Join our jaguar and ocelot safari exploring the best wildlife viewing locations in the Pantanal. In a small group of maximum 6-persons we will spot wildlife by car, boat and from a photo hide to spot and capture images of the
jaguars and ocelots. Besides the big cats we have great chances of seeing other iconic Pantanal species such as the Giant anteater, Tapir, Hyacinth macaws, Giant river otters, Yellow anaconda, Jabiru stork among many other species.
Day 1: Welcome and transfer to Piuval Lodge
our jaguar & ocelot safari starts with an approx. 1 hour drive from Cuiaba to Poconé, the capital of the Pantanal. From Poconé we continue our drive and transition to a dirt road on the Transpantaneira highway for 7 kilometers before arriving at our first stay, Piuval lodge. The lodge is situated on a property of more than 7000 acres full of wildlife. It offers opportunity for exploration on foot, on horseback and game drives by car. In the afternoon we will have our first game drive and enjoy the rich bird- and wildlife. At the Piuval property we can spot Giant anteaters and recently more often jaguars are seen.
Day 2: Morning drive Piuval Lodge & transfer to Porto Jofre
A very early morning game drive to spot the Giant anteater among other wildlife before heading back to the lodge for a breakfast. After breakfast we enjoy one more game drive and head back to relax at the lodge and have lunch.
After lunch we check-out and drive to Porto Jofre, where we will arrive in the late afternoon. There we check-in and have diner together. The program for day 3 will be shared.
Day 3: Full day jaguar outing on the river
The first day on the river in search for jaguars. Early morning we embark our boat and explore the Cuiaba river and it’s tributaries to find the jaguar. On our outing we will encounter a variety of other bird- and wildlife that we will enjoy and take the opportunity to photograph. Instead of returning to the lodge for lunch, we will enjoy our lunch in the middle of the state park. We then continue our exploration by boat and arrive back at the lodge around 5.30pm. Until diner time we can relax, refresh and review your photo’s of that day. The diner will be enjoyed with the whole group at the restaurant. After diner time to rest and prepare for another full day on the river.
Day 4-6: Full day jaguar outings on the river
Full day outing on the river in search for jaguars and other wildlife that is home to the Meeting of the Waters state park. (see previous day program).
Day 7: Transfer to Southwild Pantanal lodge, afternoon game drive and ocelot photography
Today we transfer to the Southwild Pantanal lodge for the last part of our safari. We drive back on the Transpantaneira highway to arrive at the lodge around lunch time. After lunch we will go out for a game drive and in the beginning of the evening get ready in the hide to photograph the ocelot. After our hide session we return to the lodge for diner.
Day 8: two wildlife outings and evening ocelot photography hide session
On our 2nd day at Southwild we will have a morning- and an afternoon outing to spot wildlife as well as our second hide session to see and photograph the ocelot.
Day 9: Transfer to Cuiaba, end of the safari
Final day of our safari. we check-out and drive back to Cuiaba to be in time at the airport for your flight.
Day 1: Welcome & transfer to Piuval + afternoon game drive
Day 2: Morning game drive & transfer to Porto Jofre
Day 3- 6: Full day jaguar outing (boat)
Day 7: Transfer to Southwild Pantanal lodge + ocelot photography
Day 8: Wildlife outing morning, afternoon + ocelot photography
Day 9: Transfer back to Cuiaba
For each of our guests joining us on a jaguar safari we donate a camera trap to the Jaguar Identification Project as well as support the program by purchasing the jaguar identification field guide for our guests. The JIP project helps us to understand more about the jaguar population in the Pantanal.
Learn more about the Jaguar Identification Project.