Pantanal Jaguar Extreme Expedition 11 days
A small group concentrated jaguar spotting itinerary in the best viewing environment in South America. Stay at great lodges and on board the unique Jaguar Flotel and see the diverse wildlife and flora of the Pantanal close up with experienced guides and expert photographers. Add this itinerary to an Amazon trip for a complete Brazilian wildlife adventure. Please note - this popular itinerary books out quickly and space is limited. Please enquire early! Small groups are on fixed date - please enquire. Tailor made options also available offering total date flexibility but at slightly higher rate. Prices based on two sharing.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Best place in the world to see jaguars
- Diverse wildlife including giant otters and amazing birds
- Unique Quality Flotel accommodation
- Domestic flights from Sao Paulo to Cuiaba & return
- Air-conditioned transfers from Cuiaba to Jaguar Flotel
- Open safari truck transfers and excursions
- Three meals per day as per itinerary
- Services of expert naturalist guides
ITINERARY10 Nights 11 Days
- Day 1 | Sao Paulo to Chapada dos Guimaraes
- Days 2-3 | Chapada dos Guimaraes
- Day 4 | Southwild Pantanal Lodge
- Day 5 | Jaguar Flotel
- Days 6 - 8 | Game viewing from Jaguar Flotel
- Days 9 - 10 | Southwild Pantanal Lodge
- Day 11 | Depart for Cuiaba. Flight to Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo to Chapada dos Guimaraes
Fly from Sao Paulo to Cuiaba. Transfer to the Park Eco Lodge at Chapada do Guimaraes for two nights on a full board basis.
Chapada dos Guimaraes
Southwild Pantanal Lodge
Transfer to Cuiaba, take lunch and depart for 4 hour drive to the Southwild Pantanal Lodge. Travel through the dry forests and on to the Transpantaneria. Observe caiman, capybaras and waterbirds on the way. Enjoy dinner at the lodge.
Pre-breakfast bird and wildlife viewing. Late morning excursion before lunch. In the early afternoon continue on to Porto Jofre (2 hrs) with wildlife viewings on the way. Take boat to Jaguar Flotel. Dinner and overnight.
Game viewing from Jaguar Flotel
Two boat outings per day searching for jaguars and giant otters. Extensive wildlife viewing and photography. Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Southwild Pantanal Lodge
After breakfast transfer downstream to Porto Jofre and then by road back to the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. Wildlife boat trips on the wildlife-rich Pixaim River and night spotlighting drive on open safari truck. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Depart for Cuiaba. Flight to Sao Paulo
After breakfast, transfer back to Cuiaba for your flight to Sao Paulo.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Southwild Jaguar Flotel, Pantanal
Unique accommodation offering unparalleled viewings of jaguars in their natural habitat. Moored on the banks of the Cuiaba River, roughly 2.5 km from the opening to the Three Brothers River this floating hotel is a must-stay for wildlife enthusiasts.
Wake up to views across the Pantanal plains and step out onto the deck to be immersed into the natural beauty of the river and surrounding wetlands, perhaps spotting a giant otter on your way to breakfast.
This one of a kind flotel has spacious rooms for two with air conditioning, hot showers and en-suite bathrooms. Ample windows offer excellent views of the river or the wide Pantanal beyond.
Meals can be taken in the restaurant/lounge area which has large picture windows to allow you to soak in the view. Or you can choose to eat al-fresco on the top deck where you can enjoy the evening breeze across the river.
Trips are on offer both morning and afternoon in motor boats driven by a skilled boatsman. Knowledgeable guides will take you to the best spots to see jaguars, giant otters, caiman and capybara. The guides have a reputation for their friendly rivalry between them and will ensure you get the best from your trip. There is an average of 1.5 sightings of Jaguar per day. The felines, unfazed by their celebrity status, will go about their business whilst you observe and take photographs.
In the evening the guides offer post-dinner presentations in the flotel’s lecture room on the local wildlife and their habitat. This provides a rare opportunity to ask questions and learn about the days sightings.
End your day in a hammock on the top-deck, with a freshly made Caipirinha in hand and the soothing sounds of the river to unwind.
Owned and managed by naturalist biologists, the Southwild Pantanal has plenty to offer eco-tourists and wildlife enthusiasts. Photographers will be rewarded throughout the day with great sightings of native birds and animals in their natural habitat.
Located in an idyllic setting on the bank of the Pixaim River, just 2.5km from the Transpantaneira Road. This intimate lodge has just eleven guestrooms which gives it a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Traditional bedrooms in this old hacienda are comfortably furnished and decorated with local artwork. Rooms are cooled by air conditioning and have en-suite bathrooms. Each room opens to a veranda with hammocks to relax and enjoy the birds feasting on the bird feeders dotted around the gardens.
