Some of us, when we plan our holidays, think of sun, sea, tourist attractions, and lazing about in the warm sunshine. Others wonder about exploring natural wild animal habitats, discovering new countries, coming up close and personal with wildlife we wouldn’t normally see and trekking out to new destinations. If you are one of the latter holiday goers, you will love what we have found in our search for exciting animal adventure holidays.
Ever wanted to glimpse the elusive jaguar in her natural habitat? Want to see a family of grizzly bears in amongst the wilds of Canada? How about a safari that takes you right in the midst of Africa, where you camp underneath the stars and watch as the wildlife walk past you as you sleep in tented camps. We have selected five of the most exciting animal holidays, that include gorilla spotting, grizzly bear watching and jaguar trekking. All available from Natural World Safaris.
Botswana Classic Camping Safari – from £2,710 per person, excluding international flights.
Head to the heart of Africa where this safari will take you to the Moremi Reserve, where you can spot Africa’s elusive wild dogs, and the Khwai River where you can find the largest heronry in southern Africa. Then travel on to Savuti, to seek out the famed elephant and lion interaction, as well as Bushman walks. You will be staying in the wonderful Letaka Tented Camp which will be set up for you everytime you travel onto a new destination, meaning that all you have to do is concentrate on wildlife spotting.
Intimate Grizzly Bear Encounter – from £5,330 per person, excluding international flights.
This is an intimate camping experience for up to just 4 guests at a time with your very own special and knowledgeable guide – Phil Timpany. On this trip you will explore the wilderness and wonderful Canadian wildlife surrounding the Taku River, near the Yukon border in British Columbia. This is a totally unspoilt area, with no roads, set in 4 million acres. You guide will take you to the areas most likely to spot grizzly bears fattening themselves up with salmon, ready for the winter months.
10 Day Lowland Gorilla Safari through the Central African Republic – from £6,175 per person, excluding international flights
A truly wild safari for the intrepid traveler who really want to experience nature at it’s best. Here you can follow Western Lowland Gorillas & Mangabey Monkeys, and if you are lucky, you might be able to spot rare animals, such as the rare sitatunga & bongo antelope. Join the famous Ba’Aka tribe as they travel on a net hunt & sample the locally made, naturally fermenting wines. There are long transfers and long treks on this safari so be warned, it is not for the faint hearted, but the rewards are worth it.
Ultimate Botswana Big Cat Safari – from £6,485 per person excluding international flights.
Back to Botswana now and you start off in the famous Kalahari Game Reserve where you maximise your chances of spotting the wonderful fastest animal on earth, the cheetah in their natural habitat, as well as spending time with the native Bushmen. Travel on to the Delta, here you will stay at two camps, Duma Tau and Duba Plains and spend time with wild dogs and lions and watch as they interact with wild buffalo.
Ultimate Jaguar Pantanal Safari – from £3,695 per person, excluding international flights.
Search for the elusive jaguar on this 10 day trip as you travel deep into the wetlands of the Pantanal, classed as the largest wetland area in the world. Your guides will maximise your chances of spotting this beautiful animal by incorporating night drives, jungle treks, river boat safaris and horse riding all into your trip. There is no guarantee that you will catch sight of this magnificent beast, but rest assured, there is plenty else to see in this wonderful area of Brazil.