Wildlife Tours and Holidays
Do you live for shows like Planet Earth and would like to experience a nature documentary for real? If so, wildlife holidays were made for you. Whether you want to track snow leopards in India, see a polar bear in the wild in Alaska, or explore the biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands for yourself, discover more about wildlife tours below.See all wildlife tours
Choose your next destination for a wildlife tour
With so many wildlife destinations to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin! When it comes to wildlife tours, being spoilt for choice isn't a bad thing, discover some of our favourite places to see animals all over the world from South America to Australia.
North America has some epic destinations for wildlife spotting. The options for tours are endless, but if you're looking for inspiration you could visit Canada, which is home to all kinds of bears, from polar to grizzly, while Alaska's wilderness is filled with creatures galore, and in Yosemite's national parks you'll find animals big and small.
From peaks in the Andes to jungles in the Amazon, South America is tailor-made for a wildlife tour. Whether you're in the mountains or the wetlands, the epic flora and fauna, biodiversity and animal kingdom of this continent will take your breath away. Just remember to pack your binoculars for all the bird watching!
As far as wildlife holidays go, Africa is the quintessential safari destination. After all, this is where the iconic solitary shadow of Kilimanjaro falls on Tanzania, and lions can be heard roaring in the wilderness and other Big Five game roam the open plains. Along with beasts in the wild, there's plenty of culture and natural beauty to explore as well.
Europe may not seem like an obvious choice for a wildlife tour, but perhaps that is the beauty of this destination. Go to Lapland to spend time with reindeer in a winter wonderland, dive into the waters along the coast of Portugal for a shot at swimming with dolphins and head into the woods to see wolves in the moonlight.
Asia is filled with hot spots for wildlife holidays. In the mountains and jungles of dream destinations like India, Thailand and Borneo you'll discover species like red pandas, the majestic Bengal tiger, the elusive snow leopard, and ape kingdoms. And below the sea? Aquatic creatures in colourful habitats!
Australia is one of the few places in the world where you'll be treated to kangaroos greeting you as you drive by, koalas hanging from trees and whales leaping out of the ocean, spraying you with sea water. The best part of visiting this region is you can pop over to New Zealand and explore that wildlife too.
Antarctica's wildlife is both spectacular and iconic. Thousands of penguins, a mob of black and grey waddling along the snowy white landscape, seals yapping in the distance, and whales basking in the icy waters that surround the White Continent. If you're dreaming of epic holidays filled with wildlife, this is it.
There aren't many places on earth that can rival Antarctica when it comes to wildlife, but the Arctic Circle is one such destination. Tours will take you to the remote wilderness of Svalbard and the Canadian Arctic, where you'll observe beautiful creatures like polar bears and Arctic foxes in their natural habitat.
Wildlife holiday types
A safari is one of the best ways to have a close encounter with animals in Africa or Asia. Spotting the Big Five is not guaranteed, but with the local knowledge of your guides, you’re sure to see wildlife that you won’t find back home. Take a safari tour in Africa or Asia, in the savannah or in the jungle, visiting countries like South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Thailand.
Tiger safaris offer the chance to observe the enigmatic Bengal tiger in the dense jungles of India. Choose longer tours that include stints in the historic city of Jaipur or the multicultural Mumbai, or opt for shorter packages that will take you to major sights like the Taj Mahal and include excursions to national parks.
Elephant safaris in Thailand or Africa offer travellers a chance to have an up-close encounter with these majestic beasts and learn about the conservation and protection of precious tuskers. Tours often include trekking through the rainforest and encountering elephants in their natural habitat, observing them in the wild and even touching them.
Seeing the mighty polar bear in its natural habitat is high on the list of many wildlife enthusiasts. You can choose from various polar bear tours to Svalbard, but one of the best places to see this furry animal is in Churchill, Canada! After all, it's considered the polar bear capital of the world.
Observing animals on land is magical, but bird watching has its own charm. Imagine a blaze of colour in the sky, birds gracefully landing on water or jittering away in the lush green canopy of the jungle. During the wet season, Africa becomes a wonderland for migrating birds, and destinations like the Amazon are a paradise for bird watchers.
From the Northern Lights of Europe to the majestic tigers of India, a wildlife and nature photography tour offers insights on how to master the art of capturing that perfect shot. Spend your holidays with like-minded people who all share a passion for exploring the world through their lens.
