Project Description

Tour highlights

  • Jaguars – five days (10 safari boat trips) in the best jaguar land in the world, to get the best opportunities to photograph these very attractive cats
  • Accommodation on a floating hotel in the middle of jaguar land, in order to avoid long transfers
  • Other exciting wildlife such as Giant Otter, Tapir, Coati, Capybara,Swamp deer and thousands of Caiman
  • Amazingly rich bird life, which includes the World’s largest stork – the Jabiru, the World’s largest parrot – the Hyacinth Macaw, colorful Toucans, Herons and exciting birds of prey
  • Night safaris to look for nocturnal wildlife
  • One photographer per seat row on boat safaris
  • The tour leaders show their favorite sites and also provide photographic advice, in a small like-minded group
  • We support the organisation Panthera’s work with creating a corridor for Jaguars through South and Central America

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. It hosts everything from Jaguars, Piranhas, Anacondas and Capybaras to Giant Otters, Caymans, Swamp deer and an amazing variety of birds. Pantanal is mainly open temporary wetland/savanna, with sparse gallery forests along the rivers and in higher parts. For several months, the Pantanal is almost completely flooded under meters of water. The rest of the year it is a lake-rich, dry savannah.

Wildlife is ever-present in Pantanal, with 405 species of fish, 600 bird species, 80 mammal species, 1100 butterflies and 50 reptile species. Threatened and endangered species such as Jaguars, Pumas, Giant Otters, Maned Wolf, Ocelot, Macaws, Tapirs and Giant Ant-eaters have all found a haven in the impenetrable wetlands.

WILDLIFE AND BIRDS
Whilst staying at lodges and traveling along the Transpantaneira road through the wilderness, we will be searching for interesting subjects to photograph. On the savannah we will be looking for mammals such as Capybaras, Tapirs and Coatis. Large numbers of Herons, Darters, Kingfishers and Jabirus gather in the wetlands. There we will also find thousands of Caymans. Lodge gardens and surroundings provide a plethora of photo opportunities. Here we find less shy species of birds and mammals. Rivers form the veins of the Pantanal, and there is lots to see and discover. On boat rides along the river Pixaim we will also be able to photograph fishing birds of prey and Kingfishers. Weather-permitting we will visit a lodge where the endangered Hyacinth Macaws are abundant. Rivers also give us many chances to come across Jaguars. They are normally pretty shy, but here they tend to come down to the rivers during the dry season to drink, hunt and rest, which usually gives us good chances to see and photograph these great animals. In order to make the best of our opportunities we will be staying on a floating hotel right in the middle of the Jaguar’s core area. During these five days we will make 10 boat safaris in search of Jaguars and other interesting subjects such as Giant otter, Tapir, Capybara and lots of birds to photograph. On each boat trip there will be only one photographer per seat row, to get the best possible photo opportunities.

The tour is planned in order for us to be able to focus on particular species at particular sites. The areas we have chosen to visit in northern Pantanal provide the best possible opportunities to photograph the characteristic species that occur here. Naturally, we will be able to photograph also much more than these main focus species.

During the tour, there will be photographic workshops, where we discuss techniques for the different types of photography we will be doing. We will also discuss composition and each other’s images, all in order to take your photography to the next level.

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Itinerary

Travel day (16/9)
Flight to Brazil
Day 1 (17/9) (Lunch – Diner)
Arrive at Cuiabá in the morning. Transport to our lodge, a fazenda. Lunch enroute. During the afternoon/evening we head out on safari in search for the spectacular wildlife of Pantanal.
Day 2 (18/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
The whole day is spent around our lodge, with the first safari starting at dawn. During the afternoon/evening we continue out on safari in search for the spectacular wildlife of Pantanal. Even when not on safari, there is plenty to photograph around the lodge.

Day 3 (19/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
We leave the lodge in the morning and head for Porto Jofre. The journey from our lodge to Porto Jofre is also a safari, with many photo opportunities along the way. From Porto Jofre we head out on to the river Cuiabá and our floating hotel. Here, in the core area for Jaguars, we will spend five nights. Already in the afternoon we will head out on the river in our search for jaguars and all other exciting wildlife along the riverbanks.

Day 4-7 (20-23/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
These four days are spent on the river Cuiabá. Our main focus is of course the Jaguars. During mornings and afternoons we will search for them along the river banks. We will also be photographing Giant Otters, Caymans, birds and other animals. We will have a short break for lunch and a short rest. In the evenings, after dark, there will be lectures and workshops.
Day 8 (24/9) (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
In the morning we have our final boat safari to search for jaguars and other exciting wildlife and birds that we wish to photograph more. Around lunchtime we leave the Cuiabá river and start our journey along the Transpantaneria road to our next lodge. In the afternoon we have a new boat safari on the Pixaim river. We will keep our eyes open and hope for Kingfishers and birds of prey as well as the fabulous Agami heron.
Day 9 (25/9) (Breakfast – Lunch)
In the morning we have a final boat safari on the Pixaim river, to look for wildlife subjects to photograph. After lunch we head back to Cuiaba. For those who are not joining our extension trip, the journey home begins here.

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

Cuiabá Marechal Rondon International Airport. Exact time will be announced later.

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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    Jaguars, Giant Otters and Hyacinth Macaws Pantanal, Brazil 17th-25th September 2022

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