This tour offers the very best of Brazil's scenery and wildlife taking in the expanses of the Pantanal, searching especially for jaguar, and then moving on to the Amazon Basin for a completely different perspective. Animals, birds, reptiles, insects and abundant flora.a truly unforgettable trip. 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.
Fly from Sao Paulo to Cuiba. Met by local guide for drive along the scenic Transpantaneria to Porto Jofre for three nights on full board basis.2-3Days
Located at the end of the Transpantaneira at the banks for the Cuiaba river Hotel Porto Jofre is a suberb location to explore the Cuiaba River and the 3 Brothers State Park, one of the best locations in South America to see jaguars. On your river cruises here, you will also be spotting river otters, caiman and beautiful and extensive birdlife.
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Day 4 Departure from Porto Jofre and transfer to Araras Eco Lodge. While crossing the area it is possible to observe and appreciate the local flora & fauna. Late afternoon walk through surrounding area to a 12 m observation tower and a spectacular view of sunset. After dinner, night walk to observe the Southern Hemisphere sky, hear and feel the nocturnal environment.
Day 5 Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal’s flora & fauna at a private reserve of the lodge. After breakfast, the guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour horseback ride through the pastures, woods and wetlands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you will go on a walk in a different area of the private reserve, allowing you to observe and learn more of the local environment.
Day 6. After breakfast travel down private unsealed roads to Sentinela Camp on the edge of the Rio Clarinho. Canoe tour to spot aquatic wildlife, birds and flora; possibility of piranha fishing. Brazilian churrasco style picnic lunch along the banks of the river. Return to the lodge. Enjoy sunset from our 25m high outlook.
After an early morning sunrise walk and breakfast at the lodge, transfer back to Cuiaba for flight to Alta Floresta. Met and transferred to Cristalino Jungle Lodge for three nights on full board basis.
Day 8. In the morning, walk towards the 50 metre Canopy Tower where you will be able to see the forest from above. 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 9. In the morning, walk 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 tamandua. In the afternoon, take a boat trip up river and walk 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, enjoying the afternoon as you go down river.
Day 10. In the morning, a light walk on the Tapiri Trail, where the white-whiskered-spider-monkeys. Transfer to Alta Floresta. Lunch and departure to Cuiaba, with connecting flight to Sao Paulo.
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