Everything you need to know for your wildlife travel: The ultimate guide.

Wildlife holidays are undoubtedly one of the best experiences that a traveler can have. The vast and diverse geographical landscape and the amazing species of birds, plants, trees, and animals make these holidays not just popular, but also refreshing.

In the past years, wildlife tourism was not always good for the natural habitat. However, with more responsible travelers and travel companies, it is easier to experience wildlife adventures with a reduced footprint. Naturetrek is one such expert in organizing a large selection of expert-led wildlife holidays.
If you are all packed up and ready to explore the wild, then here is everything that you need to know about. This guide will help you be the most responsible, planet-friendly wildlife explorer.

Popular wildlife holidays

No matter which destination you are traveling to, there is nothing more intriguing than encountering an animal in its natural habitat. It is a raw and emotional experience that can change your life. The beauty of our amazing planet is that there are many places for us to discover this feeling. Here are some of the top types of wildlife travels that you should explore at least once in a lifetime.

African Safari

Africa is home to some of the most diverse and remarkable animals, including fascinating mammals like a lion, leopard, cape buffalo, rhinoceros, and the African elephant. If you are looking to explore all this diversity, then taking a safari in this great continent will be the best wildlife holiday for you.

Galapagos Crusie

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Situated about 1000km away from mainland Ecuador, Galapagos is an isolated group of volcanic islands that is home to an incredible natural ecosystem. Cruising through these islands is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience with so many opportunities to get up close with some of the most vibrant species, the natural ecosystem, and animals that have no fear of human presence. Although the number of visitors to the islands was kept to a minimum, it is currently facing various ecological threats. As sensible travelers, volunteering with conservation groups on our visits is one way to ensure that the area is kept protected for the future.

European wildlife

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The European wildlife may not be the most celebrated wildlife destination, but it does have some of the most exotic locations in the world. From watching birds and bears to whales, Europe had an exciting range of wildlife experiences waiting to be discovered. Tracking European bison in Poland’s Bialowieza forest is one such remarkable adventure. Romania and northern Greece are places where you can spot brown bears at a safe and successful distance. From April to September, the big blue whales can be seen from the Azores of Portugal. There are plenty more memorable sights waiting for you on your European wildlife holidays.

Whale watching

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If whale watching is the wildlife adventure you seek, then the best places to visit are Iceland, Puerto Vallarta, Maldives, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, La Gomera, and the Galapagos. More than just being a wonderful experience, it is also highly educational in many ways. Whale watching is a beautiful way to learn and understand the importance of safeguarding oceanic life from the harmful plastic and poisonous chemical cleaners we commonly use.

Polar bear in the Artic

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When it comes to unique and iconic species, polar bears are always on the top of the list. Over the year, climate change and global warming problems are continuing to affect polar bears and their habitat. Arctic cruise holidays are the ultimate wild polar bear experience and a possible way to understand the importance of conserving this magnificent species.

Best places to visit

Depending on your budget, there are a lot of options for you to choose from when it comes to wildlife holidays. The top destinations to visit on a budget include Thailand, India, Romania, Laos, and Australia. Thailand and India offer numerous attractions including elephant and tiger safaris. Australia may be the most expensive country on the affordable list. However, if you know the right place to eat and stay, then it is the best place to travel on a budget. There are plenty of affordable bars, cafes, and restaurants everywhere.

If budget is not a concern, then try visiting popular destinations like Japan and Galapagos. These territories are not only known for their expensive cities but also remote locations with their unique species and wildlife.

Responsibly encountering animals

Wildlife holidays come with many responsibilities. The most important one is being responsible while encountering the animals of the region. As visitors of these destinations, it is essential that we avoid hurting or getting hurt by the local species. Here are some tips that you can closely follow to achieve this:

 

  • Stay quiet as possible- Animals in the wild are not familiar with too much noise and commotion. It can alarm and trigger distress in them. The best thing to do is to keep silent and talk quietly in the lowest tone possible if needed.
  • Avoid perfumes- Many animals can get attracted or enraged by strong fragrances such as that of deodorants or aftershaves.

 

    • Don’t litter– While exploring the wildlife, it is our responsibility to protect that natural habitat as well. Leaving behind litter and rubbish, especially the ones that don’t biodegrade can turn harmful to the ecosystem and its inhabitants.
    • Never intervene– Nature can be tough. While exploring you will see many animals fighting, getting attacked, or even being eaten. Although this may feel disappointing for us humans, it is most common in nature. Make sure not to interfere in any of these affairs. Don’t try to save or feed any animal.

 

  • Stay safe- While exploring the unknown wild, make sure that you are safe and with your group. Try not to wander alone. If you are on a driving safari, try to stay in the vehicle.

 

  • Wear the right clothes– While traveling into the wild, it is best to wear neutral shades like greens, olives or browns. They blend easily into the surroundings and don’t stand out. Never go for dark blue or black, as they tend to attract flies that can bite you. It is also best to consider quick-drying tops and t-shirts.
  • Weatherproof your gear- Weather conditions can sometimes change unexpectedly. Sometimes you will be going into a place with adverse conditions. In both cases, it is best to make sure that all your pieces of equipment and other sensitive items are weatherproofed. This will help prevent any unexpected damage while traveling.

What to pack

When going out into the wild, it is always best to pack less. Consider comfort and protection as parameters when packing for your wildlife holidays. Make sure you have a pair of comfortable walking shoes or boots. Try to bring neutral-colored clothing that can easily blend into your environment, hats, and UV400 sunglasses. Also don’t forget to pack the necessary medications (including anti-malaria tablets and anti-diarrhea tablets), binoculars, a good torch, and a first aid kit.