Some of the tour highlights:
- Jaguars – five days in jaguarland to get the best opportunities to photograph these timid cats.
- Accomodation on a floating hotel in the middle of jaguarland, in order to avoid long transports.
- Exotic animals such as Capybara, Tapir and Giant Otter.
- The World’s largest stork – the Jabiru.
- The World’s largest parrot – the Hyacinth Macaw.
- An amazingly rich bird fauna with e.g. Macaws, Toucans, Storks, Herons and exiting birds of prey
- Opportunities to photograph fishing birds of prey and kingfishers.
- Several night safaris to look for nocturnal animals.
- Only one photographer per seat row on boat safaris.
- The tour leader will show you their best sites and provide photographic advice in a small like-minded group.
- We support the organisation Pantheras work with creating a corridor for Jaguars in South and Central America.
Pantanal is one of the World’s most species-rich areas. It is often called the World’s largest wetland, spreading across hundreds of thousands of square kilometers in Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay. Thanks to the high concentration of wildlife, high species-richness and a varied landscape, Pantanal can be regarded as one of the natural wonders of the World. It hosts everything from Jaguars, Pirhanas, Anacondas and Capybaras to Giant Otters, Caymans, deer and an amazing variety of birds. Pantanal is mainly open savanna, with sparse gallery forests along the rivers and in higher parts. For half the year, Pantanal is almost completely flooded under several meters of water. The rest of the year it is a lake-rich savanna.
Wildlife is ever-present in Pantanal, with 405 species of fish, 600 bird species, 80 mammals, 1100 butterflies and 50 reptile species. Threatened and endangered species such as Jaguars, Pumas, Giant Otters, Maned Wolf, Ocelot, Macaws, Tapirs and Giant Ant-eaters have all found a haven in the impenetrable wetlands.
Our journey into Pantanal starts in Cuiabá. Via Poconé we reach the Transpantaneira, the road into Pantanal. About 145 km and 100 bridges later the road ends in Porto Jofre by the river Cuibá. From here we will head out on a floating hotel where we spend four nights in search for Jaguars. During the trip along the Transpantaneira we will break the journey by staying at various lodges.
Whilst staying at lodges and traveling along the Transpantaneira we will be searching for interesting subjects to photograph. On the savanna we will be looking for mammals such as Capybaras, Tapirs and Coatis. Large numbers of Herons, Darters, Kingfishers and Jabirus gather in the wetlands. There we will also find thousands of Caymans. Lodge gardens and surroundings provide plenty of photo opportunities. Here we find less timid species of birds and mammals. Rivers form the veins of the Pantanal, and there is lots to see and discover. The river Pixaim is a good spot for Giant Otters, and we will also be able to photograph fishing birds of prey and Kingfishers. Weather-permitting we will visit a lodge where the endangered Hyacinth Macaws are abundant. Rivers also give us a chance to see Jaguars. They are normally shy, but come down to the rivers during the dry season to drink, hunt and rest, which gives us a good chance to see and photograph these great animals. In order to make the best of our opportunities we will be staying on a floating hotel right in the middle of the Jaguar’s core area. During these five days we will make 9-10 boat trips in search of Jaguars and other interesting subjects. On each boat trip there will be only one photographer per seat row, to get the best possible photo chances.
The tour I planned in order for us to focus on particular species at particular sites. The areas we have chosen to visit in northern Pantanal provide the best possible opportunities to photograph the characteristic species that occur here. Naturally, we will be able to photograph much more than these focus species.
During the tour there will be various photographic workshops, where we discuss techniques for the different types of photography we will be doing. We will even discuss composition and each others images, all in order to take your photography to the next level.
19th-28th October 2018
4 990 € (Euro)
(Registration fee 998 €)*
Number of participants
Last date to register
31 May 2020
The tour will include daily safaris and walks. Safaris are by open safari vehicle and boat. On Jeep safaris all photographers have a ”window seat”. On boat safaris all photographers have their own seat row. All in order to provide the best photo opportunities.
** Safari is a trip in a natural area such as a National Park or other protected area. In Africa these are called Game drives.
