Safaris In The Pantanal
Safaris with Pantanal destinations offer an advantage to African safaris. For instance, heavy jungle cover in African landscapes make penetration difficult and viewing wildlife a hit-or-miss proposition. The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland area with greater opportunities to see through the thinner canopy of trees and along the riverbanks at any time of year. We at Pantanal Safaris provide professionally guided tours by boat to bring clients up close and personal with jaguar, tapir, giant anteater, giant river otter and jabiru. Although we offer hiking as part of tours as well, safaris with boating enables guides to bring clients within thirty meters of wildlife for that perfect photograph.
Jaguars Take The Spotlight
The Pantanal Big Five begins with the jaguar, which can be elusive to spot. Pantanal Safaris guides bring unparalleled expertise to the task, because they were born and bred in the area. They bring native enthusiasm to their work guiding safaris in their homeland to guests. For example, a guide points out jaguars in trees and on the riverbanks as the magnificent cats pursue prey, mate and guide their young to adulthood.
Tapirs Forage All Day
Tapirs continue the Big Five with their resemblance to elephants. Their proboscis acts as periscope when they swim near the boat as guests experience the excitement of being next to a powerful creature. The tapir’s thicker hide on its neck provides a protective block to a jaguar or other big cat attack. Like Africa’s hippo, tapirs walk along the river bottom or wallow in mud.
Giant Anteaters: A Most Unusual Form
When it comes to shape, the tiny head with the extra long snout and bushy tail of the giant anteater must stand alone. With our Pantanal Safaris guide leading the way, our guests hike or go on horseback to the more open land that anteaters thrive in. Our safaris enable guests to spot the huge curved claws come into play as giant anteaters rip into rock-solid ant nests and termite mounds to forage.
Giant River Otters Play All Day
Giant river otters measure tall as a human if counted nose tip to end of the tail. These playful beasts retain the delightful ways of smaller otters, because they leap, jump and slide down muddy banks. Safaris show the otters in family groups as they dash after fish using cooperative hunting methods and crack open crabs. With their quick and lively ways, giant otters attract attention whatever they do.
Jabiru Shows Graceful Power On Safaris In Or Out Of Water
The jabiru stork is approximately the same height as the rhea. Its strong wings for escape and knifelike beak for defense enable the healthy, adult jabiru to have no known predators. With the males twenty-five percent larger than the females, the striking difference in size makes for an unusual sight to guests. Jabiru detect their prey by wading in shallows with an open beak and upon sensing prey touching it, the catch is lightning quick.