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Maned Wolf Safari

Serra da Canastra National Park


An expedition in search of the magnificent Maned Wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), the largest and little-known canid of South America.

The Maned Wolf is found in grasslands and scrublands of central South America, in particular in the Brazilian Cerrado. In the last decade the population has decreased due to deforestation, habitat lost, road kills, hunting, human persecution and disease. It's considered Near Threatened by the IUCN and Vulnerable by the Brazilian government IBAMA. The current population of Maned Wolves is estimated at approximately 17,000 individuals.

Our safaris allow to document this wonderful and strange animal inside the National Park on the top of the Canastra plateau at around 1300 meters above sea level. Other species include giant anteater, pampas deer, greater rhea, burrowing owl, cock-tailed tyrant, toco toucan, red-legged seriema, southern crested caracara, campo flicker, white-tailed hawk and other birds, lot of beautiful plants and breathtaking landscapes!


  • Where: The tour begins and ends at Belo Horizonte (CNF) airport
  • When: July to October
  • Duration: 5D/4N
  • Private Guided Tour
  • 4x4 Car Safaris
  • National Park


  • DAY1

    Belo HorizonteSerra da Canastra

    Arrival at Belo Horizonte airport (CNF) in the morning, meet our staff and drive for about 5 hours up to the entry city of Serra Da Canastra National Park. Accommodation in a good hotel. Dinner and overnight.

  • DAY2

    Serra da Canastra

    After an early morning breakfast we will start a car safari inside the National Park, tracking the maned wolf in the best spots accompanied by our very expert local guide and tracker. You will have a lunch box. During the safari you will have the opportunity to encounter also giant anteater, pampas deer, greater rhea, burrowing owl, cock-tailed tyrant, red-legged seriema, southern crested caracara, campo flicker, white-tailed hawk, king vulture and other birds. With luck we can spot the rare and elusive giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus). The vegetation and the landscape are amazing! Return to the hotel after sunset. Dinner and overnight.

  • DAY3-4

    Serra da Canastra

    Other two full days safari inside the park.

  • DAY5

    Serra da CanastraBelo Horizonte

    After breakfast departure to Belo Horizonte airport (5 hours driving).

Chapadão da Canastra Hotel

The Hotel Chapadão da Canastra is located between the rural and the urban in an area composed by lush gardens and a river, where you can see small animals such as marmoset and birds.
The Hotel has 24 spacious and airy apartments of 25 square meters, with box bed, bathroom, mini bar, TV, telephone, wi-fi, fan and air conditioning, as well as balconies with views to the city and to the lush forest that borders the entire hotel. A panoramic viewpoint offer a 360 degree view of the mountains.

chapadao da canastra
chapadao da canastra
maned wolf

The Maned Wolf.

Do you know that this amazing animal walks by moving the legs on the same side of its body?

Read more about the Maned Wolf:

This tour includes

  • Private ground transportation
  • Exclusive English-speaking Guide
  • Exclusive 4x4 car
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Park entry fees


This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and modified according to your specific requirements, such as budget, dates, personal interests, number of participants, and more.


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Tour Codes

MAN5 - Maned Wolf Safari at Serra da Canastra - 5 Days / 4 Nights

The same tour can be arranged with a birding guide:

CAN5 - Birding Tour at Serra da Canastra - 5 Days / 4 Nights

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