For animal lovers, the chance to see some of the world’s rarest creatures in their natural habitat is more than enough reason to travel the planet. As certain species continue to be in danger of becoming extinct in the wild, many people feel that the chance to see them is slowly dwindling and so these animals become the focus of amazing group tours to far-flung places.
Whilst always trying to give back to the region and protect the wildlife in any way they can, these adventures offer a unique opportunity to come face to face with some of our planet’s most magnificent creatures. If you would like to know more or you wish to book any of these, call us on 0808 256 4518 or submit an online enquiry here.
Chimps & Gorillas of Uganda
The fact that chimpanzees share 99% of our DNA makes them all the more fascinating to watch and Uganda is one of the best countries in which to do this. The dense, lush Kibale Forest contrasts with the savannahs of the Queen Elizabeth National Park to create a landscape where wildlife flourishes on the ground and in the skies.
After tracking the chimps and hopefully getting the chance to see how they interact, you will travel further south to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of the largest living primate – the gorilla. The trek through the undergrowth can be quite demanding, but it will all be worth it to stand toe-to-toe with these gentle giants and experience something few people ever get to do.
Tigers in Focus
Many people go to India in the hope of catching a glimpse of the spectacular Bengal tiger, but few return having achieved their goal. These elusive beauties are difficult to track and even harder to spot, but the feeling of seeing them in the wild is more than worth all the searching.
The fact that this tour focuses all its efforts on one area makes it more likely that you will not return from your holiday disappointed. You will join ten different game drives over a five-day period in the Tadoba National Park, making the most of every opportunity to see the tigers. The park receives far fewer tourists than others in India – yet another reason why your tiger-spotting chances are increased.
Land of the Jaguar
With areas like the Amazon and Patagonia, it is no surprise that South America is well-known as a fantastic wildlife region. Colourful and diverse creatures make their home all across this vast continent, but this tour takes you in search of its largest predator – the jaguar.
In Brazil’s Pantanal, the largest area of wetlands in the world, you will travel across land and along waterways in which jaguars are known to swim. Over a period of seven days, experienced guides will take you through this intriguing habitat, as you also look for macaws, tapirs, giant otters, monkeys and many other species. Accommodation will be split between the Jaguar House Boat and the Araras Eco Lodge for a really immersive experience.
Whales & Bears of British Columbia
Whilst other tours on this list focus on one species, this trip to Canada will offer the chance to see different kinds of bears and whales. This part of the world is teeming with wildlife on land, in the skies and piercing the surface of the ocean and so it’s easy to see why it is so popular with animal enthusiasts.
Having arrived in Vancouver and spent your first day touring this fantastic city, you will catch a ferry to Vancouver Island where the adventure truly begins. By visiting a range of different habitats (caves, forests, rocky coastlines, fjords), you will hopefully catch a glimpse of grey and humpback whales, grizzly and black bears, bald eagles, seals, elk and so much more.
In Search of the Snow Leopard
If tigers are elusive then it leaves few words to describe how difficult it is to come face to face with a snow leopard in the wild. These spectacular phantoms of the animal kingdom are solitary creatures and live at high altitudes, meaning few people are ever able to track them down.
This tour takes you to India during the winter months when the leopards abandon their Himalayan homes in search of food at lower levels. After spending a few days learning about the amazing culture of this region and attending a local festival, you will enjoy five days in the Rumbak Valley tracking the snow leopards. No set plans will be made for any day. Instead, you will be guided by an expert to areas that maximise your chance of spotting these fleeting felines at that particular point in time.