15 day safari

Prices from

£4990

Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

4 full days of Jaguar boat safaris on the Cuiaba river

Maximum of 4 clients per boat

Expert local naturalist and boatman

4 nights in a remote untouched Amazon Lodge

For your Pantanal jaguar safari we explore different types of major habitats accessed by using the Transpantaneira road and you will have quality time in two of them. In particular, the Cuiaba River (and its tributaries) where approximately 90% of the jaguar sightings take place during boat safaris. You cannot visit this area for just a couple of days and expect to see Jaguars and you can certainly not expect to see them if you do not go to the end of this famous road and spend some quality time on the water. Most other operators return to their lodges or houseboats for lunch, but we take packed lunches and stay out all day. Unlike other big cats around the world, Jaguars are sighted often in the middle of the day; either relaxing under the shade of the riverine forest, or sometimes hunting Capybara, Caimans or other prey species.

We then fly you up from Cuiaba to Manaus and due to the timings of flight schedules between the capital city of the Amazon and Tefe, we overnight you in a charming bed and breakfast. We can organise a boat safari to the 'meeting of the rivers', or you can simply have a walk around the attractions of Manaus - we recommend a visit to the Opera House. You will then fly to Tefe and enjoy a spectacular small boat transfer to Uakari floating lodge; beautifully located on meandering loop of a river in the unspolit and wildlife rich Mamirauá Reserve. During your stay you will be able to explore the flooded forest in a private dugout paddle, as well as take small group boat safaris to observe pink river dolphins, spider monkeys and sloth. This is a genuine community led project with 50% of the income going back into the community and the majority of the food you eat is purchased from the local villages.

    When to go:
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • Dec

Best time to visit - SEP

Safari Style: BESPOKE WILDLIFE

Day 1

Jaguar safari in the Pantanal visiting Pousada Alegre
Take the morning flight from Sao Paulo to Cuiaba
On arrival at Cuiaba airport you will be met by your expert guide, who will transfer you to Pousada Alegre (a journey of approximately 3 hours). The second half of this journey marks the starting point of the unsealed road and your first wildlife viewing opportunity. As well as hundreds of birds, caimans and maybe even the odd Neotropical Otter. You will enjoy the change of scenery as the Pantanal landscape, dominated by large ranches, comes into view

Accommodation : Pousada Alegre

Day 2

Giant Anteater safari at Pousada Alegre
Early morning and night time vehicle safaris
Full day of very early morning safari looking for Giant Anteater and Tapir, and late afternoon safari, followed by nocturnal drive looking for wildlife such as Ocelot and crab eating Foxes. Opportunities to walk, take gentle horse-back safaris or explore areas by safari vehicle.

Accommodation : Pousada Alegre

Day 3

Best wildlife lodges in the Pantanal
Drive south to the end of the Transpantaneira road to Porto Jofre
Early morning safari close to the lodge before driving 4-5 hours (with stops) to the end of the Transpantaneira road where you will find the best lodge on the Cuiaba River - Hotel Pantanal Norte. No small houseboat on the river for our clients, where you can hardly move and there are many mosquitoes around. We have chosen the best quality accommodation on the Cuiaba river and with its extensive gardens, swimming pool and private jetty's just a stones throw away from your private bungalows; you couldn't be in a better place to enjoy your Pantanal jaguar safari.

Accommodation : Hotel Pantanal Norte

Days 4-7

Best place to see wild jaguars in Brazil
Four full days of private boat safaris on the Cuiaba river
Four full days of morning and afternoon small group boat safaris in one of the best locations in the world to see Jaguars. There is also a chance to see Tapir, Giant River Otters, Black Howler Monkeys, Iguana, lots of Caimans and some beautiful birds. Our intention is to be out all day with packed lunches to maximise our chance of incredible Jaguar encounters, but also to profit from fewer boats on the river during the afternoon siesta of the other groups.

Accommodation : Hotel Pantanal Norte

Day 8

Best place to see giant river otters in Brazil on a Pantanal jaguar safari
Drive back north to Cuiaba and overnight at a quality hotel
We can have a relaxed breakfast and final walk around the grounds where there is sometimes a pair of nesting Hyacinth Macaws before getting in our minibus and driving back to Cuiaba. We will stop at one of the riverside lodges for lunch and arrive at our hotel early evening.

