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Ten Greatest Wildlife Experiences

Immerse Yourself in Nature

Nothing compares to a close encounter with a wild animal in their natural habitat. Getting up close to a centuries old Galapagos tortoise, feeling the rumble of the thundering hooves of a million wildebeest as they migrate across the Serengeti or coming face to face with a mountain gorilla are all truly magical experiences you don’t want to miss.
 
We round up the world's most incredible wildlife experiences to help inspire your next adventure.
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Spot Wild Mountain Gorilla in Rwanda
Nothing can prepare you for seeing gorilla in the wild. Their inky eyes locking on yours, their imposing physics yet gentle and emphatic behaviour towards their troop. It’s not dramatic to say a trek into their habitat for a glimpse into their existence can be a life-affirming experience.

The last wild mountain gorilla on Earth inhabits the Virunga Mountains straddling Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. But you’ll have to work for your reward, trekking deep into the rainforest.

When to go: June and August, and from December to February.

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Witness the Great Migration in the Serengeti
The Great Migration. One of the seven new wonders of the world. Winner of the wildlife world cup. However you describe it, the movement of over 1 million wildebeest and 750,000 zebra across the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on Earth.

In the wake of herds seeking fresh grassland come their predators: lion, leopard and cheetah. The circle of life is brutal, but if you have the opportunity to bear witness to it, moving with the herds in a mobile camp, you will treasure the memories for a lifetime.

When to go: June to March

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Marvel at the Penguins of South Georgia
If you have ever worried that there wouldn’t be much to see in Antarctica then fear not, South Georgia has more wildlife than virtually anywhere else on the planet! Colonies of king penguins 200,000 strong are a particularly thrilling sight.

The coastline of South Georgia is magnificent and offers opportunities for walking, hiking, kayaking and zodiac excursions. There are untouched beaches, mountains and glaciers and colonies of albatross - their size will stun you into silence as they dive into the waves for fresh fish.

When to go: November to March

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Search for Bengal Tigers in India
To encounter a tiger is a moment of heart-stopping beauty. These striped felines are the largest of the world’s big cat species, yet are notoriously shy. Thanks to conservation efforts there are now an estimated 3,000 tigers living in 53 protected reserves across India.

At over 1,900 sq km, the Kanha Tiger Reserve remains one of the best places for a tiger safari. Strict limitations on the number of visitors ensure you can discover the reserve’s lush forested habitat, encountering its magnificent wildlife in relative privacy.

When to Go: November to April

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Camp with Majestic Elephants in the Lower Zambezi
A mobile camp is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience a safari, exploring by day and returning to camp for dinner around the campfire and a deep sleep beneath a canopy of stars.

In Zambia’s Lower Zambezi, you can expect to share that little piece of African paradise with elephants who frequently wander through the camp on their way to drink and cavort in the refreshing waters of the Zambezi River. On your way to siesta, prepare to be stopped on the path by a guide and invited to wait a few moments until an elephant has stopped browsing on the delicious fig tree beside your tent. A truly breathtaking experience!

When to Go: June to November

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Witness the Wondrous Polar Bear Migration
The polar bear is one of Earth’s most awesome predators. Each season they migrate through
Canada’s polar bear alley in search of the first sea ice on Hudson Bay. Base yourself at Arctic Kingdom’s strategic Polar Bear Cabins and you will spend your days observing and photographing the bears.

Remote, rustic and accessible only by air, the complex is protected by an unobtrusive electric fence, so you can enjoy uninterrupted views but remain perfectly safe. Aerial photography is also possible, but you can get much closer to the great white bear on short treks across the ice with experienced Inuit guides.

When to Go: October and November

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Discover the Galápagos ‘Big Fifteen’
When you safari in Africa, you are searching for the Big Five. In the Galápagos, it’s the Big Fifteen; still evolving, these species represent what is uniquely fascinating about these strange and wonderful islands.

The options for you to enjoy the Galápagos are also evolving. Whereas a week yacht cruise was once the norm, we can now arrange for you to combine safari cruises of any duration with a stay at Finch Bay Hotel or for safari purists Galápagos Safari Camp.

When to Go: Year Round, with best ocean conditions from December to June.

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Track Lemurs in Madagascar
Lemur are ubiquitous and unique to Madagascar. In almost all the rainforests and jungles on the island you will come across these simian-like creatures, some as small as a mouse, others bigger than dogs, all of them fascinating.

Madagascar is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, of which more than 80% are endemic. As well as lemur, you can find the mongoose-like fossa, nocturnal aye-aye, tenrec (spring hedgehog) and some of the most amazing amphibians and birdlife.

When to Go: May to December

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Swim with Epic Marine Life in Costa Rica
Costa Rica may be diminutive in size, but not in biodiversity. Lush rainforests, home to 1,200 species of reptile and amphibians, jaguar, 420 varieties of orchid and outrageously colourful birds, are nestled between long stretches of Pacific and Caribbean coastline.

The rainforest meets the cobalt Caribbean coast at Tortuguero, a 22-mile strip where green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles thrive within one of the most important nesting sites in the region. Plunge into the Pacific waters of the Osa Peninsula and experience the exuberance of swimming with dolphins, manta rays, sailfish, whales and sea turtles, which abound in the warm waters.

When to Go: November to April

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Observe the Jaguar of the Pantanal
The jaguar is the largest cat in Latin America, and third only to lion and tiger in the world. They are immensely strong and a keystone species in regulating the tropical forest ecosystems in which they live.

Brazil’s Pantanal, a watery paradise ten times larger than Botswana’s Okavango Delta, is one of the last places on Earth you can expect to see these magnificent big cats in the wild. Here conservation efforts are working to unwind the negative impact of habitat loss while offering visitors the chance to spend time with these beautiful, yet highly endangered predators.

When to Go: April to November

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