Safari Tours 2019/2020
Safaris with a difference
When it comes to safaris, the likes of Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa are the poster pin-ups – the destinations everyone pictures in their head. But once you’ve ticked off a ‘classic’ safari holiday, what’s next? If you’re ready to try a wildlife adventure with a difference, there are some fantastic alternative safari destinations across Africa.
Have you dreamt of seeing the 'Big Five' wandering across African landscapes, wanted to be in the company of tropical wildlife such as the giant tortoise, or perhaps you'd love to have a front row seat and witness polar bears roaming their natural habitat. There are so many incredible experiences on our hand-picked tours below – perfect for travellers that are wild about wildlife.
Best of South Africa
See the Big Five on safari at the famous Kruger National Park, explore cosmopolitan Cape Town and discover the beautiful Winelands region.
From £1,999pp - 13 day Escorted Tour
Borneo's Jungles and Orangutans
Meet the beautiful Bornean Orangutans, explore the bat-filled Gomantong Caves and immerse yourself amongst Borneo's enchanting forest scenery.
From £1,699pp - 9 day Escorted Tour
Follow the Great Migration on the planes of the majestic Serengeti, watch lions roam on the prehistoric Ngorongoro crater, relax by the mountain lakes of the Great Rift Valley and dance with Maasai warriors.
From £2,139pp - 9 day Escorted Tour
Ecuador and the Galapagos
Get close to sunbathing iguanas, playful sea lion pups and other natural wonders as you sail amongst the isles of the Galapagos.
From £3,549pp - 10 day Escorted Tour
Marvel at enigmatic Baobab Trees, meet tribal Antakarana people and explore the limestone fantasyland of Ankarana National Park as you encounter inquisitive lemur families and vibrant chameleons amongst striking forest flora.
From £2,999pp - 13 day Escorted Tour
Ethiopia: A Cultural Odyssey
Spot baboons, mountain goats and the Ethiopian wolf, witness the thundering might of the Blue Nile Falls and journey into the Great Rift Valley to spot wildlife around its lakes.
From £2,249pp - 12 day Escorted Tour
Journey through Kenya's rolling grasslands and open savannah as you search for the Big Five, drive across the vast plains of the Masai Mara, and spot flamingos perched in Lake Naivasha as you experience Africa's unsurpassed beauty.
From £2,229pp - 10 day Escorted Tour
Experience Zimbabwe’s uncrowded game reserves and wildlife-rich river banks, and finish up at the incredible Victoria Falls.
14 days from £4,399pp
Search for mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and rare mountain monkeys, and stay in fantastic wilderness lodges.
12 days from £4,099pp
Look for elephants, giraffes and black rhinos in Etosha National Park, and sip champagne on a Walvis Bay wildlife cruise.
15 days from £3,299pp
From giant baobab trees to colourful chameleons and cheeky lemurs, discover the incredible flora and fauna of this diverse island.
15 days from £3,199pp
Walk with bleeding heart baboons in the Simien Mountains and spot hippos wallowing close to the spectacular Blue Nile Falls.
13 days from £3,249pp
Stunning, other-worldly landscapes, ancient cultures and the chance to see four of Africa's 'Big Five' in their natural habitat are among the highlights of this exhilarating tour. Dine under the Namibian sky, marvel at the diverse natural beauty of the environment and learn more about the ancient peoples that still influence this special country today.
14 days from £3,299
If the BBC's new show Serengeti has tempted you to Tanzania, explore it in style on our brand new wilderness safari.
9 NIGHTS | SAFARI
Enjoy the best of both worlds as you spot exciting bird and mammal life in Tanzania, then relax on Zanzibar's idyllic white-sand beaches.
11 days from £3,149
Botswana, Zambezi & Cape Town
Spot elephants and big cats on the floodplains of Chobe National Park, gaze in awe at the thundering Victoria Falls and explore Cape Town's dramatic coastline and stunning Winelands region.
From £2,749pp | 11 day Escorted Tour
Nature-lovers will be enchanted by this Central American gem boasting never-ending wonders, from wonderful wildlife to dramatic volcanoes.
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16 days from £2,674
Search for tigers in Ranthambore and cruise the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.
21 days from £3,174
See polar bears in their summer environment and get up close to beluga whales on this thrilling wildlife adventure.
8 days from £4,799
Sri Lanka's Parks & Wildlife
Visit Yala National Park, home to the highest density of leopards in the world, trek through Udawattakele Nature Reserve to hidden forest monasteries and cave dwellings and spot endangered birds in the tropical undergrowth of Sinharaja Rainforest as you journey through the richest wildlife regions of this island nation.
From £1,859pp | 16 days
Explore laidback coastal cities, wildlife-rich national parks and dramatic volcanic landscapes on this tour through the natural wonders of Costa Rica.
From £2,739pp | 15 day Escorted Tour
Facing extinction in the 1980s as large sections of its habitat were destroyed, the giant panda population of China has grown in leaps and bounds due to sustained efforts to save this lovable creature. Enjoy two memorable encounters with the giant pandas of Chengdu on this fascinating 9-day tour.
From £1,319pp | 9 days
With breathtaking natural wonders, beautiful coastal towns and cities, and abundant wildlife, Southern Africa is bountiful in its treasures. On this 17-day adventure, we’ll photograph spectacular scenery along the Garden Route, take high tea in Cape Town (with Table Mountain as a backdrop), and travel in sumptuous style on board a restored vintage train, taking in views of winelands, mountains and plateaux along the way. Journeying north, we’ll spot hippos wallowing in Botswana’s Chobe River and feel nature’s full force at Victoria Falls.
