An exciting wildlife adventure combining two remote lodges; Baia das Pedras with its open savanna landscapes with the lush wet region of Fazenda Barranco Alto, offering a huge variety of different wildlife and sights. Finishing with two days at the mighty Iguassu Falls, this is an unforgettable experience!
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 Campo Grande. Arrival at the airport of Campo Grande, where your guide, with name board, is waiting for you, followed by the 300km 4x4 transfer to Fazenda Baia das Pedras.
The first 175 km will on paved roads and the last 135 km entering the Pantanal will be on unsealed roads. On the way are chances of seeing lots of wildlife including marsh and pampas deer, capybara, caimans, howler monkey, tapir, peccaries, toucans, jabiru stork, yellow and red macaws and many other birds. Arrival at the lodge in the late afternoon. During your stay the following activities will be scheduled at the pousada; horse riding, trekking, canoe rides and photo safari through the surrounding nature. During your stay all meals and excursions are included. The Fazenda is located on the shores of Vazante do Castelo.
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The excursions mentioned above are scheduled at the lodge. The activities 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 much greater. During your stay all excursions and meals are included.
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After breakfast ground transfer (80 km) by 4x4 to Fazenda Barranco Alto, with stops for photos and wildlife viewing. The programme will be adapted to suit the particular desires of each guest. Some of the possible activities are; photo-safari, exploring the the Rio Negro by silent boats and kayaks, day and night walks on horses, boats and by foot, animal spotting by night with searchlights, river exploration and swimming. Full board basis.
Days 6-8: The excursions mentioned above are scheduled at the lodge. The activities 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 take 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 much greater. During your stay all excursions and meals are included.
After breakfast, board your light aircraft for an unforgettable flight over the wetlands of the Pantanal back to Campo Grande. A flight of approximately 60 minutes. The flight will give you a wonderful idea of the Pantanal habitat, its forested islands of trees, lagoons, lakes and channels, and the scattered farmsteads built on the highest ground to avoid the annual flooding. Often one can spot tapir, capybara, flocks of birds and other animals while you fly at about 600 ft above the flat Pantanal. Arrival at the airport of Campo Grande to connect with your flight to Iguasu Falls. Met and transferred to Hotel San Martin (or similar) for three nights on bed and breakfast basis
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After breakfast your guide will pick you up at the hotel for a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the magnificent Iguassu Falls. Following the walkways that border the canyon of the Iguassu River, it is possible to observe hundreds of small waterfalls until the last fall, Floriano Falls, is reached. There you will have a complete frontal view of Devils Throat. The afternoon is free for exploring. The following day, take a full day tour to the Argentinean side of the falls, entering Argentina via the Tancredo Neves bridge. Trails through the 55.500 hectares reserve offer a different, more complete view of the Falls, especially the biggest one, the Devils Throat. Lower and upper walkways permit a closer look at the waterfalls. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
On the morning of day 12, depending on the departure time of your flight, time at leisure or optional excursions. One hour before your flight your guide will drop you off at the airport for your return flight to Sao Paulo.
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