Introducing Parc National de Montagne D'ambre
Wander blissfully through sun-dappled dry forests and stop at a misty waterfall, where you can return the stares of lemurs laughing at you from high above the treetops, in the 18, 200 hectares of Parc National de Montagne d’Ambre. A prominent volcanic massif, it is one of northern Madagascar’s most visited natural attractions. A new road through the park means tourist development is no longer limited to the northern area of the park – a small pass through the tsingy has been created and it is now popular to do a three-day trek from the park’s eastern edge to its western boundary (there are built-in rest spots along the way, and you can rent tents at the eastern entrance). With taxis-brousses delivering you right to the gate, there’s really no excuse not to visit – the wildlife is phenomenal. Once at the gate, it is easy to pick up a guide (now required) to lead you around. Let them know how much time you have – three days is the most you really need in this park – and where you’d like to trek. If you can only spare a day, visits are easily arranged from Diego. Note that hiking in the extreme southern reaches is still quite difficult, although it can be arranged.