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Brazil – Southern Pantanal Photo Tour 2023

US$5,995 per individual

Fully Booked

27 September – 2 October 2023

We are proud to present a safari tailor-made to visit and photograph some of the Southern Pantanal’s exquisite array of wildlife. Birdlife positively abounds here with skies filled with colourful Parrots, Macaws and Toucans. Caiman, Giant anteaters, Giant otters, Howler monkeys and plenty more call this area home. Join us as we explore and photograph the many wonders of the savannah, wetland and woodland areas of Pousada Aguape.

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

The Southern Pantanal teams with an abundance of birdlife and wildlife that you may not get in the Northern Pantanal. This is a wonderful tour to add on to any of our Northern Pantanal Photo Tours to have a comprehensive exploration of the world's largest wetland.

Month of Travel

Our Southern Pantanal photo tour takes place between July and October which falls during Brazil's dry season. Receding waters bring up some beautiful photogenic landscapes as well as high concentrations of wildlife gathering around the remaining water sources.

Subjects of Interest

We will train our cameras towards the Southern Pantanal's iconic species; Red and Green Macaw, Giant Anteater, the very rare Yellow Armadillo, Toco Toucan, Crab-eating Fox and the beautiful Ocelot.

Group Size

Our Southern Pantanal Photo Tour can be completely tailored to your interests. Whether solo or travelling with a group, explore the magnificence of the Southern Pantanal's wildlife in an intimate & personalised tour!

Guided experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Penny Robartes

Penny Robartes

6 Days
3 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Campo Grande
  • per individual
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Red and Green Macaw, Giant Anteater, the very rare Yellow Armadillo, Toco Toucan, Crab-eating Fox and the beautiful Ocelot.
  • Guide

Day 1: Fly to Campo Grande, drive to Bonito

Today is set aside as an arrival day in Bonito. You will be collected from the airport at Campo Grande and taken on a road transfer (280km –roughly 4 hours plus) to Bonito where you will overnight and meet your ORYX Photo Tour Leader.

Day 2: Bonito and daytrip to Buraco das Araras

Today we drive around 54km to the aptly named Buraco das Araras (“Macaw’s Hole), which is a spectacular sandstone crater well over 100 metres deep, and said to have a diameter of 500 metres. En route to the massive sinkhole, we will keep a look out for the bizarre Giant Anteater as we drive through the grasslands studded with termite mounds. Buraco das Araras is an excellent place to photograph the beautiful Red-and-green Macaw, and interestingly, the lake in the bottom of the crater contains Broad-snouted Caimans. This huge sinkhole has a slightly darker side to its history, as it was used to dispose of the enemies and opponents of some of the local criminals! Depending on time in the Bonito area, (and if such a quest tickles our fancy) you may try spend some time trying to find Anacondas, which can found in clear water streams that run through dense woodland.

Day 3: Bonito to Aguapé area

Leaving Bonito, we drive via Miranda to Pousada Aguapé (around 235 km away), which is located on the edge of the Pantanal. Although it has a long history of farming, having been run by the same family for around 150 years, it has undertaken various ecotourism projects including fishing and wildlife viewing. The property is covered in a mosaic of vegetation from forests and grasslands to wetlands, and as such provides excellent habitat for a variety of mammals and birds.Tonight, we have a chance to find Ocelot, a beautiful Neotropical feline the size of a small dog, and may partake in a nightdrive this evening to search for these handsome small cats.

Days 4 to 5: Aguapé area

You have two full days at Pousada Aguapé. One of your primary reasons for visiting here is the incredible Giant Anteater –a huge insectivorous mammal that can measure over two metres long and weigh up to 40kg! Broad swathes of grassland peppered with termite mounds can be found at Pousada Aguapé –perfect habitat for the Anteater, and you will have ample time to photograph these bizarre creatures. Pousada Aguapé has other draw cards, with photogenic Crab-eating Foxes, Yellow Armadillos, Capybaras, Red-legged Seriemas and Toco Toucans providing for many hours of photographic entertainment. You may also get the chance to search for wildlife from a boat, and all in all, this promises to be a fascinating area with many intriguing photographic subjects! In the evenings, you will have a further chance to search for Ocelot while out on night drive.

Day 6: Aguapé to Campo Grande and depart

This morning you will depart Pousada Aguapé  to Campo Grande, where this photo tour sadly comes to an end.
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