The rare Maned Wolf, endangered and endemics birds, Waterfalls, Caves and Canyons
CHAPADA DOS GUIMARÃES NATIONAL PARK, NOBRES & EMAS NATIONAL PARK
Spreading through 23% of the nation’s territory, the Brazilian Savanna or Cerrado is Brazil’s second largest biome with 2 million km². Located in the central part of South America, it is in touch with the country’s other biomes: the Amazon (5,5 million km²), the Caatinga, the Atlantic rainforest, the Chaco and the Pantanal. The Cerrado is a mosaic of plateaus and valleys with various different plant formations, which has been categorized as a tropical savanna ecosystem similar to savanna territories in Africa and Australia. The Cerrado is the world's most biologically rich savanna, it is home to 856 species of birds, 277 species of mammals and over 10,000 species of plants, of which 45% are exclusive to the Cerrado. The Cerrado also feeds three of the major water basins in South America: the Amazon, Paraguay and São Francisco Rivers.
Wildlife destinations in the Cerrado
Our tours take you to Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, Emas National Park and Nobres, in the heart of the Brazilian Savanna.
Chapada dos Guimarães National Park
Located 60 km from Cuiabá, this huge Park is one of Brazil's little secrets, a small town encircled within the 250,000 ha National Park & APA. The region is known for its endless mountains, canyons, crystalline rivers, breath-taking waterfalls and unique vegetation and fauna. This huge national park is considered one of South America's birding hotspots as it harbors an array of endemics and range-restricted birds. This luxuriant savanna is home to a wonderful assortment of parrots and birds such as the Red-and-Green Macaw, Swallow-Tailed Kite, Harpy Eagle, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Fiery-Capped Manakin, Collared Crescentchest, Frilled Coquette, Channel-Billed Toucan, Lettered Aracari , King Vulture, among others.
Chapada dos Guimarães National Park also harbors an amazing variety of mammals including some of the most secretive of the continent: the elegant Maned Wolf, the Tyra, Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine, Giant Armadillo, Night Monkey, Bush Dog among others. The mammal highlights also include Puma, Giant Anteater, Ocelot, Collared Anteater, Tapir, to mention but a few.
Nobres & Bom Jardim
Located in Central Mato Grosso, 150 km from Cuiabá, completely off the beaten path, Nobres has a little district called Bom Jardim, surrounded by ever green mountain ranges rich in limestone formations, embedded in a transition forest between Cerrado and Amazon. The region is full of peculiarities: complex of caves, crystal-clear rivers with great diversity of fishes, beautiful forest trails, and a lagoon where Blue-and-Yellow Macaws congregate in the early evening. The region offers not only an amazing number of birds but also 4 species of monkeys and a spectacular scenery of the Serra Azul State Park. Furthermore the region offers the finest scuba diving in caves and crystaline rivers, where we target tropical river fishes and a realm of other aquatic wildlife such as Water-Turtles, Stingray, Dourado, Striped-Catfish and Anacondas.
Emas National Park
This is undoubtly a wildlife jewel in the Cerrado, a 150,000 hectares National Park and an UNESCO world heritage site, located between the States of Goiás e Southern Mato-Grosso, Center-West Region of Brazil. Emas National Park shows a typical Cerrado ecossystem, a treeless savanna dominated by termite mounds. This unique scenery provide a surreal setting for large concentrations of Pampas Deer, Giant Anteater and Greater Rhea, or "Ema" in Portuguese. The Maned Wolf is frequently seen roaming the grasses in search of tinamou and other prey. The park holds the greatest concentration of Blue-and-Yellow Macaws outside Amazonia, Blue-winged and Red-bellied Macaws, White Woodpeckers, Streamer-tailed Tyrants, an array of hummingbirds and other showy birds.
This huge National Park features great scenery and exuberant fauna: the Giant Anteater, the elegant Maned Wolf, the rare Bush Dog, Tapir, Giant Armadillo, Pampas Deer, Jaguar, 6 species of Macaws, Toco Toucan and great diversity of endemic bird species. Our Emas National Park Safari is led by professional wildlife guides, regarded as the region's finest naturalists. This tour offers a compreehensive cross-section of the very best that Brazilian Cerrado has to offer, at an extremely reasonable price.
Wildlife Safari to the Brazilian Savanna
Endangered & Endemic Bird Species, the rare Maned Wolf, Walking Adventures through Canyons & Jungles
During our Savanna Safaris we target rare mammals and an array of endemic birds. We will marvel at some of the world's last truly pristine wilderness. Observing the elegant Maned Wolf foraging for food on an endless grassland is an experience that defies description. We also target some of the region's most photogenic birds: the Ornated Hawk-Eagle, Coal-Crested Finch, several hummingbird species, concentration of Toco Toucans, Blue-and-Yellow Macaws, Red-and-Green Macaws, among others.
Although the wildlife is the primary focus of our attention on our tours , the stunning scenery of the Savanna is not ignored; with breathtaking viewpoints, canyons, archaeological sites, caves, waterfalls and rivers where you can snorkel or dive with a great diversity of fishes. Our Professional Field Guides will take you to remote and seldom visited areas of these vast National Parks in search for the savanna's highlights. The Savanna Classic Safari was designed to provide prime Cerrado birding and wildlife viewing at an economical price, and can be coupled with some of our Pantanal Tours, as this two wildlife destination are considerably close and it will provide you with a massive bird and wildlife photographic portifolio of the Central Brazil.
Below you find an overview of Tours that we offer to the Brazilian Savanna.
These Tours are also very popular combined to our Pantanal Tours, as private, customized departures, and can be tailor-made to your specific requirements.
Please contact our office for further details.