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Wildlife in Brazil

The Beautiful Biomes of Brazil
Famed for its beautiful coastline and, of course, the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil is the Earth’s most biologically diverse country. Over 100,000 animal species are currently known, and with around 700 new ones discovered each year, this diversity is ever-increasing.

A trio of glorious wilderness areas - the lively, bustling Amazon Rainforest, The Pantanal’s labyrinth of pristine waterways and wetlands, and the vast, rolling savannah of the Cerrado - come together to make Brazil a hugely important conservation destination.

Journeysmiths can create a bespoke itinerary where you’ll experience all three of these remote, wildlife-dense, and scenically beautiful parts of the world.
  • The Pantanal - The world’s largest tropical wetland and the best place to see jaguars
  • The Amazon - Endless miles of glorious rainforest, teeming with life
  • The Cerrado - An overlooked wilderness with unique wildlife
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1. The Pantanal
Larger than England, the Pantanal is a truly vast area of mesmerising natural beauty. Over a thousand rivers and streams congregate to create this immense tropical freshwater wetland, where glistening waterways, lily pad-covered lakes, and open marshes rise and fall to nature’s rhythm.

Watch the sunrise over a lagoon where groups of macaw wake and take flight in a dazzling flurry of colour. During the day, spot munching capybara, noisy howler monkey and long-snouted tapir, and at nightfall take a safari to seek out elusive ocelot, giant ant-eater, and the most sought after Pantanal sighting, jaguar.
Where to Stay in The Pantanal
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South Pantanal, Brazil
Caiman Ecological Refuge
You will be energised not only by seeing the wonderful wildlife of the Pantanal, but also by experiencing ground-breaking conservation at work in the Caiman Ecological Refuge. It sets the standards that others follow.
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Araras Eco Lodge
A homely and harmonious lodge in an isolated wetland location, Araras is a place where you can enjoy peace and quiet, along with incredible wildlife opportunities, in equal measure.
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Fazenda Barranco Alto
For its remote location in the breathtaking environment of the southern Pantanal, and for its authentic friendly hospitality, Fazenda Barranco Alto is a great place for an intimate wildlife adventure on a working ranch.
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Pousada Rio Mutum
This is simply a beautiful pousada in an awesome location on the banks of Rio Mutum. It’s the perfect place to spot the diverse wildlife that the Pantanal region has to offer.
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2. The Amazon
Covering 1.4 billion acres, the overwhelmingly atmospheric and vibrant Amazon is the Earth’s largest rainforest. It is characterised by its towering emerald canopy and mighty river, and is inhabited by countless species.

Sadly, large areas of the forest have been destroyed following decades of detrimental human activity. For this reason, we work exclusively with partners that we know are working toward conserving and protecting the area.

Watch jaguar with heads low, skulking through grass; tiny frogs stretching out delicate limbs; bulbous heads of pink river dolphin peeking above water; and over 1,300 species of flamboyant, colourful birdlife.
Where to Stay in The Amazon
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Latin America, Brazil
Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Set within a private reserve of more than 11,000 hectares of pristine forest, Cristalino Lodge is consistently rated as one of the best eco lodge experiences in the world. Renowned for extraordinarily rich birding, as well as for its orchids and butterfly and mammal populations.
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Latin America, Brazil
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a magnificent property in the heart of the Brazilian Rainforest, right on the edge of the Anavilhanas National Park. The dark waters of the Rio Negro surround the property, making it a prime site for adventures by river as well as in the forest.
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Juma Amazon Lodge
With a stunning location, the stilted buildings of this beautiful lodge put guests right within the branches on the banks of the Juma River. It’s a black water region, so there are very few mosquitoes to spoil your experience of the rainforest.
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3. The Cerrado
Despite being the world’s most biologically rich and diverse savannah, the CerradoCerrado is often overlooked. Known as the ‘upside down forest’ thanks to its twisted, gnarled trees that rely on their huge roots during droughts, this wilderness combines peaceful grasslands, rivers lined with forest, harsh rocky outcrops and giant waterfalls.

