The Pantanal Wildlife Ride and Safari is operated on 3 different Fazendas. The ride starts at Fazenda Pouso Alto in the deepest Pantanal Savannah, continues at Fazenda Nhecolândia and ending at Fazenda Primavera. The distance from Pouso Alto to Nhecolândia is 35 kms and from Nhecolândia to the Primavera 45 km. Fazenda the Portuguese name for a Farm or a Ranch. In the Pantanal it refers to cattle ranching. The ride is conducted on properties encompassing some 60,000 hectares or roughly 150,000 acres offering approximately 28,000 cattle grazing grounds.
This ride was designed back in 1995 by Peter Rohmer for the genuine rider wanting a genuine experience, different from all other rides anywhere. Peter´s priorities have been and still are to ride at places with no tourism at all or extremely little tourism to prevent loss of authenticity and tradition, as it has unfortunately become obvious at some places in the Pantanal.
Another equally important requirement was that to make sure that the guests are getting involved with the owners and staff of the fazendas and are being treated as members of the family instead of tourist. Our guests not only sit at the same table with the owners for meals or for chats but they also ride out with the vaqueiros, here called peões, to help them with their cattle work. An awesome experience and the dream of any rider.
The quality of our horses is unquestionable, can be proofed and checked from our guests comments on our webpage. They are obedient, patient but also fast and forward going. We have horses matching with according to the rider's abilities and experiences.
The Pantaneiro horse has been developed as a cattle horse during the last 200 years in the state of Mato Grosso, the Northern Pantanal, to serve on the large farms which, not rare, measured some 150-200 thousand acres. The Pantaneiro or Poconé horses resemble the Crioulo horse from the Southern Brazilian pampas, showing a bit higher members, though. It has adapted through natural selection to the temporary flooded terrain of the Pantanal feeds even with the pasture under water and does not develop hoof diseases. The horses used by the peões (cowboys) to work the extremely agile Nelore cattle, are very alert and enduring even under heavy work load, when temperatures may reach 40 ºC and more. The ranches own among the very best of the Pantaneiro horses. Most of them from the famous "Pocone" breed, a crioulo crossbreed, adapted perfectly to the characteristics of the seasonally flooded and dry lands. We offer those horses to the better qualified riders of the group.
Handling and tack of the horses is similar to the Western Style. Crioulo saddles are lighter and covered by 2-3 colorful sheepskin layers for long days riding.
Beginners and advanced riders
There is plenty of time for wildlife observation and photography, swimming in the rivers, fishing, etc. The trails lead through large areas of bush land and require occasionally crossings of rivers on horseback.
All meals are highlighted by local cuisine, some of the most delicious meat you have ever tasted, home-made breads, beignets and rolls, exotic fruits and vegetables, home-made cheeses, compotes, and cane fudge and caramel sauces. During your trip you will be treated to fish, suckling pig, a BBQ of the hump of the Asian cow, and many other delicacies local to the country and the Pantanal.
A good time to visit the Pantanal is from April to September, because it is winter in the southern hemisphere and the temperatures are more pleasant. This is also the best time to view wildlife as the animals concentrate on the fewer ponds and other water sources available. It is also the nesting season for most birds and macaws. July and August are main seasons and reservations, including payments, must be made well ahead. Please contact for details on July and August dates.