of which details can be found at They produce some extraordinarily fine silk products from scarves and hats to placemats, cushions and even jewelery. These can be purchased via

  7. 14 June 2015 at 3:22 pm

    A new international-standard hotel complex, Azura Golf Resorts and Spa, opened in Foulpointe last Saturday with great fanfare. The 4-star hotel covers 37 hectares and comprises 36 suites, a restaurant-bar, swimming pool, casino and 9-hole golf course. In addition to this central sporting feature, this new resort also offers tennis courts, futsal, pétanque (bowls), kayaking and other watersports.

  8. Eric Arnold said,

    12 March 2015 at 7:28 am

    If you want to travel in Masoala National Parks, firstly you need a guide which you take to the place wherever you wish to visit.

    we reccommended Madagascar National Parks guide called Elysee, he is very best guide we had in Madagascar.

    he is capable to well organized trips all around the Masoala peninsula. tel : 261 32 49 512 64 or

    Don’t forget to bring raincoat….

  9. Marie Lauga said,

    11 March 2015 at 4:18 pm

    We had such a wonderfull journey in Masoala National Parks with luck to meet our guide called Elysee, he is very good guide in Masoala
    and he has good camping equipement for even 10 personnes.

    Contact him on

    I should come back to Masoala Next time, and will contact him for sure

  10. 11 March 2015 at 4:08 pm

    If you want to travel to Masoala National Park, feel free to contact us on whaterver you wish to do, we are able to well organized your trips, trekking, camping…

    Your satisfaction is our pleasure…

  11. Daniel Austin said,

    9 February 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Madagascar’s government, with assistance from WCS, has officially designated the whole of Antongil Bay as a the island’s first shark sanctuary. The new marine protections include restrictions on international fishing boats in the bay, the establishment of locally managed marine areas, and the granting of exclusive use and management rights to local communities. The measures are hoped to help protect Antongil Bay’s 19 species of shark and marine ecosystems while supporting local livelihoods.
    Read full details at

  12. 6 February 2015 at 3:04 pm

    L hôtel l Hippocampe de Maroantsetra et son lodge dans le Parc Masoala ont mis en service deux nouvelles vedettes rapides de 16 places qui permettrons de faire la jonction avec Sainte Marie en moins de 3 heures . Elles desservirons également les principaux villages de la Baie d Antongil . 032 64 41 899

    • Daniel Austin said,

      6 February 2015 at 3:08 pm

      In English: Hotel Hippocampe at Maroantsetra and their lodge in Masoala National Park have acquired two new 16-person speedboats, allowing you to transfer to Ile Sainte Marie in 3hrs. They will also be serving the main towns around Antongil Bay. 032 64 41 899

  13. Daniel Austin said,

    31 January 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Nico Masoala is an energetic young guide in Maroantsetra who can help you organise your visit to the Masoala peninsula and Nosy Mangabe; he specialises in camping, trekking and birding. Contact: mob 032 86 953 64 or 034 21 685 85; web; Facebook

    • nicomasoala said,

      12 November 2015 at 2:43 pm

      NicoToursMasoala, your satisfaction is our pleasure, feel free to contact us on: ,we offering you tours in Masoala peninsula such as: Trekking to Cap east,Camping to Masoala and Nosymangabe to descover the wildlife of Masoala and Nosymangabe

      • nicomasoala said,

        12 November 2015 at 2:51 pm

        Trekking Cap east is the one of the best trekks in Madagascar through the primary forest of Masoala to see the endemics Birds and Lemurs of Masoala feel free to contact us

  14. Daniel Austin said,

    4 December 2014 at 12:39 am

    Telephone numbers for Le Bateau Ivre in Toamasina: 53 302 94 and 034 05 302 94.

  15. Daniel Austin said,

    1 October 2014 at 9:49 am

    International courier company TNT has just opened a branch in Toamasina. The office is at 16 Boulevard Joffre. Contact 032 61 924 43;; Facebook: TNT Madpack.

  16. Seattle Twosome said,

    18 September 2014 at 3:55 am

    When my husband and I visited the island of Nosy Mangabe in July 2014 we had the place entirely to ourselves. It was fantastic! Like a private paradise! We camped and strolled on the beach and went on many nature walks. As a bonus we also saw whales passing by constantly. Our guide, a local named Donna (pronounced “Doona”) was awesome!!!! He is also mentioned in an earlier comment. We spoke with him on the phone in English (he also speaks and writes French), he met us at the airport, and arranged all our transportation, lodging, food, guided walks etc. The cost was 470,000Ar for two days and one night on the island (one of the places we definitely would have stayed longer). If you are thinking about visiting Nosy Mangabe, do it! If you are looking for a guide, e-mail Donna!

  17. devinedmonds said,

    14 September 2013 at 4:55 am

    Maroantsetra and Farankaraina

    – Donna (Phone: 261 32 21 230 81 Email: is a recommended MNP guide who is honest and highly capable of organizing logistics in the area. He speaks descent English.
    – There is now an ATM at the BOA that accepts visa cards! There is also a Western Union at the bank.
    – The MNP office has moved to a new location next to the river, in the direction of Rive Droite but still past the Total Station. The new office is made entirely of rosewood.
    – Hotel Ebene has six new bungalows across the river from Coco Beach which are 15,000 Ar/night.

    Farankaraina forest is situated in between Maroantsetra and Masoala National Park, and is an easily accessed, cheaper alternative for those with not enough money or time to travel to the national park. First hire a guide and visit the Antongili Conservation office in Maroantsetra. Then go to Andranofotsy, about 4 miles downriver which takes an hour and a half by canoe (3,000 Ar/person or 30,000 Ar to buy all seats and go immediately). From Andranofotsy you can either walk an hour (2.5 miles) along a beach or take another canoe for 30 minutes (5,000 Ar) to reach the entrance of Farankaraina.

    At Farankaraina there are well-constructed bungalows and substantially cheaper camping sites near the beach. It is less expensive to hire a cook in Maroantsetra and bring your own food than to pay for the meals at the kitchen, which are rather pricey (20,000 Ar for lunch and 25,000 Ar for dinner). Donna (032 21 230 81) can arrange everything. Only 150 ha of the 1600 ha NGO-managed reserve is open to tourists but it is beautiful lowland rainforest. We spent two nights and three days working here yet I feel like a barely explored it!

    Farankaraina prices posted at Antongili Conservation:
    o 10,000 Ar entrance + 5,000 Ar per night hike
    o 120,000 Ar transport from Maroantsetra on motorboat
    o 50,000 Ar per night for a bungalow
    o 5,000 Ar per night for camping (bring your own tent)
    o For our group of three our guide charged 25,000 Ar per day and 15,000 Ar per day for a cook

    • NicoToursMasoala said,

      12 August 2016 at 9:47 am

      The park entrance of Masoala National Park is 45 000 AR par day
      Guide fees is 100 000 AR par day to get more informations about Masoala and Nosymangabe or Trekking please contact us on
      Kinde regards

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