Flotel & Jaguar Suites
Southwild Flotel & Jaguar Suítes
SouthWild Flotel & Jaguar Suites Accommodations
When to visit SouthWild Flotel & Jaguar Suites
Although our Jaguar boat drivers see the big cats on the rivers of Jaguarland in every month of the year, there is no question that the best months for the Jags are June through November. Each of those six months of “Jag Season” has certain advantages and disadvantages. With 34 years of experience in Pantanal, Charles Munn definitely prefers the periods of 1 June through 20 July and 1-20 November. His reasons for favoring those months has to do with the clean, smoke-free air and the cooler temperatures of those parts of Jag Season. A lot of armchair experts who have spent a few weeks of their lives in the Pantanal (instead of more than 100 months over 37 years) insist that September must be the best time, as that month is the “driest”. September is Charles’s least favorite month in Jagland, and with good reason. Ask him why.
There are at least nine interacting factors that one should consider when choosing when to go to Jaguarland. These are: 1) daytime high temperatures, 2) chances of a serious cold front, 3) chances of fires disrupting logistics, 4) chances of smoky, hazy air marring Jag photography, 5) chances of serious rain interfering with the road transfers or with the Jaguar boat outings, 6) seasonal shifts in styles of Jaguar hunting behavior, 7) number of other Jaguar tourist boats on the rivers, 8) the probability of high clouds versus clear skies and how that effects Jag photography from 830 am to 400 pm, 9) seasonal blooming of the most spectacular flowering trees of the Pantanal.
Just talking about the last factor, consider that in 70% of the years, the forests of pure “Cambará” trees all bloom yellow from 20 June through 15 July. On the other hand, in 50% of the years, the famous “Pink Trumpet Trees” bloom spectacularly from 8 through 20 August.
Now consider Jaguar hunting behavior. We were the first to discover that the Jaguars dive down onto sunning caimans 5-10 times much more often per week in the period of 15 June to 25 August than they do in September, October, or November. We now know why Jaguars change their hunting behavior as August gives way to September, and our Jaguar Naturalist explains that in our lectures at SouthWild Flotel & Jaguar Suites. Cold fronts can chill both guests and Jaguars in June, July, and August, but not in September through November. We now are certain that the very best period for Jaguar photography is 1-20 November, and our sales executives can explain why that is true. Try to find any other company that knows and can explain this surprising fact. Or ask our guests, who include Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Tom Mangelsen, and 20 younger professional wildlife photographers who join the first three in representing the cream of the crop of the world’s finest, prize-winning wildlife photographers. We obviously are the professional’s choice, as we think much more scientifically about Jaguar tourism than does any other company.
At SouthWild Flotel & Jaguar Suites, guests enjoy meals in the spacious dining room with a panoramic view of the wild Piquiri River.
The 30-sq.-m. rooms of our WIFI-equipped Jaguar Suites floating hotel offer two 128-cm-wide beds, or we can join the beds to produce a spectacular “super-king” bed of 256 cm wide. We also can add a twin bed to the room.
SouthWild Flotel has eight rooms of four different sizes, the largest of which is 15 square meters and the smallest 9 square meters. All the rooms in SouthWild Flotel have split air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, WIFI, and two beds. Six of the eight rooms have a double bed and a single bed, while the two 9-square-meter rooms have two single beds. We do not use bunk beds in any rooms.
SouthWild Flotel & Jaguar Suites Activities
The normal activities at SouthWild Flotel & Jaguar Suites are two boat outings of 4-5 hours each per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon until dusk. A large buffet breakfast with several options of fresh fruit as well as eggs and bread and of course Brazilian coffee, starts the day, and then a large buffet lunch and large buffet dinner keep you well nourished during your stay.
Guests normally spend the time from late morning until the 2:00 pm or 2:30 pm start to the afternoon boat outing relaxing in their air-conditioned rooms while editing the morning’s photos, or talking with our resident naturalist and to see which individual Jaguars were photographed that morning. As the originators in 2006 of the first Jaguar dossier of all the cats of Jaguarland, our 16-year-old dossier now contains 190 different cats. In the 2019 Jag season, our guests photographed 85 different cats, 83% of which were known by us from previous years. Guests who supply us with a high-enough resolution, sharp image of a new Jaguar have the right to name that cat, and we add it to our big dossier.
SouthWild Brazil owns, protects, and patrols 7,500 acres of the very center or “filet mignon” of Jaguarland, where all Jaguar tourists in Jaguarland inevitably enjoy a number of excellent Jaguar sightings. Most or all of the most famous and dramatic examples in the media of Jaguars jumping on caimans were witnessed on our land. Specifically, our conservation system owns most of the lands of the lower half of the Three Brothers River as well as all of the lands of the Black Channel (”Corixo Negro” in Portuguese).
As our boats ply the waters of the 100 km of river channels of Jaguarland, we consciously schedule the outings to include visits to the best locations to view Giant Otters and Hyacinth Macaws, and we always see both species extremely well. Each year, our guests even witness tense stand-offs and even real, “game’s-on” fights between Jaguars and Giant Otters. The boat outings also produce outstanding view of two monkey species and myriad birds.
Our Jaguar observation boats always station the boat driver in the back and guests in the front, as that gives guests the best visibility.
Additionally, our custom-built Jaguar boats offer a lot of space between each row of two seats, as our guests often carry a lot of camera equipment.
Finally, our extra-wide, super-stable, extra-powerful “Photo Boat”, which is unique in the Western Hemisphere, features seven rotating photo seats, each complete with a sturdy camera mount post and gimbal tripod head from Wimberley. The photo boat is for guests with “big glass” — so it is “the professional’s choice”.