Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy close encounters with some of the world’s most incredible creatures, be it tracking tigers in India, spotting mountain gorilla in Uganda, bathing elephants in Sri Lanka or cuddling giant pandas in China. For the classic wildlife holiday, it's hard to look beyond the many national parks of Africa. Brimming with an abundance of wildlife in their natural habitat roaming completely free, Africa is also home to the famous Big 5. We have a number of itineraries where most of your trip is based around spotting wildlife. On other trips there's the opportunity to spend time in national parks as well as classical touring of each country's main sites.
With a host of unique species that are famed the world over, Africa is the ultimate wildlife destination with safaris the main attraction of any holiday to the continent. Here are some of Africa's most popular critters.
Whilst visiting a zoo or sanctuary may give you a closer experience, nothing beats seeing elephants...
Africa's not the only place you'll find wildlife with every continent on the planet offering a unique selection of animals from the north to the south poles and all four corners. Here are some of our top picks of wildlife elsewhere in the world.
Come face to face with China's favourite mascot at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
Great Wall & Pandas
Want to know more about the animals and destinations featured here? Check out our handy resources to get you started:
Africa Safari Wildlife Guide - where to see Africa's wildlife and when best to go
Spotting Africa's Big 5 - where you'll find lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo
The Great Migration - all you need to know on Africa's greatest wildlife spectacle
Spotting tigers in India - the best national parks to find Shere Khan for yourself
Visiting pandas in China - where you can see them and what's being done to save them
And if that wasn't enough, how about these great websites?
Our Budget range is the perfect choice for independent spirits travelling on a shoestring. As well as guided sightseeing of the key highlights, there’s also ample free time to explore independently or partake in optional excursions that maximise your time in each destination. Few meals are included, allowing you the freedom to choose exactly where you eat and spend your evenings out, with the added bonus of enabling you to stay in control of your spending.
Many tours in this range include a local payment and this pricing system helps keep costs down so you can be sure we’re delivering the best possible value. You’ll be travelling by both private and public transport – think buses, trains, feluccas and even camels. Accommodation ranges from dome tents to a surprise 4-star hotel at a 3-star price. And with a maximum group size of 32, these tours are designed to create a social and fun travel experience.
On our Independent range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.
Our Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.
On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our Budget range.
Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.
Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.
On our Handpicked range we bring you the most iconic experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.
Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.