Search for Brazil’s iconic wildlife—caiman, giant anteaters, Brazilian tapirs, maned wolves, capybara, howler monkeys, marmosets, giant river otters, and our ultimate goal, the elusive jaguar—on this overland adventure with Mark Brazil.
Expedition Leader & Ornithologist
Mark developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University, Scotland, for his work on avian behavioral-ecology in Iceland and Scotland. Ornithological research, natural history consultancy for TV companies, and guiding naturalists and wildlife photographers, have taken him to all continents, but his particular passion is Asia in all its diversity. Fascinated by island biology, he is a leading authority on the natural history of Japan, where he worked as a professor of biodiversity and conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University, near Sapporo, until 2007. Mark is currently based in Hokkaido, Japan. In addition to being a field naturalist, he is a prolific writer. Up until recently, he was a columnist for The Japan Times newspaper (his column Wild Watch appeared there since 1982 and was the longest running natural history column in the world) and writer-in-residence for JapanVisitor.com. Mark’s books include Wild Asia: Spirit of a Continent, The Birds of Japan (the definitive text of bird biology and distribution in the Japanese archipelago), the monograph The Whooper Swan, and most recently, A Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia. Mark juggles international travel with writing and enjoys spending as much time as possible exploring Hokkaido.
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Wild Brazil: From Atlantic Forest to the PantanalSeptember 16 — October 4, 2018
Sacred Traditions: Japan RevealedOctober 12 — October 30, 2018
This Japan adventure introduces you to everything from Honshu Island’s local residents to Kyoto’s noteworthy temples and Kanazawa’s famous gardens of Kenroku-en—it’s an off-the-beaten-path immersion with incredible personal connections made possible by Japan expert Mark Brazil.
Central India: A Wildlife SafariNovember 16 — December 1, 2018
The original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Pench National Park, is just one of the stunning national parks visited on this Indian safari. Also explore Bandhavgarh National Park, formerly a maharajah’s private hunting preserve, as well as Satpura National Parka, a 202-square-mile national park and tiger reserve.
Snow Monkeys & Cranes of JapanJanuary 16 — February 3, 2019
Marvel at the sight of nearly 12,000 hooded and white-naped cranes, as they flock to Japan’s exquisite wintertime landscape, Arasaki, Kyushu—later, a boat trip to the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula puts us up close and personal with Steller’s sea eagles.
In Search of Snow LeopardsFebruary 8 — February 20, 2019
Join veteran expedition leader and ornithologist, Mark Brazil, on a brand-new expedition to seek out unique Himalayan wildlife. You'll spend five full days tracking snow leopards, as well as ibex, blue sheep, marmots, and Himalayan wolves, and enjoy the magical scenery of the rugged Himalayas.
Parks & Palaces of India's RajasthanFebruary 22 — March 11, 2019
On this brand-new adventure, you'll get the bost of both worlds as you search for the rare Asiatic lion in Gir National Park, and spend two nights at the luxurious Mihir Garh Palace Hotel. You'll also have time to tour the bustling city of Mumbai, complete with the Gateway of India, Elephanta Island, the Prince of Whales Museum, and Kamla Nehru Park.
Natural Wonders of Sri LankaMarch 15 — March 31, 2019
Wildlife expert Mark Brazil leads this immersive exploration of the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” with its bird-watching haven, Sinharaja Nature Reserve; Yala National Park’s Sri Lankan elephants; and the World Heritage Site of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the OutbackMay 3 — May 17, 2019
Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.
Underwater Wonders of Western AustraliaMay 13 — May 27, 2019
Snorkel or dive nearly every day on this brand-new expedition of Western Australia, to discover colorful hard and soft corals, along with healthy populations of tropical fish. You'll explore Ningagloo Reef, home to whale sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as Little Turtle Island, an important nesting site for flatback turtles.
Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to QuebecAugust 27 — September 12, 2019
Cruise along chiseled fjords packed with icebergs for up-close views of glittering glaciers on our brand-new expedition that explores the Arctic region of Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. You'll search for beluga whales, and seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, and kittiwakes, and enjoy a hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wild ColombiaSeptember 16 — September 29, 2019
On our Colombian adventure, we’ll take in the country’s natural and cultural highlights, from its white-sand beaches and vibrant cities to pristine rainforest, a coffee plantation, and artifacts of ancient pre-Hispanic cultures.
Nepal & Bhutan with the Black-necked Crane FestivalOctober 29 — November 18, 2019
Wildlife expert Mark Brazil accompanies this exciting tour, during which you’ll discover the cultural and natural treasures of Nepal and Bhutan, from the dramatic Tiger’s Nest monastery to the subtropical forests of Chitwan National Park.
Central India: A Wildlife SafariNovember 22 — December 7, 2019
The original setting of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, Pench National Park, is just one of the stunning national parks visited on this Indian safari. Also explore Bandhavgarh National Park, formerly a maharajah’s private hunting preserve, as well as Satpura National Park, a 202-square-mile national park and tiger reserve.