About our Wildlife holidays

Highlights

  • Get up close and personal with an elusive silverback gorilla
  • Madagascar's unique wildlife, including Lemurs & the Indri Indri
  • Spot Rhino on an Elephant Safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Game drive across the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania
  • See penguins, whales or polar bears on a Polar Cruise

Our wildlife and safari holidays take you up close and personal to the world's most incredible animals. Wildlife experiences can take on many forms: a vehicle specially adapted for game viewing in Tanzania and India; boat trips in Borneo viewing proboscis monkeys, cruising to the enchanted polar regions to see penguins and polar bears; or on foot you can see Lemurs in Madagascar or a mountain gorilla on trek in Rwanda. 

Watching an endangered tiger softly pace up the dirt track from your jeep, or tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda can be a life changing moment. On all of our safari's we ensure that you will have the best knowledge and experience with an expert guide informing you of the best sights and stories of the wildlife you are seeing.

Many of our safari's include sightseeing of the surrounding areas as well and possibly a few days walking, for example you can see howler monkeys in Costa Rica as well as trekking through the jungle, scale Rwanda's highest peak after seeing a gorilla, camp and trek in Bhutan and also see black necked cranes, or in China take your family and see the terracotta warriors, the Great Wall and a panda bear.  You can also view wildlife on some of our cycling tours such as the elusive wild elephant at Minneriya on our Sri Lanka Coast to Coast ride.

If you are looking for an adventure holiday which includes some of the world's endangered species of wildlife then you are sure to find a holiday to suit you within our wildlife and safari selection.

Latest Wildlife traveller reviews

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Rhino at Khama Sanctuary Reserve
Best of Botswana, Lodge Safari   Helen (Edinburgh)

Fantastic holiday. the guides were great, the safaris excellent (we saw a leopard each day for four days and a litter of hunting dogs amongst other things). Victoria falls is amazing. Botswana is beautiful
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and the people are so friendly. we went in July and it was very cold some mornings so take fleeces/jacket/hat and gloves. The schedule is non stop so if you don't like getting up early each morning then think again- the latest start we had was 7.30 except for the last day when we opted for an optional start of 7 am for the white water rafting. White water rafting was superb but there is a fairly punishing walk down to and from the gorge. The guides Chris and Valentine were superb and really added to the trip. generally an excellent trip- we will be back!


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Mountain Gorilla, Uganda
The Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Safari   Charlotte (Leamington Spa)

This was an amazing trip and a brilliant introduction to Africa, particularly for those who like a wildlife-focused holiday. I didn't know much about Uganda before I booked, but it turned out to be a beautiful
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country with a huge range of landscapes. I didn't expect it to be so green! The local operator was very professional, and the guides and drivers were great. It was a little bit strange as the tour was run in English and German, with the group split between two buses according to language. The tour leader travelled in the German bus so we missed out on a bit of information as we travelled, but it meant the 3 of us on the English bus had plenty of room to spread out, which was great on the game drives. The buses were well designed for game viewing with a roof which lifted upwards so you could stand up and see out, but still be shaded from the sun. The tour leader and drivers were great at spotting wildlife. A fair amount of the trip is spent on unsurfaced roads, but I didn’t find these a huge problem. There is one very long and dusty day of travel on Day 4. The worst road was the one between Queen Elizabeth National Park and the hotel (about an hour each way) – it was surfaced, but full of potholes and not the most pleasant drive. If you suffer from travel sickness I would definitely recommend taking Stugeron or similar! The pace of the first week is pretty full on with lots of traveling and packed days. There were lots of early starts and we were often out for 12 hours, not getting back until sunset. The pace calmed down a little in the second week, with a few periods of free time. The dinners the first week were a bit samey – generally chicken or fish, but they were fine. The hotels in the second week tended to have a more varied menu with meat, fish, pasta, pizzas etc. The local fish, tilapia, was good. We found that a few lunches were included near the beginning which weren’t stated in the trip notes. Drinking water was provided for free by the local operator throughout, and was also provided in hotels. Most people in the group got a bit of a stomach upset at some point, but not enough to cause problems or make them miss everything. The hotels ranged from average to great. The stand out hotels were Enganzi Lodge near QE National Park, and Birdnest at Bunyoni. The latter was beautiful, and a great place to relax a bit towards the end of the trip. I also loved the safari tents at Murchison Falls as you had hippos grazing around the tent at night. In Uganda you’ll need to change money into local currency, but in Rwanda you can use dollars fairly easily. The guidance provided by KE on spending money was fairly accurate, apart from the tipping guidance. Others in the group who had booked directly with the local operator were advised to tip 5 to 10 USD per person per day, and we had a leader and two drivers. There was also a school visit (which isn’t in the trip notes) and others in the group donated money for desks and beds, so you may want to take extra money (and pens etc) for this. The game drive in Murchison Falls was incredible and we saw so much wildlife; the one in QE NP was a little disappointing in comparison, although the boat trip there was great. We were a bit unlucky in Ishasha as it was a grey and rainy day so the lions weren’t climbing, although we did see one male lion in a tree in the distance. We saw 9 species of primates across the trip which was incredible. Of course the highlight of the trip was the gorilla trekking, and I did both the Uganda and Rwanda treks. The latter was much better, but I think this is down to luck on the day and which group you see. In Uganda you are in a forest so the light isn’t very good for photography. We were lucky that they were close by (less than 1 hour), but the trekking was very steep as you are going into and out of a ravine. You can hire a porter for 15 USD (which also supports the local community). We had a much longer trek in Rwanda (6 hour round trip) but the walking was more interesting, it was less steep and it was beautiful weather. Porters here are 10 USD. We got really close to the gorillas and a baby gorilla even snuck up and played with my hair. Some of the group did the golden monkey trek and they came away with some great photos, although there were about 20 people in the group which they said was too many. In terms of what to take, I would recommend at least 3 long sleeved shirts (2 for the days when you will get hot and sweaty and 1 for the evening) as we wore these most days. There is chance to get laundry done at QE NP. There wasn’t much opportunity to wear shorts (it’s not the done thing for women) so we mostly wore long trousers, and occasionally crops. There are pools at a few of the hotels, but there isn’t always a lot of time to use them. I took walking poles but didn’t end up using them – you are provided with them on both gorilla treks, and these are much more fit for purpose. Gaiters could be useful but I didn’t end up wearing mine and just tucked my trousers in my socks instead. On the Rwanda gorilla trek there are stinging nettles everywhere and they kept on stinging me through the thin pair of quick dry travel trousers I was wearing – they were really painful! I ended up having to wear waterproof trousers over the top. Gloves were also vital for this reason, and most of the group donated theirs to the porters afterwards. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this trip to anybody considering it!
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Namibia Deadvlei
Namibia Highlights Tour   Richard (Aboyne)

First of all, apologies for not getting around to doing this before, I completely forgot! This was a great holiday, from vibrant Cape Town to the wilds of the Namibian desert.

FBO - Okavango and Botswana Family Safari
Okavango and Botswana Family Safari   Stephen (Inverurie)

A wonderful family camping experience with very personable and knowledgeable guides. Highlights included wild camping in the Okavango, Moremi and Savute, Victoria Falls and of course, all the wild animals.
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Although it was not the ideal time to go on safari as the was still plenty of greenery and water about, we saw plenty of animals and all the animals we were expecting to see, our favourite being the African wild dogs at a kill site which were were lucky enough to watch for an hour. Our guides (Andrew, Izzy and Mellow) were very professional, easy going and good cooks. I'd highly recommend this trip.
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