Best wildlife holidays for families
Traveling as a family is one of the most impactful ways you can teach your children about the world and the various cultures, landscapes, languages, and wildlife that inhabit it. It is said that sharing these experiences can bring families closer together and creates life-long memories.
We've assembled some of the best wildlife holidays for families and listed some of the many benefits to traveling together, including:
- Helping kids become more adaptable and flexible
- Providing unprecedented education through experience
- Encouraging independence
- Creating a sense of curiosity and adventure
Many children have a built-in love for animals and feel compassion and empathy towards them. Learning about and seeing a variety of animals around the world not only nurtures this but may even lead to a continued passion for animals and conservation in later years.
There are a number of family-friendly wildlife holidays, but not all are created equal. These experiences should teach kids (and adults) about proper wildlife interactions, how to be responsible travelers, and offer a great cultural experience in the host country.
Things you can experience on a family-friendly wildlife holiday:
Amazing Wildlife on a Brazilian Amazon Cruise
This experience is perfect for families with an interest in wildlife, but also those looking for an exciting kid-friendly experience. Enjoy hiking through the Amazon jungle in search of the elusive jaguar, or peeking over the side of the boat looking for a glimpse of the pink river dolphin. Experience local culture along the Rio Negro and learn about the various plants of the rainforest. River cruises might not top your list for a family experience, but a cruise along the Amazon River should check all the boxes!
Join Katerre on a responsible, thoughtful, and fulfilling Amazon Cruise in Brazil that benefits local communities, wildlife, and the environment!
A Wildlife Research-based Adventure in the Galapagos
There is no doubt the Galapagos is an incredible wildlife viewing destination for both kids & adults. There is so much that appeals to travelers of all ages including wildlife sightings, nature hikes, and exciting excursions. A research-based experience is perfect for families with older kids that can participate in collecting data, as well as conservation activities. If seeing sea lions, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins, iguanas, and more is on your must-do list, this is a very rewarding adventure!
Consider joining Wildland Adventures on their Galapagos Family Research Adventure and learn about exciting scientific research happening on the Galapagos islands!
Faith-based Wildlife Safari & Culture Tour in Tanzania
As a family of faith, it may be important to you to join a trip that supports your faith through giving back, as well as learning about the environment, culture, and wildlife that you are visiting. Tanzania is home to a rich culture and diverse wildlife, as well as wonderful NGOs and wildlife sanctuaries that actively supporting local communities. A tour of the area will introduce you to some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife including elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, wildebeest, cheetahs, and more as you explore game reserves! A trip like this will appeal to families with children of all ages and include wonderful experiences to share as a family.
Consider an Inter-generational Tanzania Wildlife Safari & Culture Tour with TourMagination. This 11-day adventure includes safaris, cultural interactions, community projects, and heartwarming memories to bring home!
Ocean Wildlife Experiences in Mexico
Travelling to Mexico is popular for families from all over the world, especially North America. The ease of travel and shorter duration of flight makes it appealing for the short breaks in school schedules, summer, and holiday travel. For families that love the ocean and are looking to share experiences with ocean wildlife, Mexico is paradise! A family wildlife holiday here can introduce you to exciting species of wildlife including whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, and more! You’ll also have the wonderful opportunity to interact with local communities, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and have fun adventures in the water and on land!
Join SEE Turtles and have a whale of a time on a 7-day adventure that explores Mexico’s Baja California Sur. You’ll see amazing landscapes, enjoy picnic lunches in hidden coves, and take part in sea turtle conservation!
Australian Wildlife Tours in the “Land Down Under”
There is no lack of family adventures to be had when visiting Australia. For the families that are passionate about wildlife and conservation, learning about local history and indigenous peoples, there are numerous opportunities. You can expect to see iconic wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, pythons, dingoes, crocodiles, and so much more! By joining an Australian wildlife tour, you’ll gain insight into the histories of the animals, threats against them, and how to better travel to support their conservation.
Consider joining a tour with Echidna Walkabout, such as this 6-day Wild Top End Australian Wildlife Tour in Australia’s Northern Territory.
Sea Turtle Conservation Tours in Costa Rica
When visiting Costa Rica, many families are hoping for a small group experience that brings them closer to sea turtles. It’s not recommended to interact with sea turtles outside of an organized, responsible wildlife center or rehabilitation center. When you spend time as a family learning about the conservation efforts being made to restore sea turtle populations, you are learning how to be better advocates for the safety of wildlife.
Many trips to Costa Rica will visit top destinations like Arenal Volcano, Tortuguero National Park, the Osa Peninsula, or the Nicoya Peninsula. Each place special and a wonderful place to build memories as a family.
Consider joining SEE Turtles in Costa Rica on a Green Turtle Research tour that will have your whole family participating in the conservation of green turtles.