BRAZIL – SOUTHERN PANTANAL PHOTO TOUR
US$5,995 / individual
27 Sep – 02 Oct 2023
Penny Robartes and ORYX Photo Tours are proud to present a photo tour tailor-made to visit and photograph some of the Southern Pantanal’s exquisite array of wildlife. Birdlife positively abounds here with skies filled with colourful Parrots, Macaws and Toucans. Caiman, Giant anteaters, Giant otters, Howler monkeys and plenty more call this area home. Join us as we explore and photograph the many wonders of the savannah, wetland and woodland areas of Pousada Aguape.
Why This Photo Tour Is For You
Today is set aside as an arrival day in Bonito. You will be collected from the airport at Campo Grande and taken on a road transfer (280km –roughly 4 hours plus) to Bonito where you will overnight and meet Penny.
Today we drive around 54km to the aptly named Buraco das Araras (“Macaw’s Hole), which is a spectacular sandstone crater well over 100 metres deep, and said to have a diameter of 500 metres. En route to the massive sinkhole, we will keep a look out for the bizarre Giant Anteater as we drive through the grasslands studded with termite mounds. Buraco das Araras is an excellent place to photograph the beautiful Red-and-green Macaw, and interestingly, the lake in the bottom of the crater contains Broad-snouted Caimans. This huge sinkhole has a slightly darker side to its history, as it was used to dispose of the enemies and opponents of some of the local criminals! Depending on time in the Bonito area, (and if such a quest tickles our fancy) you may try spend some time trying to find Anacondas, which can found in clear water streams that run through dense woodland.
Leaving Bonito, we drive via Miranda to Pousada Aguapé (around 235 km away), which is located on the edge of the Pantanal. Although it has a long history of farming, having been run by the same family for around 150 years, it has undertaken various ecotourism projects including fishing and wildlife viewing. The property is covered in a mosaic of vegetation from forests and grasslands to wetlands, and as such provides excellent habitat for a variety of mammals and birds.Tonight, we have a chance to find Ocelot, a beautiful Neotropical feline the size of a small dog, and may partake in a nightdrive this evening to search for these handsome small cats.
You have two full days at Pousada Aguapé. One of your primary reasons for visiting here is the incredible Giant Anteater –a huge insectivorous mammal that can measure over two metres long and weigh up to 40kg! Broad swathes of grassland peppered with termite mounds can be found at Pousada Aguapé –perfect habitat for the Anteater, and you will have ample time to photograph these bizarre creatures. Pousada Aguapé has other draw cards, with photogenic Crab-eating Foxes, Yellow Armadillos, Capybaras, Red-legged Seriemas and Toco Toucans providing for many hours of photographic entertainment. You may also get the chance to search for wildlife from a boat, and all in all, this promises to be a fascinating area with many intriguing photographic subjects! In the evenings, you will have a further chance to search for Ocelot while out on night drive.
This morning you will depart Pousada Aguapé to Campo Grande, where this photo tour sadly comes to an end.
For each morning and afternoon game drive we will use open-top jeeps to explore the park for Bengal Tiger and other wildlife. The rangers will be on the lookout for tell-tale signs such as pugmarks or scat in the road and will be ever alert for the alarm calls of Sambar, Spotted Deer (Chital) and Hanuman Langur. With luck, these signs will lead us to a Tiger padding along a dusty track or sprawled out in the dappled sunlight of a bamboo thicket. Looking into the amber eyes of this, the largest of all the cats, undoubtedly ranks as one of the world’s ultimate wildlife experiences.
This morning on this Women’s Only tour, we will have a further opportunity to photograph game within the reserve, where after we board the train bound for New Delhi, where we have an overnight stay.
After check-in and lunch we will explore and photograph Varanasi (Benares or Kashi), the oldest living city in the world and the city that has been the ultimate Hindu pilgrimage for ages. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the holy land of Varanasi will attain salvation from the cycle of birth and re-birth.
This morning, we will enjoy an early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to witness the sun rising over the river and Ghats (the broad flight of steps leading down to the water) and also to observe the devotees taking a holy dip and offering morning prayers. After capturing the many sights in the beautiful morning light, we will continue on by foot as we photography the many streets and sights in Varanasi. We will return to the hotel for a late breakfast and have time to relax, editing our images and enjoy your accommodations before we head out on our evening excursion to photograph the Ganga Aarti. Ganga Aarti is an ancient ritual of offering prayer to the Ganges River and is held daily at dusk. Aarti brings eager devotees and spectators across the city to witness the awe-inspiring and spiritual ritual.
Today, our wonderful photographic tour sadly comes to an end. After a final morning’s photography and breakfast we will fly back to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and this is where our photo tour concludes.
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