Visit two of the most diverse wildlife and nature destinations on the planet on this comprehensive 15 day itinerary. See jaguars, giant anteaters, river otters and other mammals plus reptiles and birdlife in the Pantanal, then, even more species in the Amazon basin, perhaps even the elusive pink dolphin. Combined with spectacular flora and scenery, this is wild Brazil at its best.
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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.
Fly from Sao Paulo to Cuiaba, where you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Araras Eco Lodge.2 - 4Days
From this lodge, with its enviably preserved surroundings, there is first-class bird-watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, riding, truck photo-safaris and night tours.There are also two exciting treetop look outs with heights of 12 and 25m, all this under the assistance of expert bilingual naturalist guides.
Time will be spent observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna on the private reserve of the lodge. Included is a tour on which a guide will lead you on a two hour horseback ride through the pastures, woods and wetlands
At the Sentinela Camp on the edge of the Rio Clarinho, you will take a canoe tour to spot aquatic wildlife, birds and flora, you can even try your hand at piranha fishing. Wildlife on the list here includes capybaras, monkeys, giant otters, caiman, tapir, coati, black headed parakeets, boat-billed herons, rosette spoonbill, agami herons, macaws and much more.
At the lodge, three meals a day are provided.
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After an early morning pick-up from the Araras Eco lodge to drive towards the Paraguay River, you will arrive at Hotel Baiazinha, which is directly located on the Paraguay river banks near the Taiama reserve, which is a federally protected area so it is not open to the public. No tour operator is permitted to take tourists onto the reserve itself, but since this sits on an island in the middle of the river, visitors are free to circumnavigate the reserve in search of the elusive jaguar and other superb wildlife.
You will spend the next two full days exploring by boat the Taiama Ecological Reserve and its channels in search of jaguars and other wildlife. This is one of the best areas to see jaguars away from the crowds. The best time for spotting these majestic creatures is first thing in the morning and late afternoon when they are most active - they tend to follow the South American tradition of having a siesta mid-afternoon!
Besides jaguars the region is known for its high concentration of other wildlife. It is not uncommon to spot capybara, giant otters, crab-eating fox, coati, maned wolf, anteaters, anacondas, monkeys, agouti and tapir on the banks of the river amidst the sea of caiman. Whilst birds will include toco toucans, hyacinth macaw, osprey, large-billed terns, parakeets, roseate spoonbills, hawks and a host of smaller passerines.
Hotel Baiazinha offers 15 basic but comfortable guest rooms equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom and wireless internet. Besides the swimming pool one can enjoy the wonderful views from the verandas of the Paraguay River. Hotel Baiazinha is an excellent base to explore this remote area of the Pantanal in search for jaguars and other amazing wildlife.
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Arrive at Park Eco Lodge and settle in to your latest destination, Capada dos Guimaraes. You will spend the next two days exploring this National Park, close to the geographical centre of South America and home to a rich variety of wildlife. It is an area of canyons and red sandstone cliffs containing a number of archaeological sites with cave paintings and fossils. Among the mammals and reptiles to be encountered here are maned wolf, pumas, crowed caiman, deer, anteater and gato-palheiro (a type of wild cat). However it is the huge variety of birdlife that it is home to, that attracts most visitors, these include eagles, several species of hummingbird, owls, tanagers, parakeets, macaws, jays, ant shrikes and falcons- it really is a birding paradise.
Highlights include Véu da Noiva waterfall, Cachoeirinha, Portão do Inferno, Salgadeira Tourists Terminal, the lookout, and Sant'Ana Chapel - the last baroque monument of the region.
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Day 10: Alta Floresta - Cristalino Jungle Lodge .Arrival in Alta Floresta, pick up and transfer to Cristalino Jungle Lodge. Upon arrival, there will be an introduction to the lodge and to your accommodations. Library and maps are available. Full board basis.
Day 11: In the morning, hike towards the 50m Canopy Tower where you will be able to see the forest from above the canopy. Monkeys, macaws and several species of birds can be found here. Then, walk the Ficus Trail, where a giant Ficus Tree is found. In the afternoon, walk the Taboca Trail in an area with seasonally flooded forest, where many monkeys can be found.
Day 12: In the morning, hike towards the Saleiro House - a rustic tree house located in the middle of the forest reserve. The soil here is naturally rich in minerals, and is often visited by large forest mammals such as the South american Tapir, Collared Peccary, White-lipped Peccary, the Giant Anteater and the Southern Tamanda. In the afternoon, boat trip up river and hike the remarkable Brazil Nut Trail in a region with enormous Brazil Nut Trees. On the way back it is possible to canoe or boat ride, watching the afternoon as you go down river.
Day 13: Boat trip in the morning and hike the “Sierra Trail”: a site with a low, drier and deciduous type of forest. This trail has beautiful viewpoints since it is located in a hilly landscape. Orchids are often found in this area. In the afternoon hike in the Teles Pires island, a place where parakeets, parrots, macaws and nesting wood storks can be seen. Sunset at this place is great for photography.
Day 14: Hike the Caja Trail, an excellent site for seeing primates who feed on the caja fruit, including the Brown Capuchin Monkey and the rare Red-nosed Saki Monkey. In the afternoon, walk the Scenery Trail - one of the most beautiful trails in the reserve. It goes through a hilly landscape and often offers fascinating views. The forest here is very rich in bromeliads, heliconias and orchids. Return by sunset.
After breakfast, take a light hike in the Tapiri Trail, where the White-whiskered-spider-monkey, symbol of Cristalino State Park, can be seen. Transfer to Alta Floresta. Lunch and departure to Cuiaba for flight back to Sao Paulo and onward or return travel