Spot the Cerrado’s own Big Five: the long-legged and large-eared maned wolf; the tapir, a mammal with an unusual trunk-like snout; the prehistoric-looking giant armadillo; the bushy tailed and long-snouted giant ant-eater; and the Americas’ biggest and most famous big cat, the jaguar.

The Cerrado is also a birder's paradise with more than 850 different bird species, 30 of which are endemic to the area. Enjoy dazzling colours and majestic raptor sightings as you encounter blue and yellow macaws, crowned solitary eagles, burrowing owls, red crested mannequins and more. Your ornithologist guide will give you a detailed insight into the behaviour of some of the rarest species.
Where to Stay in The Cerrado
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Latin America, Brazil
Pousada Trijunção
Gloriously isolated, Pousada Trijunção is a place where you will be inspired and educated as you venture into the fascinating majesty of the diverse but threatened Cerrado.
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South Africa is an excellent choice for family travel with children of all ages. Its wildlife is abundant, with a great diversity of species, including the Big Five: rhino, leopard, lion, elephant and buffalo. There are vast malaria-free reserves and it’s easy to get from safari regions to Cape Town and the beach.
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Tiger Family Ranthambore By Archna Singh
Tiger Family Ranthambore By Archna Singh
Magnificent Big Cat Encounters
The Journeysmiths Guide to Seeing Big Cats
How much purr-suasion do you need to agree to a feline themed adventure? We promise that we’ll drop the puns as we help you discover the most extraordinary big cats in the world.
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Flight Over Sossusvlei
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Africa & Beyond
Our world is extraordinarily diverse.

Deserts, wetlands, forests and islands in different parts of the world may have similar rainfall statistics or comparable geographic features.

Look closer though and we find that every place has its distinctive character, wildlife and human culture.
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Family Beach Walk Fregate Island Private
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Africa’s Best Family Beach Retreats
From the Seychelles to the Skeleton Coast, the coastlines, islands and lake shores of Africa are striking and unforgettable.
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Girl On Sand Dune In Desert During Sunrise Sossusvlei Namib Naukluft National Park Namibia Ss By Guilhermemesquita
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A Spectacular Namibian Desert Safari
Namibia is a spectacularly unusual place for a family holiday. You can see enormous numbers of elephant, rhinoceros, big cats and plains game, yet the main attraction is the incredible variety of desert landscapes.
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Game Drive Rhino Solio Lodge
Game Drive Rhino Solio Lodge
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Where to track rhino
A sighting of any one of the Big Five is a cause for great excitement. But spotting a rhino in the wild? It is one of those things that dreams are made of. At around a tonne in weight, and generally considered to be the second largest land mammal, they shouldn’t be hard to see, but poaching has devastated population numbers. Park authorities have to be very cautious with any information they share about rhino numbers and regarding their whereabouts. An encounter, therefore, truly is a privilege.
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Stargazing Astronomer Telescope Andbeyond Sossusvlei1
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Stargazing on safari
A safari in the wilds of Africa allows you space to pause and wonder – to gaze and reflect. Epic landscapes, the balanced beauty of creation, the absence of hurry. You would imagine that the day’s adventures end with the setting sun. But as one star disappears and the heavens turn indigo to black, millions more appear, filling the unpolluted skies. We’ve chosen a few of our favourite spots for safari stargazing.
