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Conservation projects in the southern Pantanal focus on jaguar and the hyacinth macaw.

The gateway to the southern Pantanal is the city of Campo Grande, the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul State. From here you can drive in just a few hours to a lodge where you can see wildlife by boat and vehicle, on foot and possibly horseback.

Bonito, on the southern fringe, is a mecca for ecotourism, where you will find grottos with blue lakes and walking trails surrounded by monkeys.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: capybara, giant anteater, giant river otter, jaguar, spectacled caiman
  • Where: Mato Grosso & Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Jaguar Fiesta

There is no finer place in the world than the Pantanal to see South America’s greatest apex predator - the jaguar. Accompanied by acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt, we track and photograph these magnificent felines with our research team and get close encounters by boat from Porto Jofre.

  • When to go: Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Pousada Aguape

Pousada Aguape offers comfortable, homely accommodation on a typical Pantanal farm. Surrounded by rich wetland vegetation, open pastures and gallery forest, the lodge offers guests the opportunity to experience first hand the exuberant nature of the region, home to a diverse range of wildlife.

Pousada Xaraes

Just metres from the Abobral River, Pousada Xaraes is a comfortable lodge on a commercial cattle ranch, with traditional rustic décor throughout. The verandah is a perfect place to relax in a hammock and listen to the morning birdsong, mixed with the roar of howler monkeys in the trees along the riverbank.

Refúgio Ecológico Caiman

Set on a 53,000 hectare ranch in the Southern Pantanal wetland, Caiman Lodge is one of three operations of Refúgio Ecológico Caiman – the other two being an important nature conservation programme and Caiman Ranch. Caiman Lodge comprises two independent lodges situated 22 kilometres from each other.