The Jaguars of Pantanal




The jaguar needs no introduction. It is the only extant Panthera species native to the Americas and it is the third-largest feline after the tiger and lion. The jaguar's present range extends from Southwestern United States and Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Brazil is a stronghold and the Pantanal is the best place in the world to see these otherwise elusive big cats.

This spotted cat most closely resembles the leopard physically, although it is usually larger and of sturdier build and it’s behavioral and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger. While dense rainforest is its preferred habitat, the jaguar will range across a variety of forested and open terrains. Its preferred habitats are usually swamps and wooded regions, but jaguars also live in scrublands and deserts. The jaguar is notable, along with the tiger, as a feline that enjoys swimming.

The jaguar is a near threatened species and its numbers are declining. Threats include loss and fragmentation of habitat. While international trade in jaguars or their parts is prohibited, the cat is still frequently killed by humans, particularly in conflicts with ranchers and farmers in South America.

In Pantanal, the Jaguar is safe and easily viewable in and around the Ciuaba River. It is here that we will spend 5 nights doing river safaris for the best chance of not just viewing the Jaguar but also witnessing and photographing some rare behavior.

The Pantanal

The Pantanal encompasses the world's largest tropical wetland area. It is located mostly within the Brazilian state of Moto Grosso do Sul. It sprawls over an area estimated at between 140,000 and 195,000 square kilometers.

The Pantanal is home to one of the largest and healthiest Jaguar populations on anywhere on Earth. Among the rarest animals to inhabit the wetland of the Pantanal are the Marsh Deer and the Giant River Otters. Parts of the Pantanal are also home to the following endangered or threatened species: the Hycanth Macaw, the Crowned Solitary Eagle, the Maned Wolf, the Bush Dog, the South American Tapir and the Giant Anteater. Common species in the Pantanal include the Capybara and the Yacare Caiman. With over 10 million Caiman the Pantanal is the place with the highest crocodilian density anywhere in the world.

In Total, the Pantanal ecosystem is thought to be home to 1,000 bird species, 400 fish species, 300 mammalian species, 480 reptile species and over 9000 different subspecies of invertebrates making it one of the most bio-diverse wildlife habitats in the world. We will spend 9 nights in this magical wilderness and will attempt to see its rare and elusive wildlife.


July 13 - Arrival in Cuiaba

Arrival in Cuiaba airport and private transfer to the hotel (Our service includes a private transfer for each passenger from airport to the Slaviero Slim Hotel, done by a Portuguese-speaking driver using a closed, air- conditioned vehicle. This transfer does not include an English-speaking guide).
Overnight at Htl Slaviero Cuiaba Varzea Grande.

July 14 - Cuiaba - Pouso Alegre (B/L/D)


Morning drive to SouthWild Pantanal Lodge in an Air Conditioned Van. Lunch. In afternoon, 2-h motorboat outing on the wildlife-rich Pixaim River. Walk 500 metres from the lodge and wait from 500 pm until 715 pm at the Ocelot Blind to try to get good views of one of the five different Ocelots that come on almost every evening to this blind. As of this writing, in the last 210 nights, at least one or more Ocelots came to this blind in 200 nights. In other words, only on ten nights did an ocelot not come. That is a 95% probability that at least one Ocelot comes to the site on any given night. Only one time in the last 210 nights (15 May to 15 November 2016) were there two nights in a row on which at least one Ocelot did not show. SouthWild Pantanal now is the best place in the world to see this beautiful, shy cat, which looks like a mini- Jaguar. See the website: for more details.

Dinner. After dinner, a one-hour spotlight outings in our safari truck.

Overnight at Southwild Pantanal Lodge.


July 15 -  Southwild Pantanal (B/L/D)


Trained guides will organize and adjust the schedule of wildlife outings according to recent sightings, weather and guest preferences. Each day includes one forest walk and one outing by boat, car or horseback. Enjoy our two wildlife viewing towers, one of which is strategically-located at only 16 metres from an active Jabirú nest, the world’s only such Jabiru viewing tower. The breeding pair is very habituated, so you can observe them and take excellent photos from the 12-metre-high platform at the top of the tower. The platform is slightly above eye level with the nest. Visit the Ocelot Blind again in the early evening.

