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Refúgio da Ilha

An idyllic lodge perched on a small delta in the Southern Pantanal
PantanalBrazil Holidays· 8 Rooms · ££

A remote location in the South Pantanal, ideal for self drive trips

The idyllic Refúgio da Ilha is nestled at the gateway of the Pantanal approximately 230km from Campo Grande.

Location: This charming retreat is perched on a small delta created by the picturesque Salobra River as it gracefully divides into several meandering arms, eventually merging with the mighty Miranda River. Immerse yourself in nature as you explore this unique ecosystem, renowned for its abundant water, impeccable preservation, and dedicated conservation efforts. The proximity to the majestic Serra da Bodoquena in the west only adds to the allure of this pristine paradise.

Lodge: Refúgio da Ilha is a former plantation house renovated to create a haven for those seeking a wild experience without compromising on comfort, charm, and exquisite local cuisine.

Nestled on the banks of the Salobra River on a sprawling river island spanning 4,000 hectares, our inn is not just a destination; it's an immersion into one of the planet's most abundant and diverse ecosystems. As a working cattle ranch, we take pride in offering our guests daily tours, providing an insider's view into the richness of the Pantanal. Our commitment to an intimate and exclusive experience is reflected in the limited number of beds, ensuring privacy and a serene atmosphere. Hosted by the owners themselves, you'll find a level of personalised service that makes your stay truly exceptional.

The plantation house features 8 thoughtfully designed apartments. Each room is screened and equipped with a ceiling fan, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with an electric shower. Wake up to a delightful breakfast and wind down with a satisfying dinner. For a midday escape, our arbour by the river is the perfect spot for lunch, and a small, self-service bar awaits to quench your thirst.

Activities: Refúgio da Ilha, a boutique lodge is ideal for travellers seeking exclusive wilderness experiences and you will be immersed in the untamed beauty of the Pantanal. Led by expert naturalist guides, our excursions promise unforgettable moments. Glide through the waterways on canoeing adventures, embark on thrilling 4x4 game safari style drives and explore the flora and fauna on nature walks and horseback safaris. Our commitment to authenticity is reflected in every experience, allowing you to connect intimately with the breathtaking surroundings.

As the owner is an avid photographer, Refúgio da Ilha has gained recognition in the world of wildlife documentaries, with appearances on BBC's 'Planet Earth.' This speaks volumes about the unique opportunities our lodge provides for those with special interests, be it birdwatching or photography. Our excursions can be tailored on request.

Sustainability: Refúgio da Ilha, is committed to minimising their impact on the environment and maximising the quality of your experience. With fewer guests, our field guides can provide focused attention, enhancing your chances of encountering and observing wildlife in their natural habitat. Their team is comprised mainly of locals, hailing from the Pantanal and the Bodoquena mountain range. They bring a deep connection to the land and its culture, with roots in cities like Corumbá, Aquidauana, Miranda, and Bodoquena, as well as from indigenous villages in the Terena ethnic group. The lodge prioritises training and qualifications for our team, ensuring they are well-equipped to provide you with an enriching and informative experience.

Refúgio da Ilha takes pride in contributing to the local economy. They source food, vegetables, and supplies from producers in Miranda, integrating our business into the community. Additionally, they cultivate their own vegetables, herbs, and seasonings on-site, further reducing our ecological footprint and ensuring the freshness and quality of the ingredients used in our culinary offerings.

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January

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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October

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November

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December

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