Here we would like to present which expeditions we will undertake in Madagascar this year to find animals, take photos and collect more 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 operated by Tanalahorizon. Tanalahorizon has 26 years of travel and chameleon experience on the island, so you are in the very best hands.
Due to the Corona pandemic, Madagascar closed its borders in March 2020 and has not reopened since. We were able to fly out a little later, but since then we have not been able to re-enter as usual. It is expected that travel to Madagascar will be possible again without problems from autumn 2021.
The Island of Dragons
Date: 13th November – 05th December 2021
maximum of 10 participants
At the beginning of the rainy season, we will set off again to Madagascar. A highlight trip for chameleon lovers awaits us! Around the rice terraces of the central highlands, we already find the first animals: Carpet chameleons are one of the most common species in the highlands. And if we have particularly good eyes, we might even find the beautiful Furcifer minor. In the dreamlike rainforest of Ranomafana, an abundance of chameleon species awaits us, which we will visit in their habitat on day and night excursions. We will find the gentle giants of the forest, Calumma oshaughnessyi and Calumma parsonii parsonii, as well as Furcifer balteatus and Calumma tjiasmantoi, newly described only last year. Our next destination is the foothills of the Andringitra Mountains near Ambalavao. Here we meet the most famous lemurs of Madagascar, the ring-tailed lemurs. In a small reserve, we climb over rocks and enjoy the great view from the top. By the way, here you can easily find a very special leaf chameleon, Brookesia brunoi – or as we like to call it “Lord Helmet”. From Ambalavao and its woodcarving workshops, we drive back to Antsirabe, from where we leave one day later for the rainforest of Anjozorobe. In a beautiful small lodge right next to the rainforest we enjoy the hospitality of the Merina for a few days. Directly near the lodge, there are whole “nurseries” of Calumma gastrotaenia. We will also go in search of Calumma crypticum and Calumma globifer between jungle giants and waterfalls. Afterward, we will drive on winding roads to the most famous national park of Madagascar, Andasibe-Mantadia. We have breakfast to the song of the indris, the largest lemurs of Madagascar, and go to bed only with the croaking of the frogs. Calumma brevicorne is one of the most common chameleons here. We also make an excursion to the “yellow giants” of Vohimana, which live in close proximity to Calumma gallus. We finally reach our last destination of the trip by boat via the Canal des Pangalanes. The enchanted lowland rainforest of Akanin’ny Nofy, the “Nest of Dreams”, provides the perfect ending to the trip. With delicious food, cool cocktails, our feet in the water of the lake, we reminisce. In addition, we can discover more chameleons here: a third color variety of the Parson’s chameleon, the orange eyes, live directly in the rainforest in which the lodge is embedded. The trees and bushes around Lake Ampitabe are also home to the panther chameleon local form of the same name. After a fantastic three weeks of adventure and experiences, we will finally head back to the capital, Antananarivo. It will be hard for all of us to say goodbye!