The remote and extremely beautiful Masoala Peninsula protects Madagascar’s last remaining extensive area of lowland rainforest and offers birders the chance to observe some of the island’s most exotic bird and mammal species. The experience of being able to search for such gems as Madagascar Serpent Eagle and Red Owl, which were thought to have been extinct for decades before their rediscoveries, is simply exhilarating! What’s more, chances of finding the fabulous Helmet Vanga are excellent, and a reasonable chance also exists of seeing the inexplicably scarce Bernier’s Vanga. Other potential highlights include the intricately-patterned Scaly and Short-legged Ground Rollers, uncommon and localized Brown Mesite, and the Masoala near-endemic Red-breasted Coua, amongst many other eye-catching specialties. Red Ruffed Lemur, considered by many to be the most beautiful of all lemurs, is confined to the peninsula, while a wealth of other exciting mammals, reptiles and amphibians are also found in this scenically spectacular paradise. These forests have recently been given National Park status and visiting the area will be a real treat for any enthusiastic birder who desires the opportunity of seeing one of the world’s most sought-after birds, the incredible Helmet Vanga, as well as some of Madagascar’s other mega-ticks!
Chances for Madagascar Serpent Eagle, Red Owl, Helmet & Bernier’s Vanga, Dusky Tetraka, Red-tailed Newtonia, Red-breasted Coua, Scaly, Pitta-like & Short-legged Ground Roller, Brown Mesite
Eastern Avahi (Woolly Lemur), Seal’s Sportive Lemur, Brown Mouse Lemur, Greater Dwarf Lemur, Red Ruffed Lemur, White-fronted Brown Lemur, Fosa
lowland rainforest, open ocean, shoreline
warm to very hot, some rainfall possible
moderate to relaxed