A 10 day tour taking in the two iconic wildlife destinations of Brazil, the Pantanal and the Amazon.
In the Pantanal Wetlands, you will hope to see myriad birds, reptiles and mammals, including, hopefully, the iconic jaguar. Then on to the tropical Amazon for even more varieties of amazing plant and wildlife.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
On arrival in Cuiaba you will be met and transferred to Porto Jofre (approx 6 hours) via the Transpantaneira Highway. En route you will have the chance to stop and enjoy the views and look out for the resident wildlife. On arrival at the hotel there will be time to explore the grounds which are often frequented by toco toucans and hyacinth macaws before enjoying dinner.
The next two days will be spent searching for jaguars by boat, this is the best place in the world to see these elusive cats in the wild, with almost guaranteed sightings. You also have a great chance of seeing giant river otters, caiman, capybara, monkeys, tapirs, giant anteaters and peccaries to name but a few.
After breakfast transfer by road to Araras Lodge (approx 3 hours), looking for interesting fauna and flora along the way. You will have the afternoon to explore the pristine forest that surrounds the lodge and enjoy a spectacular sunset from one of their two observation towers.
Araras is known for its first class bird watching but if you are feeling a little more adventurous then why not opt to do some canoeing, horseback riding, trekking, or a night tour with their expert naturalist guides in search of the giant anteater, ocelot, tapir, crab eating fox, coatis etc.
After breakfast, take a photo-safari road trip back to Cuiaba Airport where you will take a short flight to Alta Floresta, the gateway to the Southern Amazon. Here you will be met and transferred to the award winning Cristalino Jungle Lodge, a paradise for bird watchers, nestled within its own private forest reserve.
Awake early to the sounds of the rainforest ready for a morning walk to the observation tower where you can enjoy a stunning sunrise over the forest canopy. The rest of the day can be spent exploring its many trails, canoeing or taking a boat trip up stream in search of caiman, giant river otters, monkeys and a multitude of birds.
A full day to explore some of the 28,000 hector reserve on foot or by boat. With over 13 miles of walking trails and a bird species list of nearly 600 there is plenty to see and do. Alternatively, you can relax on the floating deck and take in the sights and sounds of the Amazon at leisure.
There is time for one last activity before you are transferred back to Alta Floresta where a traditional Brazilian lunch awaits. From here you take the short flight back to Cuiaba ready for your onward journey home.