In the heart of Mato Grosso do Sul, a true terrestrial paradise awaits you, Southern Pantanal. This region has an exceptional biodiversity which is ideal for wild animal observation in the best conditions while at the same time meeting the local inhabitants and staying on a farm.
Lovers of eco-tourism will be charmed by the enchanting Southern Pantanal landscape as soon as you step off your flight at the Campo Grande airport. Consisting of a wide alluvial plain flooded 4 months a year by the Paraguay River, this region of central Brazil is home to hundreds of animal and plant species that will delight wildlife enthusiasts
To discover this vast expanse of land and water with the least inhabitants in the country in an authentic way and in the best conditions, we propose a stay in a real local Fazenda. These vast farms reflect the size of this country and the farm that will welcome you has no less than 15,000 hectares of land, within a complex of more than 100,000 hectares!
It’s in this huge expanse where men and animals co-habit, the civilized with the wildlife, that you will explore and discover many local and famous animal species with experienced guides. There are Capivaras, caimans, tapirs and deer, not forgetting the famous jabiru, the bird that is the regional symbol and hundreds of other birds, offering an amazing abundance of nature and wildlife.
To be able to observe the animals in the best of conditions, the Fazenda Sao Francisco guides propose various different options for getting around : 4×4 vehicles, in canoes, by boat, on foot or horseback ! Lots of different ways for lots of different experiences and views of the biggest swamp land in the world.
If you are looking for a destination that is full of discovery and wildlife watching, with comfortable and authentic accommodation, then the Pantanal South is the ideal region to discover during your trip to Brazil!
In the Southern Pantanal
An immense fazenda of 15,000 hectares
A varied and approachable wildlife
Our southern pantanal package includes
• 1 airport transfer from Campo Grande to the Fazenda Sao Francisco
• 2 nights in a double room at the fazenda with full board
• All the excursions (non private) mentioned in the description below, with a Portuguese speaking nature guide (some English spoken)
• 1 return transfer from the Fazenda Sao Francisco to the Campo Grande airport
Chance to see one of the last unique ecosystems Southern Pantanal ,still untouched in the world
Far from mass tourism or fine sandy beaches, Brazil becomes a very different place in the Southern Pantanal.
The landscape in this region changes radically throughout the year depending on the rains and it is isolated in the heart of the country so more rarely visited. Apart from some fazendeiros and other gauchos, or local cowboys who guard the huge herds of cattle grazing the area and some indigenous groups, these endless territories are practically uninhabited.
Visiting the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul will be a chance for you to discover an almost virgin world where human hand has not yet transformed the magnificent flora and fauna. You will reach this region by the famous « Transpantaneira », route and the only one that crosses the region. During the trip you will discover one of the richest ecosystems in the world, and yet much less known than the Amazon.
As soon as you enter this untouched wilderness you will be amazed by the number of species of birds all around you. The inhabitants will tell you that, here, there is not an uninhabited square centimetre. The exuberant flora is indeed a natural refuge for countless animal species. This abundance of life in all its forms will transform the 4 hour drive needed to reach the Fazenda Sao Francisco into a true safari. You will be too busy admiring all the wildlife to see the time pass!
From the Fazenda, you can go on a canoe trip to see all the animals on the river banks. During a memorable photo safari in a 4×4 vehicle, you may even cross paths with one of the famous species living in the Southern Pantanal. Otters, or jaguars, discreet and shy, hiding in the vegetation, you will have to open your eyes and be attentive to this new world and awaken your senses so as not to miss this incredible show of nature.
During your stay, as well as the different day activities on offer, you can also go on a night excursion full of thrills into the heart of Southern Pantanal. It will be a chance to meet the famous reptiles living in their hundreds in these swamps and who come out at night to hunt. And to top off your exotic dream, you can go Piranha fishing a traditional activity in this region of the world.
Memorable tour of Wildlife and authenticity in the Southern Pantanal of Brazil
Mato Grosso do Sul, is simply a must see destination if you want a different way to discover Brazil.
In the South Pantanal beats the heart of the wild and unspoilt nature that harbors, feeds and gives life to the entire Mato Grosso region. Nature reigns supreme in this unparalleled ecological sanctuary. You will feel the emotion of being in a totally unspoiled environment, where the cycle of the seasons and the singing of birds are the only signs that time did not stop a few thousand years ago. Be careful however, just as the landscapes can turn into huge shallow lakes when rivers come out of their beds, the temperatures can also change a lot. The local climate, tropical altitude, is characterized by a hot and humid summer and a cool and dry winter. From May to September, cold spells are possible, going down to only a few degrees above zero. If you decide to travel during the long school holidays, it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing for all eventualities.
