Beyond the traditional African safari holiday, a huge range of wildlife holidays are available to those who want to get close to nature. Read our round-up of the best African safaris to see how to spot the Big Five or learn how to follow the Great Migration.
Continue the big cat theme and go in search of Bengal tigers in Madhya Pradesh or spot jaguars in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands, which are also home to 300 species of birds and scores of other rare animals.
Orangutans are a major attraction in Malaysian Borneo, where proboscis monkeys, sea turtles, saltwater crocodiles and enormous rafflesia flowers are also not to be missed. Alternatively, track gorillas in Rwanda; go whale watching in South Africa, or glimpse polar bears and a mass of marine life inside the Arctic Circle. Birdwatching is popular from pole to pole and all points in between.
Perhaps the ultimate wildlife adventure though is an expedition cruise to the Galapagos, where you can snorkel with sea lions, watch giant tortoises and catch the courtship displays of blue-footed boobies and red-throated frigate birds.
Many countries around the world offer opportunities to see some amazing animals in their natural habitat; our wildlife specialists have a wealth of personal experience and can take you to a strikingly diverse world beyond the Big Five; discover our top 10 wildlife travel experiences too to see where we’d go in search of the wild things.
Wildlife holidays 
Africa is synonymous with Safari holidays but does in fact have a range of other wildlife holidays that go beyond the Big Five; travel to Madagascar, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda to have other close encounters with nature.
Hostile and remote, Antarctica is nonetheless an exceptional destination for a wildlife holiday, with Antarctica cruises a particularly good way of seeing a variety of whales, dolphins and penguins as well as quantities of birdlife.
Head to Asia to see unusual wildlife such as orangutans and Komodo dragons in destinations as diverse as China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Australasia and Pacific
Whether you want to see kangaroos, koalas or kiwis, Australasia and the Pacific has a wealth of endemic wildlife just waiting to be discovered in both Australia and New Zealand.
Central America is a region of vastly varied wildlife. Head to Belize, Costa Rica or Panama to see birds, animals and marine wildlife in large numbers.
There are wildlife holiday opportunities all over Europe, with a wide variety of countries including Croatia, France, Iceland, Norway and Sweden home to a large number of different species, just waiting to be discovered.
Wildlife holdiays on the Indian Subcontinent are a chance to see a wide range of rare and spectacular animals such as tigers, leopards, elephants and rhinos as well as a huge range of birds in countries such as Bhutan, India and Nepal.
Take a 4WD and head into the desert on a Middle East wildlfie holiday, in search of dramatic landscapes and some unusual wildlife. Look for iconic antelope in Jordan and Oman or dive the Red Sea from Israel and Jordan.
North America is big and bold in many ways; its wildlife is no different with creatures in Canada and the USA, whether bears, bison or whales both physically impressive and often seen in large quantities.
Wildlife holidays in South America are exceptional. The Amazon rainforest in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Peru is home to enormous ammounts of animals, Whilst the Galapagos Islands boast a number of unique species.