SouthWild Jaguar Suites combines the views and location of a boat with the spacious comfort of a hotel to create an innovative approach to wildlife viewing. The stationary flotel, which contains 12 surprisingly large rooms, is situated on the Piquiri River at the southern edge of Meeting-of-the-Waters State Park, in an ideal spot for observing jaguars.
Life at SouthWild Jaguar Suites
Even when you are tucked inside your oversized room in the floating lodge, you will still feel that you are surrounded by nature. Each 314-square-foot room features a 13-foot wide floor-to-ceiling window with views over the river to the sandy banks where jaguars often stroll. From your room, you may be able to watch the big cats hunt for caimans and capybara on the beach.
For even better views, head to the open sun deck on the third floor. While on the top deck, you can also grab a seat in the shaded dining area, have a meal fresh off the barbeque grill, or pick up a drink at the bar. Then, head to the lecture room to hear a talk on the wildlife of the Pantanal region. At night, dream of the next day’s adventures in a comfortable mosquito-net-draped bed while listening to the gentle lap of the water against the boat.
Excursions In Jaguarland
Though the Pantanal region covers 42-million acres, jaguars inhabit just 0.5% of that space. That zone, lovingly referred to as “Jaguarland” by the SouthWild team, is the floating lodge’s home. SouthWild Jaguar Suites program of jaguar observation excursions, which draws in wildlife photographers from around the world, is designed to get you as close as possible to the animals in their natural environment.
You will have the opportunity to go out on the lodge’s photo boat, which is equipped with seven rotating seats and tripods with Wimberly-brand gimbal heads capable of supporting large lenses. Along the way, you will be accompanied by a full-time English-speaking jaguar naturalist. Not only will this expert help you find and photograph wildlife, but they also maintain a high-quality dossier of the 190 individual jaguars which the lodge’s guest have photographed since 2006. You will even have the opportunity for golden-hour and sunset excursions, since SouthWild Jaguar Suites’ prime location eliminates the need to commute back to a city-based hotel.
A Wildlife Photographer’s Delight
Realizing that both professional and amateur wildlife photographers have specific travel needs, the rooms at SouthWild Jaguar Flotel are designed to accommodate camera and technology gear. Since photographers spend as much time managing files and editing photos, each suite includes ample workspace. Get down to work over WIFI while sitting in the two adjustable, padded office chairs in each room. Two workspaces, with large desktops, provide space for your laptops, hard drives, lenses, and other gear. And, you will never need to worry about dead batteries when you keep everything charging and plugged into 22 easy-to-access electrical outlets.
Whether you are a professional photographer or are just a discerning traveler looking for a fresh way to see animals in the wild, SouthWild Jaguar Suites is poised to provide a one-of-a-kind experience. Please note the Jaguar Extreme itinerary featured involves overnights at either SouthWild Pantanal Lodge or Hotel Mato Grosso on the first and last nights so transfers don’t get too tiring, given the remoteness of the flotel. Despite these not being located within “Jaguarland” itself, stays here come with extra perks for wildlife lovers, as there are different bird species to spot and it is the only place in Pantanal you can see ocelots.
Suites & Cabins
Each Jaguar Suites room offers a view of wild forest, two beds, 22 easy-access electric sockets and two large work tables. Each room offers work table space, 2 adjustable, padded desk chairs and Wi-Fi, ensuite hot-shower bathrooms, split air-conditioning, and enormous floor-to-ceiling windows gazing out across the 100-meter-wide Piquiri River and the Meeting of the Waters State Park.