If you’re looking for a holiday with the guaranteed ‘wow’ factor then one of the best trips you can choose is a wildlife holiday. Whether it’s witnessing wild elephants and lions on a safari in Africa or watching whales and dolphins in the waters off Iceland, wild animals are always guaranteed to provide incredible entertainment and breathtaking beauty. The following are 10 of the best wildlife holidays in the world.
Husky Sledding – Canada
Canada is a huge and beautiful country and one of the best ways to view the most remote areas of the landscape is by husky sledding. Tour guides take you through the icy cold beauty of Yukon and you even have your own sled and team of husky dogs to control!
Dolphin Spotting – Mexico
It’s hard not to feel happy when you see a group of dolphins flying through the water and jumping from the sea and one of the best places in the world to witness these majestic marine mammals are the waters off the coast of Mexico. There are thousands of dolphins found in this part of the world and dozens of different species. Regular boat tours allow you to witness these beautiful creatures up close and personal.
Camel Trekking – Morocco
If you want a wildlife holiday that will take you away from it all and place you in complete solitude, then a camel trekking tour in Morocco should be ideal. The tour takes you through the huge sand dunes of the Sahara desert and allows you to travel by camel-back during the day and sleep under the stars at night, with no civilisation for miles.
Whale Watching – Iceland
If you’ve always dreamed of seeing a whale in the flesh, then a whale watching tour off the coast of Iceland should help you make your dreams come true. There are 23 different species of whales found in the waters around Iceland and regular boat tours give you an almost certain chance of witnessing at least one of the beautiful creatures up close.
Safari – East Africa
Embarking on a jeep safari in East Africa is bound to bring you face-to-face with some of the most incredible wildlife on the planet. The area sees the annual great migration, which allows people to witness lions, elephants, zebras, buffalo, wildebeest, leopards and many more of Africa’s most stunning wildlife in the flesh.
Gorilla Trekking – Rawanda and Uganda
Mountain gorillas are undoubtedly some of the most powerful and beautiful creatures in the world but sadly their numbers are incredibly low. It is believed that around 700 mountain gorillas now remain on the planet and they can all be found in the mountains of Rawanda, Uganda and Congo. If you want to witness these incredible creatures for yourself, regular tours are available that allow people to track the gorillas and spend up to 1 hour in their company. A truly once in a lifetime experience.
Polar Bear Watching – Churchill, Canada
Churchill in Canada offers one of the most unique wildlife holidays in the world, as once a year the small town is inhabited by hundreds of polar bears. The bears pass through Churchill on their winter migration back to seal hunting territory. Special tundra vehicles are able to cross the snow and ice and provide visitors with a safe way of getting close to the beautiful polar bears.
Cage Diving With Great White Sharks – South Africa
The great white shark is one of the most feared and misunderstood animals on the planet and a cage diving holiday in South Africa allows you to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures, from the safety of a highly secure metal cage of course. The water off the coast of South Africa is a favourite hunting ground for the huge predator and the chance to witness a great white in the flesh is an experience you will never forget.
Searching For Tigers – India
Ranthambore in India is a haven for exotic wildlife, with deer, antelope, monkeys and crocodiles, all calling the national park their home. The real reason people visit Ranthambore though is to catch a glimpse of one of the most beautiful and rare creatures in the world, the Royal Bengal tiger. The wildlife tours can often take a number of days to track down the majestic tigers but witnessing one of these beautiful animals in the flesh is a once in a lifetime experience.
Wildlife Safari – Costa Rica
Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, with its lush forests, mangrove swamps and stunning beaches. The park is home to a number of exotic animals but the main attraction for safari enthusiasts is the chance to glimpse a mountain lion or jaguar in the wild.