Wildlife Experiences

Create special memories with unique wildlife encounters around the world

Our director Ben is a huge animal lover, and one of the best experiences he’s ever had whilst travelling was being able to hold a koala when he was in Australia, fulfilling a dream that he’d had since he was just a small child. It’s the realisation of dreams that are years in the making which makes wildlife travel so incredible, and we love being able to help people bring these dreams to life.

If you’re anything like Ben you’ll no doubt have a long list of animals you’d love to see in the wild, and they’ll surely range from delicate marine life to the predators of the Savannah! It’s hard to know where to start when you’re looking for the ideal wildlife experience trip, but here are some of our favourites to get you thinking and if you’ve got some of your own we’d love to chat about them!

Our Favourite Wildlife Experience Destinations

Great Barrier Reef

One of the world’s most famous natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef is a magical place which showcases incredible marine life living in harmony with one another. Experiences include snorkelling and diving amongst the reefs, as well as being able to swim alongside whales, rays and even sharks

Jim Corbett National Park

Located in the north of India, Jim Corbett National Park is a conservation project set up in 1936 to ensure the protection of some of India’s most beautiful wildlife. Roaming free throughout the park are tigers, leopards, elephants, crocodiles, lizards and so much more, as well as over 600 species of birds

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania is undoubtedly one of the best destinations for a true African safari. Protected by the Maasai tribes, conservation through education is key and showcasing animals such as giraffes, zebras, lions, rhinos and more in their natural habitats is so effective

Rocky Mountains

Commonly referred to as the Rockies, this national park in the state of Colorado is home to a fascinating array of different wildlife from moose and bears, to coyotes and bobcats. There are many hikes and trails which can be followed to experience the best of the wildlife and stunning scenery

Churchill, Canada

Known as the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill welcomes those seeking once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experiences watching polar bears, beluga whales and also the northern lights, which are visible up to 300 nights of the year. The best time visit is in autumn to maximise your chances of seeing polar bears in the wild

Elephant Nature Park

This incredible project in northern Thailand was set up in the late 1990’s to protect elephants in Thailand from poachers and exploitation. Now these beautiful creatures are very well looked after and visitors can interact with them in a safe, respectful way, and there are even volunteering opportunities in place

Our Top Wildlife Experience Recommendations

The opportunities are endless when you’re searching for close up encounters with some of the world’s most incredible animals, and of course everyone has different species they’d love to see, but here are a few offerings from guides that we work with who have unforgettable experiences to share.

Encounter majestic mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experience amidst the beauty of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Experience the thrill of encountering bull sharks up close in this unforgettable, adrenaline-pumping underwater adventure in Fiji

Witness the iconic Big 5 in their natural habitat via thrilling game drives throughout the beautiful untamed wilderness of Tanzania

Explore this pristine archipelago and encounter some of the most fascinating creatures from giant tortoises, to penguins, and iguanas

Fulfil Lifelong Ambitions with a Trip on the Wild Side

Do you have that one animal you’ve dreamed of seeing in the wild since you were just a few years old? 

We can bring this dream to life with a completely bespoke itinerary providing you with the wildlife experience of a lifetime

Answering Your Top Wildlife Experience Questions

We believe that as a community, we travellers have a strong responsibility to make sure that the enjoyment of our passion has as little negative impact on the environment as possible, and that absolutely extends to the lives of these incredible animals. So for us the primary thing to consider when selecting a wildlife experience is whether the animals are well looked after and that their habitat is safe for them.

And then from a practical point of view it’s always worth considering the time of year that you’re looking to travel, as you want to make sure that you’re travelling at a time when the wildlife you hope to see are active so that you don’t come away disappointed.

Part of our process when working with a wildlife experience provider is to get a full understanding of the conditions the environment and living conditions of the animals, which often includes intensive online research, accreditation checks and video calls so that we can have comfort that animal welfare is the top priority. This means that you don’t need to have any concerns about your trip, because we will only work with providers who can satisfy these checks.

It’s really important to follow a similar process if looking at your own tours and excursions too, because it’s only by working together that we’ll be able to eradicate animal exploitation and ensure that these positive experiences can continue for many years.

Throughout Africa there are many different areas which are fantastic for witnessing iconic wildlife, and to select just one is far too difficult!

Tanzania is home to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, both of which are perfect for catching a glimpse of the Big 5, and Ngorongoro is actually one of the last places in Africa to sustain the majestic black rhino. The Serengeti is the starting point of the Great Migration, where over two million gazelle, impala, zebra and wildebeest cross the Mara River each July in search of greener pastures.

Just across the border from the Serengeti is the world famous Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya, again home to the Big 5 but also the likes of giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. We also highly recommend taking a tour to meet the Maasai people and listen to their stories, it’s without doubt one of the most special cultural experiences you can have whilst on safari.

Travelling further south with take you to Kruger National Park, South Africa’s oldest and most iconic national park. Here you’ll have the chance to see a wide variety of magnificent wildlife, and by visiting one of the many private game reserves (we highly recommend Karongwe Private Game Reserve) you’ll have the opportunity to see them in great numbers whilst learning from the experienced guides.

Again it’s tough to give top spot to just one destination for scuba diving because it does depend on personal preferences and what you are looking for in a diving experience, but there are definitely some which are a must if you love diving!

The Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s East Coast is probably the worlds most famous coral reef, and diving here provides the opportunity to see a huge array of fish living amongst the colourful coral, as well as turtles, shark and even dolphins. Remember though that the reef’s ecosystem is very fragile, so caution must be exercised at all times to ensure this natural wonder can continue to accept dive tours.

Stunningly beautiful in so many ways, the Maldives is of course an incredible place to dive thanks to the crystal clear waters, and the shallow lagoons mean that snorkelling is an accessible way of seeing the wildlife if you’re not so keen on scuba diving. As well as vibrant coral reefs, there is an abundance of marine life including majestic manta rays, gentle whale sharks and curious reef sharks.

One of the most unique and diverse marine environments can be found in the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, and although it’s not the easiest place to get to, the journey is well worth it. You’ll be greeted by a magical collection of wildlife including sea lions, penguins, hammerhead sharks, marine iguanas and sea turtles – certain to provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Absolutely! We’re firm believers that this has to be one of the most rewarding ways to travel because your visit has a direct positive impact on the lives of animals, and you’ll come away feeling a real sense of accomplishment. The options vary depending on the length of your trip as some places require a minimum number of days, but there are usually options for single day volunteers if you’re tight for time.

Some of the best volunteer experiences can be had working with elephants in Northern Thailand, protecting Sri Lanka’s fragile sea turtle population and rehabilitating penguins in South Africa.

Whilst there are experience providers who offer interactions with the animals, care has to be taken to ensure that you’re selecting one which has the animal’s best interests at heart, rather than just exploiting them for financial gain. Any experience providers that we’ve partnered with have been strictly vetted before we agree to work with them, so you can enjoy the experience without any hesitation

Antarctica has exploded in popularity in recent times which is great to see because it’s such a unique ecosystem, and so much can be learned from spending time in and around the vast ice sheets. As with all rapidly growing tourist hotspots, the tourist board is carefully managing visitor numbers to ensure that this icy wilderness is preserved for generations to come.

We work with some incredible organisations who can take you on the most unforgettable journey through Antarctica, companies who not only prioritise the health and wellbeing of the natural environment, but also work to ensure that as a guest,  you get the absolute maximum from your once-in-a-lifetime experience. A trip to this otherworldly continent will reward you with a wide variety of penguins, as well as leopard seals, albatross, orcas and much more.

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