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Caiman Ecological Refuge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 June 2017

We visited in May'17, the first stop on our Brazilian trip. We arrived from the UK long haul flight into Campo Grande via Sao Paulo, met by our driver. The road trip is some 3-4 hours in total, on reasonable roads until you get to the bumpy dirt track road which then takes you to Caimen. This is some 36 kilometers, and takes about an hour. You then drive to the Refuge reception and check in, we were staying in Bainzinha Lodge another 9 kilometres further into the wildlife area, during our journey, not too far from the lodge we came across our first jaguar sighting a wonderful male crossing the road. We got a really good sighting however as our camera equipment was in the boot of the car - no photographs!

We were the only guests apart from two British tour operators, staying a couple of nights. Our guide who we met later (Jadago?) had a couple of guide trainee's as well for the duration of our 5 night stay.
The lodge overlooks a stunning lake, with a variety of bird and animal wildlife constantly around.
The lodge is very peaceful, quite attractive with the main lounge/dining area central and the rooms leading off on either side.
Our room (No1) overlooking the lake, was adequately furnished with an en suite bathroom & a small balcony. However, it was a little on the small side and felt a little cramped for our liking. I believe all the rooms are the same size.

All of the meals are served 'en famille' in the dining area with your guides, the quality and amount of food available was of consistently high standard. Breakfast is taken at 0630 before the morning activities. Lunch is served once guests return from the activities, the afternoon is free time to do as you please. However, you cannot roam alone far from the lodge due to the wildlife around. There is a pleasant pool & deck area with loungers for chilling out.
Afternoon tea is served prior to going out again on another game drive around 3:30/4pm returning after dark about 7:30, in time for dinner.

We saw 4 jaguars in total during our stay and a good variety of other mammals, (3 species of deer,several giant anteater, peccary's, wild pig, 5 & 9 banded armadillo, some wonderful sightings of Ocelot's). Although the density of the mammals is low in comparison to Africa for instance. Plenty of Caiman & Capybaras though! The bird life though was plentiful we saw some 130 varieties in total.
We had a talk & slide show from the 'Onsafri' team, we also had a great encounter with a male & female jaguar one evening as they had tracked the collared male. The team are doing a great job with the jaguar's.

The main downside for us was the weather, unfortunatly we had a lot of rain, one day a torrential down pour and we were inundated with mosquito's throughout our trip. We had so many bites despite using protection which was a bit miserable.
The camp does have a wet weather option for getting around - a large truck which has see through blinds helping to keep dry. However the truck is slow and very noisy and not very comfortable but you can get up and move around.

We did manage to go canoeing one afternoon to see a sunset, this was one of our dry days which was lovely, and peaceful too.

I would like to thank our 3 guides for giving us a wonderful time in the Pantanal. They were extremely knowledgeable, informative and also great fun, making meal times also interesting and entertaining. The whole team at Caimen are very friendly, and seem to be passionate in what they do.

Room Tip: Rooms 1-3 have wonderful lakeside view, where as rooms 4-6 overlook the pool & deck area so not...
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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CaimanLodge, Sales and Marketing Manager at Caiman Ecological Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear guest,

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Caiman Lodge.

We are glad you have enjoyed your stay with us.

That's great seeing so many jaguars! Lucky you!

I wish you all the best! Sincerely,

Juliane Rosa
Marketing and Sales Manager
Caiman Ecological Refuge

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Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Great ecological lodge in the Pantanal. Agreements with NGO to recover jaguares and blue ara ara. Very good food. respectful with nature. Recomendable to ask for biologist guide Raisa, very professional and charming. We saw 3 onza, tapir, anteater, ocelot..... and dozens of beautiful pantanal birds.
Very recomendable

Stayed: May 2017, travelled with family
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CaimanLodge, Marketing and sales manager at Caiman Ecological Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear guest,

I would like to thank you for sending your comments!

Our team is glad to know that all their efforts to better serve our guests are in the right way.

We all wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

Juliane Rosa
Marketing and sales manager
Caiman Ecological Refuge

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Reviewed 19 April 2017

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.  

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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CaimanLodge, Marketing and sales manager at Caiman Ecological Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear guest,

We appreciate your precious comments.

We will consider your suggestions to maximize wildlife sighting.

We are very pleased with your satisfaction.

With our best regards. Sincerely,

Jullane Rosa
Marketing and sales manager
Caiman Ecological Refuge

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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to spend 4 nights here and had an amazing experience.
We stayed at Bainzinha which is very peaceful with a beautiful vista and relaxing pool deck.
The food is typical of the area. There was plenty off it and it was all a great standard. Be sure to ask for the speciality chocolate pudding. Only complaint was that it had 2 many calories!
We were looked after by Val who was a very knowledgeable guide who spoke great English. We saw a whole array of birds and animals, including a jaguar.
Can't recommend enough!

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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CaimanLodge, Marketing and sales manager at Caiman Ecological Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Glad to know you enjoyed the chocolate pudding even having some many calories! haha

Your comments motivate us to continue offering the best experience possible!

We wish you all the best.

Kind regards,

Juliane Rosa
Caiman Ecological Refuge

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

I'm amazed that some people gave Caiman Ecological Lodge only three stars. The accommodations are spectacular. The food was the best we had in ten days in the Pantanal. We saw tons of birds, including many hyacinth macaws, as well as three jaguars, two ocelots, several giant anteaters, three kinds of deer, many armadillos, etc. etc. It was so wonderful that I found out who owns it and sent him a thank-you note. Also, the management is really devoted to saving and sustaining wildlife -- particularly the macaws and jaguars, on whose behalf they're engaged in serious conservation efforts. This was the third of three eco-lodges we stayed in in the Pantanal. The others were terrific, but this was above and beyond.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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CaimanLodge, Marketing and Sales manager at Caiman Ecological Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear guest,

We thank you very much for your comments.

It is very gratifying to receive such satisfactory feedback.

Thank you for choosing Caiman Lodge.

Best wishes,

Juliane Rosa
Marketing and Sales Manager
Caiman Ecological Refuge

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Additional Information about Caiman Ecological Refuge

Address: Estancia Caiman S/N | Zona Rural – Miranda, Miranda, State of Mato Grosso do Sul 79380-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Mato Grosso do Sul > Miranda
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Miranda
Price Range: $1,832 - $3,013 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Caiman Ecological Refuge 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Also Known As:
Caiman Ecological Refuge Hotel Campo Grande

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