Share in double room and meals according to itinerary. All entrance fees to National Parks, all safaris, local guides, photo workshops, local transports (minibus, open safari vehicle, boat), transfer to and from Cuiaba airport. Accommodation in simple but rustique lodges.
Single room fee
Price does not include
Flights in and out of Cuiaba airport, tips, insurance, cancellation insurance, beverages, meals that are not specified in itinerary, phone and internet charges, personal items.
Cuiabá Marechal Rondon International Airport.The tour starts and ends here.
A wide range of subjects will be available to us, from landscapes to mammals and birds. Therefore it is good to bring everything from wide-angle to telephoto lenses. On safari, whether by car, boat or on foot, lenses from 70-200 mm up to 500 mm are excellent. To increase focal length you can use a teleconverter. Dust protection is important on safaris. If you have two camera bodies, bring both in order not to have to change lenses as much. Tripods are not so useful in safari vehicles, where a bean-bag comes in more handy. A monopod is an alternative, but slows you down a bit. However, a tripod will be great for photography around the lodges.
Pantanal means tropical climate, so both days and nights are hot, often above 30 degrees C by day and seldom below 20 degrees C by night. Pack light, cool but robust clothing. A light fleece sweater and some thin trousers are good for evenings on the river when it gets ”cool”. A light raincoat or poncho will be useful. Bring a hat or head protection from the sun. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are best for the feet, together with some sandals for midday use.
Group and language
Our tours are open to all nationalities, so the group may be international. Our tour leaders speak Swedish and English.
*Terms of payment
Registration fee to be paid on registration. Remaining fees to be paid latest 60 days before the tour starts.
Contact your insurance company about insurance, including cancellation insurance. Contact your doctor about vaccination requirements.
Travel day (4/9)
Flight to Brazil.
Day 1 (5/9) (Lunch-Dinner)
Arrive at Cuiabá in the morning. Transport to our lodge. Lunch en route. During the afternoon/evening we head out on safaris in search for the spectacular wildlife of Pantanal.
Day 2 (6/9) (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
The whole day is spent around our lodge. Our first safari starts at dawn. During the afternoon/evening we head out on safaris in search for the spectacular wildlife of Pantanal. Even when not on safari, there is plenty to photograph around the lodge.
Day 3 (7/9) (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
We leave the lodge in the morning and head for Porto Jofre. The journey from our lodge to Porto Jofre is a safari, with many photo opportunities along the way. From Porto Jofre we head out on to the river Cuiabá and our floating hotel. Here, in the core area for Jaguars, we will spend four nights.
Day 4-7 (8-11/9) (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
These four days are spent on the river Cuiabá. Our main focus is on Jaguars. During mornings and afternoons we will search for them along the river. We will even be photographing Giant Otters, Caymans, birds and other animals. We will only have a short break for lunch and a moments rest. In the evenings there will be lectures and workshops and an opportunity to listen to a lecture on Jaguars.
Day 8 (12/9) (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
The days starts off with a last safari on the river to search for Jaguars and all the other animals. Before lunch will we leave the Cuiabá river and start our travel on the Transpantaneria to our next lodge. During our stay here, by the river Pixaim, there will be safaris by boat and on foot in search of subjects. There will be morning, afternoon and evening/night safaris. The area around our accommodation is rich in wildlife and we hope to see Marsh Deer, Tapirs, Capybaras and many birds. We hope to ha be able to photograph fishing birds of prey and Kingfishers. We will come close to several species of birds. In the evenings will we go to a hide in the jungle and try to photograph the nocturnal Ocelot cat.
Day 9 (13/9) (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
During our stay here, by the river Pixaim, there will be safaris by boat and on foot in search of subjects. There will be morning, afternoon and evening/night safaris. The area around our accommodation is rich in wildlife and we hope to see Marsh Deer, Tapirs, Capybaras and many birds. We hope to ha be able to photograph fishing birds of prey and Kingfishers. We will come close to several species of birds.
Day 10 (14/9) (Breakfast)
Early departure towards Cuiabá and the airport for flights home.