Project Description

THIS TOUR IS AN EXTENSION TO THE TOUR – JAGUARS,  GIANT OTTERS AND HYACINTH MACAWS IN PANTANAL
17th -25th SEPTEMBER 2022. READ MORE HERE…

Några höjdpunkter

  • Hundreds of Red-and-green macaws
  • Incredibly rich bird life with i.a. hyacinth and blue-yellow macaws and toucans
  • Giant ant-eaters
  • Several night safaris to look for nocturnal animals
  • Snorkling in the crystal clear river, Rio da Prata.

PANTANAL
Pantanal is one of the World’s most biodiverse areas. It is often called the World’s largest wetland, spreading across hundreds of thousands of square kilometers in Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay. Thanks to the high concentration of wildlife, high biodiversity and a number of varied habitats, Pantanal is really one of the natural wonders of the World.

This extension tour gives you an opportunity to experience the best of the southern parts of the Pantanal. Here we will be given great opportunities to photograph giant anteaters, Tamandua, caimans and lots of birds with large flocks of Red-and-green macaws as the main attraction. At one of the lodges we also have really good opportunities to photograph the shy cat ozelot.

THE ANIMALS AND BIRDS
In the Pantanal, wildlife is constantly present and here 405 fish species share the space with 600 bird species, 80 mammal species, 1100 butterfly species and 50 reptile species. Endangered and repressed animals such as jaguars, cougars, giant otters, wolves, ozelots, macaws, tapirs and giant anteaters, have found refuge in the difficult-to-force wetlands. On this extension tour, we focus on experiencing and photographing giant anteater, tamandua, capuchin monkeys and Red-and-green macaws and with a good portion of luck ocelot.

In a so-called sinkhole nest large numbers of Red-and-green macaws. The birds are very active and give us unique photo opportunities when they fly over the deep hole and sit on the sandstone wall. We will visit this place several times, which gives opportunities to try some new photo techniques to get some different images. In the vicinity of the gRed-and-green macaws, we will also look for blue-yellow macaws, buff-necked ibis and other exciting birds that can appear in the forest. It’s not uncommon for us to see Puffbirds and Motmot. We will also pay a visit to Rio da Prata to snorkel in the crystal clear water. The river has an enormous wealth of fish, you can almost get the feeling of swimming in an aquarium. Snorkeling equipment is available to borrow. Here in the area there are also plenty of Burrowing owls and at the restaurant where we have lunch, a bird feed usually attracts many different birds such as gold-plated parakeet.

At the next stop on the tour, it’s time to look for ant-eaters. In the area where we live, there is plenty of giant ant-eaters and with a little luck, we have good opportunities to approach them on foot, which means that we can get down to much better photo angles than from vehicles. Here we can also find the smaller and more shy Tamandua, which we hope we will be able to photograph. Of course there is also a lot of other things to photograph here, there are e.g. capybara, cayman, foxes and armadillos. With a little luck, we will be able to photograph both six-band and nine-band armadillos.

The bird life is very rich with i.a. macaws, toco tucans, owls and jabiru storks. With a portion of luck, we can take part in the other major attraction here, the ozelots that are in the area. After dark, one or more ozelots usually come near the lodge and they can be very fearless. This gives us good conditions to be able to photograph these beautiful cats.

During the trip, we will also have time for a photo workshop where we go through techniques and photo ideas for the coming days photography. As usual, we also look at image composition and each other’s images, all to develop your particular photography.

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Itinerary

Day 1 (25/9) (Dinner)
The extension tour begins with us taking a flight to Campo Grande in the afternoon and then further transport to our hotel.
Day 2 (26/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we leave Campo Grande and travel to Rio da Prata. In the morning we snorkel in the crystal clear water in the river and enjoy life in the river. We have lunch at Rio da Prata before we go on to Buraco das Araras, a so-called. sinkhole where large numbers of Red-and-green macaws nest. The whole afternoon is spent in the area around the sinkhole. We will photograph the Red-and-green macaw. In the evening we go to our hotel in Jardim.
Day 3 (27/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we continue to photograph in the area around the sinkhole. We will have opportunities to work with different photo techniques during the days here as the macaws give us endless photo opportunities. After lunch we start our journey to our next lodge (about 4 hours journey).

When we arrive at the lodge, we can, if time permits, do some photography in the immediate surroundings. Here we can find lots of birds and not infrequently we see armadillos. After dinner in the evening we go on a night safari.

