Friends and I spent four nights in the quaint Baiazinha lodge (12 double rooms). It was my second visit. We were greeted by Raisa our hostess cum safari guide. She teamed up with Guarana, a local cowboy, guide/tracker and driver. We felt more like guests than tourists. The lodge is self-contained with cooks, waiters and room maids, all very dedicated to our comfort. Rooms and bathrooms are spacious but basic. A reasonably speedy Internet connection compensated for the absence of mobile phone. The deck swimming pool offers relaxation after morning safari. The lodge is located on a beautiful lake covered with water lily and home to capybaras, alligators and birds. Fazenda Caiman is a large ranch (55 000 he, plus a 9 000 he reservation area) which tends to some 33 000 heads of cattle. Thanks to Raisa and Guarana who expertly led our safaris, we spotted the main denizens of the Pantanal marshes and swamps: elusive jaguar and ocelot as well as peccary, giant anteater, Capuchin monkey, capybara, alligator, Pantanal fox etc. The Pantanal is a bird watchers' paradise and we saw many Hyacinth Macaws, and all kinds of storks. Guarana entertained us with stories on "the life on the ranch". We also went out with Oncasafari NGO to spot jaguar. We were invited to a local BBQ and a lasso contest.
It was a memorable experience. However, I would suggest that, to maximize wildlife sighting, Caiman organizes, like in Africa, very early morning and late evening safaris when mammals are more easily spotted.
- Also Known As:
- Caiman Ecological Refuge Hotel Campo Grande