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Here are two September mammal-filled trips from WildWings with places still available.

Remote Amazon Wildlife Cruise, 2-18 September, 2022 

This exclusive charter spends two weeks in Brazilian Amazonia on a comfortable air-conditioned river boat visiting a diverse range of remote habitats and sails from the easily accessible Brazilian city of Manaus. 

Most of the tour will be spent on the Rio Negro exploring mile-after-mile of untouched forest.  Planned stops include Anavilhanas, one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos, and the Jaú National Park which is considered one of the most pristine reserves in Brazil. 

WildWings have operated this trip on multiple previous occasions and regularly record an impressive range of mammals including Grey Four-eyed Opossum, Three-toed (Brown-throated) Sloth, Linnaeus’s Two-toed Sloth, Common Silky Anteater, Southern Tamandua, Pied Tamarin, Guianan Bearded Saki, White-faced Saki, Spix’s Black-headed Uacari, Spix’s Night Monkey, Spix’s Black-headed Uacari, Brazilian Porcupine, Giant Otter, Tucuxi and Amazon River Dolphin. 

The trip also sees a great range of forest birds from colourful macaws, parrots, trogons to the more cryptic woodcreepers and antbirds. 

More details are here.

South Africa: Mammals and Birds, 17 September – 2 October, 2022 

Focusing on some of South Africa’s rare and elusive mammals, this trip aims to see in excess of 50 species of mammals including Black-footed Cat, Aardvark, Aardwolf, Cape Porcupine, Cape Clawless and Spotted-necked Otter and African (Cape) Hunting Dog.  There are also opportunities to see Africa’s ‘Big 5’, as well as a good variety of predators, more widespread African mammals and around 250 species of birds. 

The tour starts east of Cape Town looking for Southern Right Whales, as well as some fantastic land mammals including Bontebok and Cape Mountain Zebra.  

Moving on to the Kimberley area, the night spotlighting can be truly exceptional with chances for a number of enigmatic nocturnal mammals including Black-footed Cat, the recently split African Wildcat, Bat-eared Fox, Aardvark, Aardwolf, Cape Porcupine and Springhare, with the possibility of South African Hedgehog and Caracal.   

We will then visit localities not far from Johannesburg where the focus is on Otters, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok and Mountain Reedbuck, before the final leg of the trip at Madikwe Game Reserve near the border with Botswana.  Here we hope to find African Wild Dog, Brown Hyaena and other carnivores including Lion, Leopard and Cheetah.  

We also expect to see a good variety of ungulates, Cape Buffalo, White (and hopefully) Black Rhinos plus African Savannah Elephant, together with a good selection of birds hopefully including African Finfoot.

More details are here.