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Wildlife adventures, tours and holidays create incredible experiences and memories that last a lifetime, but they aren’t always in a price range that is affordable. Finding budget-friendly wildlife holidays that are always friendly for the animals and the environment may seem like a daunting task, but we are here to make it easy!
Did you know that you can visit amazing destinations for a fraction of the cost? You don’t have to sacrifice quality in order to keep your vacation easy on your pocketbook. Our partners offer a range of destinations and experiences from which you can choose. These trips fall under the $1500 USD price point, making the cost small for big adventure.
Experiences you can have on an affordable wildlife holiday:
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Taking a gorilla trek may not seem like an attainable experience for a traveler on a budget, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Enjoy trekking through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, exploring the lush green junglescapes in search of gorillas. Alongside a ranger guide, you’ll have a close encounter standing in the presence of these beautiful animals. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.
Consider a 3-day trek experience that finishes off at Lake Bunyonyi for some much needed rest and relaxation.
Kayaking & Camping in the San Juan Islands
Enjoy a summer experience in the Pacific Northwest kayaking and camping in the San Juan Islands. This budget-friendly holiday showcases the abundant wildlife of the region including Orca Whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions, eagles, river otters, and so much more! You’ll paddle along the hidden coastlines and beaches of the San Juan islands, enjoy hiking, and take in the breathtaking view of Mt. Baker and its snowy peak.
Join San Juan Kayak Expeditions on a 5-day adventure this summer. With more than 40 years of experience in the area, this trip is sure to be your favourite adventure yet!
Explore & Snorkel the Turquoise Waters of the Maldives
The Maldives may be a destination you never imagined visiting on a budget, but this experience really shows you can have big adventure on a shoestring. Explore the capital city of Male before setting off to enjoy tropical paradise on the islands of Guraidhoo and Maafushi. Take in meals with locals, snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, scuba-diving, beach barbecues, and cultural shows. With so much packed into this trip, you’ll sure be living large!
Experience 8 magical days in the Maldives with Encounters Travel. If you have the means, consider extending your trip to include some relaxation time at a luxury resort for less!
Turtle Conservation in Guatemala
Part of your plans for vacation may include giving back through turtle conservation. As an animal lover, you know that not all wildlife trips are budget-friendly, but it is possible to find experiences that are affordable. Volunteering with sea turtles is one experience that many travelers find fulfilling, as well as an excellent way to experience a local culture. At a sea turtle conservation program, you can expect to take part in beach patrols, beach cleanup, hatchling surveys, releasing hatchlings, an more! During your time off, enjoy exploring the towns or cities and learn more about the local culture, people, and landscapes.
Join a sea turtle conservation program with IVHQ for as little as one week! Add a few days before and after your trip to really maximize your experience in Guatemala.
Home to the Giant Tortoise, you will explore the lava rock islands and help protect vulnerable plant species and animals in the Galapagos Islands by joining a voluntour. A 'voluntour' experience combines a tour with a conservation component that not only teaches the traveler about conservation work but also enriches your trip. As you learn about the efforts of conservation in the Galapagos, you can better appreciate the wildlife that calls these islands home. Plus, it’s affordable!
Think about joining Bamba Experience on their Galapagos voluntour program that is budget-friendly as well as flexible in dates to better meet your needs!
Be a Whale Shark Researcher for a Day
Do you dream of swimming alongside whale sharks, studying their habits and behaviours? Well, get ready to make a check off of your bucket list! This can become a reality for a fraction of what you think it may cost! Join a local researcher in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, and learn about the various techniques and studies they conduct to better understand how to conserve whale shark populations. Swim alongside these gentle giants in the rich blue seas of La Paz, for a truly dream-like experience.
RED Travel Mexico offers custom tours that can work into your plans when visiting La Paz or Los Cabos. If you’re planning to visit this part of Mexico, you can have the most incredible wildlife holiday that won’t break the bank.
See Africa’s iconic wildlife on a budget-friendly safari
When visiting South Africa, you may not be able to afford a full-on safari, but there are options that are much easier to swallow financially. A two day tour makes a lot of sense for many people who are short on time but are looking to maximize the time they have. With experiences such as bush walks, game drives, tracking wildlife, and spotting icons like lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, and more, you’ll show all of your friends you are living the dream!
Join Salty Crax on a 2-day wildlife & safari tour near Cape Town, making it easy to work into your holiday!