Catherine and Bertrand share with you their experience of the most beautiful natural parks, land and sea, of the Clove Coast, from Tamatave to Maroentsetra, an eleven-day getaway out of time for naturalists and nature lovers.
Suggested circuit :
Sainte Marie - Mananara Nord - Nosy Mangabe - Sampolo, Primary forest of Masoala - Cap Masoala - Nosy Atafana marine reserve - Mananara-North Primary Forest - Sainte-Marie
We discover by coasting by boat this superb region, almost virgin and devoid of motorable roads, home to flora and fauna in 80% endemic. Forests unique in the world for their biodiversity, lemurs, orchids, birds, insects, bats and chameleons, lagoons with various fish and large varieties of corals will catch your eye. The population so endearing by its simplicity and authenticity will seduce you just as much.
Le Daubentaunia madagascariensis or Aye-Aye is an endemic species of Madagascar, black coat. This mid-sized nocturnal is insectivorous and solitary. From the second day, on this unique site , Ile aux Aye-Aye in North Mananara, you will be able to observe them very closely at nightfall… The 3rd day, you go to the island of Nosy Mangabe It is a totally protected reserve, without any other construction than the house of the guards, contains many species of lemurs. It is also the home of very rare species of frogs and lizards, like the Uroprac¬tus. The day 5, you will be in the primary forest of Masoala. During this day, we go in search of the red Vari lemur and, and nightlife lemurs Lepilemur, Microcèbe, Avahi.
Tampolo, and the primary forest of Masoala
It's a trip to the heart of the Masoala biosphere. At dawn, for bird watchers, research and observation of endemic bird species, with a guide specialized in the subject. We then go hiking in the forest of Masoala, to discover the flora and fauna of the Amazon forest type, unique in Madagascar and throughout the Indian Ocean. Masoala Park is also home to around fifty rare palm species, some of which are endemic such as the trihedral palm.. Also to be seen in the virgin forest, ebony, Rosewood, rosewood, among other rare species..
In the Masoala Sea live the humpback whale and the southern right whale, the bottlenose dolphin and the pink-bellied dolphin. A species of Sirenian, le Dugong, also survives in this region. 41 coral species have been inventoried at Cape Masoala. Reptiles, batrachians, marine turtles and marine and freshwater fish complete the list. You also have a day in a motorized canoe, to discover the wonders of the lagoon of Cap Masoala, and its two marine reserves. Visit of Nosy Behenty islet, and its basalmic organs. (Jours 4, 5, 6 and 7)
Nosy Atafana - Mananara-Nord National Park
Nosy Antafana», is a set of 3 small islands connected in a turquoise lagoon by a barrier reef. Protected, it is a natural marine reserve. Nosy Atafane has a source of fresh water. The second Nosy Rangontsay island is home to a mangrove swamp with an expanse of brackish water as well as granite blocks. The last islet, the smallest is Nosy Hely with representative ecological niches ; this is where the coral reefs are found. Walk in the coastal forest, endemic plant species, niche of seabirds and fruit bats, We find near 27 bat species in Madagascar, including fruit bats nicknamed "flying foxes" that you will observe in Nosy Atafana.
You then go to the nearby Mananara-Nord National Park , a real adventure in the discovery of different species of wood and the rarest such as rosewood or rosewood, endemic palms. It is also the paradise of orchids. (Jours 8, 9 and 10)
This tour is organized on demand from September to December, and tailored to the interests of travelers.