To get closer to the local way of life and to be in complete sync, you will share the daily lives of the regions farmers, the famous gauchos, by staying in a Fazenda. A part of this immense ranch has been modified specially for tourism so that visitors can enjoy the local way of life in a comfortable setting that still respects the local environment. Plain but comfortable rooms welcome you everyday so you can recover from your long explorations out in the fresh air.
This style of accommodation will allow you to appreciate local life in a setting where pleasure, comfort, ethics and discovery will be the main principals. As you will be staying out in the wilds, this trip has a full board formula (not including drinks, except water), an ideal way to discover the copious local cuisine and fresh farm produce. A real treat for both young and old and a touch of gastronomy to add another dimension to your stay in the Fazenda Sao Francisco!
Campo Grande, the regional capital of Mato Grosso do Sul
To enter the Southern Pantanal, you first have to reach Campo Grande, the regional capital of Mato Grosso do Sul.
Also known as « Cidade Morena », the mixed city, it has a rich multi-cultural back ground with its local traditions.
The land of travelers, the Brazilian culture is marked here by Portuguese, Japanese and Lebanese influences, traces left by generations of immigrants. From the famous Churrasco, the art of barbecue from Paraguay to Soba, Japanese noodles, the local cuisine is rich and varied. It offers visitors an interesting illustration of the permanent cultural brewing process in South and Central Brazil with their successive waves of migrants from around the world. Depending on your arrival and departure flight times to this region, you may have to spend a night in a hotel before reaching your accommodation in the South Pantanal. Don’t forget to try the different culinary specialties brought here by the migrants. Including the delicious local meats, because the Mato Grosso do Sul is the biggest region of cattle production in Brazil.
Detailed program for the Southern Pantanal package
DAY 1 :
Morning, after your flight arrives at the International airport of Campo Grande, transport awaits to take you to the Fazenda Sao Francisco. After a 4hr drive along the Br 262, you will arrive early afternoon at the fazenda. (Lunch along the road or at the fazenda)
14h30 – The guide will collect you to go on a boat ride for a first encounter with the local ecosystem and a go at Piranha fishing.
You will then return to the fazenda to finish checking into your rooms (as of 16h00). The rest of the afternoon is free time, you can go for and explore the surrounding area or enjoy the pool and other hotel facilities.
19h00 – Dinner at the fazenda, delicious and copious regional cooking using the fresh farm produce (drinks not included).
20h00 –You can go on a night safari in a vehicle. With the help of powerful lamps, you will meet the amazing night animals including reptiles and other predators that sleep during the day.
Night in your room at the pousada located on the fazenda Sao Francisco.
DAY 2 :
From 7:00 to 8:00 – Brazilian breakfast with local fruits and other fresh produce served at the pousada.
8h00 – It’s time to go on a photo safari in a 4×4 vehicle (non private, up to 12 people on board depending on how full the hotel is). Then a change of approach with a short walk in the wilds accompanied by a guide to explain and identify the animals and better understand this complex and fragile habitat.
Around 12:00, return to the fazenda and lunch with regional specialties and farm produce from the fazenda Sao Francisco.
15:00 – You will set off on a Canoe-kayak trip in the surroundings to observe the wildlife and aquatic plants and also the birds living on the river banks. Return to the pousada on the fazenda.
18:30 – Dinner at the Fazenda Sao Francisco.
20:00 – A lecture on the Pantanal and its inhabitants, Men and animals, is presented by the guides. A time to share and better understand everything you have seen during your day’s excursions.
Night at the Pousada.
DAY 3 :
From 7h00 to 8h00 – A delicious breakfast awaits you at the Brazilian buffet in the pousada.
08h00 – You set off on your last photo safari in a vehicle with a platform (non private up to 12 people on board). Then you can go for a last walk around the fazenda and admire the flora and fauna of the Pantanal.
12:00 – A last lunch at the fazenda before returning to Campo Grande.
13:30 – Departure of you transfer to Campo Grande, 4hrs to enjoy the immense landscapes of this incredible region.
Around 17:30, arrival at the Campo Grande airport, end of our services.