The vessel has been specially designed by the owner to explore the remote corners of the world, such as the Amazon and coastal Brazil, whilst at the same time offering on board training to a small select group of officers, engineers and hotel staff. The ship will carry a full complement of experienced crew. The Amazon Still for the greater part unexplored, the Amazon rainforest is the largest and densest in the world, boasting more plant and animal species than any other jungle, creating a paradise for would-be explorers, naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts. Your exploration of the Amazon will begin in the jungle metropolis of Manaus from where you set sail toward Belém, at the mouth of the mighty river. Coincidentally both cities are famous for their opera houses! Your route on this 10-day voyage is flexible and you will be actively encouraged to participate in the itinerary planning. Unlike any other place in the world, the combination of nature and culture makes discovering the Amazon an unequalled adventure. An important feature of your journey will be visits to the native communities living along the shores of the Amazon and its tributaries, giving you the chance to learn more about life on the edge of this vast trackless forest. At every opportunity, you will board the zodiacs to explore flooded forests, swamps and savannas or to visit remote white sand beaches and swim in turquoise lagoons. As you glide through the sea of green beneath the forest canopy you may catch a brief glimpse of the jungle’s exotic birdlife as toucans, parrots and eagles are often seen. Keep an eye open too for Pink River Dolphins as they may surprise you at any moment. Hiking in the rainforest beneath gigantic trees that stretch up to 60 metres, you will get closer views of the plants, fruits and flowers that compete for sunlight amongst the vines and epiphytes. The feel of the tropical rainforest by night is an entirely different experience and you will explore by zodiac and on foot. Coastal Brazil Setting sail from Belém your 16-day voyage along the coast of Brazil to Rio de Janeiro will transport you through mangrove-covered deltas and tranquil coves to stunning colonial outposts and vibrant city streets. The protected national marine park of Fernando de Noronha (visits subject to permissions) and Rocas Atoll offer some of the finest diving in the world. Your vessel is set up for diving with all necessary equipment provided. Among caverns and coral formations, you may see Spinner Dolphins, Reef Sharks, turtles and rays. Cruising along Rocas Atoll at low tide is spectacular with its seascape of lagoons and tidal pools teeming with fish. Time has stood still in Olinda where the narrow cobbled streets are home to magnificent Baroque churches, pastel coloured houses and shady plazas. Steeped in history it is no surprise that Olinda has UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status. Among the clear waters and coral reefs of the Archipelago dos Abrolhos you will see all kinds of rare fish, sea turtles, birds and, possibly, Humpback Whales taking refuge from the icy Antarctic winter. From the delightful colonial town of Paraty you sail on to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro where you will disembark. The Amazon & Coastal Brazil Sailing onboard a five-star 48-metre expedition cruise vessel for just 12-passengers you may have the feeling you are with a group of friends on your own luxury private yacht! S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com Itinerary The Amazon Day 1. Embark in Manaus Days 2 to 9. Anavilhanas Area, Parintins, Juruti, Alter do Chao, Santarem, Tapajos River, Pará, Ilha do Marajo, Breves Narrows Day 10. Belém and disembark Coastal Brazil Day 1. Embark in Belém Days 2 to 15. Ilha do Caju National Park, Rocas Atoll, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Abrolhos National Park, Paraty Day 16. Rio de Janeiro and disembark The Amazon Embark Manaus, Brazil Disembark Belém, Brazil Voyage nights 9 nights Departure dates 10 to 19 May Price £2,895 in a twin share cabin Coastal Brazil Embark Belém, Brazil Disembark Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Voyage nights 15 nights Departure dates 11 to 26 Nov Price £4,850 in a twin share cabin Single supplement On request. If you are travelling alone ask about our request share programme which enables solo travellers to share a cabin with another solo traveller. Vessel Hanse Explorer (see Vessel pages for more details). What’s included Voyage including guided shore & zodiac excursions, all meals onboard & transfers. Guide price for flights & accommodation package Around £950 including return flights from the UK & 2-nights in Brazil. 201