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Maasai Women Istock 821161558 Credit Hadynyah
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Meet The Maasai In Kenya and Tanzania
A safari holiday gives your family a wonderful chance to meet local tribal people and experience their culture.
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New Slide Chiawacamp Canoe Safari Copyright Scott Ramsay
New Slide Chiawacamp Canoe Safari Copyright Scott Ramsay
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Walking, Canoeing and Open Vehicles
Zambia is the perfect place for a real family safari adventure. You can track elephants and giraffe on foot with an expert guide. You can paddle a stable Canadian canoe down the Zambezi watching zebra and antelope drinking at the water’s edge.
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Black Rhino In Masai Mara Istock 168250093 By Seppfriedhuber
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Exclusive Rhino Relocation
The only travel company to have access to a huge moment in conservation history, our Kenya Conservation safari group got to watch a rhino release!
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Fam
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What Really Matters to Young Children on a Kenya Safari
An Exploration of Unforgettable Experiences at My Favourite Camps in Kenya
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Banner Images
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Meet Laura Burdett-Munns
It’s Laura’s deeply-rooted enthusiasm for exploration, combined with her desire to protect the world’s wild places through meaningful connections with local communities, that is the driving force of Journeysmiths’ vision.
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Gorilla Family Ss
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Meet the Relatives
Coming face to face with a quarter ton silverback is something you just have to do sometime in your life. This is one of the single most emotional animal encounters that you can have and is something you’ll never forget.
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Meerkat Experience Family Kids Natural Selection
Meerkat Experience Family Kids Natural Selection
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Meet The Meerkats on a Kalahari Adventure
The Kalahari is a fascinating place for a family safari. The children can sit by a meerkat den watching these curious little creatures foraging and playing as one stands guard on its hind legs looking out for eagles. They can watch enthralled as a San Bushman reveals hidden secrets that have enabled them to survive here for thousands of years.
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Morukuru Family Madikwe Family Safari
Morukuru Family Madikwe Family Safari
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5 Reasons to Choose Safari For Your Multigenerational Holiday
Are you celebrating a big birthday, a retirement or special anniversary? Maybe you have a plan to take your whole family, children and grandchildren on a trip that will delight and inspire them. Any reason will do!
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Lauras Photos 001
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Travel Q & A with Laura Burdett-Munns
Laura is an encyclopedia of all things Journeysmiths travel, so who better to quiz on her hidden gems and most memorable wildlife encounters.
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Awamaki 3 3
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Empowering Women Through Travel
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we wanted to spotlight travel experiences that empower women in the world’s wild places. When we create journeys, supporting local communities is of paramount importance - this is especially true of women and girls who across the globe face many gender-related obstacles.
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Horse Back Riding In Pantanal Istock 480245249 By Filipefrazao
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Latin America Travel Trends 2024 & 2025
We may use the term ‘travel trends’ but these destinations won't be crowded. Here we're showcasing the most stunning experiences to ignite your next Latin America holiday.

