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Furcifer Oustaleti chameleon, Amber Mountain National Park, Madagascar

Amber Mountain National Park

Established by the French in 1958, this volcanic massif and its surrounding forests are now some of the most exciting parks to visit and a welcome green oasis in the drier parts of the north.

Named after the amber resin found in the trees here, the park is home to some extraordinary plant and animal life, in particular chameleons, with huge ferns and strangler figs adding drama to a park where beautiful walking trails wind their way past tropical waterfalls.

The park is a perfect example of montane rainforest and is home to beautiful bird’s nest ferns, tree ferns, orchids and liana vines giving it an exotic feel. Crested ibis, paradise flycatcher and forest rock thrush flash through the greenery as the trail passes numerous waterfalls and crater lakes, the focal points centred on three beautiful waterfalls – the most famous being the fern-ringed rock pool at the Cascade Sacree.

Experiences

Night Walk

Take a night walk through a private reserve that borders Amber Mountain National Park. Spot nocturnal lemurs, tree frogs, orb spiders and numerous chameleons.

Search for Chameleons

Discover the colourful chameleons that are found here, including the striking panther chameleon and the tiny dwarf chameleon.

Hiking in Amber Mountain

Explore this lush and picturesque montane rainforest, following define trails, meandering past numerous waterfalls and streams.

Explore Jofreville

Wander through unrushed Jofreville, with its quiet streets and collection of crumbling colonial buildings.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Litchi Tree £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

This colonial, boutique guesthouse is stylish and colourful. With only a handful of cottages, converted from the spacious stables at the back of the main house, the rooms are simply and beautifully furnished. Colourful cushions and rugs add warmth and character to the cosy double bedrooms as do the wooden floors and carved decorations. The hallway has been transformed into an intimate restaurant, the Moroccan lamps at night adding colour to the white-washed walls. The owner is often found in the kitchen, producing delicious home-cooked dishes, before offering nightcaps in the “smoking lounge” with views across beautiful gardens.

Nature Lodge £££££

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

These safari-tent style cottages not only look great from the outside (a mixture of sleek canvas, stone bathrooms and thatched roofs) but the dark polished wood inside, covered in colourful batik and traditional lamba fabrics softens the atmosphere. The location of the lodge itself is also a big draw with endless views of the valleys below, best enjoyed from the private terrace outside each tent. The main bar and restaurant follow the same theme, with raffia matting hanging on walls next to local paintings and the high timber-beamed ceiling helps keep things cool. If feeling brave, you should try the regions speciality rum – made with local lychees.

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