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Special offer: tailormade ‘Jaguars of the Brazilian Pantanal!’ holiday

Jaguar, Stephen Woodham

Jaguar, Stephen Woodham

Save £500 per person! (based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room)

To celebrate the New Year, we are delighted to offer this special ‘Jaguars of the Brazilian Pantanal’ itinerary, which includes your own private specialist naturalist guide throughout your time in Brazil, and is undoubtedly one of our most popular private tailormade holidays of recent years! To date Naturetrek tailormade clients have had a 100% success rate viewing Jaguars on this tailormade Brazilian Pantanal holiday itinerary between the dry season months of June to October. So if you’ve always wanted to see this incredible apex predator in the wild, this is the holiday for you! Brazil, and in particular the Brazilian Pantanal, is currently the most reliable location anywhere in the world to see Jaguars in the wild. Naturetrek has pioneered Jaguar watching holidays to this wildlife haven and, for many years now, has enjoyed great success seeing Jaguars in this superb wetland. You’ll stay in three of our favourite lodges (detailed descriptions below), exploring the many wildlife delights of each one, with your own private naturalist guide throughout. However, the highlight will surely be the time spent on a floating lodge, enjoying twice-daily private boat excursions in search of the region’s most iconic big cat – the Jaguar – as well as a host of other exciting species such as Giant River Otter, Giant Anteater, Brazilian Tapir and a wealth of exotic birdlife! This is not a group tour, so you can choose departure dates to suit your own calendar! The outline itinerary is shown below but, if you would like to see a more detailed version, this is available upon request.

Toco Toucan, Caroline Webb

Toco Toucan, Caroline Webb

Outline itinerary:
Day 1 - Depart UK
Day 2/3 - Pouso Alegre
Day 4/6 - The Jaguar Flotel
Day 7/8 - SouthWild Pantanal Lodge
Day 9 - Fly UK
Day 10 - Arrive UK

Special offer price: £4,695 per person (normally £5,195 per person) based on double/twin occupancy. Prices for larger groups and families available upon request.

Includes all flights and land transfers on a private basis, accommodation, all meals whilst at the lodges, and privately guided daily wildlife activities with a specialist local naturalist guide (including private twice-daily boat excursions whilst staying at the Jaguar Flotel).

Extend your trip:
Although this special price is based on the above itinerary, additional nights can be added (for a supplement) should you want to extend the holiday. Possible extensions include a few nights staying near the mighty Iguazú Falls, time spent in the Amazon Rainforest at one of our favourite lodges, or a few nights in the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro. Please note that this offer is only valid for travel in 2016.  

To make a booking or to request a detailed itinerary, please contact Robin Smith on 01962 733 051 or email

Giant River Otter

Giant River Otter

Further information:

The Brazilian Pantanal – overview
The Pantanal is a vast, seasonally inundated freshwater ecosystem that covers much of the western side of Brazil. It is a site of international importance and plays a significant role in regional climate stabilisation and groundwater purification and extends southwards from the plateau of the Mato Grosso to Brazil’s borders with Paraguay and Bolivia. Roughly the size of France, the Pantanal is accessed from the north via the Transpantaneira road which passes at first through a sparsely populated land of cattle ranches and wetlands. The northern Pantanal is marked by low dry woodland, damp grasslands and gallery forest along the banks of a large system of meandering rivers, creating a mosaic of different habitats rich in all manner of wildlife. The central region, near Porto Jofre, has gained a reputation as one of the best areas in South America to see Giant River Otter and Jaguar; indeed, to date, no Naturetrek tailormade client has returned from this area in the dry season without a Jaguar sighting – a record we are determined to maintain! More common species seen throughout the Pantanal include Capybara, Marsh Deer, Azara’s Agouti, Paraguayan Caiman and Common Iguana as well as a host of colourful lizards and of course plentiful birdlife.

Detailed lodge descriptions:

Pouso Alegre

The Pouso Alegre is a rustic lodge with the emphasis very much on the wildlife experience. However, the owner, Luis, and his obliging team of staff have created a welcoming and friendly environment in which guests are able to mingle and relax. The simple en suite rooms are air-conditioned and the food is wholesome and tasty. Slow drives along the long entrance road are often rewarded with good views of Bare-faced Curassows and Chestnut-bellied Guans, while such mammals as Red Brocket Deer, Brazilian Tapir and even Giant Anteater may also be encountered. 

Hyacinth Macaw, Peter Underhay

Hyacinth Macaw, Peter Underhay

The Jaguar Flotel
As its name suggests, this is a floating hotel that specialises in Jaguar sightings! It has 10 air-conditioned standard rooms and six new luxury suites, all en suite, and on the Flotel's expansive top-deck guests may relax in hammocks and enjoy al fresco meals. This is the brain-child of conservation biologist Charles Munn who operates the hotel as both a Jaguar research base and eco-tourism venture. Since 2005 over 70 different Jaguars have been photographed in the vicinity, so it is hardly surprising that this spot is considered the best place to see this species in the wild. Sightings of Giant River Otter are good here too, while a large number of birds include Large-billed and Yellow-billed Tern, Black Skimmer and all five of South America’s kingfisher species. As the only accommodation in the centre of the ‘Jaguar Zone’, the Flotel has the significant advantage of being able to respond immediately to Jaguar sightings via a fleet of spotter boats who radio sightings in.

SouthWild Pantanal Lodge

This is a conventional land-based lodge with a rustic feel, its 12 air-conditioned and en suite rooms being bright and comfortable, most having a hammock and outside seating area. Its staff are welcoming, the meals are good, and there’s an inviting little pool to cool off in. Brazilian Tapir are a highlight here (best sighted in late September and October), whilst Jaguars can occasionally be seen close to the lodge at dawn and dusk. Ocelot are relatively frequently sighted on night-drives … and the nocturnal Boat-billed Heron seen on most! Other species regularly seen in the vicinity of the lodge or from its two nearby wildlife observation towers include Brown Capuchin Monkeys, the elegant Agami Heron, Jabiru Storks and the world’s largest toucan, the emblematic Toco Toucan.