The Pantanal is home to one of the largest and, thanks to dedicated conservation teams, thriving jaguar populations in the world. This small and intimate trip includes stays in both the North and South Pantanal which, as far we know, is the only itinerary offering a combination of the two areas together.
The tour is departing in August, reputed to be the optimum time for spotting jaguars, the rare Marsh deer, giant river otter and over 1,000 species of bird life. In addition, nearly 500 species of reptile, from the iconic caiman to the yellow anaconda, inhabit these incredible wetlands.
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To give you a taste of what to expect, each of the images featured in this post was taken by Paul during his last visit to the Pantanal a few years ago.
He was captivated by what he saw, and as such it has been his dream to return with a small group of guests who share his passion for nature and wildlife. Whether you are an experienced photographer looking to explore the next level of skill, or an amateur taking your first steps, this journey is designed to allow the best possible chance to see jaguars in the wild as well as all the treasures of these extraordinary wetlands.
The journey begins in Porto Jofre, one of the Pantanal’s most famous regions for jaguar photography and where Paul captured these incredible images on his last visit. Staying at the simple but charming Pantanal Norte lodge, guests are a mere 20 minute boat journey to some of the best jaguar viewing in the world and you will very much be in the best location, at the best time of year, to maximise your chances.
From Porto Jofre the itinerary continues to the exclusive reserve of Caiman Ecological Refuge where you will the chance to meet some of the most exciting jaguar conservationists on the continent and learn about their strategy and plans for the future of conservation in Brazil.
Although rustic, the lodge works closely with the team at Oncafari, a non-profit organization that has habituated jaguars within this vast 53,000 hectare reserve, and where you will have a chance to spend a day with the team, both searching for jaguar and understanding their conservation efforts.
The itinerary is strictly limited to just eight guests and so please contact our team for more information about securing your place on this special safari.
Exclusively led by Paul Joynson-Hicks, the tour guarantees an exceptionally unique and personal experience, offering both a rare and intimate understanding of the environments, wildlife and people visited. A thoroughly charming and knowledgeable host, Paul will enjoy having one-on-one sessions with each individual guest during the trip, to advise and help develop any photography skills. Paul’s inimitable enthusiasm for wildlife photography is infectious and we are both delighted and proud that he has chosen to partner with Exceptional Travel and offer his services to a select number of our discerning guests.