Trip reference number: 21489

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Brazil’S Big Five Photo Safari (Was North Pantanal Photo Safari)

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Join Wildlife Worldwide team member and wildlife photographer Emma Healey or Bret Charman in the North Pantanal to capture images of wonderful wildlife ranging from hyacinth macaw and ocelot to jaguar.

This itinerary will provide countless opportunities to photograph some of the Pantanal's finest wildlife and practice your photography skills.  

We go in search of five of Brazil's most sought-after species, seeking to observe these magnificent animals in their natural habitat, and with luck, capturing a stunning range of images for each. Brazil's big five include arguably the Pantanal's most famous resident, the jaguar, the ever so charismatic and entertaining giant river otter, the Brazilian tapir - the largest terrestrial mammal in South America, the bizarre looking giant anteater and the iconic hyacinth macaw.

We spend time at a remote lodge on the banks of the Cuiaba River, heading out by boat with the aim of photographing jaguar, giant river otter, capybara and much more. We then head to the grasslands outside Bonito, a favourite haunt for a number of giant anteaters, before finishing the trip at Buraco das Araras to photograph the red-and-green macaws.

In our quest for Brazil's Big 5 we can expect to encounter a wealth of other mammals, birds and reptiles, from ocelot and howler monkeys to jabiru storks and toco toucans, every day will present an extraordinary range of subjects and with our exclusive vehicle and boat, we will endeavour to maximise the photographic opportunities at every turn. Unique to this trip, we will also travel south into the heart of the Pantanal National Park, encountering lily covered lagoons and stunning landscapes seldom visited by other tourists.

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Depart UK
  2. Day 2: Fly to Cuiaba & photography on the Transpantaneira
  3. Day 3: Explore South Wild Pantanal
  4. Day 4: Transfer to Jaguar Retreat
  5. Days 5-7: Morning & afternoon boat safaris for wildlife photography
  6. Day 8: Morning boat safari & transfer to heart of the Pantanal
  7. Day 9: Morning photography session & transfer to Bonito
  8. Days 10-11: Giant anteater photography
  9. Day 12: Transfer to Buraco das Araras & red-and-green macaw photography
  10. Day 13: Morning photography sessoion
  11. Day 14: Arrive UK
  • Available*: Jun to Oct
  • Group size: 8
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £5,995 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £5,595 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Domestic flights
    • Accommodation
    • Meals as indicated
    • Transfers
    • Guided excursions
    • Photographic tuition
    • Services of local guides
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Photography


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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