Tampolo Marine reserve – a mixture of absolutely unique life
Tampolo Marine reserve, a wonderful place where the forest meets the sea: Sublime hills full of vigor and exuberance, basaltic remnants piercing the vast ocean and coral... We welcome you in the heart of a beautiful creek lying within a friendly structure. The Nature offers you its green carpet. Tampolo is above all situated between two well-known all over the world reserves, the Nosy Mangabe Special Reserve of and the Masoala National Park, without considering the various marine parks situated around the peninsula.
Only accessible by boat or on foot, Tampolo’s world is a detached world. Wild nature lovers will find there what they are interested in the whale songs to the cries of Vareciaand the melody of waves over the sand to the most incredible concerts species of frogs. Surrounded by the Masoala National Park representing more than 250000ha of protected primary forest, a wealthful but still unknown park, it combines extraordinary animal species and plants among the strangest and the most important rate of endemism. One river succeeds to another one from the heart of Masoala, bringing a mixture of life absolutely unique.
Many species of lemurs can be seen here such as the Red Varecia (Varecia rubra), very particular to the region. Tampolo is known to be the perfect place to observe this kind of lemur. But you may also be lucky enough to see the Helmet Vanga (Euryceros prevostii), a bird that can be recognizable by its large electric blue beak, the nocturnal lemurs the famous Aye Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), geckos including strange uroplates princes of camouflage chameleons like the tiny Brookesia perrieri that can be handled in the palm of the hand and many other species ...
But the marine park is not to be left and its waters are also very rich in biodiversity, different species of turtles, clams, shellfish and myriad of colorful reef fish, dolphins frolic in the bay. And of course the ritual passage of whales from July to October, when they decide to go back to warmer waters and give birth. Amazing ballet to see these giants of the seas blown completely out of the water, play, stroll to the currents in the sound of their powerful winds, offering to all the unhoped-for opportunity to see them closely and to attend this extraordinary show. When the season is convenient and the clement enough time, exits of a few hours to go, without disturbing them, to approaching whales, can be arranged.
Variety of plants is even more impressive with some examples such as the beautiful and majestic Satranala that exists only here, but also some species of palms that few specimens are only found today.
Around Tampolo, there is numerous tracks, which our guides know perfectly and which take you inside the forest to discover it this extraordinary world and this itch of lives. Whether it is towards the waterfall, towards the former railroad which allowed the wooden cups of the former French colonists, towards Lohatrozona (the head of the whale in Malagasy) to discover it red Varis or even simply in a dugout along the magnificent river which adjoins the site and which allows, during approximately one hour, to consider yourself completely lost in this universe among a silence and a strange and rare sounds... You can also be put down more in the South, to Antalaviana, terminus of the former railroad of forestry development and returned on foot, your picnic in the shoulder bag... Fifteen kilometers without difficulties, to follow magnificent beaches and to cross rivers and creeks. More in the South still, we can organize you a departure up to the cape Masoala, between the village of Masoala and that of Ambodilahitry. You will so have the possibility of discovering the magnificent islands of Nosy Behento, immense lagoons and places to dive in apnea in the heart of coral reefs. During your route, you will perceive the villages of Fampotabe, Rantranavona and Ankazofotsy, all isolated in small privative bays where the time has no more the same importance.
It is also possible to make the member women of the association come of the women of Ambodiforaha so that they make some traditional dances at sunset, let delude, you will never forget.
All our trips are flexible, we provide you with a boat and a team consisted at least of a guide and a cook, even carriers. We can join Tampolo on foot also from Maroantsetra in 3 days via Masindrano and Nandrahanana. On the road of Tampolo, we can stop on the very famous island of Nosy Mangabe. Camps implemented on the basis Madagascar National Parks (formerly ANGAP). Sober but always comfortable. Another possibility is be brought by boat until Ambanizana and to finish on foot until Tampolo, 4 to 6 hours of walking depending on the weather conditions, our rhythm and observations of nature… Then you will have enough time to relax.
We can to cross in few hours as and few days there, do not hesitate to ask us for customized circuits, our team will make the maximum to fulfill your waits. As we said it, all these circuits are flexible, contact us for more information, we always remain at your disposal so that your stay among us is of the most pleasant and of the most complete.
In this idyllic setting of nature, a good mood is contagious. In this haven of peace and happiness, with the good quality of food, cool drinks, the majesty of an unforgettable sunset, come and enjoy these moments of intense pleasure, you are always welcome!
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