Quest For The Jaguars Of Brazil
The jaguar is one of the most elusive big cats and one which few people have the privilege of seeing. However, Reef and Rainforest Tours are pleased to offer a group tour where sightings of jaguars are virtually guaranteed.
The key to the tour’s success is that it visits a very remote and jaguar rich area of the northern Pantanal and employs a team of radio-equipped boats to locate jaguars, and direct the group to areas with the best sightings.
The base for the jaguar watching tours are two houseboats (flotels) totalling 18-cabins moored on the Cuiaba River. In addition there are 12 ensuite FLOATING SUITES located 5 metres upstream from the current Jaguar Flotel (and connected by a 5 metre long bridge near water level).
Since 2007 Reef and Rainforest clients have seen over 450 jaguars whilst staying on the Cuiaba River, with a 100% success rate over the last four years, a real testament to the effort put in to find this king of big cats. Some sightings have been brief whereas others have lasted for hours with many visitors returning with hundreds of photos and hours video of rarely seen behaviour such as hunting, swimming, mating, otter attacks and territorial fights.
Greater in area than Belgium, the vast seasonally flooded plain of the Pantanal is justly famed as being the most impressive wildlife location in South America. In addition to jaguars, the Pantanal has much to interest to the wildlife enthusiast: ostrich-like rhea, jabiru stork, burrowing and great horned owls, anaconda, iguanas, capybara, coati, crab-eating fox, ocelot, puma, marsh deer, southern tamandua, armadillos and giant anteater among others. Birds such as the toco toucan and the highly endangered hyacinth macaw (the world’s largest parrot) are generally seen in good numbers, making perfect subjects for colourful pictures.
The tour visits habituated families of giant river otters a specially designed ocelot hide and also offers very good chances of seeing tapirs at close quarters. Viewing towers are positioned close to fruiting trees giving good sightings of fruit-eating birds and primates including Striped Tufted Capuchin Monkeys, Black and Gold Howler Monkeys and Silvery Marmosets. The variety of wildlife seen on this tour plus the potential of seeing some of South Americas most elusive big mammals makes this tour ideal for general wildlife enthusiasts, wildlife photographers and big cat aficionados. There is also an opportunity to extend the tour, perhaps visiting the northern Amazon, the Atlantic rainforest, Iguacu Falls or the vibrant colourful cities of Rio de Janeiro or Salvador.