The Kimberley is one of Australia’s hidden treasures with an immense and complex landscape that encompasses rugged mountains and spectacular gorges, majestic waterfalls and pockets of lush rainforest, unexplained rock art and an astonishing variety of wildlife. Located on the northernmost part of Western Australia and covering some 421,451 square kilometres, an area three times the size of England, the Kimberley is home to only 40,000 people meaning there are fewer people per kilometre than almost any other place on the planet. Your voyage begins in the pearling port of Broome where you embark your state of the art adventure-cruise vessel, purpose built to access shallow river systems and the ultimate in comfort and style. The tender vessels will ensure you experience the wilderness up close and, to add yet another dimension to the adventure, the vessel sails with its own helicopter. With the ability to carry six passengers in air conditioned comfort, the helicopter provides a unique opportunity to witness the full grandeur of the Kimberley’s panoramic landscapes. The Kimberley’s most amazing natural phenomenon is Horizontal Falls where, unlike any other waterfall, the water passes horizontally. You will experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your air-conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience. Montgomery Reef is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – 100 square kilometres of coral reef will rise out of the ocean right before your eyes! Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world with turtles, dugongs and manta rays. With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves, the Hunter River is an awesome setting for fishing, mud-crabbing, birdwatching or just simply exploring. Yet another mighty Kimberley river is The King George. Your journey upstream will take you to the King George Falls where you can climb, or take the helicopter to the top of the falls, or just relax with a drink whilst eating fresh oysters off the rocks. You will see some excellent examples of ancient rock art. The paintings were first recorded by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891 and, although incredibly sophisticated, they originate from an unknown period which some say could be 50,000 years ago. Along the way there will be plenty of time to fish for barramundi, swim in crystal clear billabongs and experience unforgettable picnics in some of the most remote places on earth! Your final destination will be the frontier port of Wyndham. The Kimberley Wilderness Wild and wonderful, the Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Choose either a 14-day or a shorter seven- or eight-day journey. 202 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 Itinerary Day 1. Embark in Broome Day 2. The Horizontal Falls Day 3. No Name Creek, Ruby Falls, Raft Point Day 4. Sale River, Montgomery Reef Days 5 & 6. Prince Regent River Day 7. Hunter River Day 8. Winyalkin Island, Voltaire Passage Day 9. Mitchell River Day 10. Eagle Falls Day 11. Drysdale River Day 12. King George River Day 13. Berkeley River, Cambridge Gulf Day 14. Wyndham and disembark Single supplement On request. If you are travelling alone ask about our request share programme which enables solo travellers to share a cabin with another solo traveller. Things you need to know Embark Broome, Western Australia, 13-night Broome or Hunter River, 6 or 7-nights Disembark Wyndham, Western Australia, 13-nights Hunter River or Wyndham, 6 or 7-nights Departure dates 13-nights: 15 to 28 Mar, 12 to 25 Apr, 10 to 23 May, 24 May to 6 June, 7 to 20 June, 21 June to 4 July, 5 to 18 July, 19 July to 1 Aug, 16 to 29 Aug, 13 to 26 Sep Price From: £6,295 in a twin share cabin Departure dates 6 or 7-nights: 29 Mar to 5 Apr, 5 to 11 Apr, 26 Apr to 3 May, 3 to 9 May, 2 to 9 Aug, 9 to 15 Aug, 30 Aug to 6 Sept, 6 to 12 Sep Price From £4,095 in a twin share cabin Vessel The True North (see Vessel pages for more details). What’s included Voyage including guided shore & zodiac excursions, all meals onboard, helicopter & light air transfers to vessel, fishing & snorkelling equipment. Adventure options Around 20 different helicopter flights are offered at a supplement. Their cost is around £65 per flight if bought individually, but they may be purchased as a package. Guide price for flights & accommodation package Around £1,450 including return flights from the UK & 2-nights in Broome.