Jaguars – Pantanal Photo Tour

This 15 day Jaguar tour will take you to the northern Pantanal where the concentration of jaguars and birds with vibrant, exotic plumage are the highest in the entire expanse of wetland. We make use of private boats with limited guests so that each photographer has the best possible front row seat to photograph these magnificent cats. You will accompanied by your professional Tusk Photo host photographer that will make sure you have the best possible photo opportunities and results.

Jaguars - Pantanal Photo Tour

This Jaguars of Pantanal Photo Tour is set in Western Brazil where lies "The Pantanal". The Pantanal is to the Americas what the Okavango is to Africa. It is the world’s largest wetland; a mosaic of seasonally-flooded forests and savannahs covering 200,000 square kilometres, ten times the size of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Of the 400 species of birds, 82 weigh more than 500 grams; the world’s longest list of large birds. The bird sightings are truly superb, but it is the abundance of Jaguars and Giant Otters that capture the imagination of most visitors.

After arrival at Cuiabá, your tour kicks off with a journey to approximately halfway down the Transpantaneira Highway to the SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. Situated on the forested banks of the wildlife-rich Pixaim River, this location is a bird enthusiast’s dream come true!

You then continue your journey into the Pantanal down the Transpantaneira road to your floating lodge (flotel) on the mighty Cuiabá River. Here you will spend your days on a skiff with an experienced local naturalist, who will wind you through a maze of waterways, deep into jaguar territory for very dependable sightings, positioning the boat for the best angle to afford you fantastic photo opportunities. Although the focus of this tour is on Jaguars, you will also see and photograph some rare and iconic species, such as Giant River Otters, Giant Anteaters, Capybaras, endangered Hyacinth Macaws, Jabiru Storks, South American Tapirs, Howler Monkeys and hundreds of Paraguayan Caimans.

You will end your tour the same way it started, with the option of boat excursions along the forested banks of the Pixaim River and more amazing photographic opportunities in the lodge’s gardens. You will overnight at the Southwild Jaguar Hotel for the final nights before journeying back to Cuiabá for your return flight home.

Tour Itinerary

  • We arrive at Campo Grande and transfer to hotel and spend the night

  • We leave for Bonito: Macaws at Burraco das Arraras & swim in the Rio de Prata. Afternoons photographing Giant Anteaters etc,

  • Bonito: Macaws at Burraco das Arraras & swim in the Rio de Prata. Afternoons photographing Giant Anteaters etc,

  • Bonito: Macaws at Burraco das Arraras & swim in the Rio de Prata. Afternoons photographing Giant Anteaters etc,

  • Transfer to Camp Grande and fly to Cuiaba - Spend the night in Cuiaba

  • We leave for Hotel Mato Grosso on the Transpanteira - afternoon on the Pixiam river

  • We drive down to Porto Joffre and transfer by boat to Jaguar do Pantanal Houseboat where we stay for 7 nights

  • Jaguar do Pantanal Houseboat: Morning and afternoon boat activities in search of Jaguar and other Wildlife & BIrds

  • Jaguar do Pantanal Houseboat: Morning and afternoon boat activities in search of Jaguar and other Wildlife & BIrds

  • Jaguar do Pantanal Houseboat: Morning and afternoon boat activities in search of Jaguar and other Wildlife & BIrds

  • Jaguar do Pantanal Houseboat: Morning and afternoon boat activities in search of Jaguar and other Wildlife & BIrds

  • Jaguar do Pantanal Houseboat: Morning and afternoon boat activities in search of Jaguar and other Wildlife & BIrds

  • Jaguar do Pantanal Houseboat: Morning and afternoon boat activities in search of Jaguar and other Wildlife & BIrds

  • Transfer to Hotel Mato Grosso for 1 night - Afternoon on the Pixiam River

  • We transfer to Cuiaba and end the tour for our flights home.

Jaguars – Pantanal Photo Tour

The Pantanal is to the Americas what the Okavango is to Africa. It is the world’s largest wetland; a mosaic of seasonally-flooded forests and savannahs covering 200,000 square kilometres, ten times the size of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Of the 400 species of birds, 82 weigh more than 500 grams; the world’s longest list of large birds. The bird sightings are truly superb, but it is the abundance of Jaguars and Giant Otters that capture the imagination of most visitors.

