Category: Pantanal

Pantanal’s 5 Kingfishers

The main focus of our trip to Brazil and the Panatal was to see Jaguars. However, we had been told that the birds of this area were stunning. It is a paradise for birders and photographers. There are over 600 species to see and very few humans to disturb them. It’s often possible to get fairly close to…


Giant River Otters of the Rio tres Irmaos

Giant Otters were once found throughout large areas of South America .  By the 1970’s their numbers had fallen dramatically. This was mainly due  to a demand for their pelts, deforestation, and human disturbance. When we travelled in 2008 to the Peruvian Amazonian rain forest,  they had become an endangered species. We travelled by canoe up…


Along the Transpantaneira Highway

Today we were returning to the Transpantaneria Highway in the hope of finding the one target species that had eluded us, the Giant Anteater. The morning was off to a good start as before breakfast a Crab Eating Fox paid a visit to the lodge to scavenge for scraps from the kitchen. As it’s name…


SouthWild Pantanal Lodge

First Boat Ride at Southwild  Lodge After breakfast we split into two groups to take to the boats. The boats travelled up the river Pixaim from the lodge past the Mato Grosso hotel and the long bridge. We travelled as far up the river as we could go before our journey was blocked by water hyacinths…


SouthWild Flotel on to the Lodge

It had been an incredible experience at the Southwild Flotel. We had seen eight different Jaguars some of them numerous times. They are certainly an amazing animal. The whole environment and its wildlife is extremely special. Although we were sorry to leave we were moving on back along the river to Porto Jofre and then…


Jaguars Galore

After breakfast at 6.00 a.m. we were ready to leave for our morning boat safari, hoping for more Jaguars Fortunately our clothing and shoes had dried overnight. However, a downpour of rain prevented the departure and we left at 7.00 a.m. Under cloudy skies we headed out, it wasn’t  long before our first Jaguar encounter. On…


Jaguar Brothers on The Three Brothers River

As we got ready for breakfast we glanced out of the windows and saw at least three Giant Otters swim past. A great start to the morning. We were all on the boat by 6.30 and ready to go. Just a little way down the river we stopped and watched the Giant Otters catching and eating…


Jaguars on the Cuiaba River

Morning boat safari After breakfast at 6.00 a.m. we were on the Cuiaba River for 6.30 a.m with slightly damp shoes but eager to start. Susannah, the biologist accompanied us on the boat. We had not been travelling very far when we spotted an Osprey high on a tree, at what turned out to be…


Southwild Jaguar hotel

Our accommodation was the floating Southwild Jaguar hotel near the mouth of the Rio tres Irmaos, (Three brothers river). It is operated as a jaguar research and tourism base. We were to spend three full days here in search of Jaguar. Susannah, Nuan’s wife, the resident biologist greeted us and took us into the lounge area. Here we…


Transpantaneira highway to the River Cuiabá

Today, 1st November, we were leaving Pouso Alegre at 6.00 a.m. and driving in our safari truck to the end of the Transpantaneira Highway at Porto Jofre. From here we will take a boat to the Flotel. This would be our best chance of finding jaguar.  The drive to Porto Jofre was about 120 km…