Fazenda San Francisco is an extensive cattle ranch in Mato Grosso do Sul in the Pantanal. The fazenda can accommodate up to 28 guests and offers a wide range of activities including wildlife viewing, boat trips, night safaris and horse riding.
The 9 nine apartments of Herdsmens Rest are simply but comfortably furnished. They are equipped with air conditioning, fans and minibar and all have an ensuite bathroom. The restaurant serves buffet-style meals and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and there is a separate bar. There is a visitor centre where guests can listen to talks on the Pantanal and a shop selling souvenirs. Guests can relax by the swimming pool, or in the relaxation area with its chairs and hammocks.
The main reason for staying here is to experince the wide variety of flora and fauna in the Pantanal. Guests can accompany guides on interpretive walks, take boat cruises and enjoy wildlife viewing in open jeeps. They can hope to see marsh deer, capybaras, caimans, anteaters, tapirs and, with luck, the elusive jaguar. This is also great birding territory. The fazenda has its own stables and horse riding is a popular way to explore the area. Canoeing is also available.
Open: Fazenda San Francisco is open all year.
Location: Fazenda San Francisco is situated on the banks of the Rio Miranda in the southern Pantanal and covers 15,000 hectares. It is a working farm and cattle ranch but 7,000 hectares is a dedicated nature reserve. Campo Grande is 236kms away, about a 3.5 hour drive and the town of Miranda is 36kms from the farm.
Rooms: Accommodation is in 18 simple apartments equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, fridge and en-suite bathrooms with hot showers.
Activities: A wide range of activities is offered including wildlife viewing, horse riding, guided walks, visiting the lookout tower, bird watching, canoeing, boat trips, night safaris, photographic trips, helping on the ranch.
Facilities: The lodge has a swimming pool, hammock area and a children’s play area. Indoors there is a lounge, dining room and small museum. Special barbecues can be arranged on a hill near the farmhouse. There is 24 hour mains electricity and a backup generator. The fazenda assists with parrot rehabilitation so there are often tame parrots in the garden.
Dining: The buffet-style meals are taken communally.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: The Pantanal is not a high risk malaria area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
A magnificent blend of city life, wildlife, coastal scenery and history. Brazil in microcosm.
"Room good, pleasant grounds, food excellent. Fortunately it was quiet during our stay but the following day there was to be 90 day visitors and we feel this would have alter the whole ambiance of the fazenda making it far less special. Activities were good - a bird tick list sheet would have been helpful. We were extremely to view a jaguar and cub on a morning safari outing."