EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
As you can imagine, many of our destinations also offer the chance to see some of the most awe-inspiring and colourful animals on the planet. We want our trips to be not only for anglers but for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts also. Nearly all of our destinations give you close up and personal access to an incredible array of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects in some of the most beautiful, stunning lodges and landscapes in the world.
In Africa, along the Zambezi watershed, when you wake up to a dawn chorus, you’ll know you’re in Africa!! Everything just comes alive at dawn. A multitude of birds of every hue and colour and so many insects erupt in a cacophony of song and dance. Pigeons in Trafalgar Square this is not! Giraffes, waterbuck, kudu, antelopes, water buffalo, zebras, monkeys and baboons can be seen down at the river.
But, what really does it for many guests, is to see elephants come for a drink and a bath and often crossing the river or playing with each other, right in front of your eyes. Lions can often be heard growling and roaring to each other at night, especially on the Lower Zambezi region, but just sometimes, anglers get to see them drinking at the water’s edge. On game drives, guests can often come across a stubborn lion refusing to move from in front of the jeep!
In some of our South America destinations, as you can imagine, the Amazon jungle is full to the brim with every sort of animal you can think of. Nearly all of our destinations give you close up and personal access to an incredible array of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects.
In South America most mammals here are nocturnal but sometimes you will be lucky and see Agoutis, Capybaras and other large fruit and nut-foraging rodents during the day. Giant River Otters are frequent in the Amazon and they bark and growl at you as you invade their territory. It’s their fishing grounds, so what are you doing there?
Tapirs are large land mammals that have a wonderful symbiotic relationship with a small bird of prey. A Tapir will call out with a whistle and the bird replies with a screech similar to its friend. The bird flies down to the Tapir and removes the ticks and fleas from its skin, thereby satisfying each other.
When you wake up to an Amazon dawn chorus, you sure know about it! Parrots of every hue and colour yap away in the treetops, Macaws screech their way across the canopy at each other and a multitude of birds and insects erupt in a cacophony of song and dance. Sparrows on your lawn it certainly isn’t!
It’s rare to see many land-based mammals during the day as we fish in or next to the river, but it makes for a pleasant surprise to see a herd of wild pigs crossing the river, or a Jaguar coming down to drink. A strong lantern at night can show the eyes of many animals, like snakes hanging from trees, rodents, birds and cats.