Jaguar watching safari of the Pantanal, Brazil

“An incredible experience, watching jaguar in the wilds of this great Pantanal wetland region. For ten days, and with several superb sightings. And incredible camping too. ”


Seven full days of fully guided wildlife watching in Pantanal Wetlands | Transpantaniera Highway | Stay in jaguar camp | Boat trips on Rio Cuiaba, Rio Tres Irmaos and Rio Piquiri rivers | Night safari | Superb Pantanal birdwatching

Description of Jaguar watching safari of the Pantanal, Brazil

This jaguar watching safari in the northern Pantanal wetlands of Brazil is one of the most exciting wildlife experiences you can hope for. This is by far the best region to see jaguar, the Pantanal being the world’s largest wetland area. As well as being home to jaguar, other magnificent wildlife includes caiman, giant otters, giant anteaters, tapir and pumas. As well as some of the most spectacular bird watching opportunities including the hyacinth macaw and toco toucan.

We are experts in finding jaguar as they rest or patrol the river banks and all of our jaguar watching is done from the safety of our shaded boats. To date, our average sightings is two per day on this trip with a mix of hunting, kills, swimming, mating as well as mothers and cubs. We are also proud of our 100% success rate of seeing jaguar.

Based around the fishing village of Porto Jofre, our tours are guided by a professional zoologist who is expert not only in jaguar, but also in the region’s other prolific wildlife. This includes: capybara, collared peccary, yacre caiman, ocelot, puma, giant anteater, greater rhea, Brazilian tapir, giant otter and nine-banded armadillo. As a tailor made holiday we can organise this to suit your timing and interests, although we do recommend a minimum of three days to increase your chances of seeing jaguar.

Staying in jaguar camps, driving around the famous Transpantaneira Highway in your own vehicle, walking through forests and grasslands tracking the elusive big cat or trekking on horseback are all exciting options on this trip. We also offer the chance to do a spotlighting safari after dark to see some of the more elusive species like ocelot, puma, crab-eating fox, Brazilian tapir, crab-eating raccoons and many other nocturnal mammals. We bring thermal imaging and night vision equipment upon request.

As all the wildlife watching is all done from boat or vehicle in the northern Pantanal, any fitness level can participate. We also have tours that travel to the south of the Pantanal which involve 2-3 hour walks or some horse riding, so a greater level of mobility is required. Please note that we are also able to arrange this trip for solo travellers, upon request. Minimum age is 18 years old.

The price of this holiday includes:
All activities, all meals, bottled water, air con vehicle, drive, transfers, internal flights, guides, zoologist, entrance fees, equipment, reference library.

Best time to see jaguar
We recommend early August to late October for seeing jaguar in the Pantanal, as this is the dry season when they, and other wildlife, gather at waterholes. September is particularly good.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

In Brazil we (as with everywhere we go) we carefully choose accommodation, supplies and transportation that either minimises its effect on the environment or helps to contribute to its sustainable development. By choosing small, privately owned accommodation where possible we also look to only stay in truly eco-lodges that abide by basic and also pioneering methods of ecological sustainability. Where possible, we make sure that the lodges, camps and ranches that we use support local projects for the protection of the wildlife and local communities which rely on tourism as the principal source of income. The jaguar camp we stay at in Porto Jofre has developed several nature trails and is purchasing more and more land around the fishing village which it plans to leave and protect for the forest to continue is growth. It is the owners dedication to the natural world that inspired him to start the camp and with only 10 luxury safari tents available at the camp he intends to keep everything sustainable with an overall aim of being able to supply everything on site (from solar power electricity and water recycling pumps to all the food consumed). We also contribute and participate in as many studies that the local researchers are conducting as possible.

Wildlife Promise:
By bringing people here with a professional zoologist we aim to not just showcase the jaguars and their environment in full but also to allow you to learn about the problems facing the jaguar and other species in the area and how cutting edge research is countering the problems as well as showing you examples of success stories (such as the hyacinth macaw). We also keep a record of all the jaguar activity we see on each tour and record the environmental factors, this data is used by ourselves but also given to the researchers who work for Panthera. All the information collected in invaluable as the knowledge of this jaguar population very little understood. We also donate our pictures to the researchers to aid in their photo identification studies.

The Impacts of this Trip

Throughout our tours of Brazil we engrain policies for continued environmental conservation ethics and look to employ as many local staff in our tours. We strongly believe that all of our trips to the Pantanal should help introduce local people towards nature preservation, present and promote methods and techniques in which natural resources can be sustainably and continually harvested for future generations. By staying at our jaguar camp in Porto Jofre we only eat locally caught, raised or grown food which helps the local community continue traditional agricultural and fishing policies. The owner of the jaguar camp is heavily involved with community based projects and schools in particular. Many of the projects that are funded by people staying here are geared towards helping the local people of the Pantanal deal with an increasingly developed world and how they can continue to live in harmony with the wildlife and environment into this technological age. We also support projects which are looking into alternatives to retribution killings of jaguars, when a jaguar takes a livestock or even attacks a human we need to provide alternatives to just killing the problem jaguar. This is a very valuable part of keeping the balance between human life and the natural world. We also encourage the purchasing of local handicrafts which are all created in a sustainable way and provide great unique souvenirs.


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