- Visit the Cerrado and the Pantanal - two distinct eco-systems teeming with wildlife
- Take insightful safaris with researchers from the Oncafari Maned Wolf Project
- August in the Pantanal is the best time to see jaguars and other wildlife
- In the Pantanal, sleep on a boat, your base to explore the region's wildlife
Travel across two vastly different ecosystems to go in search of Brazil’s most iconic big cat, the jaguar and its most endangered canid, the maned wolf. Accompanied by expert naturalist guides, gain an in-depth insight into this fascinating wilderness and have the chance to see South America's most iconic animal, the ever-elusive jaguar as well as maned wolf.
In the vast tropical savannah of the Cerrado, you will be based at the exceptional Pousada Trijuncao, home to a research project committed to protecting the maned wolf. You will go out on safari – in a vehicle, by foot and by kayak, with researchers from the project to look for maned wolves and other Cerrado wildlife. Finish the tour with four days in the world’s largest tropical wetland, taking boat safaris to search for the Pantanal’s apex predator – the jaguar.
Why join this Brazil group tour?
The Pantanal is one of the most magical landscapes in the world and your time here will be spent in the company of expert naturalists and leading conservationists who know the area and wildlife of these wetlands intimately. Both Jaguar and Maned wolf are endangered species, spend time with researchers, who are passionate about conserving them. This trip offers a wonderful chance to be involved in some pioneering conservation work and the chance to see these elusive animals in the wild.
What is the accommodation like?
In the Cerrado, you will be based at Pousada Trijunção, a quality lodge, with a focus on conservation within the region. You will then travel to the southern Pantanal, spending time on a houseboat, perfectly placed to explore the scenery and wildlife of these vast wetlands.
What wildlife might I see?
The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Americas. It resembles the leopard physically but its behaviour and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger. It is a sharp predator at the top of the food chain. Maned wolf is one of the most fantastic animals of the Cerrado, and one of the greatest examples of its diversity. It is an endangered species, but some individuals inhabit the limits of Fazenda Trijunção. In partnership with the Oncafari, there is a research project, dedicated to its preservation. Visit the project - and witness its greatest star, in his natural habitat.
As well as jaguars and wolves, you can typically expect to see giant anteaters, giant river otters, tapirs, capybaras and spectacled caimans as well as primates such as capuchins and howler monkeys. Birdlife in the Pantanal is plentiful and varied and includes endangered species such as hyacinth macaws as well as toucans, herons and migratory birds of prey such as ospreys.
How likely am I to see Jaguar?
Wildlife is unpredictable so it is of course never a given. However, your chances of seeing a Jaguar in the Pantanal in the dry season are extremely high. If there is ever a good chance to see a jaguar in the wild, it is here. Travelling by small boat in the Pantanal allows a less invasive form of exploring this region, and increases your chances of seeing a jaguar.
Do I have to be fit to enjoy this tour?
Many of the wildlife excursions will be done by boat and 4x4 so suitable for all abilities. During your time in the Cerrado there will also be time to partake in alternative more strenuous activities should you wish.
Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
What will the weather be like in August?
August is one of the best months to travel to Brazil for wildlife encounters, and it can be combined with numerous other activities and experiences throughout the rest of Brazil.
Can I extend my time in Brazil?
Absolutely. Brazil is a vast country with vibrant cities, fabulous beaches and iconic waterfalls. A stay in the Pantanal works particularly well with a visit to the Brazilian Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, Iguaçu Falls or Rio de Janeiro. Please speak to one of our Brazil specialists for further information.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.