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Amber Mountain National Park

Amber Mountain (Montagne d'Ambre) National Park is one of Madagascar's most famous parks, known for its fantastic array of colourful orchids found only on the island, along with other rare plants. The park's fauna is just as colourful, with unusual species like blue-nosed chameleons and seven different kinds of lemur.

Located in the northern part of the island, Amber Mountain is among the most accessible parks in Madagascar, with good infrastructure including wide trails and camping areas as well as an in-park lodge; however electricity is not always available, and the nearest banks and medical facilities are in the town of Antsiranana.

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Language

Malagasy is the official language, but French is used in business and government and is widely spoken in the main cities in Madagascar. A few people involved in the tourism industry might be able to speak some English, but it is not widely spoken.

Money

The official currency is the Malagasy ariary (MGA), which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc. Coins and notes display both currencies, but newer notes display the ariary more prominently than the franc. One ariary is equal to five francs. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and official bureaux de change, but the ariary cannot be changed back into hard currency. Some banks will only accept US dollars or Euro. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at most banks and in major hotels, but some banks refuse to accept them. ATMs are available in Antananarivo. Most major credit cards are starting to be accepted in top hotels and major travel agencies in the capital and other major towns, but have limited usage elsewhere.

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