Day 4-5 (28-29/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Both in the morning and afternoon safari we go out to look for giant ant-eaters and other exciting animals. After dinner in the evening, we have a night safari with ozelot as the focus (NOTE! Preliminary as the prevalence of ozelot varies). During the days there is the opportunity for rest or your own photo excursions, there are a lot of birds in and around the lodge.

Day 6 (30/9) (Breakfast)
After breakfast we leave for Campo Grande, we will be at the airport well before our departure. The extension journey ends here. Flights back home.

More information

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Henrik Karlsson, born in 1968, is a photographer, writer and conservation biologist.
Henrik is a trained biologist and works part-time with water and conservation issues.
He has been appointed as a National Geographic Explorer and is a member of the Swedish Nature Photographers Association (Naturfotograferna/N) as well as PhotoNatura. In 2003 he was awarded Naturfotografernas/N and Kodak’s scholarship. Henrik has also won awards in several European photo competitions.

Henrik has a wide selection when it comes to subjects to take images of and tell stories about. He will be more than happy to photograph everything from insects to the orchids in the forest or the great wild animals around the world. He has the whole world as his photographic field but is more and more drawn to Africas beauty and wildness.

Previously, Henrik worked as a guide in several Swedish Nature Reserves and National Parks. He is a frequent lecturer and an appreciated guide on photo courses and workshops. He also leads photo tours all over the world.

In 2011 Henrik self-published the book ”Mångfaldens ö – bilder och tankar från Ölands natur”, and the book ”Vilda Norden” was published in 2017. 2020 he published the book Ölands orkidéer and in 2021 Orkidéer på Gotland.

www.hknaturfoto.se

On the trip we will have daily safaris and hikes of various kinds. Safaris take place with open safari vehicles and boats. For boat safaris, all photographers have their own row of chairs. This is to provide as good photo opportunities as possible.
As we will have opportunities for many different types of motifs, everything from landscapes to mammals and birds, it will be best to bring everything from wide-angle lenses to telephoto lenses. On safari, lenses from 70-200 mm to 500 mm are excellent. To increase the focal length, you can use a teleconverter. During game drives **, it is important to have protection for the camera equipment as it is very dusty. If you have access to two camera bodies, it is good to have these with slightly different focal lengths. This is to avoid having to change lenses. More information comes with departure information. Tripods are difficult to use in jeeps and boats, where bean bags are better. Tripods, on the other hand, are very good at the lodges where there are many smaller animals and birds to photograph.
The climate in the Pantanal is tropical, which means that both days and nights are warm, often the temperature rises above 30 degrees during the day and rarely below 20 at night. Pack light and cool but durable clothes. However, it is good to bring a thinner fleece sweater and a pair of thin trousers as the evenings on the rivers can be a bit “chilly”. A thinner rain jacket or poncho is good to bring. Bring a cap or thin hat as protection from the sun. Hiking boots or a pair of heavier sneakers are the best choice for the feet. Supplement with some form of sandals to wear in the middle of the day.

Accommodation will be in hotels and lodges of simple but rustic standard.

The accommodation has wheelchair restrictions. The jeeps and boats we use can mean reduced availability in case of reduced mobility.

Share in double room, meals according to the itinerary, all entrances and camera fees in national parks and reserves, all safaris and boat rides, local transports, local guides, photo workshops, transfers to and from Cuiabá and Campo Grande airports.

Round-trip flights Campo Grande, tips, insurance, cancellation protection, drinks, meals not specified in the itinerary, things of a personal nature.

The extension tour will start at Marechal Rondon airport, Cuiaba, and end at Campo Grande International Airport.

The registration fee is paid via invoice in connection with registration. The remaining amount is paid no later than 60 days before the tour.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after returning from Brazil. Swedish citizens do not require a visa to Brazil for stays of 90 days. Passports are required at check-in for flights.

If you are a citizen of any other country please check with the nearest Brazilian Embassy if you need visa or not.

We strongly recommend that you carefully review your travel insurance before the tour. Read the terms and conditions about what may and may not be included. It is important to check that compensation is included for travel home / ambulance transport in the event of an accident or serious illness. Often, for example, the travel cover in a regular home insurance needs to be supplemented.

Contact your doctor for advice on vaccinations.

Our tours are open to all nationalities, which means that the group can be international.
The tour guides on our trips speak Swedish and English.

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