Each offers a unique blend of adventure and indulgence, so whether you're seeking a multi generational trip, a romantic couples getaway or a unique solo adventure, we have something special in store for everyone.
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Safari Photography 254405
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The Ultimate Photographic Safari
Perfect your photography skills with Emmy award-nominee and Big Cat Diaries cameraman and naturalist guide, Warren Samuels.
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Samba Dancer Carnival Brazil Istock 1997768066
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Top 10 Brazil Activities
We’ve created an exciting list of the most memorable things to do in Brazil.
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Brazil Faq Header
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Brazil FAQ
Brazil is vast, known for its lively cities, heavenly beaches and glorious wildlife areas. We’ve put together a set of FAQs that cover the basic need-to-know tips when starting to plan your holiday. If you’d like more tailored advice, contact our Journeysmiths today and we’ll be happy to help.
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Icebergs Ss
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Explore Antarctica: The World’s Final Frontier
Antarctica is so far removed from our everyday landscapes it feels as though you could be on another planet entirely - the epitome of wild. Read on for our top tips to help you develop a deep connection to the white wilderness.
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Jaguar And Cub In Water Pantanal Brazil Istock 1441581202
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Best Wildlife in Brazil
Discover a trio of biodiverse and gloriously beautiful wilderness areas to encounter wildlife in Brazil.
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Woman Guide Walking Safari Tanzania Landscape Nomad Expeditionary Walking
Woman Guide Walking Safari Tanzania Landscape Nomad Expeditionary Walking
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Top 10 Walking Safaris in Africa
From the classic walking safaris, spotting wildlife on Africa’s iconic plains, to hiking dense forests in search of gorilla families or meeting people who call these wild landscapes home, a walking safari is the best way to experience the call of the wild. Explore our top 10 walking experiences in Africa.
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Guest Tent Duba Plains Camp
Guest Tent Duba Plains Camp
Explore Desert and Delta
Ultimate Luxury Botswana Safari
From the pristine wilderness of Linyanti, to the glistening floodplains of the Okavango Delta, and beyond to the shimmering salt flats of Makgadikgadi - this Botswana safari will leave you with incredible memories from beginning to end. Experience the diverse ecosystems and wildlife Botswana has to offer in this epic journey from plains, to delta to desert.
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5 Jul Horse Riding Hippo
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Botswana and Victoria Falls
This memorable safari combines a journey through one of Africa’s most game rich areas, with a visit to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Experience Botswana’s abundant wildlife in the spectacular Okavango Delta and Linyanti, before heading to the winding Zambezi River to see the astonishing Victoria Falls.
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Old Mondoro Lower Zambezi Zambia
Old Mondoro Lower Zambezi Zambia
Zambia Trip Idea
Take The Path Less Travelled
Embark on an extraordinary safari journey through Zambia's remote wilderness. Discover luxurious accommodation amid untouched landscapes. Traverse untamed plains, witness incredible wildlife, and unwind in exclusive camps offering unparalleled luxury amidst the raw beauty of remote Zambia.
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Mokoro Exporation From Xigera Safari Lodge
Mokoro Exporation From Xigera Safari Lodge
Botswana and Cape Town Trip Idea
Safari and City in Ultimate Luxury
Travel across Southern Africa in complete luxury, staying at some of the most exclusive properties on the continent. With every single detail taken care of by exceptional guides and staff at each location, you can concentrate on what really matters - immersing yourself in an exclusive African safari experience.
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Livingstone Island Devils Pool
Livingstone Island Devils Pool
Tanzania Trip Idea
Victoria Falls and Safari
Indulge in a luxurious Zambian getaway. Start with the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, then venture into the wilderness for an exclusive safari, encountering Zambia's diverse wildlife while unwinding in stunning accommodations, creating an unforgettable African adventure.
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Walking Up The Dunes In Sossusvlei
Walking Up The Dunes In Sossusvlei
Namibia and Botswana Trip Idea
Adventure in Namibia and Botswana
Embark on a journey through the wild terrains of Botswana and Namibia, experiencing the epitome of a luxury safari. Encounter majestic wildlife in the Okavango Delta, traverse the surreal landscapes of Namibia's deserts, and unwind in opulent lodges amidst nature's grandeur.
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Main Lodge Pool With Elephant Mhondoro Safari Lodge The Waterberg
Main Lodge Pool With Elephant Mhondoro Safari Lodge The Waterberg
South Africa Trip Idea
Malaria Free South Africa
The only country able to offer malaria-free safaris, South Africa is a wonderful choice for many looking for a luxury safari experience. Enjoy the abundance of wildlife on offer in some of the most exclusive private reserves, before exploring cosmopolitan Cape Town, where the glamour of the city meets the rugged outdoors.
