Planning Your Next Wildlife Adventure?
A thrilling wildlife encounter is one of life’s most memorable moments and a fixture on most bucket lists. There is nothing as magical as scouting for wildlife – the colourful skies, the aroma of the vegetation, the call of the wind and the sheer beauty of seeing animals in their natural habitat – but deciding on where to go next following an exceptional trip can be tricky. Based on your interests or previous experiences, we’ve paired some unmissable wildlife encounters from around the world that we think you’ll love.
Abundant in wildlife and truly iconic, the famous Kruger National Park is the ultimate safari destination for first timers. If you’ve visited this wildlife-rich park and are eager to venture on safari once more but fancy something a bit more off-the-beaten-track, Botswana is widely recognised as offering the most exclusive and impressive safari experiences in Africa. Home to the Big Five and many rare species of antelope, it is also one of the best places for wild dog and meerkat sightings.
If you’re a primate fanatic and have visited the wildlife-rich jungles of Borneo in search of the iconic orangutan or the acrobatic gibbon, then we think you would also relish a trip to Madagascar with the chance to track lemurs among some of the most diverse ranges of flora and fauna on earth. Ranomafana National Reserve holds great appeal with the golden bamboo lemur, as well as boasting fifty-nine other species that live among the spiny forests on earth’s oldest island.
If you like escaping the confines of your 4x4 and exploring the bush on foot, then you may have already visited Zambia, renowned for its unique wildlife encounters and remote bush camping. If you want to experience this kind of thrill once more and unsure on where to go next, we believe you’ll also enjoy a trip to Uganda and Rwanda with the chance to track endangered mountain gorillas and wild chimpanzees on foot, in their natural habitat.
If you have already enjoyed the small-scale cruising and epic wildlife sightings on a trip around the spectacular Galapagos Islands, then a cruise to Antarctica should be next on your list. Antarctica will open your eyes to fragile and pristine ecosystems where every day is a surprise. Whether watching the endearing spectacle of the penguins, seals lumbering across the ice or sailing alongside playful whales, wildlife encounters are memorable while exploring this hauntingly beautiful landscape.
If You Like Big Cats...
With their majestic and dignified nature, focusing your travels on finding some of earth’s most extraordinary felines is a must, but how do you decide on which big cat to search for next? If you have visited India’s bountiful national parks in search for the famed and mystical Bengal tiger, we recommend venturing through the wetlands of the Pantanal in pursuit of the elusive jaguar. An encounter with these solitary, opportunistic and stalk-and-ambush predators should be top of any big cat lover’s bucket list.