Visit three of Brazil's wildest and most beautiful locations, see an incredible array of diverse exotic wildlife, monkeys, various tropical fish,a stunning multitude of birds, and the stunning jaguar. See what are quite possibly the most stunning waterfalls in the world; Iguazu Falls. The immense diversity of Bonito, and the prepare yourself for the incredible wildlife of the Pantanal. Prices based on two sharing.
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.
Depart Sao Paulo and fly to Iguazu Falls, met and transferred to the English colonial style Hotel San Martin, where daily breakfast is provided.
The subtropical rainforest surrounding the falls contains more than 2,000 species of vascular plants and is home to an abundance of wildlife, more than 400 other species of birds; tapirs; jaguars; ocelots; giant anteaters; howler monkeys; coatis; a variety of lizards, and countless butterflies. The park has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On day 2, you will take a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, with time in the afternoon to explore further at leisure. On day 3, you will enjoy a full day tour to the Argentinean side of the Falls for a totally different perspective.
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After breakfast you will be picked up and taken to Foz do Iguaçu airport in time for your domestic flight to Campo Grande. On arrival at the International Airport of Campo Grande, you will be met and transfered to Bonito by vehicle (approx 3,5 hrs). You will check in at Hotel Cabanas and have the rest of the day at leisure.5 - 6Days
You will spend the next two days exploring Bonito, meaning beautiful in Portuguese, it certainly lives up to its name, including the Bodoquena Mountain Range where you will visit the Boca da Onça Ecotour. Here a four-kilometre walk across the preserved woodland along safe trails will take you to 11 waterfalls, Indulge in the translucent natural pools and refresh yourself in the Salobra River. A traditional Brazilian lunch is provided. You will also visit Gruta Lago Azul and have the option for some great snorkelling in the Rio da Prata.
Day 7: After breakfast, transfer to Pousada Refúgio da Ilha, situated in the Pantanal. Arrival and check-in. During your stay the following tours will be scheduled at the pousada; horse riding, boat rides, canoeing, trekking, piranha fishing, birdwatching, photo safari and nocturnal viewing of caymans. Pousada Refúgio da Ilha is an ecological paradise on the banks of the clean waters of the Salobra River that here, divides itself in two arms forming an island. The ideal place to be in close contact with nature.
Days 8-10: The trips mentioned above are scheduled at the pousada. The trips will be carefully selected, depending the climate and time of the year and will be guided by local guides that know all about the flora and fauna that make this place unique. To avoid the intense heat during the day, the tours are taking place early in the morning and mid-afternoon, at these times of the day, the possibilities of seeing the movement of the animals are a lot bigger. During your stay all excursions and meals are included.
Day 11: After breakfast transfer to the airport of Campo Grande in time for your domestic flight back to Sao Paulo.