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Kenya Migration River Crossing Istock 637041774 By Vlapaev
Kenya Trip Idea
The Great Migration
An expedition that marries the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Great Migration with lesser-known treasures. Explore iconic wonders and uncover hidden gems, blending bucket list adventures with thrilling discoveries for an unforgettable journey of contrasts.
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Infinity Pool Lodo Springs Laikipia
Infinity Pool Lodo Springs Laikipia
Kenya Trip Idea
Kenya Safari and Beach Adventure
Merge thrilling safari experiences amid iconic wildlife-rich landscapes with tranquil beachfront relaxation along the pristine shores of the Indian Ocean, creating an unforgettable journey of contrasts and indulgence.
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Mountain Gorilla In Rwanda Istock 154952227
Rwanda Trip Idea
Rwanda and Tanzania
Experience a safari holiday like no other, with a journey across the remarkable landscapes of Rwanda and Tanzania. Be captivated by big game, search for primates in the rainforest, enjoy spectacular birdwatching and see the epic migration of wildebeest and plains game - all in one unforgettable trip you will regale for a lifetime.
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Morning In Machu Picchu Istock 682040222 By Dimarik
Peru Trip Idea
Luxury Peru
Embark on an opulent Peruvian odyssey, indulging in breath taking landscapes, exclusive accommodations, and culturally immersive experiences.
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Istock 172738343 Walking In The Andes Peru
Peru Trip Idea
Active Peru
Peru is the perfect place for an exhilarating adventure. Immerse yourself in thrilling activities, from trekking majestic peaks to exploring ancient ruins, for an adrenaline-fuelled experience.
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Lake View Torres Del Paine Patagonia Chile Istock 700100238 Large
Chile Trip Idea
Luxury Patagonia
Explore uncrowded, beautiful landscapes on a luxury holiday, journeying through Chile. The perfect destination for an unforgettable adventure, this volcano dotted country promises astounding wildlife, incredible scenery and memories lasting a lifetime.
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Atacama Chile Ss
Atacama Chile Ss
Chile Trip Idea
Epic Chile Adventure
Experience the unbelievable diversity of Chile, on an epic one month long adventure. From shimmering glaciers and aquamarine lakes, to jagged mountain peaks and mars-like deserts - immerse yourself in countless spectacular vistas, while enjoying the rich wildlife on offer.
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Aerial View Jao Camp Okavango Delta
Aerial View Jao Camp Okavango Delta
Family Trip Idea
Family Safari in Botswana
From the glistening floodplains of the Okavango Delta, to the pristine wilderness of Linyanti, and beyond to the shimmering salt flats of Makgadikgadi - this family friendly safari will leave you all with lifelong memories. Experience the diverse ecosystems and wildlife Botswana has to offer in this spectacular journey from Delta to Desert.
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Table Mountan Hike Cape Town Istock 1216765189
Family Trip Idea
South Africa Family Safari
See the splendour of South Africa as a family on this exclusive safari. Spend your days exploring captivating Cape Town, enjoying the delights of the Winelands and on safari, seeking out the abundant wildlife that roams the wilderness. No matter your age, this iconic safari will leave you with memories for a lifetime.
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Lion Mother Of Notches Rongai Pride With Cub In Masai Mara Kenya Ss Maggy Meyer
Lion Mother Of Notches Rongai Pride With Cub In Masai Mara Kenya Ss Maggy Meyer
Family Trip Idea
Family Safari in Kenya
From the iconic Masai Mara to the awe-inspiring Laikipia, explore Kenya as a family. Witness breathtaking wildlife and immerse yourselves in rich traditions for an unforgettable adventure in a land where the untamed wilderness thrives alongside vibrant cultures.
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Elephants In Tanzania Ss
Family Trip Idea
Tanzania Family Safari
Create memories of a lifetime together on an epic family safari in Tanzania. Witness the endless, game-filled plains of the Serengeti, explore the natural wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater and experience the magnificent wildlife in Tarangire.
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Istock 187572264
Peru Trip Idea for Families
Family Adventure in Peru
Set off on a captivating family adventure in Peru, where ancient wonders and vibrant culture await. From exploring the mystical Machu Picchu to navigating the Amazon rainforest, this itinerary promises unforgettable moments that will weave the rich tapestry of Peru into the fabric of your family's cherished memories.
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Pool Ol Lentille Laikipia
Pool Ol Lentille Laikipia
In the press: Chloe Berge in Vogue
Under-the-radar in Northern Kenya
Chloe’s trip took her off well-trodden paths and into the remote corners of Northern Kenya. Staying in Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy and Laikipia, the trip’s slow pace allows time to forge deep connections with the remote, wild landscapes and its people.
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Macaws In Peruvian Amazon Istock 534034923 By Ostill
Costa Rica Trip Idea
Luxury and Conservation In Costa Rica
This experiential itinerary allows you to go deeper in some of Costa Rica's most spectacular regions. Embark on a hands-on conservation adventure, take to the ocean for a private yacht adventure, explore wildlife filled forests and contribute to the future of Costa Rica's sea turtle population.
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