The last day dawned and we began with our final safari of the trip after 18 brilliant days. We had another great safari following a crab eating fox on the hunt, a six banded armadillo digging itself a den and a final view of a tayra before it jumped from a tree and ran off.
The plan was to have another flight from the ranch to Aquiduana a town located about 50kms from Campo Grande and our final night stop at the Grand Park Hotel. As we were returning to the ranch the aircraft, another stationer flew over us to the airstrip. We had a final lunch with our brilliant hosts and the pilot and set off on this flight giving us another chance to see the Pantanal from the air.
When I was organising this trip with Tom Brown my idea had been to start in the south and go north however, Tom advised doing the trip the other way round and finishing the trip at Biai as it was a fantastic place to visit. He was not wrong, we were accommodated in a very spacious room in the ranch house and treated like family by Rita and Carlos, The food was some of the best food I have had on any of my travels with the meat on the table coming from their own cattle and pigs, and the selection of accompanying dishes just absolutely wonderful. The ranch is over 25 square miles and we never left the ranch on any of the six safaris we went on.
What a fantastic trip we had. We took 16,000 images between us and saw some absolutely fantastic wildlife, met some great people and had a great experience especially with the jaguars our main reason for going.
Tom and Jan (the local agent) did a great job with all the arrangements, guides and accommodation throughout. If you want to explore the Pantanal speak to Tom he knows all about it!