We’ve travelled far and wide, immersed ourselves in some of the world’s most pulsating cities, wandered remote and untrodden paths – and recovered on some paradisiacal beaches around the world. But if there’s one thing that really gets our hearts racing and appears on our wish list every year, it’s getting up close and personal with wildlife. Because standing eye to eye with a silverback gorilla after a challenging trek in Rwanda never gets old.
We love spanning the globe and gathering our best to inspire you, so take a look at our hand-picked must-sees for wildlife encounters and add them to that bucket list with us…
The Galapagos Islands
Famed for vast and colourful species like no other, the Galapagos are an archipelago of volcanic islands that are all about wildlife-spotting so you can be certain you’ll see animals as dazzling and spectacular as you can imagine.
Spanning over 25,000 islands these volcanic, mountainous, and coastal landscapes are host to more animals than people – including hundreds of indigenous species of wildlife unique to the islands. The best time to go is between April and November when you’ll embark on a private yacht with an expert local guide for your mini-cruise, anchoring at various bays that are perfect for snorkelling and spotting wildlife. The marine iguana (yes, an iguana that swims), Galapagos tortoise, red-billed tropical birds and sea crabs are just some of the magnificent creatures that you’ll see and that make these islands a world famous ecological site. We’ll take you on a discovery that Charles Darwin was thrilled by – and you’ll see why.
Gorillas in Rwanda
One of the last remaining sanctuaries for the mountain gorilla, we’ll trek the remote region of the Volcanoes National Park that extend along the northernmost border of Rwanda and Uganda. Staying at the luxury Virunga lodge, immersed in the terraced slopes of the Virunga mountain chain you’ll be constantly reminded of the magical forest that surrounds. The terrain is challenging but nonetheless thrilling as you spy your first great silverback male, enough to make your hair stand straight up. As we get closer you find yourself beguiled as you watch their movements and realise how close they really are to humans in their actions. Getting up close and personal with these endangered species is an extraordinary experience not to be missed.
Whale sharks & indigenous birdlife in Australia
It’s no surprise that a country almost as big as Europe is home to an array of impressive (and not all poisonous) native animals, scattered throughout the vast plains and stunning coastlines of – Australia.
Taking you off the beaten track as well as covering the highlights, we’ll seek out hundreds of varieties of animals. Thriving with sea-life, we’ll snorkel along the many coastlines, including Ningaloo Reef off the north-west coast where from March to early July you can swim with the phenomenal whale shark, one of the world’s biggest fish, and an experience like nothing else in the world. As you traverse the country both iconic and rare birds will be on your radar – the Wedge-tailed Eagle, the largest bird of prey in Australia, and the quintessential Kookaburra are just to mention a few. With so much to cover and combine into the time you have, be sure not to leave out Tasmania for an unthinkable opportunity to see the Tasmanian Devil feasting in the wild, a rare experience with local wildlife enthusiast Geoff King.
Australia is a big country and although a lot of it can be daunting desert land, we’ll seek out the kaleidoscope of lush landscapes, boasting some of the most exciting wildlife encounters on the planet.
The Great Migration in Kenya
For a wild experience Kenya is an endless adventure playground, and is especially unique at one particular time of the year.
The great migration, where from the neighbouring Serengeti over 1 million wildebeest horde into Kenya’s Maasai Mara, has become one of the greatest shows on earth. The extraordinary annual Great Migration takes place at the end of the rains from July and is the most dramatic movement of animals in the world, with over 2 million herbivores partaking in the journey. Globally famous for its phenomenal population of wildlife, we’ll take you on safari through the Maasai Mara where you are sure to see for yourself the elusive members of the Big Five, together with hippopotamus, zebra, hyena and giraffe just to name a few. Kenya is an open savannah where you will cross flamingo-filled lakes and wild valleys as we guide you on this exhilarating safari adventure. There are certain things in life that we just must see and witnessing this breathtaking display is surely one of them.
Leopards & Elephants in Sri Lanka
There’s really no need to look further than the spectacular tropical island of Sri Lanka for a remarkable wildlife adventure.
A utopia of lush tropical jungle and halcyon coast, Sri Lanka is one place where nature is at its finest. We’ll take you on a quest through the National Parks and jungles including Yala National Park, hosting the highest density of leopard in the world, where you’ll camp (safely from the leopards) in a luxury tent. As we traverse the countryside you’ll spot countless wild elephants, Sri Lanka’s making up 10% of the entire world’s elephant population. You’ll also notice that there is quite a contrast from the forests to the immaculate coastline – in fact, Sri Lanka is the only place where you can see an elephant and a blue whale in the same trip – two of the most extraordinary mammals on Earth.
If we’ve stirred up the wildlife adventurer inside you, get in touchand together we’ll plan your next trip.