Lunch and dinner included.
Overnight at Southwild Pantanal Lodge.

July 16 - Southwild Pantanal - Jaguarland (B/L/D)


Right after breakfast, you will board our photo safari truck with sun/rain roof and drive from South Wild Pantanal to Porte Jofre and drive till there on the “the Transpantaneira”. There will be quite a few stops to see wildlife along the side of the road. Arrive end of road to take Jaguar-watching boats upstream to Jaguar Research Center Reserve and check into the Jaguar Retreat.

Post lunch, there will be a 4-h boat outing in the afternoon in search of Jaguars and Giant Otters. Dinner. Science Lecture. Overnight at Jaguar Retreat.

July 17-19 - Jaguarland (B/L/D)


Two 4-h boat outings per day to search for Jaguars and Giant Otters on the various river channels of “Jaguarland”. These channels include the Three Brothers, the Black Channel, the Cuiaba and the Piquiri.

Lunch and dinner included. Science Lecture. Overnight at Jaguar Retreat.

July 20 - Jaguar Retreat – Porto Jofre – Pouso Alegre (B/L/D)


Depart for Porte Jofre, en-route we will search for Jaguars. At Porto Jofre, we will be meet our driver and will be transferred in a safari truck to Pouso Alegre Lodge. If you stop to look at wildlife along the way, your trip to the lodge could last quite a bit longer. The idea is to reach the lodge at lunch time.

Pouso Alegre is a traditional, 10,000-hectare cattle ranch that now is one of the leading private nature reserves in all the Pantanal. One of the owners holds a graduate degree in ecology from the Federal University in Cuiabá, and the property is one of the best places in the world to see Brazilian Tapirs and also a very good place to see Giant Anteaters.

Lunch and dinner included. Overnight at Pouso Alegre.


July 21 -  Pouso Alegre (B/L/D)

Activities at the lodge organized by our guide and the team at Pouso Alegre. Safari truck at disposal for activities.
Lunch and dinner included. Overnight at Pousa Alegre.

July 22 - Pouso Alegre (B/L/D)

Activities at the lodge organized by our guide and the team at Pouso Alegre. Safari truck at disposal for activities.
Lunch and dinner included. Overnight at Pousa Alegre.


July 23 - Transfer To Cuiba

At the proper time, normally between 600 am and 730 am, the whole group is transferred 2.5- 3h back to the Cuiaba airport in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. Arrival at the airport check in and departure for your next destination. (For instance, if your flight departs at 1630h, the group should leave Pouso Alegre at 1100- 1130 am.)

The Tour includes:

- Tour leader from Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
- English-speaking naturalist guide.
- Accommodation based on double in the hotel as described in the itinerary.
- Transfer from/to hotel as noted.
- Meals and excursions as noted
- Free WIFI internet at SouthWild Pantanal and at the Jaguar Flotel, but it operates about 95% of the time—not 100% and is not guaranteed.
- Unlimited, free drinking water from large coolers at SouthWild Pantanal and at Jaguar Flotel. Please bring your own Nalgene or metal water bottles to refill for free.

Not included:

- Flights and Visas
- Meals not mentioned
- Extra expenses
- Tips
- Soft drinks, small bottles of water, beer, wines, mixed drinks.
- Laundry
- Insurance
- Early or late check out

No. of Persons TravellingPer Pax cost in INR
06 Paying Pax374,500
08 Paying Pax339,500
10 Paying Pax322,000
Single room Supplement71,820


13 - 23 July, 2019

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Expedition leader:

Erwin D’rose
Erwin’s dedication, passion and commitment to all things wild make him one of the better naturalists in Satpura. His knack for sightings especially for big cats makes him an absolute asset to have when on safari. Before joining us at Reni Pani 2 years ago, Erwin has spent have spent 5 Years in Kanha National Park studying and understanding tiger behavior. His passion for wildlife started early in life as he grew up in Jabalpur which is the entry point to many famous national parks like Kanha and Bandhavgarh. It was his childhood dream to be a naturalist and expedition guide and now he has achieved what he dreamed about as a kid. Erwin spent considerable time in the wilderness ever since he was young, this brought him close to photography as well. His passion for photography enabled him to work with various filming teams in Kanha to make documentaries, this also helped him understand the flora and fauna of Central India better.