Whether in the heart of the jungle, way out in the ocean or on a tropical island a long way from anywhere, on a holiday in Africa, Asia or South America, you can get up close and personal with some of the planet’s most magnificent wildlife. Here our top tips on where best to meet the locals....
The Great Migration, Tanzania and Kenya
Every year, a cantering megaherd of 1 ½ million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania across the border to Kenya. A sight to behold, it’s one of nature’s most famous spectacles, and the best time to see the great migration depends on where you’re planning your holiday.During the migration, the luxurious Singita Grumeti transports its guests around the Serengeti by helicopter, and while sightings like these do come at a price, they really are worth their weight in gold.
Argentina’s beautiful Valdes Peninsula is home to a marvellous menagerie, from armadillos to elephant seals, sea lions to penguins. Hop aboard a catamaran and you can spot the resident Southern Right Whales wallowing in the waters of the Atlantic. The giants of the ocean, who have been known to swim right up boats of tourists, can be seen feeding, mating or even giving birth on this wildlife holiday in Argentina.
Komodo Dragons, Indonesia
A terrifying tormentor of children’s fairytales, you’d think the dragon might be something to avoid. Indonesia's Komodo Island though, is proud of its real life ‘dragons’; enormous beasts that, though fearsome predators, seem totally disinterested in camera-yielding tourists. A UNESCO World Heritage site offering world class diving, the island is closer to a tropical paradise than a dragon’s lair.
To explore the Indonesian islands with a touch of luxury, we recommend a cruise aboard Tiger Blue.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda is home to some 300 mountain gorillas, roughly half the world’s population. Creeping your way through the undergrowth you can get just metres away from troops of gorillas in their natural habit, and watch family life unfold gorilla-style.
Have your own rendezvous with the gorillas on this holiday in Uganda.
Peru is famous for its enormous condors, a creature that so captivated ancient peoples that it became a symbol of indigenous religion. At the Colca Canyon you can watch them glide majestically through the mountains, sweeping right up close to you at regular intervals before plunging back down into the depths of the abyss.
Catch a glimpse yourself on this holiday in Peru.
Red Gibbons, Cambodia
’s Gibbon Research Centre, you can spot rare Red Gibbons going about their daily business, one of the most sacred sights of the natural world. The wildlife-watching needn’t stop once the sun’s gone down, and under the cover of darkness you can head out into the night to catch a glimpse of pygmy loris and civet cat, whose eerie eyes glow brightly in the darkness.
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
The Giraffe Manor
outside Nairobi, Kenya
could almost be mistaken for an English country manor were it not for the beasts of the savannah roaming the gardens. The curious residents show no concern for personal boundaries and have been known to pop their heads through the hotel’s windows to see what’s going on.Enquire online now to find out more about our tailor-made holidays, or give one of our experts a call on 020 7337 9010.