The Litchi Tree

Amber Mountain National Park, Northern Madagascar, Madagascar

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  • Get lost in the enigmatic forests of the Amber Mountain, where waterfalls cascade over lush cliffs and chameleons hide in plain sight amist the leaves.

  • Feast on freshly cooked food in the superb restaurant, where Malagasy spice blends with classic French for a seductive blend.

  • Catch the gleam of eyes as you walk along the forest edge on a night walk searching for the elusive nocturnal creatures that only emerge when the sun has set.

  • Live in history's shadow at this historic house where Marshal Joffre lived.

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Any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).

Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the hauts plateaux. In Antananarivo and other highland areas, temperatures during winter can drop to 10°C and even lower during the night.

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The Litchi Tree is a charming and well-run small guesthouse in Joffreville in northern Madagascar. Wonderfully friendly service and delicious food make The Litchi Tree the perfect base for exploring the biological riches of Amber Mountain National Park.

The Litchi Tree is a characterful former colonial home that is now an intimate guesthouse on the outskirts of Joffreville and a pleasant 45-minute walk or ten minute drive from the entrance of Amber Mountain National Park. Enjoying views out across Diego Suarez Bay and the Mozambique Channel, the Litchi Tree has just five rooms, all simply decorated but with luxurious touches and polished palissandre-wood floors. Everything, including the furniture, is hand-made by local craftsmen, and the guesthouse is run following strict sustainable criteria.

There is a small restaurant (and even smaller bar) reminiscent of a small Parisian bistro but with Malagasy décor, and serving tasty French cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. Fresh bread is baked daily, and a choice of South African wines is available.

Located in the far north of Madagascar, Amber Mountain National Park is one of the most biologically diverse places in all of Madagascar, home to 75 different species of birds, 25 species of mammals, and 59 species of reptile. Amber Mountain is ideal for wildlife-lovers and remains a favorite with many visitors with its well-established beautiful walking trails that lead through the rainforest to hidden waterfalls. You can also explore the limestone pinnacles of the nearby red tsingy, snorkel or dive the amazing coral reefs of La Mer d'Emeraude, and visit the town of Diego Suarez with its unique colonial architecture, Indo-Pakistani buildings and French-named streets.

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Vacation Ideas

  • Catamaran in Madagascar

    Northern Madagascar

    from $6900 pp 14 nights

    • From lemurs to whale sharks, whether overland or under the water, the wildlife that makes Madagascar so magical is yours to discover.
    • Immerse yourself in the experience of Madagascar without the long drives on this journey across the tip of the island.
    • Escape the ordinary on a private catamaran round Nosy Be’s far flung islands, only accessible by boat.
  • Imagine Madagascar

    Antananarivo, Amber Mountain, Ankarana Reserve, Nosy Be

    from $4300 pp 11 nights

    • Climb amongst the otherworldly limestone formations of the Tsingy in Akarana Reserve, dotted with pockets of jungle.
    • We love the bizarre and wonderful species you can find in Madagascar and we have customized this itinerary in the north to really showcase some of the highlights.
    • Adventure through the western part of Ankarana Reserve on boat and bike, gaining a whole new perspective of the wildlife that this region presents.

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Amber Mountain National Park, Northern Madagascar, Madagascar

The Litchi Tree is located on the edge of Joffreville, overlooking the misty forests of Amber Mountain.

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