Here we would like to present which expeditions we will undertake this year in Madagascar to find animals, take photos and collect further data. And of course, which chameleon species can be found on the expeditions. If you would like to join us and experience Madagascar and its chameleons up close, please feel free to contact us. And don’t worry – our accommodations are quite normal and a cold beer is always waiting for us when we come back from the forest. Our trips to Madagascar are run by Tanalahorizon. Tanalahorizon has 28 years of travel and chameleon experience on the island, so you are in the very best hands.
The Forgotten World
Period: 22.03. – 12.04.2024
maximum 10 participants
In spring 2024, we will set off again for the north of Madagascar. This trip is mainly dedicated to the many different local forms of panther chameleons and other extremely colourful chameleons of the northwest. Our first destination is the dry forest of Ankarafantsika, where we will encounter the small, colourful Furcifer rhinoceratus and the hard-to-find ground chameleon Brookesia decaryi. On the way further north we will spot Furcifer viridis in the bushes until we finally get to admire the first local forms of the panther chameleons: We will visit animals of the local forms Ankaramy, Ambanja, Beramanja, and Djangoa in their natural habitat. For relaxation, we visit the beach of Ankify for a few days and snorkel with sea turtles on the dream island of Nosy Tanikely. Afterward, the journey continues to Ambilobe. The most colourful local form of the panther chameleon is located near the big city – we spend a whole day tracking down and photographing these chameleons. In Ankarana National Park, with its longest underground cave system in Africa, we meet crowned lemurs and leaf-tailed geckos before heading to our final destination. The Amber Mountain is a true chameleon paradise. In the middle of this enchanting rainforest, we pitch our tents. From the gentle giants of the forest, Calumma ambreense, to rarer species like Furcifer timoni or Brookesia ebenaui, we will experience countless animals on our walks in the forest. Our journey finally ends not far from Diego Suarez on the paradisiacal island of Nosy Hara. Besides a very special local form of the panther chameleon, the second smallest chameleon in the world, Brookesia micra, lives here. The island gives us time to reflect on the journey far away from civilisation.
Local form Ankaramy
We find this beautiful panther chameleon reliably every year.
Local form Ambanja
An amazing local form that we will find in cocoa plantations.
Local form Nosy Hara
A rather unknown local form but very colorful.
Local form Djangoa
Of course also in Djangoa we will stop for panther chameleons.
Local form Ankify
Ankiy does not only have dream beaches but also lovely panther chameleons.
Local form Nosy Tanikely
At Nosy Tanikely, we can snorkel with sea turtles and watch for panther chameleons.
Local form Ambilobe
We dedicate a whole day to the most colourful panther chameleon local form.
Local form Diego Suarez
We usually find these panther chameleons besides the streets.
Local form Ankarana East
Another local form we will discover on our trip.
These beautiful large chameleons await us in Amber Mountain.
These chameleons can be found close to our camp ground.
A beautiful chameleon species that lives at the edge of Amber Mountain’s rainforests.
A small but very interesting leaf chameleon that is widely spread in the northwest.
One of the most beautiful chameleons of Amber Mountain.
Calumma cf. nasutum
A tiny and yet undesribed species we have found several times.
This beautiful chameleons live on the slopes of Amber Mountain.
Another leaf chameleon from Amber Mountain’s rainforests.
The former smallest chameleon of the world is living on Nosy Hara.
A common chameleon that you can find right next to our tents.
Another team member of the smallest chameleons worldwide.
A fascinating species from Ankarafantsika’s dry forest.
A tiny but pretty leaf chameleon species from Ankarafantsika.
You can find the most common chameleon of the island all over Madagascar.
A pretty chameleon species we usually meet on our way to the northwest.