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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby Sundowner » Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:56 pm

This beauty was taken on the S131 close to the Rhidonda Pan.
A car approaching from the front thought I signaled a 'hi', but actually I had my hand up in the air telling him to stop. :slap:
Anyway, it ended up in him waving a 'hi' back and kept on driving, JUST missing this little one. :wall:

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:33 pm

I love chameleons, the camoflage is amazing! oddesy your first one is an awesome pic :mrgreen:

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby okie » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:48 pm

Same here :lol: Saw this one " frozen " in the middle of the road in KNP :cam:
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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:17 pm

Hi Stormfinch and welcome. :clap:

I don't think there is any specific place to view Chameleons in Kruger, we have pretty much seen them all over.
They tend to show up more on the tar roads but of course are most at risk there of being run over due to the extra traffic which is very sad.
We usually stop and protect them with the car until they have crossed over.
I think a lot of folk just don't look at the road enough and therefore they get run over.
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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:23 pm

Our visitor at a Letaba tent:

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Re: Chameleon

Unread postby Ales » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:32 pm

If you walk around the camp at night,you can shine a torch on the shrubs/trees and you will see them.
They turn very light when they sleep and the torch light makes them "glow" ,like a whitish colour,very hard to miss.
Then you can go there in the morning and they will usually still be sitting in the same spot while the sun starts to heat them up.

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Chameleons

Unread postby CS83 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:12 pm

Hello everybody!

Together with my girlfriend, I will be travelling around South Africa next year for the first time (from end of February to beginning of April) and as we both like nature and photography, we are wondering:

Is there a good place to find (and photograph?) chameleons?

We will be visiting Karoo National Park, Mokala National Park, Augrabies Falls National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Kruger National Park (maybe it's even possible to find them in the camps?)

I have been reading quite a few travel reports and I know that they are not really a daily sight, but I was just wondering if there are maybe certain areas where they are bit more common.....;-)

Any help is greatly appreciated! :)

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Re: Chameleons

Unread postby saraf » Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:00 pm

Sorry for the very late reply here.

I can only speak for Kruger as I haven't visited the other parks. Your best chance of seeing chameleons is actually on the roads while they are crossing. They really stand out against the tarmac and gravel. They usually move fairly slowly, especially if they sense they are being watched. As always driving slowly and inspecting leaves on the road will help. If you go on any organised drives, ask the guide to look out for them, we've had some good sightings that way.
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