Masoala National Park, Madagascar

Masoala National Park

The north-east of Madagascar is home to Masoala National Park, the largest protected area in the country. Madagascar, sometimes known as the “land that time forgot” is famous around the world for its unique range of plants and animals that evolved due to the island’s geographic isolation.

Masoala is home to several habitats: rainforest, flooded forest marsh, mangroves, and coral reefs. It is where rainforest and sea collide, resulting in a unique and varied ecosystem. It is a sanctuary to the show-stopping red ruffed lemur, the Madagascar day gecko, the leaf-tailed gecko, and a host of chameleons. The red owl, the tomato frog, and the spectacular helmet vanga bird also give their presence.

Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve is an island that lies 2km off the coast, waiting to be explored. The island is inhabited by the world’s largest nocturnal primate; the arboreal and unusual aye-aye lemur. A secluded area of rare species, other residents include the well-camouflaged Uroplatus lizard, and the world’s tiniest chameleon Brookesia, as well as the black and white ruffed lemur and the white-fronted brown lemur. Plan your vacation to coincide with the annual visit of the Humpback whales between July and September.

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