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.
Popular destinations for Wildlife Holidays
Deep within rainforests, under the sea or on the edges of volcanoes, Costa Rica is home to an abundance of wildlife. From jaguars and sloths to iguanas, toucans and monkeys, this region's vast variety of species are just waiting to be discovered.
If you want to spot whales, polar bears, reindeer, the arctic fox or any of Norway’s iconic wildlife, immerse yourself in pristine landscapes on one of our summer or winter holidays and explore the places that these animals call home.
On the land, under the sea or in the sky South Africa has a plethora of wildlife for you to observe and enjoy. From humpback wales and dolphins to saddle-billed storks, martial eagles, kudus, blue gnus and the Big Five, you'll have a chance to spot wildlife at every turn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head to Asia to see unusual wildlife such as orangutans and Komodo dragons in destinations as diverse as China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Our top itineraries for Wildlife Holidays
Comparing Québec’s European heritage with its spectacular natural world, you’ll begin in Montréal before heading out into the wilderness for bear and beaver viewing at a luxury countryside retreat.
Either side of this all-inclusive rail journey through the Outback, you’ll sample the wines of the Barossa Valley and enjoy a luxury safari in the wilds of Australia's Top End.
See the best of Kenya from the Masai Mara’s famed wildebeest migration to the Great Rift Valley and Mt. Kilimanjaro’s elephants. Along the way, you’ll enjoy game drives, gourmet dining and luxury stays throughout.
Top offers for Wildlife Holidays
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Book by: 28 February 2018
Take in all of South Africa’s premier destinations. You’ll start with one of the world’s greatest road trips, linking Cape Town with stays in luxury hotels and a visit to the Winelands, before ending with an all-inclusive Big Five safari on a private reserve in Kruger.
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Take in the Antarctic’s dramatic glaciers, cragged icebergs and myriad wildlife in the utmost luxury with this all-inclusive cruise. After included Zodiac landings led by the expedition team, you’ll return to fine-dining luxuries, open-bar indulgences and a spread of superb facilities.
Exclusive tailor-made fly, stay and cruise holiday
Depart Iceland’s coastal capital and set sail on this Greenlandic adventure. Days at sea give plenty of time for identifying seabirds and whale-spotting, while Zodiac® cruises allow you to experience the vast glaciers and ice floes first hand.
Exclusive fly cruise offer with $200 on board credit
Book by: 31 March 2018
Contrast a full spread of excursions among the wildlife and wilder landscapes of Patagonia with ultra-luxury indulgences.