Caiman Ecological Refuge
Caiman Ecological Refuge is a 53,000-hectare ranch located in the heart of the southern Pantanal region of Brazil, one of the world’s most important wetlands, hosting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the Americas.
At a Glance
One of the most accessible of the southern Pantanal lodges - 4 hours by road
Great option for families as the two lodges Baiazinha and Cordilheira have their own swimming pools
Accommodation is a notch up here and the guests rooms are spacious and have more frills
Wildlife spotting on your doorstep
Only 11 rooms between the two pousadas so a very personalized wildlife experience
Set arrival and departure dates - 3 nights Thursday to Sunday and 4 nights Sunday to Thursday
Caiman Ecological Refuge combines conservation with eco-tourism and a working cattle ranch. Located in the southern region of the Pantanal, Caiman consists of a two independent lodges offering a similar level of comfort - all have swimming pools, air-conditioned rooms and private bathrooms.
Caiman Ecological Refuge has a great little restaurant with menus inspired by Pantanal recipes using only local ingredients such as freshwater fish, meats and fruits of the Cerrada. Twice a week the lodge offers guests a traditional barbecue and oreada, a special local meat dried over night which is held in high regard by the local people and very tasty indeed.
The Pantanal is home to the most spectacular array of wildlife including 300 species of birds, anteaters, armadillo, caiman and monkeys. The topography is very flat which makes it much easier to view wildlife than in the confines of the Amazon jungle. It has a diverse landscape of savanna lowlands, seasonal wetlands and rich forest areas. Resident naturalist guides accompany guests on fascinating excursions in specially adapted vehicles, on foot and by canoe.
Please note that Caiman is also available for exclusive hire.
Baiazinha Lodge has six double standard guest rooms with a capacity of 12 people, decorated in a traditional ranch style. Cordilheira Lodge has five double suite guest rooms with a capacity of 10 people and has been designed in a more contemporary style. Each lodge has its own swimming pool, restaurant and living area.
Children of all ages are welcome at Caiman Lodge although due to the length of the transfer to the lodge and the nature of the excursions we would not necessarily recommend it for extremely young children. Older children are sure to enjoy the adventurous nature of a stay in the Pantanal and looking out for the local wildlife.
Caiman has a restaurant and all the facilities that accompany the two independent lodges. Each has its own swimming pool, spacious living room with TV and DVD, games room and dining room.
Caiman offers regular excursions which are included such as photographic safaris, walking the trails, canoe tours, jeep safaris and nocturnal safaris. Optional activities, some of which must be booked in advance, include birdwatching and bike tours.
All guests visiting Caiman during the high season from mid-June to mid-September will also have the opportunity to visit the Onçafari Jaguar Project.
Location & Directions
Caiman Ecological Refuge is located in the Southern Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul, on a 53 thousand hectare ranch, 236 km from Campo Grande, the state capital.
When to go
The Pantanal has two distinct seasons, dry and wet. During the wet season (November-April) guests will find the region in bloom, with lush vegetation and flowers, however the rains can make some areas tricky to reach, it is very hot and humid and some lodges do close at this time. We feel the best time to visit is during the dry season (May - October), which is the peak season for viewing wildlife, when rare species of birds and other animals seek shelter along the riverbanks and can be observed more easily.