Close up wildlife encounters are a great reason to travel. Our specialists know the best places to stay and the secret spots where you can give yourself the best possible chance of a first-hand encounter.
Hugely popular are big cat encounters, whether that’s lions in Africa, Jaguars in Brazil, tigers in India and Sri Lanka or pumas in Patagonia. Perhaps it’s primates, encounters with which provide incredible memories, be it gorillas in Rwanda, chimps in Tanzania or orangutans in Borneo. Bear watching can be a powerful experience, from seeing brown bears in Europe, grizzlies and black bears in Canada to spectacled bears in Peru and the mighty polar bear in Canada or Svalbard. For others it’s whales, from boat-based observation to actually getting in the water and swimming with these leviathans.
For more inspiration talk to our team of wildlife holiday specialists and they can recommend destinations and close-up encounters that suit your requirements.
From $10,600 per person
Travel to: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo
From $5,175 per person
Travel to: Cape Town & Around, Greater Kruger & Panorama Region, Winelands
From $5,950 per person
Travel to: Rio de Janeiro, The Brazilian Amazon, The Pantanal
From $7,250 per person
Travel to: Argentinian Patagonia, Buenos Aires & the Pampas, Northeast Argentina
From $10,745 per person
Travel to: Amboseli & Southeast Kenya, Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya
From $4,900 per person
Travel to: Arenal & Northern Costa Rica, Central & Southern Pacific Coast, Central Valley & Highlands, Northern Pacific Coast
From $4,550 per person
Travel to: Bagan, Burmese Beaches & Islands, Inle Lake, Yangon
From $10,256 per person
Travel to: Cape Town & Around, Garden Route & Little Karoo, Greater Kruger & Panorama Region, Highveld
From $3,650 per person
Travel to: Caribbean & Lowlands, Central & Southern Pacific Coast, Central Valley & Highlands
Botswana & Zambia
From $9,920 per person
Travel to: Chobe & Linyanti, Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Okavango Delta & Moremi
Zambia & Malawi
From $11,645 per person
Travel to: Lake Malawi & Likoma Island, Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Lower Zambezi, Luangwa Valley
From $6,950 per person
Travel to: Lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest, Volcanoes National Park
From $2,800 per person
Travel to: Central India, Kerala & Karnataka
Sweden & Norway
From $7,650 per person
Travel to: Arctic Norway & Svalbard, Central Norway & Lofoten, Swedish Lapland
From $8,950 per person
Travel to: Argentinian Lake District, Argentinian Patagonia, Buenos Aires & the Pampas
Travel to: Antarctica, Buenos Aires & the Pampas, Montevideo
South Africa & Botswana
From $8,635 per person
Travel to: Greater Kruger & Panorama Region, Makgadikgadi & the Kalahari
From $4,700 per person
Travel to: Colombo & Western Sri Lanka, Cultural Triangle & Eastern Sri Lanka, Southern & Southwest Coast, Sri Lanka's Hill Country
From $16,365 per person
Travel to: Damaraland, Namib-Naukluft National Park & Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast and Kaokaoveld, Swakopmund
From $7,645 per person
Travel to: Kenya Coast, Laikipia, Meru & Central Kenya, Masai Mara
From $2,050 per person
Travel to: Central India, Delhi & Around, Mumbai & Western India
Travel to: Alberta & the Rockies
From $7,750 per person
Travel to: Arctic Norway & Svalbard, Oslo & Southern Norway
From $4,250 per person
Travel to: Calcutta & Northeast India, Central India, Delhi & Around
From $2,350 per person
Travel to: Bergen & the Western Fjords
From $4,800 per person
Travel to: Japanese Alps & Northern Honshu, Kyoto, Southern Honshu & Kyushu, Tokyo & Around
Ecuador & the Galapagos
From $13,900 per person
Travel to: Central & Southern Ecuador, Ecuadorian Amazon, Galapagos Islands, Quito & Northern Highlands
From $5,300 per person
Travel to: Western Australia
From $15,875 per person
From $7,950 per person
Travel to: New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria
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