Pantanal jaguar photography tour 2021

Pantanal jaguar photography tours

Pantanal jaguar photography tour 2021

Join me on a great adventure to the northern pantanal (Brazil) for the pantanal jaguar photography tour 2021.

The Northern Pantanal has the highest density of jaguars and therefore offers the best chances for photographing jaguars in the world.
The best way to search for jaguars is by boat. In the dry season (june-november) the waterlevel drops and jaguars can be found on the riverbanks to hunt, mate, rest and drink.

During our pantanal jaguar photography tour we will be on the boat for 5 full days exploring the Cuiaba river spotting for jaguars. Besides jaguars we will very likely come across, giant river otters, capibara’s, caiman and possible tapirs as wel, not to forget a variety of birds and even howler monkey’s.

Our goal is to provide you with the very best opportunites on photographing jaguars and helping you develop as a photographer. During our tour we will share our knowledge about jaguars and photography.

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Pantanal jaguar photography tour Itinerary

In Cuiabá we will pick you up at the airport and transport you to the Pantanal. We first travel 100 km along a paved road, pass through the town of Poconé and then enter the Transpantaneira Highway. We Continue our drive further for 150 km into Porto Jofre área, passing through several different ecosystems. On the way From Pocone to Porto Jofre, we can spot Marsh deer, South American coati, anaconda, giant anteater, toco toucans, tapirs, armadillos and hyacinth macaws. We arrive at the lodge for dinner and overnight at our accommodation. The accommodation is located at the end of the Transpantaneira road on the banks of the Cuiaba River at Porto Jofre. Here we’ll begin our full day searches for jaguars along the riverbanks. The lodge is located 30 minutes by boat from the Three brothers river, the best area to view jaguars in the entire pantanal.
After an early breakfast, we leave the hotel in our boat to search for Jaguars along the three rivers that form the the Meeting-of-the-Waters State Park, this park is one of the three largest protected areas in the entire Pantanal. With its high density of jaguar prey, including caiman and capybara, the Encontro das Aguas State Park contains one of the Pantanal’s highest concentrations of jaguars. Quite often jaguars can be seen on the river banks, many of them at very close range for extended periods of time, especially from June to November. We will also encounter other interesting wildlife, like giant river otters, caimans, tapirs,howler monkeys, capybaras, and many bird species.We are going to spend around 12+ hours on the river and take our lunch with us picnic-style. We return to our lodge in the late afternoon.
Early start, after breakfast embark in our motorized boat, travel along three bortrhers river and search for jaguars. spend full day searching jaguars, We will also encounter other interesting wildlife, including giant river otters, caimans, tapirs, anacondas,howler monkeys, capybaras, and many bird species. Late afternoon we return to the lodge.
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After an early breakfast we depart to Cuiaba, arrive in Cuiaba in time for your flight at airport or hotel.

About the lodge:

Our stay will be at Santa Rosa lodge. The lodge is located in Porto Jofre next to the Cuiaba river. It is a brand new lodge. It offers great rooms, swimming pool, wifi and great buffet style breakfast, lunch and diners. Click on the below images for an enlarge photo.


Accomodation facilities:

  • Rooms with air conditioning and fan
  • Private bathroom
  • Electrical outlets in room for charging your devices (between 6pm and 6 am)
  • Free Wifi Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry service (extra charge)
  • Swimmingpool

About our boat:

We use a modern low profile boats equipped with a high quality 90 HP engines, radio, first aid kit,live jackets, soft seating, canopy and plenty of space. 

Below the low profile boat, build in 2019. Equipped with high quality 90 hP engines, radio, first aid kit, live jackets, soft seating, canopy, removable swivel chairs and plenty of space for all your photographic equipment. Due to the removable chairs we can create the perfect seating arrangement. 

About Sebastiaan van der Greef

From early childhood I have a great interest for nature. Growing up I spend much of my time outdoors exploring the forests and birdwatching . In my early twenties I developed an interest for photography. Since 2009 I am a passionate wildlife photographer and travel the world to connect with people and capture the beauty of nature in new ways.


Canon 1D X (2), Canon 500mm F4 is usm, Canon 70-200 F2.8 is usm II, Canon 16-35 F2.8 II, Canon 1.4 extender, Canon 2.0 extender

Why book this tour?

  • Most experienced local Pantanal guides
  • Small group (4 max)
  • Daily tips & trics on photography and editing
  • 10+ hours on the boat (daily)
  • Best location for jaguars in the world, very high chances on seeing jaguars.
  • October offers great chances on jaguar, few people on the river, variety in weather conditions for the best photo opportunities.

Trip details:

Package:          7-day/ 6-night Pantanal jaguar photography tour
Portfolio:         Jaguar photography tour 2018
                        Jaguar photography tour 2019
Groupsize:       Maximum 4-persons
Price:                €4500,- per person*

* Based on double occupancy. Single room supplement €500,-


Deposit:          € 900,- per person.

Balance:         Total amount to be paid 1 month prior to trip start.


04-10-2021 till  10-10-2021
12-10-2021 till  18-10-2021


  • Transfer Cuiaba to Pantanal
  • Transfer Pantanal to Cuiaba
  • Accomodation
  • All meals
  • Drinks (coffee, thee & water), extra charge for soda & alcohol
  • 5 full day boatrides in search for jaguar

Not included:

  • Health- and travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Soda and alchoholic drinks

What to bring and prepare?

When your trip is confirmed I sent you my personal travel checklist to be well prepared for this great adventure.


Please ask, you can contact me using the contactform below.

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