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Brasilië se Paradys Pantanal Vleilande

Nog nie bekend gemaak by Dale Myers

Land: Brazil

Die ervaring

Dit maak sin dat Suid-Amerika se grootste land omvat die vasteland se grootste vleilande. In werklikheid, Brasilië se Pantanal is die grootste vleilande in die wêreld, en is so groot dit nog oorspoel van Brasilië in dele van Paraguay en Bolivia. Tog is die meerderheid van die Pantanal (wat kom van die Portugese woord Pantano, wat beteken dat die vleilande, moeras, ens) geleë binne die Wes-Sentraal-Brasiliaanse staat van Mato Grosso do Sul. Maar die natuur ken geen grense, en die Pantanal sprei sy vlerke nat oor 'n geraamde 75.000 vierkante kilometer.
Hierdie enorme, ongerepte, biologies ryk vleiland stelsel is ietwat van 'n oase as dit word begrens deur die dorre Chaco droë woude na die suidweste, die Chiquitano droë woude in die weste en noordweste, die humiede Chaco na die suide, en die Cerrado savanne te die noorde en ooste. In werklikheid, Brasiliane liefdevol verwys na die Pantanal as hul tuin van Eden, en dit is een van die beste bestemmings in die land.
The Pantanal in Brazil, which receives an average yearly rainfall of 39 to 55 inches, is not only a tropical wetland where one can also find rainforests, lagoons, and waterfalls but something of a catchall when it comes to collecting the area’s waters. It is a gently sloping basin that collects runoff from upland areas and is where numerous rivers flow and merge from surrounding plateaus, which is why it is frequently referred to as the world’s largest freshwater wetland system, as well as one of Earth’s great natural wonders, one which has no rival when it comes to its collection of aquatic plants, vast amount of animal and bird species, and just its vastness. Just a couple of the animals one might encounter at the Pantanal include the giant river otter and the elusive, endangered jaguar (tracking tours are available). In this diverse ecosystem one can also find more than 3,500 species of plants, 100 mammals, 80 species of reptile, and more than 650 types of birds, making the Pantanal a bird-watcher’s paradise.
For those wishing to visit the Pantanal in Brazil, there exists a 520-square-mile park, the Pantanal Matogrossense National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the municipality of Poconé as well as the nearby 339-square-mile, privately owned Pantanal Private Natural Heritage Reserve. A great way to cover ground in the park is to go on safari, whether by Jeep, horseback, or your own two feet, and fortunately there are numerous tourist organizations that provide Pantanal safaris. If organized tours are not your thing and you prefer to strike out on your own, a perfect place to observe the wildlife is from the Transpantaneira Highway between the months of May and September (the remaining months of the year are the rainy season which can leave up to 80 percent of the Pantanal under water). Another popular mode of transport through the Pantanal is by boat or canoe on the Paraguay River, particularly during the rainy season (October through April) because high waters caused by flooding bring to life not only the river but lakes, lagoons, and waterfalls, as well as the overall experience of the visitor to this watery wonderland.
Hou in gedagte dat daar geen verblyf in die park. Maar, kan 'n mens kamers huur buite die park, insluitende by die Pantanal Park Hotel, sowel as in die staat se hoofstad Campo Grande wat is die waarskynlike vertrekpunt vir die Pantanal.

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Wanneer wil jy gaan

As jy wil die Pantanal in al sy heerlikheid waterige, Oktober te sien deur April (die reënseisoen) is die beste tyd om te gaan. Hou in gedagte dat gedurende die reënseisoen, die Transpantaniera snelweg raak onbegaanbaar en muskiete is volop. As jy egter verkies om al die park se flaura en fauna, Mei om te getuig deur middel van September is die tyd vir jou, as watervlakke daal bloot die Pantanal se diverse plant lewe.

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