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.
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When: 30th March – 21st April 2020
maximum of 10 participants
Our second major expedition in 2019 takes us to Ranomafana rainforest. There we visit the yellow lips of the Parson’s Chameleons and are enchanted by an abundance of animals. During the day we explore the fantastic rainforest and when it gets dark we search for Palleon nasus, Calumma oshaughnessyi and Calumma fallax with torches at the edge of the forest. Second destination are the foothills of the southern highlands in Ambalavao. Here you can see not only Madagascar’s largest zebu market and the country’s mascots, the ring-tailed lemurs, but also Furcifer major and Brookesia brunoi. On the way back to the capital we stop in a small area where we have already successfully found Furcifer campani several times. Maybe we can also check a secret spot where lucky people may find Furcifer minor. Our way leads us into the rainforest of Anjozorobe, where we reside with a view into the rainforest. In spring you will find numerous Calumma gastrotaenia and for sure Brookesia thieli. Calumma crypticum appears here a third time on our journey – and each of the populations found looks a little different. Next we visit the eastern highlands with the rainforests of Andasibe and Vohimana. In Andasibe we will wake up with the sound of the largest lemur alive in our ears, the famous Indri. In the rainforest you can also find the second subspecies of the parsons chameleon, Calumma parsonii cristifer, and many other fascinating species. We also head to Vohimana to see the yellow giants. Afterwards we go to a private reserve on the east coast, where orange eyes and some panther chameleons live. Here we celebrate the end of our expedition with vanilla rum and coconut punch, and let the soul relax.
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.