After arrival at Campo Grande, your tour kicks off with a journey to Bonito where we stay for 3 nights. We have our days booked to photograph Red & Green Macaws at Burraco Das Arraras (The Macaw sinkhole) as well as the Rio da Prata (Silver River). In between we will work in some time to target species like the Giant AntEaters, White Lipped Peccaries and more.
The Macaw sinkhole is truly an amazing place where hundreds of wild macaws nest on the vertical sides of the giant sinkhole. From our viewing platform we will be able to photograph these macaws as they fly past our viewing point on the rim of the sinkhole.
Rio da Prata is another highlight of our stay in Bonito. This crystal clear river or stream that meanders through the forest is home to thousands of tropical fish. We will provide wet-suits and be able to drift down this magical stream viewing one of the most spectacular underwater worlds on this planet.

From Bonito we fly onto Cuiaba, spend a night then leave early and spend another night approximately halfway down the Transpantaneira Highway at Hotel Mato Grosso. This convenient lodge is a welcome stop over en route to Porto Joffre where we transfer to our floating lodge (flotel) on the mighty Cuiabá River. Here you will spend 7 nights on our houseboat deep inside Jaguar country and use our private motorised boats with an experienced local naturalist, who will wind you through a maze of waterways, deep into jaguar territory. Although the focus of this tour is on Jaguars, you will also see and photograph some rare and iconic species, such as Giant River Otters, Giant Anteaters, Capybaras, endangered Hyacinth Macaws, Jabiru Storks, South American Tapirs, Howler Monkeys and hundreds of Jacare Caymans.

On Day 14 we transfer back along the Transpanteneira Highway and spend the night at Hotel Mato Grosso. In the gardens of this comfortable hotel you will be able to photograph an number of bird species such as Chestnut-Eared Aracaris

On Day 15 we transfer back to Cuiaba and end the tour at the airport for our flights back home again.

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 0 / July 24 – Arrive Campo Grande: We arrive at Campo Grande and transfer to Hotel near airport.

Day 1 to 4 / July 25 to July 28 – 3 Nights Bonito: Transfer by road to Bonito and photograph the Macaws at Burraco das Arraras and swim in the Rio de Prata. Afternoons photographing Giant Anteaters etc,

Day 4 / July 28 – Flight & Transfer to Cuiaba: Morning transfer to Camp0 Grande and fly to Cuiaba where we will spend the night.

Day 5  / July 29  – Transfer to Hotel Mato Grosso: Then road transfer to Hotel Mato Grosso on the Transpanteneira. We will have an afternoon boat cruise on Pixiam River to photograph numerous kingfishers, hawks, Capybara, Cayman and more.

Day 6 to 13 / July 30 to Aug 6 – Transfer and stay Jaguar do Pantanal Houseboat: We spend the next 7 nights with local, experienced boatmen/naturalists, we will focus our energies on finding Jaguars as we are guided up and down the maze of main waterways and side channels. The flotel is located in the center of the ‘Jaguar zone’ and offers the ideal base for photography of Jaguars and Giant Otters. Other amazing wildlife in the area includes Hyacinth Macaws, Caimans, Tapirs, Capybaras and many, many bird species.

Day 14 / Aug 7 – Hotel Mato Grosso: Transfer to Hotel Mato Grosso for 1 night with the afternoon on the Pixiam river

Day 15 / Aug 8 – Cuiaba end of tour: We transfer to Cuiaba and end the tour for our flights home.

 

Safari Highlights

  • 15 Days tour
  • An amazing 8 Days spent chasing Jaguars alone..!
  • 3 Days for Macaws, Giant Anteater and Silver River activities
  • Top accommodation
  • Private boat with only 3 guests on a boat, each with their own row
  • Small private group of only 6 guests on the tour with 2 Tusk Photo hosts
  • Use of local guide to facilitate language barriers etc.

 

The Safari Includes

  • 15 nights accommodation
  • 7 nights on Jaguar Houseboat
  • All activities
  • Private boat with only our TuskPhoto guests
  • Services of a Tusk pro photographer

 

The Safari Excludes

  • Flights to Brazil and back
  • Visa costs
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Laundry

Dates & Prices

Departure Date Return Date Tour Cost SADC Rate Availability Location
8 July 201922 July 2019USD 8960N/AFULLView More
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24 July 20197 August 2019USD 8960N/A2Book View More
Hosts: Brendon Cremer | Wim van den Heever | Share:

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