Montagne d'Ambre is located
near Joffreville (Ambohitra), about 27 km southwest of Diego Suarez
Montagne d'Ambre (Ambre Mountain) is an isolated patch of mountain
forest that rises from the surrounding dry region. The park is famous
for its waterfalls, crater lakes, and wildlife.
Montagne d'ambre National Park Photo Gallery
near Montagne d'ambre National Park
Montagne d’Ambre National Park is a forested volcanic massif
in northern Madagascar
Joffreville, a former retreat for French officers, is the entry
point to the park.
Guides (some of the best in Madagascar) can be arranged at the park
office or via local hotels.
Montagne d'Ambre is made up of montane rainforest, mid-altitude
rainforest, and dry deciduous forest. It has broad easy trails,
and is characterized by wind and cool weather, even becoming quite
cold at night.
The park is also known for its scenic attractions: there are four
crater lakes and three waterfalls within its boundaries. It is easy
to reach from Antsiranana, and easy to explore.
Montagne d’Ambre National Park protects 18,200ha of mid-altitude
montane rainforest lying at altitudes ranging from 850 – 1475
metres. It is remarkable for its bird’s nest ferns, tree ferns
and orchids; and the extremely rare and localised 'Rainforest' baobab,
Adansonia perrieri, is particularly noteworthy.
Montagne d’Ambre is one of the few Malagasy reserves that
can be enjoyed by people with limited mobility. In the dry season,
you can drive to the Station de Rousettes, the forestry station
and main picnic area, and see the rainforest and some of the creatures
that dwell in it. The park has 30km of trails, several of them easy
and well-maintained, others overgrown and/or challenging.
People usually see groups of Crowned and Sanfords lemur, and a good
sample of the park’s floral and wildlife attractions - in
the course of a walk near Les Rousettes or to the viewpoint over
Grande Cascade waterfall.
Visitors often see the Ambre Mountain forked lemur and Ankarana
sportive lemur during a night walks. Montagne d’Ambre is the
best place to seek the diurnal Ringtail mongoose and the very rarely
seen nocturnal Fanalouc.
The park has a particularly rich and impressive herpetofauna which
includes many species of chameleon, snake, skink and frog. Three
of the leaf-tailed geckos, Uroplatus, occur here, as well as two
Montagne d’Ambre is the sole locality for the locally endemic
Amber Mountain rock-thrush. Madagascar crested ibis, the beautiful
Pitta-like ground-roller, Spectacled greenbul, White-throated oxylabes,
Dark newtonia and Hookbilled vanga are among the other birds commonly
When to go
In contrast to the very dry region around Diego Suarez, just to
north, where rainfall seldom exceeds 900mm per annum, Montagne d’Ambre
receives an average of 3,580mm.
This park can be visited year-round. The driest months are generally
May to October. June can be chilly. Heavy rains can make it impossible
to use the the park’s vehicle tracks.
Best time to visit: August-early December. Dec-April is the cyclone/rainy
The park is about a 40-kilometre drive south from Antsiranana, on
tarred road as far as the decaying colonial town of Joffreville
(Ambohitra). The final 7 kilometres is dirt track and its quality
varies with the season.