Accommodation : Hotel Deville

Day 9

Best boutique hotels in Manaus
Fly from Cuiaba to Manaus and overnight at a restored historic mansion
Take the free shuttle to the domestic terminal to connect with GOL airlines flight 1642 to Manaus, departs 11:25 and arrives at 14:15. On arrival you will be met and transferred to ‘Hotel Villa Amazonia’ for your overnight accommodation

Accommodation : Hotel Villa Amazonia

Day 10

Best amazon lodges in Brazil Uakari floating lodge is our choice
Fly from Manaus to Tefe then take a boat to Uakari floating lodge
After a relaxed morning you will be transferred to the airport to connect with flight AD 5244 to Tefe, departs 11:40 and arrives at 12:45. On arrival you will be met and transferred by a scenic small boat transfer,1-2 hours to a beautiful stilted river lodge located in an untouched part of the Amazon basin, with none of the noise from passing boats associated with some Amazon lodges! In the afternoon you will go out on a guided trail; this could be on foot, or in small canoes that your guide will paddle

Accommodation : Uakari floating lodge

Days 11-13

Best wildlife tours and activities in the Amazon
Three full days of wildlife activities in the heart of the Amazon
You will spend 3 idyllic days in the Amazon enjoying a mixture of small group boat safaris and private dugout paddles into the flooded forest. Keep your eyes open for Sloths, Spider Monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, Black Howler monkeys, Pink River Dolphins and the rare and very shy Uakari (Red Faced Monkey)

Accommodation : Uakari floating lodge

Day 14

Best places to see sloths in the Amazon
Boat transfer back to Tefe to connect with flight to Manaus
After breakfast you will return to Tefe by boat and then transfer to the airport to connect with flight AD 5245 to Manaus, departs 13:25 and arrives at 14:25. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the ‘Hotel Villa Amazonia’ for your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation : Hotel Villa Amazonia

Day 15

Early morning flight from Manaus to Sao Paulo to connect with your flight home

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £4990 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for multiple departures in 2021 and 2022

Includes:

  • £100 donation to Panthera to protect Jaguars across their entire range
  • All internal flights in Brazil
  • A private minibus shared with a maximum of 4 clients in the Pantanal
  • A boat designed for 12 with a maximum of 4 clients for all boat safaris
  • Expert local naturalist and separate boatman

Excludes

  • The cost of international flights (we can quote on request)
  • Costs of applicable Visas and travel insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Cuiaba and Manaus
  • Gratuities for boatman and main naturalist

What

Our clients say about us

Deatils
Wednesday December 20, 2017
Amazing Experience

We travelled through the Pantanal in Brazil. Our guide was fantastic. He met us at our hotel and accompanied us throughout. Transportation (4x4) with a driver was very comfortable, particularly as...

By Isabell and Steve
Saturday March 4, 2017
A Pantanal Adventure

We re-visited the Pantanal having enjoyed a previous trip so much. This time, with Eduardo as our guide, it was truly an adventure. His enthusiasm and excitement about all of the wildlife is so...

By Avril and Brian
Friday September 23, 2016
An excellent wildlife holiday

We are so delighted that this interesting combination of the Pantanal, Chapada dos Guimarães and the southern Amazon worked out so well. It was a real pleasure organising this bespoke...

By Scott
Wednesday January 13, 2016
Tremenous Pantanal and Iguacu experience with Wildlife Trails

Spent 2 weeks in October in the Southern and Northern Pantanal, and amongst numerous other encounters with a range of animals, got to spend time with Giant anteaters, Tapirs, Jaguars, Capuchin and...

By Del and Sheila
Wednesday November 18, 2015
Brazil. Pantanal plus City visits.

Three of us had a three week holiday with included visits to Salvador, Rio, Iguasu Falls and Ilhe Grande, fitted in around 13 days in the Pantanal and Cristalino Lodge. We flew, via Lisbon, into...

By Roger, Debbie and Liz
Monday November 9, 2015
A feast of Pantanal wildlife & hospitality

We have just spent 2 weeks in the South & North Pantanals in Brazil, experiencing all the wonderful wildlife this area has to offer. Our first stop in the south was Pousada Aguape, 3 hours...

By Avril and Brian
Wednesday September 24, 2014
Up close and personal with Brazilian wildlife

Our trip was a tailor made one for my wife and I with the specific aim of seeing certain mammals in Brazil, specifically Giant Anteater in Minas Gerais and Jaguars in the North Pantanal. Wildlife...

By Dave
Wednesday August 20, 2014
The perfect trip

Our trip to the Pantanal was organised so well that it flowed without a hitch from start to finish. Our guide Tito was the perfect companion who was knowledgeable, friendly and hard working, with...

By Andy
Thursday December 26, 2013
Lived up to our most optimistic expectations

First time in Brazil on a trip tailor-made to rise to the challenges of adventure and wildlife encounter (for Mr) tempered with a slower pace and touches of luxury (for Mrs). Starting from Rio, 2...

By Rachel and Peter
Monday November 4, 2013
The Pantanal, Iguassu falls, and Rio - simply fantastic!

What an amazing holiday! This trip far exceeded our expectations. Our itinerary was brilliant and suited us perfectly. Our guides were excellent - all were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and...

By Louise and John
Monday August 26, 2013
A stunning wildlife tour of Brazil's Pantanal and Atlantic Rainforest

Following a hectic but enjoyable 24 hours in New York we (a family of four with two teenage boys) flew to Cuiaba in Brazil where we were met by Eduardo our highly-rated naturalist driver, boatman...

By Graham