Wildlife Safari Tours

Head to Africa and beyond to discover our planet's amazing wild creatures

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.

The best of African wildlife

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.

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African Elephant

One of the big 5, there's an absolute abundance of elephants in Africa. Chobe National Park in Botswana has one of the greatest concentrations and our top pick for an elephant safari.

Recommended Tour:
Falls to Jo'burg

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Spotting leopard is rare, but if you're not lucky enough to see one, it's great fun hearing of a sighting close by and focussing your binoculars. We recommend Kruger in South Africa and Samburu in Kenya.

Recommended Tour:
Kenya to Kruger

Hungry Hippo Okavango


A largely herbivorous mammal, hippos might seem cute and amusing, but they are pretty aggressive. You'll always find them by water bodies and Lake Naivasha in Kenya is a good spot to see them.

Recommended Tour:
Best of Kenya & Tanzania


Mountain Gorillas

Get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat of the central forests in Uganda. We have a number of trips where you go trekking in search of the mountain gorilla.

Recommended Tour:
Gorilla & Game Trek

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Ironically, the King of the Jungle lives out in the open African plains and grasslands in large prides. Out on our overland safaris, feel the excitement of hearing the far-off roar of this mighty African big cat at night.

Recommended Tour:
Great African Expedition

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Sprinting in short bursts at over 100 km per hour, the impressive speed of the cheetah sets it apart from all other big cats. The open grasslands of Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Masai Mara are great for sightings.

Recommended Tour:
Kenya to Cape

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Black Rhino

Sadly, the Black Rhino is critically endangered and sightings are not common. Better chances to spot them come at Hluhluhwe Umfolozi National Park in South Africa and Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe.

Recommended Tour:
World in One Country

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For something truly spectacular, time your visit to Africa around the Great Migration when thousands upon thousands of wildebeest migrate across the plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara in eastern Africa.

Recommended Tour:
Kenya Wildlife Week

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Few things are more recognisable than the black and white stripes of the zebra and you'll see large concentrations in the Masai Mara in Kenya, typically alongside lots of wildebeest.

Recommended Tour:
Zebras & Zanzibar

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Possibly the most likeable of all African animals, you're bound to see lots of giraffe lazily munching the leaves off tree tops on most safaris in Africa with Etosha in Namibia being top of the list.

Recommended Tour:
Cape to Falls



It's a special moment seeing a flamboyance of flamingos with their pink shimmering reflections at the water's edge and it's hard to see past Lake Nakuru in Kenya as a top spot to do so.

Recommended Tour:
Flamingos to Falls

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Also found in the Arabian peninsula, the oryx (a species of antelope) is found in most of Africa's arid regions and the large desert expanses in Namibia in Southern Africa are a great spot for sightings.

Recommended Tour:
Namibia Self Drive

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Wildlife from around the world

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.



Head to one of India's many national parks for a chance to spot tigers in wild, supporting conservation along the way.

Recommended Tour:
Shere Khan



Journey to beautiful Sabah on the island of Borneo and visit its orang-utan rehabilitation centre.

Recommended Tour:
Wild Borneo

Leopard in Yala


Surprising but true, Sri Lanka's Yala National Park has the largest concentration of leopard in the world.

Recommended Tour:
Wild About Sri Lanka


Asian Elephants

With smaller ears than their African cousins, see Asian elephants in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and further East.

Recommended Tour:
Colombo Caves & Kandy



Come face to face with China's favourite mascot at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Recommended Tour:
Great Wall & Pandas



Head to Punta Arenas and Magdalena Island in Chile or Boulders Beach near Cape Town in South Africa.

Recommended Tour:
Santiago to Patagonia



These vibrant natives of South America and Central America are bound to add colour to your adventure.

Recommended Tour:
Costa Rica Calling



Take a cruise around the pristine Galapagos Islands, a nature lover's paradise and home to the marine iguana.

Recommended Tour:
Galapagos Encounters


Alpacas & Llamas

What better way to cap off your trek to Machu Picchu than by sharing the incredible view with a llama or alpaca.

Recommended Tour:
Amazon, Incas and Titicaca

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Arabian Oryx

Visit Shaumari Wildlife Reserve in Jordan to see rare Arabian Oryx as you enjoy a thrilling jeep safari.

Recommended Tour:
Jordan Wildlife & Nature

Further reading on the world's wildlife

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?

World Wildlife Fund - protecting animals across the globe
Ranger Diaries - the latest news from rangers working in Africa
Wildlife Extra - online wildlife magazine for those who like wildlife