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Top 10 once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters

Wildlife lovers have become very familiar with the inhabitants of their own gardens this year. If you're dreaming of more exotic encounters, check out some of our top wildlife trips to take once the world opens up.


Explore Costa Rica

Ever seen a sloth in the wild? How about the resplendent quetzal? Costa Rica is a hotbed of bio-diversity, with ever-green jungles bursting with life. Listen out for the howler monkeys roaring overhead as you raft through jungle rapids, or spot a splash of colour from a toucan's bill as you take a zip-line through the canopy. A real adventure!

Botswana Wildlife Safari

The Okavango Delta is world-famous for its wetland landscape and phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Go during dry season to see animals congregating at waterholes, or during wet season to spot hippo and crocodile in the water. Whatever the season, you'll find a huge variety of birdlife too. Botswana will leave you with plenty of stories to tell.

Sri Lanka in Depth

Udawalawe National Park is one of the best spots in the world to see Asian elephants. There's also the opportunity to spot leopard, wild boar, buffalo and more among the park's trees. Between wildlife encounters, you're sure to find peace and serenity in the cultural sites that pepper Sri Lanka's landscapes.

South Africa and Swaziland

Count up the Big Five in South Africa and Swaziland's vast landscapes. The national parks here are home to hoards of the most popular safari sight-seeing staples, however the real draw is the world's largest rhino population in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. If a safari is on your bucket list, these are countries not to miss!

Madagascar: The Lost Continent

The varied landscapes of 'the lost continent' provide such diverse habitats that it's a wildlife-lover's dream. The top draw of Madagascar is its lemurs, which can be found nowhere else on earth. There are a variety of lemur species to watch out for on your journey - keep an eye out for their characteristic tails and glimmering eyes and see how many you can spot!

Discover Belize

Whilst the spider monkeys and even jaguars are a big draw to mainland Belize, some of the biggest attractions of this exotic destination lie in its waters. The Belize Barrier Reef, the longest in the western hemisphere, provides some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving spots in the world. In these clear blue waters, you could get the chance to spot seahorse, manatee, sea turtle and even dolphin. Jump in!

Volcanoes and Galapagos

Set foot on the islands that recently recaptured the world's imagination in Planet Earth II, when marine iguana faced snake in a memorable scene.  From spotting condors soaring over the Andes of Ecuador, to snorkelling with sea lions off the coasts of these volcanic islands, this trip offers plenty of once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Gorilla and Chimp Safari

Get up close and personal with our closest primate cousins - gorillas and chimpanzees. In Uganda's Bwindi National Park, we'll take a walking safari in search of gorillas; in Kibale National Park we'll go on a jungle trek to discover chimps. Coming face-to-face with these great ape families and seeing them playing, eating and resting, is sure to give you goosebumps.

Serengeti Wildlife Experience

The Serengeti is one of the world's most iconic safari spots. Here you'll see a variety of animals, including lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe and buffalo. The Serengeti is famous for the greatest wildlife spectacle of all: the Great Migration, when over 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle cross this grassland with the changing season in search of new grazing pastures. Nature at its most awe-inspiring.


Pure Brazil

Brazil features a variety of habitats side-by-side, each with their own ecosystems and wildlife to spot. From the wetlands of the Pantanal - home to capybara, armadillo and tapir - to the world's largest rainforest, The Amazon, where monkeys, caiman and sorts of colourful birdlife live.

Borneo Wildlife Highlights

If you love monkeys then seeing orang-utan in the wild is one of the most sought-after wildlife experiences in the world, and Borneo is one of only two places to see them. But orang-utans aren't the only animals to see here; far from it. From proboscis monkeys and hornbills, to pygmy elephants and gibbons, a visit to Borneo will be packed with memorable wildlife moments.  

India Tiger Safari

The land that inspired Kipling's Jungle Book is sure to ignite your own imagination. Take a Jeep safari through Kanha National Park, a quiet forested land that offers a good chance of spotting the elusive Bengal tiger. This region of India is also home to sloth bear, leopard and other indigenous animals that are well-worth the patience taken to spot.


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