The dining room is spacious and open meshed walls allow you to enjoy the views whilst you dine at the timber tables. The restaurant offers local produce in a central buffet, with inventive recipes. Breakfast doesn’t disappoint, with a variety of fresh fruit, smoothies, cheeses and meats.
Take a walk along the forest trails and climb a strategically located observation tower to get unrivalled views high up in the trees. One of these canopied towers is just 16m from a Jabiru Stork nest where previous guests have excitedly reported sightings of hungry stork chicks.
Electric catamaran trips are available on the Pixaim River. These silent boats allow you to float along unnoticed by feeding birds and animals and provide great opportunities for photographers to get some unique shots. Horse rides and cattle drives are also available with expert guides to take you off the beaten track.
Spend your evening watching the sunset from the swimming pool or riverbank with cocktails and nibbles. Or if you are still feeling adventurous, take a night time game-drive in vehicles equipped for photography.
Park Eco Lodge, Chapada dos Guimaraes
Strategically located on the border of Chapada dos Guimarães National at an altitude of 750m in its 500 hectares of private land with two seasonal waterfalls (from Dec to Jul), amazing outlook over the entire Park, and several trails for the enjoyment of nature lovers.
The lodge is equipped with 8 rustic apartments, with en suite bathrooms and air-conditioning a leisure area featuring a veranda with hammocks, swimming pool, mini-gym, seated garden area, sauna, and a lounge with a fireplace, and at the Restaurant & Bar “Teta da Loba” is served a delicious and varied local menu.
The wood used in its construction is salvaged, its roofs are made from recycled milk boxes and its water is heated by solar panels. It has a modern and efficient effluent-treatment plant, selective disposal and recycling of refuse, and a pioneer solar cooling project.
What Our Customers
• The holiday delivered a truly wonderful wildlife experience from start to finish. The sightings of the jaguars, tapirs, giant anteaters, giant river otters and hyacinth macaws will be etched in my memory forever! Our guide was excellent, his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Pantanal was exceptional and his ability to spot a bird half a mile away never failed to amaze us. We loved our few nights at Cristalino Lodge, it provided just the respite we needed after a busy couple of weeks and was the perfect place to finish up with, so a great recommendation from you.
We went in the hope of seeing one, maybe two jaguars, but never did we expect to see eleven, staying on the flotel was definitely the right choice, we were literally surrounded by wildlife 24/7. The Pantanal completely exceed our expectations every day with an abundance of wildlife and incredible birding at every turn, the only thing we would change is going for longer, our 12 days just flew by unfortunately.
The highlight had to be our stay at Porto Jofre and seeing the jaguars but being bird watchers, we enjoyed everywhere. Iguassu Falls was stunning and provided us with just the relaxation we needed after our long haul flights. Really enjoyed the food and the mandatory caipirinhas!!!
Just got back from Brazil and I wanted to thank you all for putting together such a superb trip. This is the third time Christine and I have travelled with you and once again you have made an unforgettable time. As you can see the jaguars obliged (as did the anteaters, armadillos, monkeys, caimans, giant otters, marmots, ocelots, pumas and countless birds ). This is just one of the hundreds of photos (obviously not my national geographic front cover shot ! ). We enjoyed bragging to people we met about our superb travel company. I have referred several couples . Just think what I could have done with a Wildfoot T shirt? We very much enjoyed Iguassu for our first stop . Despite the cost of the hotel we could have stayed another night to get over the arrival from UK. We did the helicopter flight over the falls worth very penny and very good guide . Internal flights are “fun” especially three in a day. Cristalino is beautiful but the birding is challenging ( even for me!) Great guide and boatman. Our only hitch was the plane was delayed for three hours to Cuiaba and so our seven hour drive to Porte Jofre was in the dark. The guide and driver were up for it and I saw a Puma! Loved Porte Jofre .I would stay for 8 days as a photographer . The arrangements were brilliant . We had a fast boat (essential) and a really good boatman/driver who worked extremely hard to get me to the Jaguars .Saw them every day .Our stay at Pouso Alegre was “simple “ but the variety of wildlife was good ending with an anteater with a baby on her back (in perfect light) . Rio was an inspired suggestion -Christ the Redeemer statue (-good for birds too) hotel overlooking Ipanema beach, good tour guide and driver, and ate in the bar that the composer saw the girl from Ipanema walk by. Even bumped up to business class on our return. So a big thank you to you all . Just brilliant.
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