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)
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.
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.
Amber Mountain is made up of montane rainforest, mid-altitude rainforest, and dry deciduous forest.
Dominant ethnic group(s): Antakarana, Sakalava
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