Brazil jaguar safari
Description of Brazil jaguar safari
Accompanied by expert guides, the Pantanal is the gateway to this incredible experience. There is some of the finest wildlife viewing experiences here, culminating in sights of the elusive, stunningly beautiful, Jaguar. Of course, there are also chances of spotting the giant river otter or the hyacinth macaw. There are forest hikes, or if you prefer you can travel through the fields and forests on horse back for a different perspective.
The main proportion of your stay is at the Jaguar Flotel. SouthWild has a reputation of providing thrilling and reliable encounters with the jaguars you seek. It is on the Cuiaba River about an hour away from Porto Joffre and at the heart of jaguar-spotting territory, so the odds of seeing jaguars here at very high! In addition, you'll see capybaras, caiman, and hopefully many other species.
You will have a dedicated English-speaking guide throughout the trip, helping you make the very best of your time in this unique environment.
With this trip you have a choice of whether to join a group set departure, or if you prefer we can arrange this trip for you as a private departure on whatever date you like.
On the whole, the best time to do this trip is between July and September, though the months either side can also be good too.
PlanetThe company that organises this holiday is a multi-award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism.
Brazil has undergone a change in the last fifty as it outlawed all sport hunting of native wildlife. Because of this, even rare, large predators like Jaguars and Giant Otters increased in number 10-fold across large regions of the country. As a result, Brazilian wildlife is now abundant, visible, and tame, particularly in the Pantanal.
Our partner company is owned and operated by a world-class field biologist. Over the past 30 years Dr. Charles Munn has created most of the major new wildlife destinations in South America. His team of scientists, with their years of training and field experience, means they can anticipate natural behaviours of the local species, and discover even the most elusive wildlife. And they are aided by one of the largest global networks of scientific advisers.
The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair-trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (e.g. monitors).
For every person that travels with the company, it plants trees through The Travel Forest initiative. Depending on where they plant and the requirement of the specific area, they plant either indigenous trees or a mix of indigenous and non-native species. Planting non-native seedlings may seem counter-intuitive but doing this can often help any remaining indigenous forest from being cut down (e.g. for fuel) as some non-native trees grow much more quickly than indigenous types. They particularly aim to save ancient or older indigenous forest, through offering an alternative option for fuel requirements of local communities. In addition to this benefit, their Travel Forest initiative helps with such things as planting for water-course retention, soil erosion, shade and even food – all depending on what is planted and where. They have planted almost 100,000 trees to date in various degraded locations including the Andean mountains in Peru, northern Tanzania and Malawi. This has always been done in conjunction with the local communities who plant and then tend the seedlings. Trees are far more important to the health of this planet (and us) than many people imagine. This global Travel Forest initiative can and does make a big difference.
As part of our commitment to the environment we have a programme to plant trees in Tanzania, Malawi, Peru etc. through the company’s foundation. This was set up to help alleviate poverty, conserve endangered wildlife, and protect earth’s environmental diversity for the benefit of us all. All the projects have a link with tourism in some way, and many benefit the wider world as well as local people, through conserving areas of natural beauty. We don’t just look overseas when considering the environment, even at the office the team planted tress in the fields surrounding the buildings to celebrate the company’s 21st birthday in 2019.
As a company we think about our partners overseas carefully. The company ethos is to use properties around the globe that have a similar ethical stance to ourselves. If they can use local suppliers for their provisions, be it food or furnishings then they do, and all offer a variety of menus including vegetarian and vegan/plant-based options. Our partners support the use of solar/renewable energies, and many are looking at ways of switching their current supplies to more eco-friendly options in order to be more efficient. The use of solar, water and air are options in use or being explored, as well as grey water run offs. Energy efficient appliances and practices, card operated in room lighting, low energy bulbs, and a change in laundry practices, are all in operation, and show just a few of the initiatives used. Our partners also use local staff within their properties. Many live on-site in seasonal properties for example reducing the travel emissions of the company, many come from the local villages and communities surrounding the properties. This includes everyone from house keeping to management and the guides that are from the locale.
Due to the nature of the holidays provided by the company, it is impossible to eliminate all flights but where possible we use the minimum flight hours an itinerary can operate with. The packages we have on offer include rail portions in some areas, which keep emissions low, many walking options and shared transportation.
PeopleOne of the challenges they have is to persuade the community that these animals need to be valued by them for the economic rewards they can bring an area. Our partner works with the local communities to persuade them that the predators, which are often still regarded and hunted as pests are actually important. It sometimes takes years to persuade local people that the wildlife, if visible, can generate economic value much greater than the cost of damaged crops or cattle. It has found that even the worst hombres like poachers can be convinced and turned into zealous guides and guardians for the animals.
In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment. For any community-owned or run project, they also have a Community Tourism Information sheet for travellers to help explain how to get the best from the experience, and what to expect (good and bad). For trekkers, the company have a Porter Policy in place, a copy of which is given to clients. They also have a Responsible Wildlife Viewing guide too. For anything more specific, e.g. rules about visiting gorillas, this information is also given to clients. In addition, they offer more information about the native people and cultures in a destination country, which all adds to a traveller being more aware.
The company works with partners on the ground in each destination, and only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally owned services (hotels etc). They have eco-rated about 300 properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues.
They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed, they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.
The company backs a charity with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. It is a charity we encourage our travellers to donate to if they would like to give something back.