4 – 14 AUGUST 2019
11 DAY / 10 NIGHT WILDLIFE PHOTO SAFARI
The Pantanal in Brazil is the largest flood plain in the world occupying an area the size of the United Kingdom. The remoteness of the area and the accompanying logistical complexity of traversing this watery expanse at certain times of the year, permits the wildlife to proliferate abundantly, unfettered by human contact. It is home to jaguars, caimans, giant anteaters, giant river otters, capybaras, tapirs, hyacinth macaws and many more bird species. Remarkably, the jaguars found on this Brazilian plateau are much larger than their brothers found in Argentina to the south or in the Amazon rainforest to the north west.
This tour is for photographers of all skill levels. We spend most of the time photographing in the field and do reviews of images and assist with editing techniques on request. Our visit occurs during the jaguar mating season where jaguar sightings are at their prime. In addition to the photographic opportunities, the experience of being in the midst of these phenomenal hunting predators will stay with you for a very long time.
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STARTING LOCATION / ENDING LOCATION
This photo workshop starts and ends in Cuiabá, Brazil.
$6,995 per person based on single occupancy.
ABOUT THE SAFARI TOUR
The Pantanal Jaguars photo safari tour takes place on the Cuiaba river in the heart of the Pantanal. This is a floodplain, about the size of the United Kingdom, covering parts of Bolivia and Uruguay. The tour is set in the Meeting of the Waters State Park on the Cuiabá and Pixaim Rivers. Of the 400 species of birds found in this park - it’s the world’s longest list of large birds - 82 weigh more than one pound. The bird sightings are truly superb, but it is the abundance of jaguars, caiman and giant otters that capture the imagination of most visitors.
The tour starts with a meeting and an overnight stay in Cuiabá. The next morning we take a leisurely drive to a fazenda approximately halfway down the Transpantaneira Highway to the Pousada Rio Claro. Situated on the forested banks of the wildlife-rich Claro River, it’s a bird enthusiast’s dream come true!
After spending 3 days at this Lodge, we continue our journey into the Pantanal southwards on the Transpantaneira Highway to our floating hotel (flotel) on the mighty Cuiabá River. Here we spend six days on a fully kitted, self-contained river boat with an experienced local English-speaking naturalist. Every morning we transfer onto a river skiff and wind our way through a maze of waterways, deep into jaguar territory for very dependable sightings, positioning the skiff for the best photo opportunities. The focus of this tour is to photograph jaguars - we will also photograph some other iconic species, such as caimans, jabiru storks, giant river otters, capybaras, and howler monkeys.
On the last day we travel back along the Transpantaneira highway to Cuiabá Airport and return home
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Ten nights accommodation in single occupancy in comfortable lodges
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
Radio linked skiff (river boat) to report animal sightings as they happen
Bottled water and soft drinks
Hire of private vehicles and guides for game drives and park fees
Services of a professional photographer guide
All vehicular transfers within Brazil
Fees, tourism taxes, levies and permits
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
All airfares, for international and/or domestic flights
Stay in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro while transiting to Cuiabá
Medical inoculations, vaccinations, travel medicines and prophylactics
Personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered
Insurance, laundry and phone calls
Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list
USD 1,000 booking fee with trip reservation
Remainder 3 months prior to date of departure
All fees shown are per person
4 August 2019
Guests fly into Cuiabá Airport and spend the first night at the Transamérica Executive Cuiabá, 4 star hotel. The travelling party meets to discuss the logistics for the following days.
