Montagne d'Ambre

Montagne d'Ambre (Ambre Mountain) is an isolated patch of montane forest that rises from the surrounding dry region. The park is famous for its waterfalls, crater lakes, and wildlife.

Montagne d'Ambre is located near Joffreville (Ambohitra), about 27 km southwest of Diego Suarez (Antsiranana). Joffreville, a former retreat for French officers that is now in a state of disrepair, is the entry point to the park. Guides (some of the best in Madagascar) can be arranged at the ANGAP office or via local hotels.

Montagne d'Ambre is made up of montane rainforest, mid-altitude rainforest, and dry deciduous forest. It has broad trails and camping areas, and is characterized by wind and cool weather, even becoming quite cold at night.

Montagne d'Ambre is known for its rich diversity of herps, especially chameleons.


Province: Antsiranana (Diégo-Suarez)

Area: 18,200

Protected area status: National park

Year established: 1958

General location: Northern

Location and Access: 27 km southwest of Diégo, 1000 km north of Tana

Climate: Montane rainforest

Best time to visit: August-early December. Dec-April is the cyclone/rainy season.

Average temperature:

Elevation: 800 to 1475 m

Precipitation: 350-400 cm

Description: Ambre Mountain is an isolated patch of montane forest that rises from the surrounding dry region. The park is famous for its waterfalls and crater lakes.

Birds: 75
Reptiles: 59
   Chameleons: 11
   Snakes: 14
Frogs: 34
Mammals: 25
   Lemurs: 8
  • Eulemur coronatus
  • Eulemur fulvus sanfordi
  • Hapalemur griseus
  • Phaner furcifer
  • Microcebus rufus
  • Cheirogaleus major
  • Lepilemur septentrionalis
  • Daubentonia madagascariensis
   Rodents: 2
   Insectivores: 6
   Bats: 3
   Carnivores: 6
Butterflies: 36

Amber Mountain is made up of montane rainforest, mid-altitude rainforest, and dry deciduous forest.
Species: 1020

Dominant ethnic group(s): Antakarana, Sakalava

Official site


  • Le Domaine de Fontenay is one of the best hotels in Madagascar. The small bed-and-breakfast has its own 300-ha (750-acre) forest park complete with waterfalls and a trail system. Expect to find a rich array of birds, lemurs, herps, and other wildlife. Le Domaine de Fontenay also has a resident Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Geochelone gigantea), which may be more than 200 years old.
Mid- to upper-market
  • Nature Lodge in Joffreville
MAP/Satellite Picture PICTURES

Amber Mountain chameleon (Calumma ambreense)

Leaf-mimicking treehopper

Purple flower

Spearpoint Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus ebenaui)

Petter's Chameleon (Furcifer petteri) [female]

Brookesia tuberculata

Amber Mountain Rock-thrush (Monticola erythronotus) [male]

Sanford's Brown Lemur (Eulemur sanfordi)

Bird nest ferns

Birdnest fern in the rainforest canopy


Trail in Montagne d'Ambre

Plated Leaf Chameleon (Brookesia stumpffi)


Red and black bugs

Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus medius)

Mossy Leaftail Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)

Leaf-mimicking treehopper

Brookesia antakarana

Montagne d'Ambre Panther chameleon

Ring-tailed mongoose (Galidia elegans)

Montagne d'Ambre forest canopy



Cascade d'Antomboka (Grande Cascade)

Camouflaged Amber Mountain chameleon (Calumma ambreense)

Lantern bug

Male Crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus)

Brookesia antakarana

Mossy Leaftail Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)

Blue-nosed Chameleon (Calumma boettgeri)

Giant bamboo


Amber Mountain chameleon (Calumma ambreense)

Female Crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus)

Brookesia Chameleon; Madagascar

Mantidactylus asper?

Leaf-mimicking treehopper

Amber Mountain chameleon (Calumma ambreense)

View from Joffreville

Orange and black "Halloween" butterfly

Yellow flower

Overlook from the Le Domaine de Fontenay's private forest


Mossy Leaftail Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)

Strangler fig

Moth wing with orange eye-spot

Brookesia Chameleon; Madagascar

Amber Mountain chameleon (Calumma ambreense)

Birdnest ferns

Panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) sleeping

Leaf-mimicking treehopper


Spear-tail Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus ebenaui)

Baby yellow and black grasshoppers

Amber Mountain Rock-thrush (Monticola erythronotus) [male]


Crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus)

Female Crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus)

Mossy Leaftail Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)

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