Seeing jaguars in the wild has never been easy, so you might think that a jaguar safari doesn't really give you a great chance of seeing these elusive cats. Well we're delighted to let you into a little secret ... we can give you VERY high odds of spotting jaguars in the wild!
The best place to see jaguars in the wild
At the end of a dirt road in the Pantanal, a long drive from the nearest airport, the Cuiaba River is a remote spot that has attracted fishermen for years. Fishermen pay scant attention to the jaguars that come to the river banks to hunt for their favourite prey, caiman and capybara. A generation of jaguars has therefore grown used to seeing fishing boats pass them by without disturbing them, and they no longer flee the approach of boats as jaguars everywhere else in South America do.
Travelling in a small boat along the Cuiaba River with an experienced boatman and guide, you can often watch jaguars for long periods on the banks of the river. This is a unique experience; professional cameramen spend years trying to get a few minutes of footage of jaguars in the wild, but here you can sometimes watch them for hours at a time, seeing a range of natural behaviours such as hunting, playing with their cubs, even mating, as well as indulging in their favourite pastime, sleeping.
When is the best time to see jaguars in the Pantanal?
Of course nothing is guaranteed, but if you give us about 3 days, we can give you a very strong chance of spotting jaguars in Brazil’ Pantanal. The best time to spot them is between July and September, though June and October are also decent months too.
For more details
• Talk to our consultant Paul Cook about this experience as he has been to see the jaguars in the Pantanal.
• Read our blog post - "BEST PLACE TO SEE JAGUARS IN THE WILD"!
• Find out more about the Pantanal.
where to go
Jaguars exist in many places in the wild, but finding them is notoriously difficult. There is one place, however, where spotting wild jaguars is indeed possible - along the banks of the Cuiaba River in the Pantanal in Brazil.
when to go
The best time to travel to see jaguars in the Pantanal is between
June and October because it’s the dry season and in other months it’s
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how to do it
You need to get yourself on a boat on the right spot of the Cuiaba River! The best way to do this is either join our Jaguar Safari staying on a flotel on the river, or we can tailor make a trip for you perhaps using a land-based lodge or the flotel.