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Big Cats Holidays

We offer a number of specially designed big cat tours which will provide you with unique opportunities to observe these charismatic mammals.

Big Cat Tours

Big cats are among the world’s most admired and most sought-after mammals, and Naturetrek has the broadest and most comprehensive range of holidays in search of big cats. We offer holidays to watch all of the world’s most iconic cat species including: Tigers in India and Nepal, Jaguars in the Pantanal, Pumas in Chile and Snow Leopards in India, as well as safaris to see a superb variety of Africa’s cats such as Lions, Cheetah and Leopards. You can also look for Asiatic Lions in India, and Leopards in Sri Lanka on our tours. We do not neglect the smaller species of cat and we also offer dedicated short breaks which go in search of Wildcat and Iberian Lynx.

Our Big Cat Specialist Recommends

‘Naturetrek has been instrumental in designing, researching  and pioneering many of the big cat (and smaller cat!) tours on the market. Our dedicated Tiger watching tours have an unparalleled 100% success record with sightings, while if you want a holiday dedicated to looking for Jaguars, you can’t do any better than our ‘Brazil – Just Jaguars!’ tour. Our ‘South Africa – Just Cats!’ holiday offers a chance to see a wide variety of cats close to in stunning scenery.’ - Tom Mabbett

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Featured Tours


Jabiru (Gerald Broddelez)Vulture on dead Caiman (Gerald Broddelez)Vermillion Flycatcher (Steve Wray)Hyacinth Macaw (Steve Wray)Mottled Wood Owl, Pench National Park (Graham Cutts)Gaur (Dilan Manda)Tiger (Tony Yeomas)Grey-headed Woodpecker (Michael Haley)Rumbak Valley, Ladakh (Russell Scott)Ladakh Scenery (Raghu Kulkarni)Stupa in LadakhWoolly Hare, Ladakh (Russell Scott)Torres del Paine (Dani Free)Puma (Dani Free)Puma (Dani Free)Puma (Dani Free)Leopard (Leon Marais)White Rhino (Leon Marais)


I enjoyed the friendliness of the leader, driver and tracker and the group was very friendly, one which gelled together extremely well. The weather was excellent which meant that we had outstanding opportunities to see and photograph the landscape.
Great view of Jaguars and Otters which the location of the Flotel and use of trackers facilitated. Right at the beginning of the trip we chanced on a Giant Anteater crossing the road with a young one on its back. Birdlife was equally stunning and some of local guides/boat drivers were excellent. We found five Agami Herons at SouthWild Lodge. Food on the Flotel was excellent and the pool at SouthWild was a relief.

Brazil - Just Jaguars!

Our guide was Paulo Cezar Ribeiro, he was great. His bird knowledge was brilliant and he definitely knew how to anticipate the Jaguars's next move. He also ensured that everyone saw what we were looking at before moving on. I had been to the Pantanal 10 years ago and missed out on Jaguar so when I found your trip, Just Jaguars with 100% succes for each trip, I had to choose Naturetrek and i wasn't disappointed. I went just for the Jaguars and everything else was a bonus. Tapir in daylight, Lesser Anteater and Brazilian Porcupine plus 2 yellow Anaconda. Six different Jaguars on 6 of the 8 boat trips. The first sightings were in deep cover but nevertheless, I managed to get photographs. The best was saved until the last boat trip when our guide Paulo found us a pair, male and female. These two were out in the open, they then began moving down the river bank where our guide anticipated they would re-appear. They mated in the open in full view - so yes, it was exactly what I was looking for and more.