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
This tailor-made itinerary sees you start among Vancouver's coastal gems before heading to spectacular Nimmo Bay in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. You'll stay in your own private cabin, spending days bear watching, kayaking and enjoying all-inclusive luxury.
This unique trip sees you explore the stunning region of Newfoundland & Labrador, starting among St John's' colourful row houses before staying at the 5-star Fogo Island Inn, enjoying whale watching, hikes and rooftop sauna and hot tub soaks.
This 10-day break is a wonderful exploration of Canada's wild Northwest Territories, where you'll stay just east of Yellowknife in pristine wilderness in the spectacular Blachford Lake Lodge.
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This tailor-made itinerary contrasts Vancouver's natural wonders with city-slicking in Tokyo, exploring Alaska and Japan's epic landscapes in between. Stay in luxury hotels and on the spectacular Silver Shadow, where you'll enjoy opulent suites, endless amenities and all-inclusive dining.
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Discover the wild beauty of Chilean Patagonia, from windswept fjords to immense glaciers, on this all-encompassing expedition voyage with Silversea.
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This luxury cruise sees you discover the best Australasia has to offer, from Australia's cosmopolitan beachside cities to New Zealand's otherworldly geothermal landscapes, staying in a spectacular veranda suite onboard Holland America’s MS Noordam.
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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.