Brazil’s Pantanal is a region of extraordinary beauty, with vast seasonal wetlands and ancient woodlands. It is a completely unique biome, home to numerous wildlife species, including capybara, caiman, ocelot, the elusive jaguar, giant anteaters and the highest concentration of birds in South America.
Caiman has long been regarded as the pioneer of ecotourism in the Pantanal, with the highest level of accommodation and guest experience. This 53,000 hectare private reserve is also a beacon project for sustainable practise, harmoniously combining cattle ranching and cutting edge conservation – most famously through the Oncafari jaguar habituation project which last year enabled 98% of guests to spot at least one jaguar during their visit.
Caiman has recently upgraded its accommodation options with the opening of Casa Caiman, featuring 18 luxurious, boutique suites, surrounded by extensive gardens and complete with a swimming pool and gym. As well as Casa Caiman for FIT guests, the Villas Baiazinha and Cordilheira are available for private rental. Guests discover the spectacular surroundings and wildlife during guided daytime and nocturnal jeep safaris, nature walks and canoeing trips, while horse riding led by the local community of cowboys has been added to the experiences on offer. The reserve is also home to a 5,600 hectare Private Reserve of Natural Patrimony (RPPN), legally protected in perpetuity, and a permanent residents’ community for both lodge and ranch employees with their families.
The BBC featured Caiman in an exciting and ground-breaking rewilding project; “Jaguars: Brazil’s Super Cats” is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and tells the remarkable story of how two orphaned cub sisters Isa and Fera became the first jaguars in the world to be successfully reintroduced to the wild.