Searching for the elusive jaguar in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands is one thing, but trying to get the perfect photograph is another story altogether. Call in an expert: Steve Winter is a wildlife photographer extraordinaire (BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and a National Geographic photographer) and big cat specialist (he slept in a tent for six months in -40˚C while tracking snow leopards). Winter will be your guide during this seven-day itinerary from Natural World Safaris. Keep your eyes peeled and lens at the ready as you explore the waterways of the Three Brothers, Cuiabá and Piquiri rivers by boat. These waterways are rich with wildlife and home to giant river otters and capybaras; jaguars can be found relaxing or hunting along the riverbanks. You’ll receive expert instruction from Winter as he provides hands-on guidance and post-safari lectures as well as feedback on your photos. You’ll stay at SouthWild Pantanal, an intimate 12-bedroom lodge located on the lush banks of the Pixaim River.
Best for: Photography buffs
From $8,450 per person. Contact Will Bolsover, founder, firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 127 369 1642, naturalworldsafaris.com