• Caiman, Brazilian Pantanal | © Paul Joynson-Hicks

Itinerary Summary

5 Days
Price From
Jun - Oct
Duration Price From When Destination Type
5 Days £4295 Jun - Oct Brazil Tailor-Made

Short North Pantanal Safari

Jaguars are perhaps the most elusive of all the big cats, with most favouring dense jungle as their habitat. But in the Pantanal – the world’s largest wetland – these majestic felines depend on the waterways for survival, just as the rest of the wildlife does here. This is what makes the Pantanal the best place to see jaguars in the wild, as the cats can often be seen on riverbanks hunting for prey, taking a drink or resting in the shade. Swimming jaguars are also not an uncommon sight here! On this safari you’ll go where the jaguar goes, travelling and even sleeping on the rivers as you search for sign of the largest cat in the Americas. Along the way you’ll receive first-hand knowledge from guides who are experts in the flora and fauna of the region, embark on night drives looking for nocturnal creatures, and get to know the other colourful creatures that share this land with the jaguar.

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Ply the rivers of the Pantanal to see jaguars stalking their prey.
  • Watch caiman and jaguars as they struggle to establish who occupies top spot on the local food chain.
  • Look out for passing wildlife as you travel down the Transpantaneira Highway.
  • Make sightings of the Pantanal’s other wildlife, including eagles, macaws, jabiru storks, howler monkeys, tapirs, capybaras and giant river otters.
  • Learn from expert guides who can teach you all about the creatures that call this region home.

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An short 5-day safari through the northern section of Brazil's Pantanal wetland – from $5,025 per person sharing, excluding international flights

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Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Cuiabá – Northern Pantanal

Upon your arrival into Cuiabá you will be met at the airport by your private driver, who will transfer you south to Poconé, the start of the Transpantaneira Highway. This 145km dirt road leads south through the heart of the Pantanal, with its terminus at the town of Porto Jofre on the Cuiabá River. As you begin your journey on the Transpantaneira you’ll start to see families of capybara, pools of caiman and flocks of birds; this is where your wildlife safari truly begins! While travelling to your first lodge – a journey of about three hours – you’ll have the chance to stop and enjoy the many lakes and streams which are packed full of animals here, including tapirs and giant river otters. On your first evening, settle down for a hearty meal and head out with a guide to the ocelot hide, just a mile away.

Overnight: Southwild Pantanal (L, D)

Day 2

Northern Pantanal - Jaguar Viewing Area

After breakfast, you’ll re-join the Transpantaneira and continue south to Porto Jofre. As with your first day’s journey, you’ll again have the chance to stop and enjoy the views while looking out for the Pantanal’s wildlife. This journey will take two to three hours depending on how often you stop, and really is a safari in itself. Jaguars are often spotted along the final 35 kilometres of the road before reaching Porto Jofre, so keep a keen eye glued to the road for possible sightings. On arrival, you’ll transfer to a boat and head upstream into the heart of the jaguar viewing area here. After lunch, head out by speedboat in search of these majestic cats as they come down to the water’s edge to drink and hunt. This is the first of your private jaguar tracking excursions!

Overnight: Southwild Jaguar Flotel (B, L, D)

Days 3-4

Jaguar Viewing Area

The next two days of your safari will be spent exploring this area of the Pantanal and searching for the jaguars and other wildlife that live in and around the Three Brothers, Cuiabá and Piquiri Rivers. You’ll be able to enjoy two private boat outings per day, returning to the lodge for lunch in between. Photographers will be especially pleased with the boats’ pivoting chairs that offer 180° views of the riverbanks. This is the best place in the world to see these elusive cats in the wild, and our clients have reported an average of two jaguar sightings a day here during the dry season! Other possible sightings include tapirs, giant river otters, caiman, ocelots and even elusive pumas who are known to share this habitat with the jaguars. Following each day’s excursions, you’ll head back to your floating hotel to edit photos, compare sightings with other guests or just sit back and relax.

Overnight: Southwild Jaguar Flotel (B, L, D)

Day 5

Porto Jofre - Cuiabá

This morning you will be transferred back downriver to Porto Jofre. On arrival, you embark on your journey north, back along the Transpantaneira Highway for more possible sightings along the way to Cuiabá Airport. You are sure to see families of capybara as well as caiman and various waterbirds. The plan is to arrive in Cuiabá in time for a late afternoon flight.

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