As wildlife enthusiasts, who have travelled widely in Africa, we know how important but also how difficult it is to find a good guide. Fabricio did a fabulous job and we are indebted to his patience, skills and knowledge. He knows the area and the animal like the back of his hand and puts guests in the right place to get the best possible view of the wildlife (which is important for those of us keen on photography).
Fabricio, thank you very much for your wonderful hospitality, your flexibility for adjusting our itinerary while on tour and the great experiences you gave us. We are very grateful to you and for the fact we chose to come with you! We are enjoying looking at our photographs and re-living the memories which will sustain us until our next visit.
18 October 2017, 20:06
Annick Van Hoestenberghe
Simply the best
Excellent Guide, pleasant personality, punctual, fluent in English.
18 August 2017, 12:30
Probably the best guide you will find in the Pantanal
We had an amazing time, Fabricio knows every single animal you will ask him about and is excellent in spotting. A caring, great guy, we can't thank him enough! If you want to know more about the Pantanal than the other visitors and be with a truly knowledgeable guide- go with him. You won't regret it.
2 August 2017, 07:33
Excellent Tour by Local Guides - The Real Pantanal
If you want an air conditioned, closed vehicle experience, go elsewhere. If you want the real thing, with Transpantaneira highway dust in your hair and teeth, the breeze whipping your face and the best people who know everyone (Fabricio's primos are everywhere) and can spot the smallest marmoset sitting in the crook of a tree, go with this company. Fabricio and guide Max are the best. Muito obrigado!!
9 July 2017, 10:19
We had the pleasure to be Fabricio Dorileo`s & Pantanal Safaris` clients for 2 intensive weeks in November 2016. Our credits to Fabricio for excellent guiding, great knowledge & attitude and great Company. Next time we go to Pantanal we will definitely go with Pantanal Safaris again !! Arnfinn Johansen & Tom Dyring, Professional photographers Norway
11 December 2016, 20:33
Fabricio is the best guide in the Pantanal!
20 years ago while working on the first ever Jaguar story for National Geographic Magazine I worked with Fiao who was the ranger for Pantanal National Park and Fabricio's uncle. Now I came back to do the next NGM story and a TV show for NG Wild - who do I work with - The Man - Fabricio - 100% local Pantanero's!! I always say in my big cat talks for NG Live - that local people need to benefit from living with Predators - so hire local operators - you cannot go wrong with Pantanal Safaris!
He always got me the best shot and knew how to maneuver thru the boats as everyone knows him and his family's legacy in the area. Thanks so much Fabricio!!
5 December 2016, 02:29
Fabricio Best of the Best
We are obsessive wildlife enthusiasts and have done nearly 100 safaris to most of the Parks of the world and seen 95%+ animals in their normal habitat. We met Fabricio 3 years back in June 2013 when we were doing the Pantanal trip for the umpteenth time and our guide did not turn up and Fabricio came in his place. We had a fantastic time and wanted to show Pantanal ( and Fabricio ) to our family and friends. So we arranged a second trip for first two weeks of September this year ( Fabricio's choice as best time to visit Pantanal ).
Fabricio was fabulous, even better than before. We saw 17 Jaguars in 4 days at Porto Joffre including killing of Caiman and mating. We saw Anteaters, Tapir, Tayra , Jaguarandi , Foxes, Racoons , Armadillo, Agutti, Bats, Capybara, Coati Mundi , Various Deers, Iguana, Snakes and Gaint Otters. Birds were too numerous to mention and I could differtiate 203 species.
Of the Thosand Plus Guides, I have met over the years, Fabricio is definitely in top three and probably the best I have met anywhere.
It is a pleasure to write this about him and we hope to return to Pantanal in 2018.
27 September 2016, 11:37
An Incredible Experience with Pantanal Safaris
For the past 21 years I have been a full time freelance journalist. In that time I have travelled widely, always looking for experiences that surpass previous ones.
I had the good fortune to spend four days in the Pantanal with Fabricio and his team (August 2016) and must say this trip ranks up there with trips to Ethiopia, Lebanon, Peru and China. But in terms of wildlife experiences I have NEVER experienced such an incredible journey.
From the very first morning we had jaguar encounters including a sighting of two jaguar cubs with their mother along the river's edge. Not only did Fabricio make sure I was where the action was but he knew instinctively where I needed to be for good light on the subject for the best pictures.
It was quickly evident that all the guides in this region have the utmost respect for Fabricio.
