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Masoala Forest Lodge

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#1 of 3 Speciality lodging in Tampolo
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•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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irisb125 wrote a review Dec 2017
Aachen, Germany25 contributions17 helpful votes
Masoala Forest Lodge was the start of our 4-week Madagascar trip, and we would have loved to come again at the end of the trip, because it is paradise! The owners Maria and Pierre have discovered a wonderful spot on this earth, and they offer their guests an ecological-oriented concept, lovely equipped bungalows with sea view, diversified and great food, and very friendly staff! The flight with the chesna and the ride with the motor boat were an adventure, but the most beautiful was the atmosphere in the very small site. There is much to do, and for us it was not only one of the most beautiful places in madagascar, but also of the whole world!!
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Date of stay: November 2017
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GreenMtGirlie wrote a review Nov 2017
Stowe, Vermont33 contributions12 helpful votes
We spent seven unbelievable days in this unique place in the Masoala rainforest. It is a long haul to reach but once there it is amazing. We loved the owners, Maria and Pierre, who have gone beyond exceptional to make your stay comfortable and educational. We had a NP certified guide, Elysee, who took care of us and knew every possible flora and fauna. Their commitment to preserving this unique environment is passionate and thoughtful. Food and accommodations were more than we could imagine. The staff, especially Sam and Zak, were attentive to our every need. I wish that everyone could experience their knowledge and respect of the local culture. We feel they have made us and so many more people love this unique place.
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Date of stay: November 2017
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hjchaplin wrote a review Nov 2017
Tolanaro, Madagascar2 contributions2 helpful votes
A friend and myself opted, perhaps in retrospect rather naively, for a slightly unorthodox way of reaching Maroantsetra, the town from which the MFL team takes over via boat to the isolated lodge. Before and throughout our trip the staff went above and beyond to help us reach our destination - so I guess thats my first big YES for the lodge... the staff are wonderful people. Whether it was a manager figuring out some details of our daily programme, a friendly "Mbola Tsara" (hello) from the Chef early in the morning or some chat with our amazing guide (thanks Claret!), everyone was awesome and made our stay just off the chart! Thank you! The boat trip was a lot of fun as we raced dolphins and oggled speechlessly for the first time at the stunning 'smoking' primary forest of the
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Response from Maria_Bester, Owner at Masoala Forest Lodge
Responded 07 Dec 2017
Harry, Thanks for such a great review and we’re glad to hear how much you enjoyed your time here. It was our pleasure assisting with your adventurous arrival! Hope all is well down in Ft. Dauphin. Best, MFL Team
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Scott M wrote a review Nov 2017
Simcoe, Canada152 contributions54 helpful votes
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My wife and I wanted to experience the unique Madagascar rainforest, and chose a 10 day stay at Masoala Forest Lodge for its location within Masoala National Park, where we felt we stood the greatest opportunity of witnessing the flora and fauna in its unspoiled state. We realized during the planning of our trip how arduous the trip would be, so decided to stay in Antananarivo for a couple days before the final trip to Masoala; the management of Masoala Forest Lodge went out of their way to help us by recommending and booking a very nice hotel for us there as well as arranging all of the necessary transfers to the airport. Masoala Forest Lodge requires some planning and effort to get to, as there is a two-hour charter flight from Antananarivo to the small town of Maroantsetra,
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Response from Maria_Bester, Owner at Masoala Forest Lodge
Responded 07 Dec 2017
Dear Scott, Thank you very much for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you felt so welcomed and a part of our lodge family here. We were certainly sad to see you and Phyllis go after we had grown so fond of having you both around. Wonderful that you will always have such great memories of your time with us though (and the adventure of getting here!). Thank you also for adding some images! Best, MFL team
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david0109 wrote a review Nov 2017
Oisterwijk21 contributions23 helpful votes
Masoala Forest lodge gets wonderful reviews: that is why we decided to book for 11 days. The positive: 1. the accommodation is comfortable, we had some small issues but they were rapidly repaired. Because we have children aged 15 and 17 years old, we thought we had to book 2 huts but later we saw families with 3 children all staying in the same hut, so that is possible too. 2. The food is good, breakfast is simply wonderful because they bake their own bread (wow!) and it is nice to sit on the deck overlooking the sea in the morning, we saw humpbacks passing. 3. There are plenty of activities: a. you can do walks, some close to the lodge that you are allowed to do alone, some further away to the national park which you are not allowed to visit without a guide. b. You can go
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Response from Maria_Bester, Owner at Masoala Forest Lodge
Responded 07 Dec 2017
Thank you David for your review. We have taken note of your comments and would like to offer some clarity to some of the issues you have raised. Regarding the distance to the primary forest: The lodge is surrounded by over 50 ha of private coastal forest reserve with a network of trails that connects directly to the national park and the primary forest on the mountains behind, without passing any other lodges or village. This forest is also “primary” as it has never been clear cut, but has only had some selective harvesting over the years, and is full of wild-life. The main trail network in the national park, is approximately 2 km down the coast from the lodge. This trail system is sited to provide the best opportunity for sightings of the Red-ruffed lemurs, due to the high concentration of “Aramy” trees in that area of forest. We provide inflatable boat transfers from the lodge to this trail system for the guests who do not want to make the walk down the beach. For those who do walk, the coastal trail takes one past several small eco-lodges and a village, but is almost entirely undeveloped beaches and coastal forest. With regard to the guiding issue. It is correct that there was a mix-up regarding the duration of the guiding included in your program. Yours was an unusual program for us at the time and the booking information was changed subsequent to your booking. This mix-up was indeed our fault, and was rectified at once at the lodge, without you having had to pay anything or missing any guiding, and for which we apologise again. With regard to the sickness of your son at the lodge. It is not correct, and undue, to imply that there was any reason to suspect that this was related to the food at the lodge. You may recall that your son arrived at the lodge with the stomach ailment, followed a day or two later by his brother, who shared his , accommodation. This was at the time of the Noro virus outbreak in Europe and the symptoms they displayed where those of that virus. We take extreme care in the storage, handling and preparation of all meals at the lodge and have never had any case of food related illness. Regarding the aye-aye. We have no intention of misleading anybody by naming that trail where aye-aye have been regularly seen accordingly. We report the aye-aye sightings as and where they occur. Regarding the wildlife in the private forest reserve. We do not feed or interfere in anyway with the wildlife in the forest reserve or around the lodge. The amount of wildlife seen during the course of the short nature walks are a case of luck and persistence. It is unfortunate that your sightings were not satisfactory, as there have been numerous sightings of white-fronted brown, bamboo, sportive, mouse, dwarf and wooly lemurs, as well as numerous other wildlife species that do abound in this forest. Regarding the menu repeating. Great care is taken to avoid any repetition of menu for all guests and we apologise if this may have occurred during your unusually lengthy stay. Regarding Nosy Mangabe. It is not correct that there is no opportunity to visit the island again, as it is possible to do a full day trip to the island from the lodge, but at a surcharge. Regarding the sharing of tents with children: It is correct that sometimes parents with young children do elect to share their tent with their child/children. We never had a case of 5 people in one bungalow, but we arrange for 4 (parents with two kids in a bunkbed). There may, on very rare occasions, be, at most, one or two more than the normal maximum total of 14 guests in the lodge. In conclusion, we enjoyed having you and your family at the lodge and believed that you had an enjoyable and satisfying stay at the lodge, especially with the fantastic whale sightings that were experienced at that time. Best, MFL team
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MadagascarToamasina ProvinceTampolo
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