Adventure Bucket List for Animal Lovers
A bucket list is an itemized number of experiences that a person hopes to achieve during their lifetime, and whether or not we call that, we all have them. This list sits either in our brains or is written down and contains the places we wish to visit and experiences we wish to have. Checking off each item one by one is incredibly satisfying, it’s a personal accomplishment and helps to enrich our lives.
As an animal lover, you likely have an idea of the bucket list experiences and tours you hope to join. Whether it is trekking in search of gorillas, or watching belugas splash in the arctic waters, the experiences waiting for you! If you haven’t decided what to include on your list, or are just getting started, check out these exciting wildlife tours:
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
Located in the Canadian Arctic, the Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge is a family-run lodge that sits north of the Arctic Circle. Staying here, you’ll be in the center of all the action and have access to adventure, wildlife sightings, and much more. Learn how to drive an ATV, watch pods of belugas or playful seals splash about in the icy waters, there’s so much for you to observe.
Join Quark Expeditions on this once-in-a-lifetime tour and see all that Arctic Watch has to offer.
Wildlife Cruising in Scotland
Scotland is home to a wonderfully diverse group of wildlife, including puffins, golden eagles, seals, dolphins, killer whales, and much more. On a wildlife cruise, you have the chance to explore Scotland from a different perspective, taking in its natural beauty from the deck of a ship. Learn about the rich history and fascinating culture that makes up this beautiful country and brings it to life.
Consider joining St Hilda Sea Adventures on this highly recommended 6-night wildlife cruise through sea lochs and sounds.
Galapagos Bike Tour
Cyclists and bike enthusiasts the world over rejoice! Here’s an amazing bucket list tour that explores the Galapagos islands on two wheels! As you discover many of the species Darwin wrote about in his Theory of Evolution, you’ll gain insight into what makes these islands so special. Learn about the unique landscapes and how they aid in protecting vulnerable wildlife. See four separate inhabited islands, stopping along the way to capture incredible photographs of animals including seals,
tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins, iguanas, and more!
Enjoy challenging rides cross-island, and several relaxing rides downhill. Learn about the abundant wildlife and historic culture that makes these islands so special.
Check out Galakiwi for their adventurous tour styles including this 10-day bike tour.
Crossing the Antarctic Circle
Spend 23 magical days on board a large ship exploring the Antarctic and crossing the Antarctic Circle. As you sail through the icy seas, you’ll have the chance to observe various wildlife in their natural habitats. Visit the gravesite of Sir Ernest Shackleton, explore the town of Port Stanley, and step onto the 7th Continent, letting out your inner explorer. Watch for humpback whales breaching in the distance, penguins as they gather in their colony, sea lions as they flop onto sea ice, and so much more.
This exciting journey is also offered by Quark Expeditions and is a true bucket list item for the wildlife enthusiast in your life.
Gorilla Trekking (Primate & Culture)
At the top of many bucket lists is gorilla trekking. There are wonderful ways of experiencing this and an eco-tour is one of them. Not only will you have the opportunity to trek through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and come face to face with a gorilla, you’ll also be able to immerse into Ugandan Culture and discover other wildlife species. Visit Uganda’s beautiful national parks including Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, as well as take game drives to see more iconic African wildlife.
Join Rafiki Safaris on their awe-inspiring 6-day eco-friendly gorilla tour in gorgeous Uganda.
Snow Leopard Camera Trapping
Hiking through the Himalayas is incredible, but hiking through the Himalayas on a snow leopard tracking expedition is exceptional! Trekking alongside a field biologist, you’ll have the chance to stop off at camera trapping sites to collect important data that aids in better understanding snow leopards. These large cats are rarely seen and are the least understood of cat species, so discovering how to best protect them takes a lot of effort. Be a part of something special by joining an expedition like this!
Legends of the Wild works in partnership with Last Frontiers Trekking, LTD to offer this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Amazon Jungle is known the world over and offers unique experiences to those who visit. Whether you visit the Brazilian, Ecuadorian, Peruvian, or another part of the Amazon, you’re bound to see a plethora of wildlife and unique plant life. This part of the world is known for its adventures, and there are many adventures to be had. Explore the Amazon River, visit artisan markets in highland villages, see rushing waterfalls, taste local cuisines, the options are endless.
Consider joining Original Routes on their thoughtfully crafted Journey to the Amazon tour. Over 10 days you’ll explore local culture, float atop the Amazon River, have dinner in a local community, take a dip in a hot spring, and so much more.
Whale Encounters in Tonga
Check swimming with whales off your bucket list on this wildlife tour in Tonga. Venture to a beautiful island in the South Pacific where beaches seem like postcards, and you’ll feel impossibly small beside enormous humpback whales. This wildlife experience is what dreams are made of! Throughout your time here, you’ll enjoy multiple opportunities to dive into the turquoise waters and observe the sea life that call this paradise home. In addition to perfecting your mermaid (or merman) skills, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the island and relax on its perfect beaches.
Join Encounters Travel on this unique wildlife tour that checks all the boxes!
Polar Bear Adventure
It’s no secret that polar bears are impacted by the changes in climate and the melting of glaciers and sea ice. Polar bears are some of the most majestic and sought after bears in the wild. Travelers that make it to their habitats are vying for the opportunity to see a polar bear in the wild, so it’s important for operators to conduct their tours in a positive way. A company that is mindful of their impact on the environment and the wildlife that inhabit these destinations is a company you will want to support when planning your polar bear adventure.
Join Natural Habitat Adventures on a polar bear adventure in Canada. They are World Wildlife Fund Travel Partners and also offset your carbon footprint on tour 100%.