In the heart of the Northern Pantanal with an emphasis on wildlife, the SouthWild Pantanal has 12 simple rooms with ensuite facilities.
|7 Days||£6250||Sept 2022||Brazil||Small Group Safari|
Join wildlife and travel photographer Steve Winter on this immersive safari into the heart of Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands, in search of the elusive jaguar. Explore the winding, wildlife-rich waterways of the Three Brothers, Cuiabá and Piquiri Rivers by boat, observing giant river otters, capybaras and jaguars relaxing or hunting on the river banks. Steve will be on hand throughout your trip to provide hands-on guidance and expertise on capturing the perfect wildlife image.
Today the adventure begins! You will be met by your guide at Cuiabá Airport. Once every group member has arrived and a leisurely lunch, you will depart Cuiabá by 2.30pm (please make sure you arrive no later than 2pm) for your transfer (approx 3hrs) to South Wild Lodge. You will travel along the Transpantaneira Highway, a 145 kilometre long dirt road that leads south through the heart of the Pantanal ending at the Cuiabá River in Porto Jofre. As you enter the Transpantaneira Highway you start to see families of capybaras, pools of caiman and flocks of water birds and raptor. Arrive at South Wild Lodge between 5.00-7.00pm (depending on how often you stop for photos) in time for dinner with Steve Winter, who will be your expert photographer guide for the next week. After dinner, head to nearby ocelot hide for a chance to photograph this elusive wildcat up close.
Overnight: Southwild Pantanal (L, D)
During your breakfast, observe the abundant fauna around the nearby river including capybara, caiman and jabiru stork. Depart at 7.00am in an open-sided, roofed safari truck towards the end of the road at Porto Jofre. Embark on speed boats for a 75 minute upstream journey right to the border of the state park where you will find your lodge and where you will be greeted with lunch. Afterwards, Steve will guide you photographically as you spend the afternoon on a 4 hour boat outing searching for jaguars and the perfect shot. Return to your accommodation, and relax before dinner. This evening you will learn more about the area with an informative lecture. You will be staying overnight at Southwild Jaguar Retreat, ideally located 27km up the Three Brothers River, the Southwild Jaguar Retreat is an intimate lodge designed with jaguar viewing in mind.
Spend the next 3 days exploring and searching for jaguars and giant otters on Three Brothers, Cuaibá and Piquiri Rivers. Lead by your expert photographer, Steve Winter, enjoy two boat outings per day returning to the lodge for lunch. Jaguars are often seen during the heat of the day sunning themselves on the river banks. This is the best place in the world to see these elusive cats in the wild. Following your excursions, you will head back to the lodge where you will be able to relax, edit some photos, and discuss your images with Steve, in the hopes of improving your shots each day. You will be staying overnight at Southwild Jaguar Retreat.
(B, L, D)
This morning after breakfast, you will transfer 75 minutes back downriver to Porto Jofre. On arrival, you are transferred back north along the Transpantaneira Highway in a closed airconditioned vehicle. After lunch at the lodge, you will be taken out by your guides by safari truck or boat in an attempt to capture a few final shots to complete your portfolio of Pantanal images. This is the last chance to put into practice all that you have learned from Steve throughout your trip, before relaxing for a final dinner with your group and a night safari with a chance to spot tapir, anteater, fox, deer and more.
Overnight: Southwild Pantanal (B, L, D)
Take in the beautiful fauna around you during your last breakfast in Brazil. Be ready to depart in your air-conditioned vehicle to arrive at Cuiabá Airport at noon, in time for your return flight home. We recommend not to book a flight before 1pm.
This is a small group trip departing on a single set date in September 2022. Please note that solo travellers will be required to pay a single supplement of £1090.