Pantanal
Safaris & Workshops

Brazil’s Pantanal is a vast 200,000 square kilometres in size and is considered the most biodiverse place in the world. This is where nature really shows off – splurging on the most colourful macaws and exotic toucans, caimans, capybaras, otters, monkeys, tapirs, and of course, jaguars. There are some 700 species of bird adding streaks of colour and a melodious soundtrack to the ecosystem dense with mammals, reptiles, and fish. All this exists in a lush, tropical wonderland that we, as photographers, get to witness from the water or land, and take home visual tokens of a natural world that is otherwise indescribable.

 

We create custom safaris and lead photographic workshops in the most iconic regions of the Pantanal.

Brazil’s Pantanal is a vast 200,000 square kilometres in size and is considered the most biodiverse place in the world. This is where nature really shows off – splurging on the most colourful macaws and exotic toucans, caimans, capybaras, otters, monkeys, tapirs, and of course, jaguars. There are some 700 species of bird adding streaks of colour and a melodious soundtrack to the ecosystem dense with mammals, reptiles, and fish. All this exists in a lush, tropical wonderland that we, as photographers, get to witness from the water or land, and take home visual tokens of a natural world that is otherwise indescribable.

 

We create custom safaris and lead photographic workshops in the most iconic regions of the Pantanal.

Just like the tigers in Ranthambore, the leopards in the Sabi Sands, and the lions of the Masai Mara, it’s the jaguars that draw people to the Pantanal. There’s something about big cats that intimidate us into awe, and the water-loving, forest dwelling jaguars of South America are no different.

 

While these mega-powerful predators are at the top of the list for most travellers and photographers, they are by no means the only reason to visit the Pantanal. Species diversity is incredibly significant and sightings are common, which is motivating for most people who would like to guarantee sightings of wildlife as far as possible.

 

Aside from the animal life that will knock your socks off, the Pantanal’s landscape scenery is jaw-dropping. In a world so overrun with human activity and urbanisation, gazing at thousands of kilometres of true wilderness is something special. The floodplains, river channels, dense forests, and sunsets are a testament to what is still wild in this world.

The Pantanal has very definitive seasons – during the wet season, it floods completely, and then when the waters recede again, the floodplains and channels re-emerge and animals and birdlife gather around the water. The best time to visit is during the drier season.

 

From December to March, the wetlands receive rain. Between May and October, it is considered the dry season and the best time to go for optimal wildlife viewing, and therefore, photography. The peak season for jaguar viewing in particular is from June to October.

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Tourist visa: Apply for an eVisa online.

 

Vaccinations: No mandatory vaccinations are required, but we recommend guests research health risks associated with malaria and yellow-fever and take precautions recommended by their doctor.

 

Medical care: If you have an emergency while in Brazil, private hospitals will require a deposit upon admission, so it is important to be aware of that and take out relevant health insurance while traveling. Public hospitals provide free healthcare, but are crowded.

 

Our top tip: Talk to us about combining the north and south Pantanal in your trip – this will maximise your opportunity to spot the greatest variety of wildlife and slight difference between the drier north and the wetter south. There are daily flights connecting the two areas.

Boat cruises through the Pantanal waterways offer the best view of the forested riverbanks and the wildlife that emerges from the inner inaccessible parts of the wilderness to drink at the water’s edge. Jaguars hunt for caiman from the banks, and to see this predator-prey action play out is certainly what most photographic tourists are looking forward to the most. However, there is plenty more in the way of activities:

 

- Boat cruises

- Birdwatching

- Piranha fishing

- Driving the Transpantaneira Highway

- Trail walking with a naturalist guide

- Explore the famous agricultural lands on horseback

- Canoe the rivers

- Game drives

Pantanal Workshop

Our Pantanal photographic workshop is the ideal way to explore this wetland wilderness and ensure the best sightings (and photographs) of the region’s array of wildlife species. Our goal is not only to see the majestic jaguar or check the brightly painted macaw off the list, but to sit with them, watch their behaviour, wait for them to enter or emerge from the water and make that iconic shot.

 

With Lance as your personal photographic tutor and a private Pantanal guide to give us insight into the amazing creatures, a dedicated five-day photographic workshop is the best and most affordable way to experience the Pantanal’s diversity

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fly in Jaguars

POA – Unfortunately due to COVID-19 the 2021 tour has been cancelled.

Five days on the Pantanal River searching for the most amazing South American wildlife. From Jaguars, Capybara, Caiman, to Howler Monkeys. This location is also one of the most popular destinations for keen birders!

Tailored Experiences

Talk to us about your personal Brazil bucket list, your preferences and priorities and let us design the ideal itinerary for you. There might not be the perfect package out there for you and perhaps you have specific accommodation requirements and aren’t sure how to navigate what’s offered online – that’s where we would like to help you string together a trip that includes your most sought after sights, at your ideal level of accommodation, in the amount of time you have.

Take Lance Along

Your own Personal Photographic Guide

Lance is a private safari guide and multi-award winning photographer whose knowledge and experience spans some of Africa’s most iconic destinations and beyond. He can accompany you on your tailor-made journey to provide uninterrupted guidance and expert advice.

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