Crowned Lemur, Amber Mountain, Northern Madagascar

Amber Mountain National Park


  • A lush and picturesque montane rainforest, dripping with vines and orchids
  • Well defined trails, meandering past numerous waterfalls and streams
  • Colourful chameleons are found here including the striking panther chameleon
  • Night walks are also great fun – the setting itself is an adventure


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 birds 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.


Climb Montagne d’Ambre, the highest point in the park at 1,475 metres and whilst it can take two days, you can camp at Lac Grand and on a clear day, take in the neverending views.

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