It’s no wonder that wildlife holidays are so popular. Watching animals feeding, playing and interacting with their natural surroundings is a great way to get back to nature and escape from the computers and commuting of everyday life. With so many wildlife holidays on offer in so many fabulous locations it’s hard to decide where to go or what animals to see. So we’ve put together our top ten wildlife watching holidays around the world – some in the remote wilderness, and some closer to home.
So whether you have three weeks to spare or three days there’s a wildlife holiday to suit you. As many species featured on this list are endangered or protected, we make sure that these trips are run responsibly and respectfully. Many of our tour operators are actively involved in conservation projects so you can rest assured that your wildlife holiday will look after the wildlife as well as you.
1. GORILLA TRACKING IN RWANDA AND UGANDA
2. A BIG FIVE SAFARI IN AFRICA
An African safari is one of the most varied of all wildlife experiences. Go for a classic jeep safari in East Africa, following the Great Migration across the savannah, or opt for a self drive holiday in South Africa and Namibia. The intrepid can even step out of their vehicles in Botswana and Zambia for a Big Five bush walk, accompanied by an expert guide – or pole a dugout canoe along the Okavango Delta. The Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, black rhino) tend to take centre stage , but don’t forget that other creatures such as hippos, hyenas and zebra can be just as thrilling to see. Check out our African safaris here.
3. POLAR BEARS IN THE ARCTIC
That’s why all our polar bear watching holidays have to adhere to our criteria so that you know that your holiday is run to minimise environmental impacts to help conserve these magnificent creatures. Have a look at our Arctic cruise holidays for the ultimate wild polar bear experience in the company of wildlife experts, researchers and conservationists.
5. TIGER SAFARIS
5. GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet and a must for any wildlife enthusiast. The archipelago’s most famous visitor, Charles Darwin, began to form his theory of evolution here and it’s easy to see why. With birds and animals that are found nowhere else on earth, and which are completely unafraid of humans, the Galapagos Islands are a wildlife experience like no other. Take a look at our Galapagos cruises here.
6. WHALE WATCHING
From Norway to Newfoundland, Iceland to Italy, all our whale watching holiday are run responsibly, ensuring that whilst you get close enough to take great photos, you won’t be disturbing these ocean giants. Whether you want to see playful orcas or mighty humpbacks we have a range of trips and one to suit you.
7. GRIZZLY BEARS IN THE ROCKIES
8. WATCHING ORANG-UTANS IN BORNEO
Watching orangutans in the wild makes regular appearances on travellers’ bucket lists – and with good reason. Watching orangutans can be utterly magical. Widespread deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations has reduced this species’ habitat to a tiny fraction of what it once was, and they are now listed as endangered. It’s therefore more important than ever to ensure that responsible tourism contributes their conservation. All our tour operators abide by a code of conduct and most holidays to Sabah include visit to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which houses and then releases injured orangutans back into the wild when possible. Have a look at our orangutan holidays here.