The Caiman Ecological Refuge is set on a 53,000 hectare active cattle ranch and combines cattle breeding, ecotourism and nature conservation. There are 2 lodges which function independently of each other, with their own restaurants, pools, guides and vehicles and which are set 22kms apart. Baiazinha lodge has 6 rooms and Cordilheira has 5 suites.
This is a private reserve so you'll not encounter any other tourists here. While here you'll explore the reserve with your guide and will have the chance to get involved in ongoing conservation programmes. You can learn about jaguars from the research team, as well as hearing about their ongoing work, followed by an excursion after dark to search for these often elusive creatures. You also have the opportunity to spend a whole day with the jaguar habituation team to witness their work for yourself. These jaguar expeiences are offered at an extra cost.
The cattle ranch, originally called Miranda Estancia, was founded in 1920 by English investors and now has some 35,000 head of cattle grazing on the natural pastureland, successfully co-existing with the local wildlife. As a guest on the ranch you'll be welcome to view the farming operation at first hand.
The lodge and ranch provide employment for many locals and about 180 people live on the reserve, with access to education and medical care. All staff are trained in the refuge's social and environmental programme, which is at the core of the reserve.
Open: Caiman Ecological Refuge is open all year.
Location: Caiman Ecological Refuge is located on a 53, 000 hectare ranch adjoining the small town of Miranda in the Pantanal wetland. Access is via Campo Grande airport followed by a 4 hour drive or 50 minute light aircraft flight.
Rooms: Accommodation is in 2 separate lodges, both of which operate independently of each other. There are 11 rooms in total, comprising 5 in Baiazinha and 6 suites in Cordilheira. All are air conditioned and have ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water.
Activities: Walking the trails, wildlife viewing, canoeing, horse riding and night tours are offered. In addition guests may be able to book birdwatching tours, mountain bike rides, motorboat trips and cowboy activities. There are optional nocturnal jaguar safaris and the chance to see a presentation by the Jaguar Research Team. You can also spend an entire day with the team as they go about their daily tasks. These jaguar experiences are offered subject to availablity and at additional cost. You'll also have the chance to get involved in conservation programmes and to observe the ranch operations. All activities are led by experienced, local guides.
Facilities: The lodges are set 22kms apart and have independent facilities. Each has a living room with TV and DVDs, a dining room, Wi-Fi internet access and a swimming pool with a sundeck. Meals include local and international dishes.
Dining: Meals are taken communally.
Children: Children aged 8 years and over are welcome. There is no age limit if booking the lodge for exclusive use.
Health: The Pantanal is not a high risk malarial area, though prophylactics may be needed in the wet season. We advise visitors check the latest medical advice.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in all lodges.
"Beautiful setting, food very good and staff excellent. Shame some of our fellow guests were rude Brits with unreasonable expectations but hey, I guess you can’t do anything about that!"