The Caiman Ecological Refuge is a working cattle ranch is located four hours from Campo Grande Airport, in Brazil’s southern Pantanal region. Brazil. It is a luxury lodge ideal for visitors interested in learning about and experiencing the majestic nature of the Pantanal. Jaguar, Capybara, Giant Anteater, South American Tapir, Caiman, Hyacinth Macaw are just some of the Pantanal’s big draw cards!
The Caiman Ecological Refuge lodge’s resident naturalist guides have an unsurpassed knowledge of this complex and diverse ecosystem and will help you search for the more elusive animals. The Pantanal is home to the highest concentration of birds in South America and has a variety of plant species that creates a splendid mosaic of vegetation. Just as rich is the Pantanal’s culture, including authentic gastronomy, daily traditions, and many celebrations. The Pantanal’s seasons are Wet (December to March), Intermediate (April to June), Dry (July to October), and Rainy (November and December). Each season has its own attraction.
About the lodge: The Caiman Ecological Refuge provides an extremely comfortable and cosy atmosphere that reflects the lifestyle of the Pantanal people. There are one main lodge and two additional lodges at strategic points within its 53,000-hectare grounds. Choose from luxury suites or standard accommodation in one of their 26 rooms with air-conditioning and private facilities. All three lodges have a living room, dining room, internet, and air conditioning. There is also a pool on a deck, surrounded by the vast expanse of the Pantanal landscape. Activities include photo safaris, trail walking, and canoe rides.
On arrival, you will be met by your Naturalist Guide who will accompany you for the following days of activities & excursions. Start your trip leaving Campo Grande and driving Miranda, a town 3 hour’s drive, with a stop at a roadhouse to stock up on snacks or have a bathroom break.
Once at the lodge, you will be shown to your room and receive an introduction about the lodges facilities, the grounds, and the Pantanal in general. Get a good night’s sleep- tomorrow is your first early start as you head out looking for some of the Pantanal’s famed wildlife.
Full day to explore the Pantanal with your guide. Your activities and excursions will depend on factors such as weather and recent wildlife sightings.
Typically, your day will begin at 6 am with an early breakfast, followed by your first activity- perhaps a walk along one of the many trails surrounding the lodge, a boat trip along the Aquidauana River, canoeing the lake near Baiazinha Lodge, horseback rides or a visit to the Blue Macaw Project. After your morning excursion, you will return to the lodge for lunch and you can some time to relax by the pool, in your hammock, or in the air-conditioned lounge area.
Later in the afternoon, usually around 3 pm, you will depart for your second outing of the day, returning to the lodge in time for dinner. Nocturnal spotlight tours are a highlight with many animals venturing out once the sun goes down.
All tours and activities undertaken at Caiman Lodge are accompanied by Caimaners, expert naturalist guides on the Pantanal fauna and flora, who are natural science graduates and bilingual in Portuguese and English. In addition, all excursions are escorted by Field Guides, who are locally-born residents with a deep knowledge and understanding of the area’s nature and culture.
Another day to continue enjoying the extraordinary landscapes and wildlife of the Pantanal.
Excursion options include:
– Trekking around the lodge for observation of animals and vegetation. At night, observe caimans and other nocturnal animals.
– Horseback riding; the best way to get into the heart of the Pantanal to areas we cannot reach on foot or in vehicles
– Rides on specially adapted vehicles to distant places where a wider variety of animals roam
– Motor boat trips on the Aquidauana River
– Row boat rides on the lakes near the lodges, while enjoying the sounds of the wildlife around you.
Guests travelling during the high season (June to September) will have the opportunity to learn about and perhaps participate in the unique Jaguar Project (extra cost) sponsored and supported by Caiman Ecological Refuge. Ask your consultant about adding this incredible experience to your stay at the lodge.
Onçafari Jaguar Project is a conservation initiative that aims to promote ecotourism in the Pantanal by habituating jaguars in order for people to witness the fascinating behaviour of these beautiful animals, from a safari vehicle. Ecotourism is being used as an important conservation tool, providing an important source of income for landowners and local communities.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Campo Grande Airport for your onward flight.