The Pantanal wetlands of Brazil are one of the most extensive wildlife areas in the world. On this tour you have a great chance of seeing a great variety of birds, mammals and reptiles including lizards and caiman, capybara, giant river otter and, hopefully giant anteater and jaguar. Then on to the spectacular Iguazu Falls.
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.
From Cuiaba, transfer to Pouso Alegre Lodge (approx 3 hours). Travel through the dry forests and on to the Transpantaneria. Observe caiman, capybaras and waterbirds on the way, tropical species as you approach the lodge. After dinner night drive to view nocturnal animals and insects.
Spend a day observing spectacular wildlife and beautiful flora. In the evening, take a nocturnal excursion and look out for rare species including tapir, crab-eating fox, giant anteaters, armadillo, coatis, ocelot and maybe, even a puma. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Observe colourful morning birds around the lodge and depart SouthWild Pantanal after breakfast for a three hour photo-safari drive to Porto Jofre. Transfer by boat to your ‘Jaguar Flotel’ for four nights on a full board basis. Enjoy jaguar and giant otter sightings and informative evening lectures.
Travel downstream to your vehicle for return to SouthWild Pantanal. Enjoy lunch, then choose another river excursion or explore on foot – there are two wildlife observation towers close to the lodge and just down the river is a colony of brown capuchins and a family of giant otters. Evening transfer back to Cuiaba.
Early start for flight to Iguazu. View these magnificent falls in the afternoon from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. In the morning, take forest walks spotting coatis and myriad colourful birdlife. An evening sundowner cruise to the falls is a fitting finale to your visit.
Spend a leisurely morning exploring and take lunch overlooking the Falls, before transferring to the airport for onward or return travel. Breakfast