5 August 2019
We depart Cuiabá and take a leisurely drive to Pousada Rio Claro. On the way, we stop at Poconé where the wildlife adventure starts as we hit the Transpantaneira Highway. We stop to photograph different kinds of wildlife along the route. Arriving at the lodge just before lunch time, we check in and enjoy lunch. An outing, either walking or on a vehicle, follows in search for dry land mammals and birds. (L,D)
6 August - 7 August 2019
Early morning call and coffee is followed by a search for wildlife at sunrise, looking for wildlife with a camera at the ready. This is followed by breakfast back at the lodge. The hot period of the day forces wildlife into the shade and humans under cover. Depending on guides, may explore many of the opportunities along the trails and farm roads, with plenty of wildlife as caimans, storks, herons an other marsh birds. In the afternoon we go for a drive, ride or walk inside forest islands where the fauna congregates at dusk. (B,L,D)
8 August 2019
Early morning call and coffee! We checkout and continue along the remainder of the Highway towards Porto Jofre, a port town on the impressive Cuiabá River. Along the way we keep a lookout for birds, caiman and capybara. We may even find some action between species. On arrival, we check in on the floating hotel (flotel) and have lunch on board. After lunch we go on our first boat safari in search of jaguars and other riverside wildlife. (B,L,D)
9 August - 13 August 2019
We spend the next 5 days on the Piquiri, Cuiabá and Pixaim Rivers and its connecting channels. On board the flat-bottomed photography skiff we have an English speaking local guide and an experienced boat driver / jaguar spotter. Every morning we rise before sunrise for a hearty breakfast. We head out to look for riverside wildlife and birds and return to the flotel for lunch and a little rest and relaxation.
During the day, the flotel will be moved and moored at an appropriate location close to where the skiff is exploring. This reduces the travel necessary to get back to base and allows us to be out for longer each day.
Mid afternoon is time to head out again for jaguar sighting and photography. In addition to our main focus - the jaguars - we can expect to see giant otters, jacare caimans, capybaras, howler monkeys, jabiru storks, various types of herons, macaws, kingfishers and different raptors. In august jaguars are very active finding mating pairs and we’ll see multiple animals at a sighting.
At sunset we return to the floating hotel for pre-dinner drinks, social hour and dinner. (B,L,D)
14 August 2019
On the last morning we can lie in a little later. After breakfast we check out and set back along the Transpantaneira Highway to Cuiabá, stopping along the way for lunch at one of the roadside lodges. We arrive at Cuiabá Airport mid afternoon. Each guest then returns home or embarks on other travels in the country as privately arranged.
FEES AND TERMS OF PAYMENT
COST & TERMS OF PAYMENT
The 11 day (10 nights) all-inclusive photographic safari tour costs $6,995 per person in single accommodation.
A deposit of $1,000 per guest is required at the time of booking. Balance is payable, by check or wire transfer only, no later than 90 days before the start of the tour. Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full (less the processing fee of $250). Cancellations within 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full (less the processing fee) provided we can find another guest to take your place.
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if conditions warrant such action. We will attempt to notify participants of changes with as much notice as possible. Changes having an impact on the schedule or on costs will be borne by the participants.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PHYSICAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
This is a great opportunity for you to take pictures of the environment and observe animals in the wild. Most travelling is undertaken in air-conditioned vehicles but some images are best taken away from the vehicle and involve moderate walking. You should be able to climb into and out of a moored skiff and walk unaided for short distances. Guests must complete a standard liability waiver before participating in this safari.
MANDATORY MEDICAL EVACUATION INSURANCE
Some of the areas we visit are wild and at a distance from major cities; it is a condition of this booking for guests to carry their own medical evacuation insurance. You will be asked to provide independent documentary evidence of such cover, failing which cover will be provided for you at your cost and added to your account.
Please provide the office with the insurance company’s name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that this policy exists in the interest of our guests’ safety.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS TO AND FROM THE STARTING LOCATION
This safari starts and ends in Cuiabá, Brazil. Your travel arrangements must ensure that you arrive in Cuiabá, Brazil no later than 6pm on the first day of the tour. That evening the group will meet for a group introduction and welcome cocktails offered by the organizers. This tour ends at 4pm on the last day – please arrange departures from Cuiabá Airport no earlier than after 6 pm on the final day. If you plan to participate in any add-on side trip, the routing will determine the itinerary at the time of reservation.