AMBER MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK.
The Amber National Park located in the Northern part of the island was created in 1958 and it is one of the few areas in the country that experiences different climatic conditions as compared to other areas in the country. While other parks experience semi-arid conditions, the amber park is always green throughout the year as it receives rainfall more.
The park is one you should not miss when you visit Madagascar as it has a lot to offer when it comes to activities that you can carry out and that is why we are here. We can help you organize your safari to Amber National Park at an affordable cost and we assure you that you will not regret your trip with us to this wonderful place.
The Flora and Fauna found in Amber Park
The different species of wild life that have been recorded and are found in the Amber National Park include snakes, chameleons, frogs, geckos and other animals like the Lemur.
There are also 75 bird species that are found in the Park and 35 of these are endemic to the Madagascar Island and some of these bird species include the Amber rock thrush, the long billed bernieria, the Pitta-ground roller and many more others.
The flora found in the Park consists of three different types which make up the vegetation that is found on the Park and these include the dry deciduous vegetation, the Montane rainforest and the mid altitude rain forest vegetation. This acts as a habitat for the different animals that are found in the park. The Park also has over 1000 flora species that different botanists have gone to see and study and these include the lianas, orchids and ferns and these grow in the rarest kind that can only be found in Amber National Park and you do not want to miss out on viewing the path of a thousand trees that has a lot of exotic tree species that you will not find anywhere else.
Besides the wild animals and different bird species that that are found in the park there are also other tourist attractions that make the park a good and favorable destination for all tourists and these include the following:
The waterfalls, these are found within the park and they offer a resting and refreshing place for tourist especially if one has been hiking. The backdrop it offers is also good for those who want to take photos as souvenirs for the trip.
The lakes that are found in the Park, here you will be able to view the different water species in the lake, refresh your selves and also go for a boat ride on the lake.
Amber National Park Hiking & Things To Do
If you want to discover all the jewels hidden in the amber national Park, hiking is the only way that you will be able to discover all that you are not aware of. The park has a lot to offer and that is why it became a top destination for many tourists. The different routes take different timing when it comes to hiking and that is why one must choose the best hiking route that fits into their fitness. When you join all the trekking routes their total distance amounts to over 30 kilometers and all these are marked trails so if you are to enjoy you’re trekking, you should not veer off the trails.
There are three common routes that are normally used when it comes to hiking through the Park and these include:
The Cascade Sarcee.
This is the most commonly used route for hiking and it leads to a waterfall that is believed to be sacred and a grotto. It is quite popular due to its easy terrain when it comes to hiking.
The cascade Antankarana.
This is of medium distance when it comes to hiking and can be taken even by the children.
The cascade Antomboka.
This is the worst and difficult route to use while trekking and it is not for the faint hearted. It is extremely narrow but has a beautiful waterfall to it that drops to 80 meters below.
The park will also give you ample time and a chance to trek up the Amber Mountain which is extremely close to the Park. There are several other routes that you can use when you want to trek through the park and these rare the Lac Maudit, the Lac de la coupe Verte and the Grand Lac all which will help you explore the Park to the fullest. The trek through the Park normally takes two days but it can also be done in one day if you have other places to visit or you are on a tight budget.
When to Visit Amber National Park?
As we have already established, the park is located on an elevated land and that is why it receives a different kind of climate as compared to the rest of Madagascar. The Amber Park has two seasons and that is the dry season and the rainy season.
The dry season.
The dry season is always cool and the best time for all birders. This season comes in between March to November and it is about clear on some days although sometimes it still rains.
The cool temperature offers tourists a good chance to view the birds and carry out other activities that are not as tiring.
The rainy season.
The rainy season normally comes in around December to April and it is never the best time to visit the Park as the roads and trails leading to the park are always flooded making it extremely hard for one to go anywhere in the park.
It is always advisable for one to carry warm clothes when they are visiting the Park during this time to avoid the cold.
Sometimes the seasons interlope into other months making it hard for one to determine when the dry season will end and the beginning of the rainy season. All these seasons have their ups and downs and w below is a list of the best months and worst months as to when you should visit the Amber National Park.
The best time to visit the Park are between September and November.
The worst times to visit the Park are between June and August. These are the months where the Park experiences winter and the months of December to April because this is when the Park is experiencing a lot of floods due to the heavy rains.
As you visit the park, remember to take anti-malarial tablets with you so that you do not fall sick and some insect repellent.
Where to Stay in Amber National Park.
There are several accommodation facilities that can be found within or around the Amber National Park and some of these include the following:
The Mantasaly is located just an hour away from the Amber national park. It is located on a beach and will give you access to the beautiful scenery that the beach has to offer. They have single and duplex rooms where one can have their privacy while they rest, the hotel provides a good hefty breakfast and lunch, bar beach activities, free WIFI, transportation and it has a very good view of the Amber National park.
The Iharana Bush camp
The Iharana bush camp is located only five minutes away from the Park and it has one of the best facilities that you would not want to miss. They offer free dinner, breakfast and a bar. The rooms are self-contained and each is decorated in a very unique way and they also offer assistance when it comes to getting tickets into the park.
Hotel la Belle Aventure
The hotel offers free WIFI to the guest, breakfast and lunch, self-contained rooms which offer privacy to all those who stay there, laundry services and each room goes for 20 dollars per night. The hotel is 42 minutes away from the Amber National Park.
How to get to Amber Mountain National Park
The Park can easily be accessed through different routes the easiest being the Diego Suarez route where you can use either taxis or get a private drive but remember to use four by four wheels so that you do not get stuck along the way.
If you are coming from Antananarivo, the best route and means of transportation is the best is air transportation and the local air line offers direct trips to the park and these take roughly two hours.
The Amber National Park is strategically located and the beauty that it offers should not be missed by anyone who visits Madagascar. And note that not all the activities that you can carry out when you visit the park have been mentioned but when you visit the Park, you will be shocked at how many surprises you will get in just the few hours that you will spend in this glorious Park.