TBC , 2023
7-days / 6-nights
Porto Jofre, Pantanal
Limited to 4 guests
For the 2024 jaguar photography tour we travel to the Pantanal, Brazil. The Pantanal holds the highest density of jaguars in the world.
By boat we explore the main rivers and small channels in search of the majestic jaguar. While in search of these big cats we will enjoy the abundance of wildlife that is present. Such as, the giant river otters, howler monkey’s, capucine monkey’s, caiman, yellow anaconda and a variety of species of birds.
Prepare to embark on a journey deep into the largest wetland of the world. Waking up by the sounds of the Hyacinth macaws and greeting the sun while on the river.
Experience all your senses being activated by the sounds home to the wetland, the landscapes that are unfolding behind each river bend, the taste of the typical Pantanal cousine and the feeling of your heart going in overdrive when we see eye to eye with a jaguar.
During our daily 10+ hours on the river we have all the time of the world to enjoy sightings by the naked eye as well as to capture breathtaking images.
I’m available and committed to answer any questions on photography and share photo editing tips during the tour.
Day 1: Welcome & transfer
In Cuiabá we welcome you at either the airport or the hotel you are staying. We start our journey with a 100km drive to the city of Poconé, the gateway to the Pantanal. At Poconé we transition from a paved road to the Transpantaneira highway, a 150 km dirt road. As we drive on the Transpantaneira we enjoy and spot a variety of wildlife along the road while crossing 122 bridges as we continue to Porto Jofre, our final destination.
On the way from Poconé to Porto Jofre, we can spot Marsh deer, South American coati, anaconda, giant anteater, toco toucans, tapirs, armadillos, hyacinth macaws, crab-eating fox and more.
We arrive at Porto Jofre in the afternoon.We check-in, relax and after diner we share the program for day 2, the first day on the river to spot for jaguars.
Day 2: First day jaguar safari
Early morning breakfast and we embark our boat between 6.45 -7.00 to start our search for jaguars.
From the lodge it takes approx. 35 minutes by boat to the Meeting of the waters state park. It is the best area in the world to spot and photograph jaguars. However, often we spot jaguars close to the lodge roaming on the river banks.
We will spend the full day on the river in search of jaguars (approx. 10-12 hours). When all the boats return to the lodge for lunch, we enjoy a picnic style lunch in the prime jaguar area, not wasting any time and enjoy sightings all by ourself.
We will arrive back at the lodge around 5.30 – 6pm. After arriving at the lodge you can refresh, relax or review your images before we have a delicious buffet style diner together at the restaurant.
Wildlife: besides jaguars we have chances on seeing giant river otters, howler- and capucin monkey’s, Yellow anaconda and a variety of bird species. The prime focus will be on jaguars.However, if we encounter other wildlife we take the time to enjoy it all.
Day 3: A full day on the boat photographing jaguars, same as previous day.
Day 4: A full day on the boat photographing jaguars, same as previous day.
Day 5:A full day on the boat photographing jaguars, same as previous day.
Day 6: A full day on the boat photographing jaguars, same as previous day.
Day 7: Return to Cuiaba airport/hotel
After breakfast we check-out and prepare for the drive back to Cuiaba. Along the Transpantaneira we stop to photograph for wildlife sightings. We will arrive approx. at noon (11.30am -12am) in Cuiaba. Depending on your travel program, we will transfer you to your hotel or the airport.
Note: Extending the tour with additional locations in Pantanal is possible. Options are for example to spend time on action bird photography, Giant anteaters, tapir and ocelot.
For every participant joining our jaguar photography workshop we donate a camera trap to the Jaguar identification project (JIP), as well as supporting their conservation efforts by purchasing the jaguar identification guide for you as our guest.
About Jaguar identification project:
The NGO is run by an American biologist, Abigail Martin. She initiated and runs the social science program. Photographers can upload their jaguar images via the JIP website and receive information about the specific jaguar individual. Using 1) social science, 2) volunteers monitoring jaguars and 3) a network of camera traps, a better understanding is created about the number of individuals, their territories and the blood lines. Every year an updated identification guide is published and available for purchase to support the program.
Santa Rosa lodge opened in 2019. it is a beautiful new lodge offering spacious and modern rooms, a nice restaurant with a buffet style breakfast, lunch and diner. Outside they have a pool- and bar area with an open view to the Cuiaba river.
The Cuiaba river is the starting point for our daily jaguar outings.