My only regret is that I didn't stay longer and digest more of Fabricio's vast knowledge of the Pantanal.
I would recommend Fabricio and his team for anyone who loves and cares for wildlife. Fabricio, Marcello, Mauro and Ethan - a hearty thanks from this photojournalist!
12 September 2016, 04:30
Richard Wardle & Maria Konkolyova
After being passed on Fabricio’s name by various tour guides we organised a private guide around the Pantanal whilst we were visiting Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. We met our guide Tito when we touched down at Cuiaba airport and from then on the adventure began.
Tito arranged everything for us and was able to communicate perfectly in English so we could always ask many questions. From Cuiaba we were taken to restaurants for lunch and driven all the way to Pocone for a vehicle swap to the safari jeep.
We were taken the whole length of the Transpantaneira Road stopping at two lodges, one at Rio Clara and the other Porto Jofre. The whole experience was amazing with numerous amounts of wildlife to see on the way down to Porto Jofre where we managed to see the jaguar for the first time.
Tito knew everything about the environment and the animals that lived there as he was originally from the area. The knowledge we gained from him was invaluable and it was always a pleasure to sit down with him for dinner and drinks after the long days we spent out in the wild.
We caught up with Fabricio whilst jaguar watching on the river who was pleased we had a good time and saw everything we wanted too even though our time was limited. We have to say that if we were ever going to visit the Pantanal again (which I hope we do) these guys will be our first port of call.
Thanks again Tito & Fabricio!!
Richard & Maria
25 August 2016, 17:22
Great trip, great guide
I have travelled several times in the rainforest, but this was the first time in Pantanal. It was cher luck that I found Fabricio through a friend of a friend and he proved to be a very cabable one. My wife (first time in SA) and I spent 7 wonderfull days with Fabricio. Not only does he know the ways of the animals and can place you in a good angle to get a good picture no matter wether it is a parrot or a jaguar - but he is also a friendly person, who listens to your wishes. Also being transported on a truck to Porto Joffre is a great opportunity se the wildlife, esp. birds. All the best. Michael and Maimona
1 August 2016, 23:30
Could not have been better
Fabricio, thank you for a great trip. we had a great time, saw amazing things including the Jaguar attacking the Caiman and lots of other good stuff. You picked good lodging for us and it was all great.
Also, you were right, the wildlife in the Pantanal is much better than in the Amazon. we should have stayed longer in the Pantanal
7 July 2016, 16:38
This June we had a fantastic trip through the Pantanal and we would like to thank Fabricio very much for it. We are a family with parents of 56+ and 2 sons of 24+ and come from the Netherlands. Before we went it was very pleasant to customize our trip with Fabricio. From the very first moment we started our tour we felt very comfortable with Fabricio. During the 5 day tour he really impressed us by the amount of knowledge he has from the wildlife in the Pantanal. Although we were looking with 5 pair of eyes for wildlife, his were almost always the ones who saw it first. We saw more wildlife as expected like: jaguars, giant otter, giant anteater, probably at least 100 different bird species and we even saw a jaguar catching a cayman! It was Fabricio's personality in combination with his skills which made it a fantastic trip.
We can very much recommended to visit the Pantanal with Fabricio!
4 July 2016, 17:07
Great guides and pantanal experience
I had a great experince. Pantanal safaris offered me a tailormade itinery focused on my bird and wildlife wishlist. The guide Fabricio is excellent and is very knowledgable on the Pantanal. The lodges where very nice and surrounded by nature.
19 June 2016, 14:40
In August we spent 3 days looking for jaguars around Pantanal with Fabricio and it has been a great experience. Fabricio is a great guy and a great guide, he has been a very good company, thanks to his skills we really enjoyed the pantanal’s wildlife and, of course, we saw jaguars! It has been one of the most amazing experiences in our life. We warmly suggest everyone to have this experience with Pantanal wildlife explorer… ENJOY!
12 November 2015, 14:21
Wonderful guide in an extraordinary place!
Could not have asked for a better trip. Had heard about the Patanal a few years ago and had yearned to go ever since. I was not disappointed! Fabricio was very knowledgeable and helped us find all the hidden gems of the area. What a dream to see jaguars and Hyacinth macaws!
9 November 2015, 06:27
Sebastiaan & Mirte
Amazing wildlife experience!
During our 16-day safari we have seen 8 jaguars, Giant and lesser anteaters, tapirs, anaconda and a variety of beautiful birds.
Fabricio is a very pleasant and knowledgable guide. We will definitely come back once more!