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Masoala Forest Lodge

Masoala, Tampolo Madagascar
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#1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Tampolo
•Paradise of pristine nature, bio-diversity and traditional culture•Comfort and privacy in the owner-managed exclusive eco-lodge with private forest reserve and beaches •Wide range of activities and meals of organic fresh local produce and seafood•An authentic experience - an interactive journey of information, education and inspiration Nestled in a cove of golden sand and blue water, at the meeting of rainforest and sea, a luxurious outpost awaits – The Masoala Forest Lodge. The handful of thatched tree-house bungalows is tucked into the forest at the water’s edge, each with a private beach access and uninterrupted views of forest and sea. Constructed with sustainably harvested local materials, each bungalow is raised 2-3 meters above the ground and contains a fully netted and screened canvas safari tent, with en-suite bathroom, hot water, palissandre furnishings and solar lighting.
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Masoala, Tampolo Madagascar
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Lis L wrote a review Dec 2018
Wigan, United Kingdom21 contributions4 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights here after a very rough boat crossing from Nose Mangabey ( also a fascinating place) but were impressed by the boatman’s skills! The staff were very welcoming, the tented lodges comfortable and well spaced but the highlights were the activities - walking in primary rainforest, night walks around camp with excellent sightings of lemurs (including Aye Aye), geckos, chameleons, spiders etc. Our guide was perfect - knowledgeable, considerate, helpful and with great sense of humour.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Michael R wrote a review Nov 2018
Calabasas, California15 contributions5 helpful votes
Terrific stay at Masoala. Primary rainforest with each tented cabin assigned own guide. Do as much or as little as one desires. Very accommodating staff. Well prepared food if somewhat limited options but what does one expect in such an isolated location. A little slice of heaven. Be warned that boat transfer from airport to lodge can get rough
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Stas M wrote a review Sep 2018
4 contributions6 helpful votes
When we arrived, as part of the introduction to the lodge, we were told that local people have a phrase that translates as "Don't feel like a guest", and this very much summarises the whole ethos of this lodge. Instead of having staff and tourists, we felt very much a part of a friendly, busy lodge family. The lodge also started and funds a local primary school, and offers boat transport to local villagers if someone gets sick, so the feeling of being part of the community is very much extended. The eco-friendliness of the lodge is amazing. Arriving by boat, you would hardly know it's even there! They have their own clean water source, and 90% of their electricity is solar. They don't use anything disposable (no individual butter, jam, etc packs) and everything seems to be
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Date of stay: September 2018
2 Helpful votes
grumblegoat wrote a review Jun 2018
Maine54 contributions100 helpful votes
The very things that makes Masoala Forest Lodge (MFL) so exquisite are almost impossible to capture in words. Beginning with the charter flight from Tana, followed by a genuinely warm welcome at the airport by Paula, who runs MFL’s ground operations in Maroansetra, the path to paradise begins to unfold. The boat transfer to the lodge is a speedy journey of slightly more than an hour, passing by an array of local fishermen in their dugout canoes and most likely a stop at Nosy Mangabe for a hike and the chance to see brown lemurs and the fabled Malagasy tombs. Upon arrival at MFL, Dash, the hotel manager and former Peace Corps volunteer, is there to greet you and soon you will be standing on the balcony of your elevated hut overlooking the sea wondering how you can possibly stay
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Response from Maria_Bester, Owner at Masoala Forest Lodge
Responded 10 Aug 2018
Thank you Linda, Such a wonderful, well written review! I love how you describe seeing the leaf-tailed gecko with Ursulas help. We are excited of the opportunity of being featured in your magazine. I loved the "Wild Fibers" sample you left at the lodge. Maria
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nvshaw wrote a review Jun 2018
Maidenhead, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
If you are planning or considering a visit to the Masoala Forest Lodge may I suggest that you stay for at least 7 nights as there is plenty to do and see. The two hour light aircraft flight followed by a boat journey of approximately 1-2 hours across the bay (the water can be a little choppy so take your ‘sealegs’ if you suffer from motion sickness) really warrants a stay of more than the average of three nights. You will not be disappointed. The boat we travelled on moored about 25 yards from the shore. We transferred to an inflatable which then beached on the exquisite golden sand. Maria (owner) and Dash (Manager) were there to greet us. Masoala Forest Lodge, or MFL as it is called, is a simple but charming arrangement of seven “tents” all with beach access. The
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Date of stay: May 2018
Response from Maria_Bester, Owner at Masoala Forest Lodge
Responded 10 Aug 2018
Dear Family Shaw, It was such a pleasure having you at the lodge! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and felt well looked after! Thank you also for the recipe ;-) Kind regards, Pierre, Sam, Dash and Maria
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