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Brazil – Women Only Pantanal Photo Tour 2023

US$8,695 person sharing

2 Spaces Available 

15 Sep 2023 – 27 Sep 2023

ORYX is proud to present a carefully crafted photo tour to Brazil’s captivating Pantanal for women only, with Photo Tour Leader Penny Robartes.


ORYX’s new product, “Women’s only safaris” have been designed to offer women with a thirst for exploring exotic destinations with camera in hand the ability to travel together. As many women feel more comfortable traveling with other women alone, we decided to craft a set of tours dedicated to women travellers. These tours are designed to allow like-minded ladies to learn, have fun and feel empowered to be creative in an environment of camaraderie and support of fellow women photographers.


Our Women Only Photo Tours cater to photographers of all skill levels. Penny will use her extensive photographic experience to teach you how best to utilise your camera and capture your photographic vision while you are immersed in the spirit of the destination.

Considered one of the ten “mega-diversity” countries of the world, our Brazil photography tour is an adventure to the vast Pantanal, which is an endless mix of backwaters, lakes, rivers, gallery forests and forested islands.


This is the planet’s largest tropical wetland and is home to some of the most spectacular concentrations of wildlife in South America. Birds are abundant, and a fantastic selection of wildlife awaits the avid photographer, however one creature has an aura unlike any other in the region, and that is the mystical Jaguar. With 6 full days of boat excursions to search for these water-loving cats, we really have a fabulous opportunity to come to grips with these huge predators.

Why this Brazil Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

The Pantanal is the only place on earth where one is virtually guaranteed to encounter a Jaguar, and this hefty cat is the main target of our photo tour.

Month of Travel

Our Brazil Photo Tour takes place in September, when there is little to no rainfall, it is getting hotter by the day and animals cluster around the shrinking lakes and rivers, giving us opportunities to witness superb concentrations of mammals, reptiles and birds.

Number of Species

The Pantanal is saturated with a diverse array of wildlife and birds! Photographic highlights include the famed Jaguar, Giant River Otter, Yacare Caiman, Brazilian Tapir, Giant Anteater, Capybara, Hyacinth Macaw, Toco Toucan, Jabiru, Greater Rhea, and Seven-banded Armadillo.

Small Group Departures

Limited to 6 women, travel to this exotic location with like-minded individuals and share your photographic bucket-list destination together.

Guided experience

Local knowledge of the region and its wildlife is key to crafting the ultimate Brazil 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

13 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
For Women
  • Destination
  • Departure
  • person sharing
  • Single Supplement
  • Photographic Highlights
    Jaguar, Hyacinth Macaw, Jabiru, Greater Rhea, Bare-faced Curassow, Brazilian Tapir, Giant River Otter and more
  • Guide

Days 1 to 2: Cuiaba to Piuval

Today marks the start of our incredible Pantanal photography tour as we make our way out of Cuiabá to Pousada Piuval, which is one of the best places for birds and mammals in the Northern Pantanal, where we will spend the next two nights. Women Only Photo Tours womens only tour womens only tour

Day 2: Full day at Piuval

This area is also home to one of the photographic highlights of our trip: the Hyacinth Macaw, the largest parrot in the world! The lodge here will give us the opportunity to search for some species that we might not encounter elsewhere on the tour. Most of our time will be spent driving or walking the lodge surroundings and the access road in search of species.

Day 3: Piuval to Curicaca

Today we will make our way north to explore the forest and the savannas along the Claro River of northern Pantanal, where we have 2 nights as we continue our photography tour of Brazil.

Day 4: Curicaca to Rio Claro

Today we drive to the Rio Claro area. This is a narrow river surrounded by gallery forest and, simply put, is a photographer’s paradise!   Here we will explore the forests and savannas of the Rio Claro area, which is an extension of the Pixain River. This river is one of the most renowned in the northern Pantanal among both birders and photographers alike.

Day 5: Curicaca to Porto Jofre

After some final photography near our lodge, we continue our journey along the Transpantaneira to Port Jofre, where we board our floating “home”, a houseboat that will act as our base as we focus our attention on the mighty Jaguar.

Days 6 to 11: Pantanal

Over the next six full days of our Brazil photography tour, we will have the amazing opportunity to search for our main photographic subject, the mighty Jaguar, with a series of early morning and late afternoon boat rides. We also have the fabulous opportunity for intimate encounters with family groups of Giant River Otters, huge Brazilian Tapirs (South America’s biggest land mammal), hundreds of capybara, Caiman and various bird species.

Day 12: Pantanal to Cuiabá

Today we make our way back to Cuiabá, but before we depart, we will incorporate one more photography session in the morning. After lunch we will drive back to Cuiaba where we will spend one more evening together and reminisce together as a group about our amazing time on our Brazil photo tour.

Day 13: Cuiabá and depart

Today our photo safari sadly comes to an end and we will be transferred to the airport in time for our departing flight home.
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