17 days from £4,699pp
South Africa’s two most southerly provinces offer everything from thriving cities to classic safaris, exceptional scenery to world-class wine tasting. Join us as we explore Cape Town, including its extraordinary botanical garden below Table Mountain. Look out for the Big Five as we take a thrilling late afternoon safari in the Kariega Game Reserve. Stand in awe of the Valley of Desolation’s 120-metre-high columns of Dolerite rock. And toast the end of your adventures with a fine-dining experience in Franschhoek’s winelands.
17 days from £2,999pp
Our South Africa ‘top three’ tour offers you a wonderfully diverse experience of a remarkable country. We’ll head out to spot the Big Five and other local inhabitants on a 4WD safari in the renowned Kruger National Park. Then we’ll travel the dramatic Garden Route coastal road, before taking a cruise across the wildlife-rich Knysna lagoon. Finally, we’ll spend four nights exploring beautiful Cape Town, including Table Mountain and Boulders Beach (where characterful penguins waddle across the sand).
14 days from £2,749pp
For the classic romance of an African safari, there’s scarcely a more perfect country than Kenya. From your room at the historic Treetops Lodge, you can watch elephants and rhinos drink from a watering hole. At Lake Nakuru, you’ll spot exotic bird species, including enormous flocks of blossom-pink flamingos. You’ll also spend three nights in the very heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, spying the Big Five by day and enjoying generous Kenyan hospitality by night. Ten days of pure wildlife magic.
10 days from £2,799pp
Discover the very best of South Africa on this all-encompassing tour.
17 days from £3,649
Planet Earth's most astounding wildlife
From spotting lions in the Namibian desert to seeing a rhesus macaque monkey stalking Jaipur's pink-hued rooftops; there's something so special about watching animals in the wild. If you're considering a safari escape, here's a little insight to get you inspired. We've also shared a few of our favourite experiences recommended by our experts below.
Galapagos sea lions
Look out for turtles, rays and penguins on an all-inclusive cruise around the Galapagos Islands, where you can learn about the giant tortoise and if you're lucky, swim with sea lions.
Lemurs of Madagascar
Madagascar is a haven for nature lovers – its diverse landscapes are home to over 70 species of lemur. Uncover these interesting creatures on a thrilling small group explorer tour.
Spot polar bears in Canada
Encountering one of these exceptional creatures may be a little challenging, but we know where and when to go to improve your chances of getting that special, lucky glimpse.
Relive the Jungle Book
Explore the captivating setting which inspired The Jungle Book, and keep your eyes peeled for Bengal tigers on this suggested itinerary discovering India's spellbinding national parks.
Komodo dragons in Indonesia
On this gorgeous Indonesian cruise, see if you can find the famed inhabitant of its volcanic island, the Komodo dragon – which is actually the heaviest lizard on Earth.
Orangutans in Borneo
Naturalist? Join a small group tour of Borneo's rich wildlife. A favourite highlight is the orangutan rehabilitation centre, where you might be fortunate enough to watch these charming animals during their feed.
South Africa's Big Five
The Eastern Cape has excellent, malaria-free reserves for wildlife watching; here you'll have the chance to witness Africa's thrilling Big Five from an open-sided 4x4.
The Great Barrier Reef
Snorkel, dive and swim with turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and kaleidoscopic fish at this tropical UNESCO World Heritage Site set on the east coast of Australia.
Looking for adventure?
Enjoy our best-ever prices on a selection of 2020 Africa tours.
Desert cities, steamy jungle and wildlife-dotted plains have enticed travellers to Africa for decades. Search for the Big Five in Kenya or mountain gorillas in Uganda. Step off the beaten track in Madagascar. Sip fine wines and scale flat-topped mountains in South Africa. Or discover warren-like souks and sandstone kasbahs in Morocco.
And you can do it all for less too, as we’ve just launched our best-ever prices for a selection of 2020 holidays to Africa.
It’s a wild world
Whether it’s glimpsing snow monkeys in a Japanese onsen or seeing a tiger prowling through the jungle, witnessing wildlife in its natural habitat is always a special moment.
We’ve divided our Walk on the Wild Side online guide into six sections to help you find the right experience for you.
The African Safari details classic ‘Big Five’ safari itineraries and holidays including safari elements. Asian Encounters includes information about tiger reserves in India and orang-utan sanctuaries in Borneo, while Up Close and Personal focuses on holidays that allow you to get eye-to-eye with gorillas in Uganda and bears in North America.
Look to Extraordinary Oceans for holidays where you can dive beneath the surface to discover colourful corals teeming with marine life, or try Winged Wonders for trips to renowned birdwatching areas like Costa Rica. Finally, there’s Unique Places. It highlights once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences, including seeing emperor penguins in Antarctica and swimming lizards in the Galapagos Islands.
Time for an adventure?
Incredible lodges, unforgettable experiences and some of Africa’s best wildlife watching. Welcome to Uganda…
This landlocked country is the setting for one of our most exciting small-group tours. In a group of 16 or less, we’ll make our way through parks, forests and wetlands. We’ll seek out the Big Five and trek through lush vegetation to spot mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
We’ll travel in 4x4 safari vehicles, allowing us to get further off the beaten path and closer to that fantastic wildlife. Throughout, we’ll stay in wonderful lodges with national park addresses and views over savannahs and craters.
'Great Apes of Uganda' is just one of our small-group tours – holidays featuring immersive experiences, off-the-beaten track adventures and unique hotels.
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