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Pinocchio in the rainforest: Calumma gallus

Calumma gallus

With its long, colorful nose, this chameleon is probably one of the most interesting, albeit smaller, species among the long-tongued reptiles: Calumma gallus. Some call it the Pinocchio or Cyrano chameleon because of its characteristic long nose. But actually there is no “real” English name. The life of a Calumma gallus begins, as with so many reptiles, in the egg. …

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The Madagascar bright-eyed Frog

Boophis madagascariensis

It’s not green, the Madagascar bright-eyed or tree frog! Absolutely right. The Madagascar bright-eyed frog, Boophis madagascariensis, captivates less with colourful colours than with its impressive body size. It is a good six to eight centimetres long, individual specimens even ten centimetres from the tip of the nose to the coccyx. Among Madagascar’s frogs, it is thus one of the …

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Bananen Ananas Creme (1)

This sweet dessert comes from the vicinity of the port city of Toamasina (Tamatave). It is basically a simple banana-pineapple cream. Both fruits can be found on Madagascar especially in the rainy season in abundance on the east coast, where they thrive particularly well due to the humid and warm climate. In Madagascar, both pineapple and bananas taste extremely intense. …

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Visas

Flugzeug Langstreckenflug

Where do you go at the airport? Those who arrive in Madagascar for the first time should follow the others over the landing field to the airport building. There, one has to sort oneself in the right way: Those who already have a visa have to queue at the “Avec visa” queue for their entry stamp. Those who do not …

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Airports in Madagascar

Flughafen Maroantsetra (3)

There are currently ten airports operating in Madagascar, only three of which offer international flights. Madagascar’s airports differ greatly in equipment, size and modern equipment such as safety checks or baggage carousels. The number of passengers handled and the professionalism of the local staff varies accordingly. Antananarivo (TNR): The airport Ivato, named after the district of the same name of …

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The Rova of Antananarivo

Rova

It is enthroned on the once highest hill, Analamanga, at 1462 m with a view over the whole city: The Royal Palace or simply Rova (this is the Malagasy word for palace) of Antananarivo. It is located in the central highlands in the middle of Madagascar’s capital on one of the twelve sacred hills of the Merina. The first buildings …

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Where the pepper grows

Pfefferranke am Baum, Ankify

Salt and pepper: These are probably the spices that every person worldwide knows and eats almost daily in their meals. In the well-assorted spice trade you will find different varieties: green, black, white or red pepper. But only one single plant produces this variety of real pepper: the black pepper (Piper nigrum). The name is admittedly somewhat misleading. It is …

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Horror in the jungle: Megaloremmius leo

Megaloremmius leo

It will surely frighten you when you discover it for the first time: Megaloremmius leo, one of the few large spiders in Madagascar. Eight long legs, a thick, clumsy body, bright red hair on a black ground. Although it looks like a tarantula, it is not even related to them. Megaloremmius leo belongs to a family of spiders that are …

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The smallest among true lemurs: Crowned lemurs

The lemurs with the orange crown of fur on their heads may be the smallest of the true lemurs, but they compensate for this with curiosity and adaptability: Crowned Lemurs (Eulemur coronatus). They will not weigh more than one and a half to two kilograms and are only 35 cm tall. The gentlemen of these lemurs wear a black fur …

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