8 day safari

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Tour Highlights

Path less travelled in the South Pantanal

Vehicle, boat and night time safaris

All safaris private with expert naturalist

Your holiday can be tailored to your requirements

As more and more exciting Jaguar photos 'flooded' the internet it was inevitable that locations like the Cuiaba river would start to attract large numbers of wildlife enthusiasts and we recognise that this is not the experience all wildlife lovers are looking for on their bespoke Brazil wildlife holiday. There are actually many other locations in the vast wetland known as the Pantanal and simply by flying into the south you can experience a very different style of wildlife safari. 

Although the chances here to see Jaguars are less, the animal count can often be higher and more diverse and our clients have been lucky enough to see many giant anteaters, bush pigs, peccaries, 6 and 9-banded armadillos, capybara and caiman. Because you will have your own private naturalist, you can dictate the pace of the wildlife viewing; although we definitely recommend a few night time drives. 

You will then fly south to Iguacu airport where you will be met by your friendly knowledgeable guide. We have visited this Unesco world heritage site multiple times, so know the importance of booking a hotel within the park and therefore being able to visit the falls in that 'golden' first 1-2 hours before the mainstream tourists arrive. We also know great places for bird watching and eating locally; so you will really maximise your 3 nights spent here before flying onto Sao Paulo or Rio.

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

Best time to visit - SEP


Day 1

South Pantanal jaguar safaris from Campo Grande
Morning flight from Sao Paulo to Campo Grande
Fly from Sao Paulo to Campo Grande (most international flights arrive early morning!). On arrival your guide will pick you up and transfer you to the lovely ‘Pousada Aguape’ - a journey of approximately 5 hours on good roads - for your overnight accommodation. Afternoon free for wildlife viewing by boat or vehicle. Followed by a night time drive looking for unique nocturnal wildlife like Ocelot and crab eating foxes.

Accommodation : Pousada Aguape

Days 2-4

Best place to see Giant Anteaters in Brazil Pousada Aguape
Three full days exploring the rich wildlife habitats around the ranch
Three full days with your own private guide to explore the area around the Pousada in the southern Pantanal. There was a Giant Anteater project based in this area to help understand what this animal needs to thrive and some of the problems it faces at a local level. This means that the local knowledge in the best areas to see the anteaters is unparalleled and has led to Wildlife Trails clients having almost daily encounters.

Accommodation : Pousada Aguape

Day 5

Best hotels to stay at in Iguazu Falls
Transfer back to Campo Grande to connect with flight to Iguazu Falls
Early start for your transfer back to Campo Grande to connect with the afternoon flight to Iguazu Falls. You will be met and transferred to the luxurious ‘Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas’ . This is really the only place to be as it is actually inside the national park and you walk out of reception, down a few stairs and the first viewing point is less than 100m away.

Accommodation : Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Day 6

How to take the best photographs at Iguazu Falls
Full day for you to explore the Brazilian side of the falls.
Early start to beat the crowds - the falls are open from 08:30am (entrance fees included; the first trails are just a 100m from the front entrance of your hotel) and explore the various walking trails along the Brazilian side of Iguacu. In the afternoon you can relax at your beautiful hotel or head out for some more falls action.

Accommodation : Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Day 7

Wildlife activities at Iguazu Falls
Full day private guided tour of the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls
Early morning transfer with private car and driver/guide to the Argentinian side of the falls (all entrance fees included) and proceed directly to the falls so you can start the lower trail at 08:00 and then enjoy the upper trail immediately afterwards; before the main tourist crowds arrive. When appropriate you can either return to your hotel on the Brazilian side, or explore a little on the Argentinean side, including visiting the old town or the ‘river meeting’ of 3 countries; Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil

Accommodation : Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Day 8

Fly from Iguazu to Sao Paulo to connect with your onward flight

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £2390 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Valid for multiple departures in 2021 and 2022


  • £100 donation to Panthera to protect Jaguars throughout their range
  • Services of a private naturalist in the Pantanal
  • Four days of private boat safaris on the Cuiaba river
  • All internal flights in Brazil
  • Complimentary water, tea and coffee


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


Our clients say about us

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