Popular wildlife holiday packages
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Golden Triangle Tour With Ranthambhore National Park - 2020 -20219 days • (40)From $1,648 $824
6 Day Dunes & Wildlife6 days • (20)
- Observe wildlife on a game drive in Etosha National Park
- Visit the impressive Etosha Pan and then view the Big 4
- Admire the scenic Damaraland and connect with locals
Kruger Experience - Lodge (5 days)5 days • (10)From $920
Gorillas & Game Parks16 days • (23)
- Spot buffalos, lions and hippos in the wide African bush
- Feel in awe as you watch gorillas in their natural habitat
- Camp in the wild and listen to the local chimps chatter
Garden Route & Safari3 days • (41)
- Paddle through the staggering scenery and abundant birdlife of Wilderness
- Follow orphaned African elephants at Buffelsdrift on their trek to the waterhole
- Head deep underground to the illuminated wonder world of the Cango Caves
Wild About Sri Lanka - 10 days10 days • (7)
- Go wild in Sri Lanka animal spotting in Yala, Udawalawe and Bandula national parks
- Embark on a scenic train ride through waterfalls and tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya
- Visit the nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants at Udawalawe National Park
Highlights of Madagascar14 days • (3)
- Take a nocturnal hike in Andasibe
- Spot wildlife in Andasibe National Park
- See Madagascar's wood carving industry
Super 77 days • (9)From $1,051
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India's Golden Triangle With Kolkata & Darjeeling 12 Days12 days • (7)From $2,472 $1,236
Bardia National Park Jungle safari tour - 3 Nights / 4 Days4 days • (5)
- Search for elusive Bengal tigers and one-horned rhinos
- Spot leopards, civets, hyenas, sloth bears and deer
- Photograph gigantic crocodiles and dancing dolphins
3 days Amazon Jungle tour with Pink Dolphin watch from Iquitos3 days • (2)From $381
Culture & Wildlife of Uganda & Rwanda8 days • (12)From $3,699
Popular countries for wildlife tours
Whether you want to see tigers in India or spot birds in Ecuador, there's a laundry list of countries that can deliver you incredible wildlife experiences. In our humble opinion, the following countries are some of the places for holidays and wildlife tours.
Canada is known for its raw beauty, epic lakes, stunning scenery and backcountry. Thanks to all the nature, it's prime for wildlife. With tours that will let you spot whales out at sea or observe polar bears in their natural habitat, wildlife lovers will be thrilled beyond measure at what they find here.
Costa Rica's coastline and colourful rainforests are a playground for a variety of creatures. Sloths hang from branches, toucans drift by you through trees and you may even get to see ocelets, a small wild cat that's native to Central and South America. If that wasn't enough, the world below the sea is just as remarkable.
As if the rich culture, breathtaking landmarks and history weren't enough, India can also add an incredible wildlife scene to its list of things to shout about. It's no surprise, given that this country inspired the Jungle Book. You can see all your favourite characters come to life on safari, from tigers to elephants.
Home to over 25,000 species of animal, to say Madagascar has one the richest wildlife populations on earth would be an understatement. Against a backdrop of baobab trees, the island's most famous creature, lemurs, go about their day. This place is where even frogs are able to impress travellers, leaving them wanting more.
Ecuador is where travellers can explore the biodiverse Amazon - heaven on earth for wildlife lovers - and the Galápagos Islands, home to the marine iguana. Rivers snake through the rainforest terrain where both land and water pack a punch. Enjoy the chance to spot river dolphins while watching monkeys bring the trees to life.
Borneo is where age-old rainforests are filled with a host of jungle wildlife. Crowd favourites include cheeky monkeys swinging from the trees, bright orange orangutans, and marching elephants. If you're hoping to lock eyes with all of these creatures, it helps to have a tour guide who knows the ins and outs of the jungle.
Africa is the land of the safari. While there are many places all over the continent to spot the Big Five, the Masai Mara in Kenya is one of the best. From elephants moving steadily across the open plans to wildebeest and zebras grazing on the tall grasses, this is the safari experience you've been picturing.
Sri Lanka has a way of stirring the soul. The country boasts culture, coastline, delicious food, but is a powerhouse for wildlife too. If you've always wanted to see the elusive leopard, the majestic elephant and the cute sloth bear, travelling to Sri Lanka and going on a safari will give you a front row seat.
Your wildlife adventure bucket list
Go gorilla trekking
See polar bears in the Arctic
Explore the unique Galápagos ecosystemThe Galápagos Islands are home to an exciting ecosystem. The wildlife on land can keep you occupied for days, but go diving around these volcanic islands to be mesmerised further.
Observe tropical birds in the Amazon
Visit penguins in AntarcticaSeeing a penguin in the wild is one of the most sought after experiences in the world! Set off on a cruise towards Antarctica and you'll see more of these cute animals than you can count!
Discover the wildlife of MadagascarSeeing animals in one of the most wildlife-rich destinations in the world is a magical experience. The lemur might be the most famous creature here, but there's plenty more to see in Madagascar!
Popular regions for wildlife tours
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