Here we would like to present which expeditions we will undertake in Madagascar next year to find animals, take photos and collect further data. And of course you can have a look which chameleon species can be found on our expeditions. If you would like to join us and experience Madagascar and its chameleons face to face, you are welcome to contact us. And don’t worry – our accommodations are perfectly normal and a cold beer is always waiting for us when we come back from the forest. For the first time there will also be the possibility that chameleon friends will be able to accompany us for shorter periods of time. Our trips to Madagascar are conducted by Tanalahorizon. Tanalahorizon has 25 years travel and chameleon experience on the island, so you are in the very best hands.
Zeitraum: 11th March – 31st March 2021
maximum 10 participants
In spring 2021 we will return to the north of Madagascar. This trip is dedicated to the many different local forms of the panther chameleons and other chameleons of the northwest. Our first destination is the dry forest of Ankarafantsika, where we meet the small, colorful Furcifer rhinoceratus and the hard to find leaf chameleon Brookesia decaryi. On our way further north we will discover Furcifer viridis in the bushes until we can finally admire the first local forms of the panther chameleons: We visit animals of the local forms Ankaramy, Ambanja, Beramanja and Djangoa in their natural habitat. For relaxation we will go to the beach of Ankify and for snorkeling with sea turtles to the dream island Nosy Tanikely. Then we continue to Ambilobe. Near the big city the most colorful local form of the Panther chameleons is native – we spend a whole day tracking down and photographing these chameleons. In the national park Ankarana with its longest subterranean cave system in Africa we get to know crowned lemurs and leaf-tailed geckos before we head to our last 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 see countless animals on our walks in the forest. Our journey will finally end in the bay of Diego Suarez, where we can relax and exchange memories at the pool and review the journey.
Zeitraum: 28th March – 17th April 2021
maximum 10 participants
The second highlight in 2021 will be a chameleon trip through five different rainforests and dry forests in Madagascar. This trip is mainly about very rare animals, rediscoveries and new discoveries.
Our journey starts in the rainforest of Anjozorobe, only about 90 km north of Antananarivo. Here there is only one lodge where we reside with a view into the jungle. During the day we search for Calumma globifer and the leaf chameleon Brookesia thieli, who live here next to black Indris and Diademed sifakas. At night we experience the forest from its magical side and visit the “kindergardens” of Calumma gastrotaenia equipped with flashlights. Next, we head east into the famous rainforest of Andasibe. Here we mainly visit small, less visited protected areas, which are not even noticed by the majority of the travelers. But there are very special animals to be found in these unnoticed forests: Calumma malthe, Calumma furcifer and the only 2018 discovered Calumma roaloko are waiting for us and want to be discovered in the dense jungle. Of course we also experience the gentle giants of Madagascar, Calumma parsonii cristifer, in their natural habitat. For relaxation, we go by boat to the Canal des Pangalanes to visit a small paradise at the lake Ampitabe. The “nest of dreams” is not only equipped with many lovely people and very close coming lemurs, it is also the home of a particularly beautiful local form of panther chameleons and a still undescribed species of leaf chameleons. In the immediate vicinity is the Vohibola Reserve, where the eponymous Calumma vohibola lives.
On the second part of the journey we set off on the long journey through the highlands of Madagascar to the west of the country. In the dry forest of Ankarafantsika we experience Furcifer rhinoceratus and Furcifer oustaleti as we get used to the heat of the west. Then we continue to the coastal town of Mahajanga. Our goal are largely unexplored forests, where the extremely rare >em> Furcifer angeli >/em> lives. Well, also Crowned Sifakas, we don’t only want to photograph reptiles. We are also looking for a recently rediscovered, very special chameleon: Furcifer voeltzkowii. It was considered extinct for decades! Fortunately, we know exactly the best spots to find these chameleon species. We are already looking forward to this great voyage of discovery.