Brazil’s Pantanal is fast becoming a premiere wildlife destination unlike any other on earth. This exciting experience combines the very best on offer within the world’s largest wetland, custom built to explore both the northern and southern wildlife.
From Giant Anteaters to Jaguars and Macaws to Toucans, this is an experience not to be missed for any nature lover or wildlife photographer. The Pantanal covers a large area and is home to a rich variety of wildlife & exotic bird life. This adventure is designed in order to showcase the beauty of both the southern & northern Pantanal to you.
It will start in the southern Pantanal where you’ll go in search of the two anteater species, the Giant Anteater and the Southern Tamandua. An exciting visit to Buraco das Araras will also be included where you’ll photograph Red & Green Macaws nesting on the large sinkhole’s cliff face. Following this you’ll travel up towards the northern regions of the Pantanal where you’ll go in search of the mighty Jaguar and more. You’ll spend almost 7 full days on the river looking for not only Jaguars but also species such as Giant River Otters, Jacare Caiman, Capybara and even the elusive Tapir.
All in all, this is one of the most comprehensive offerings on the market today to explore the best that the Pantanal has to offer in the company of two field & photographic experts.
At a glance
12 Nights / 13 Days
From $11,995.00 per single guest
Minimum 35% deposit to secure
Jaguar, Anteaters, Variety of bird life
- All accommodation specified in the itinerary
- Accommodation on a single basis
- All meals apart from Campo Grandé on night 1
- 1x chartered flight, Bonito to Porto Jofré
- Tour activities specified in itinerary
- Twice daily private boat excursions in Porto Jofré
- Road Transfers between destinations
- Water in transfer vehicles and on the Porto Jofré boat safaris
- Passport and visa costs
- Gratuities and items of a personal nature
- Drinks and meals not specified
- Transfers not specified
- Dinner on first night in Campo Grandé
- All drinks (including water in camps)
- All travel to start location (Campo Grandé)
- All travel from end location (Cuiaba)
5 Spaces available
04 Oct - 16 Oct 2021
3 Spaces available
18 Oct - 01 Nov 2021
Gerry van der Walt
5 Spaces available
30 Aug - 11 Sep 2022
Marlon Du Toit
6 Spaces available
04 Oct - 16 Oct 2022
Best of the Pantanal Overview
This is one of the most comprehensive offerings on the market to explore the best that the Pantanal has to offer.
Day 1 Arrival | Day 2 Travel from Campo Grandé to Pousada Agapé | Day 3 Explore the surrounding areas for an array of wildlife | Day 4 Travel to Bonito, photograph the red-and-green macaws in flight in front of the well-known red cliffs of Buraco das Araras | Day 5 Fly from Bonito to Porto Jofré by chartered plane. Arrive Porto Jofré | Day 6 – 11 Full days searching for Jaguars and more in Porto Jofré | Day 12 Once at camp we will enjoy a river cruise or land-based game drive in the afternoon and there will be good photographic opportunity for river animals & stunning birdlife | Day 13 Departure
Arrive in to Campo Grandé and overnight at a local hotel.
Transfer to Aguapé Lodge
After breakfast we will leave the airport by road for a 3-hour transfer to Aguapé Lodge. This lodge is well known for incredible Giant Anteater sightings as well as the smaller anteater, the Southern Tamandua. This will be the afternoon’s focus. A fisherman's camp nearby also attracts habituated Ocelot - can’t be promised but we’ll try photograph this elusive cat.
Activities at Aguapé Lodge
The morning will see us out again in search of giant anteaters and other possible species such as pampas deer, yellow armadillo, nine-banded armadillo, southern tamandua and an incredible variety of bird life. Hyacinth macaw, blue-and-yellow macaws, golden-collared macaw, white fronted woodpecker, plush-crested jay and many more are often seen. The afternoon will once again see us in search of general wildlife, with a focus on anteaters and in the evening, the nocturnal Ocelot.
Buraco das Araras
After breakfast we will hit the road and transfer to Bonito. We will spend the morning on the road arriving for lunch. We will go to Buraco das Araras where we will photograph the red-and-green macaws in flight in front of the well-known red cliffs. After this fantastic experience we’ll head to our lodge for the night, a forty-minute drive away.
Head for Hotel Pantanal Norte
After breakfast we will return to Buraco Das Araras. After a quality morning session, we will board a chartered flight that will take us directly into Jaguar territory. We'll touch down at Hotel Pantanal Norte's private airstrip, a short walk away from the hotel itself. After being showed to our rooms and settling in, we'll enjoy lunch together and enjoy a short induction from our local guide on the region and more specifically, on the Jaguars. After lunch we'll board a 14-seater boat specifically designed to view & enjoy the jaguars and other wildlife within the region.
Day 6 - 11
Full days staying at Hotel Pantanal Norté
Full days staying at Hotel Pantanal Norté. This will be our base for the duration of the Jaguar encounters and more. We'll leave first thing in the morning by boat and search the region for Jaguars. The camp has a network of boats on the river at any given time, and they will be in touch with one another in the event of a sighting. The Jaguars use the river to hunt. Prey come down for a drink and this is what the Jaguars exploit. Our goal will be to spend just about the entire day out on the boat, apart from returning to camp for a lunch break. There are no set schedules and we will take things as they come depending on the sightings of the day. Other species that we will encounter are Giant River Otters (largest otter in the world), Capybara (largest rodent in the world), Tapir, Cayman, Anaconda and much more. This is what you’ve come to see and few other safaris offer as much dedicated time in Jaguar country as this Wild Eye experience.
After a morning breakfast we take on the road to our next hotel along the Transpantaneiro road where we will spend the night. This road is famous for all of the bridges you cross as you make your way along. We’ll enjoy an afternoon boat ride in search of birds. There are some wonderful opportunities to photograph birds in flight
This day starts with breakfast after which we will travel to Cuiaba Airport by road, signalling the end of our Jaguars of the Pantanal Safari Experience. The drive time will be approximately 4 hours.
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