1 December 2015 by Rui Ribeiro
We've wracked our brains and debated long and hard to narrow down our wildlife wishlist to just ten extraordinary experiences; see where we'd go below. If you agree or, if you'd rather see whales in Iceland or track polar bears in Canada, call one of our team to tailor your own trip to where the wild things are.
- Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: There's so much to see here, above and below the waves. Seabirds, sea lions, giant tortoises and marine iguanas allow you to get close year round. Take advantage of free return Galápagos flights before 15 December.
- The Okavango Delta, Botswana: A unique landscape of labyrinthine waterways full of wildlife that can be seen year round. Paddle a traditional mokoro dugout canoe to get close to the animals but also consider a 4WD or horseback safari.
- Kruger National Park, South Africa: Take in two of the Kruger's premier private game reserves, Timbavati and Sabi Sand to see the Big Five and a wealth of other mammals, birds and reptiles in a stunning wilderness environment.
- Kangaroo Island, Australia: Hailed as Australia's answer to the Galápagos islands, Kangaroo Island consists of wild landscapes and coastline creating the perfect environment for sea lions, koala, pelicans and more.
- Selva Bananito, Costa Rica: Discover the best of the country's natural beauty and abundant wildlife with real chances to see toucans, sloths, monkeys, turtles, hummingbirds, iguanas and a host of other native species.
- Ranthambore, India: Go in search of big cats, Asia-style and track tigers during the dry season from February to April, with the chance to also see gazelles, monkeys and sloth bears.
- Sabah, Borneo: Uncover traditional tribal culture and some exceptional wildlife exploring Sepilok, the Danum Valley and Kinabalu, with orangutans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants some of the highlights.
- Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda: Go in search of rare mountain gorillas on the forest slopes of the Virunga National Park in Rwanda and consider tackling the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, with the chance to see chimpanzees.
- Antarctica: Get a glimpse of life inside the freezer during the warmer southern hemisphere summer months from November to March. See whales from the deck of an adventure cruise ship or stand amidst vast colonies of penguins and seals.
- Alaska, USA: Travel through the tundra and temperate rainforest in Alaska in search of bears, whales, wolves and eagles. Visit from June to September and take in Denali and the Kenai Fjords too.