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Where to Choose the Best Wildlife Holiday Destinations

Across each continent, we’re grateful for the amazing tour operators that craft exciting itineraries, offering travelers opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitats. By keeping the health and wellbeing of the animals at the forefront of their operations, these are the operators helping to keep wildlife wild for future generations to enjoy. Only the best wildlife holiday destinations make it on SEEtheWILD.

As a traveler who also loves wildlife, you’re looking for the best wildlife adventures around the world. Combining your love for animals with the opportunity to see them in beautiful places, both enhances and fulfills your travel experiences. It’s a great big world out there, so what are your wildlife tour options? Let’s have a look!

Africa

Africa is well known as a wildlife destination for those who are mystified by their iconic wildlife. From lions and zebras, giraffes and elephants, as well as many others, the African continent is a wildlife mecca. There are a number of travel opportunities including safaris, volunteer programs, and exciting expeditions. Here are a few you might enjoy:

Dolphin Research & Conservation in Zanzibar

Dolphins in Zanzibar face little restrictions and protection which places the species at risk. This program works with volunteers to study dolphin populations and the impacts of tourism on their wellbeing. As a volunteer at this GVI program, you will help to promote marine conservation in the area, as well as take part in important data collection to further research. In addition to making a huge difference, you will have the opportunity to explore one of the most stunning islands off the coast of Africa, Zanzibar!

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Travelers the world over are fascinated by gorillas and the opportunity to trek through the jungle in search of them. A mountain gorilla trek should be both safe for the traveler as well as the gorillas, and this tour is no exception. Perfect for those short on time, this 3-day trek includes some time for relaxation at Lake Bunyonyi to round out your time in beautiful Uganda.

Endangered Species Volunteering in South Africa

Giving back and helping to protect endangered species is a great addition to your experiences. If you’re looking to travel to South Africa to volunteer and you love animals, this is a great program to consider. Some species you could work with include rhinos, cheetahs, elephants, and more. These animals have been impacted by illegal poaching, injuries, and more. Discover this program with Intern Africa located at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC).

Great White Shark & Marine Wildlife Conservation in South Africa

In Gansbaai, South Africa, this great white shark and marine conservation program is a must for anyone who is interested in protecting the various marine wildlife of the country. You’ll have the opportunity to work with different species, change up your volunteer duties, making for an always interesting placement. The location of the program is a particularly beautiful part of South Africa, and the program itself is with a reputable organization committed to the protection of Africa’s marine wildlife and habitats.

Antarctica

Antarctica remains one of the most untouched wildlife destinations in the world. It is an expeditioner’s dream and a muse to those who love photography. If you’re looking to capture fantastic images of polar wildlife, Antarctica is the place to do that! A few tours to look forward to:

South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula Penguin Safari

You’ll begin and end your expedition in Ushuaia, spending 16 days at sea exploring the polar wonderland. Your trip crosses the Antarctic Circle, Drake Passage, as well as visits the infamous burial grounds of Sir Ernest Shackleton. You’ll see an incredible array of wildlife including whales, seals, and all sorts of penguins including chinstrap, gentoo, and adelie penguins!

Antarctica Wildlife Expedition

Your journey to the white continent is sure to be epic. This trip with Natural Habitat Adventures is committed to being eco-conscious. They are also a WWF Travel Partner, meaning the quality and standards of travel are in line with the values of WWF. Spot whales, seals, penguins and more on this incredible expedition.

Asia

Across Asia exists many wildlife species people are eager to interact with during their travels. It is easily one of the best wildlife destinations, however, also one of the destinations where animals require protection. Some incredible opportunities to explore Asia, see wildlife and join programs to protect wildlife in Asia include:

Elephant Conservation in Thailand

In Northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai province travelers have the opportunity to work with elephants that are in the process of being reintroduced to their natural habitats. These elephants may have worked in the tourism industry offering tourists rides but are now being rehabilitated and protected from this grueling work. As well as working with the elephants, you’ll have opportunities to explore the destination that is rich with wildlife, as well as work with the local community.

Cultural India Tour

Visit the tropical countryside of the Western Ghats and explore incredible landscapes of Wayanad and Gudalur. As you discover this incredible wildlife destination you will see wildlife sanctuaries including a tiger sanctuary. Other incredible experiences include tasting delicious local cuisine and staying in small villages along the way.

Care for Rescued Animals in Indonesia

Millions of travelers flock to Indonesia each year, some taking the opportunity to volunteer with the region’s wildlife. By visiting this rescue center, you’ll make an incredible difference by assisting with activities to promote the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals. The center does not promote hands-on interactions with animals that are to be released back in the wild, in order to give them the best chance at survival.

Turtle Conservation in Bali

Traveling to Bali crosses many bucket lists, but does volunteering with sea turtles cross yours? Check off two exciting opportunities at once by volunteering with sea turtle conservation in Bali! You’ll work with a local team to complete important tasks including beach cleanups, waste management, local education, feeding the turtles, cleaning equipment, and much more! This is an exciting chance for volunteers of all ages.

Central America

Central America includes destinations that are well known as eco-friendly, as well as those that are home to an incredible abundance of wildlife. From reptiles to monkeys, birds, sloths and much more, this region of the world is a dream wildlife destination. Some experiences you can have include:

Volunteering with Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

This is a great opportunity to not only help with the conservation of adult sea turtles but also babies! You’ll enjoy a warm local community, coastal living, meeting other like-minded travelers, and making a difference in a beautiful destination. Costa Rica is one of the best wildlife destinations in the world, and also one of the most eco-conscious!

Ultimate Belize Nature Adventure Tour

Over the course of 9 days, you’ll have the chance to explore jaguars in a conservation area, spend time at white sand beaches, and explore a compact country rich with wildlife and plant life! Known as the home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, Belize is a perfect destination for someone looking for a wildlife destination. Join Natural Habitat Adventures on this exciting journey!

Europe

Europe boasts access to some of the most exciting wildlife tours in the world. It is a continent filled with culture, history, and animals! Some fulfilling experiences you can expect are:

Sea Turtle Conservation in Greece

One of the most endangered species in the Mediterranean is the loggerhead sea turtle. This is an exciting opportunity to assist with the protection of sea turtles in Greece. Your program will introduce you to an ancient culture, like-minded volunteers, and perhaps most importantly, the world of conservation! This program is also available for teens between the ages of 15 and 17.

Scotland Wildlife Cruising

Did you know Scotland is a wonderful wildlife destination? While most people envision sprawling countrysides and ancient castles, Scotland boasts wonderful biodiversity. Spend 6 wonderful nights cruising around Scotland’s magical islands spotting porpoises, seabirds, seals, and dolphins along the way. Keep a keen eye out for golden eagles, basking sharks, and so much more!

North America

The diversity of landscapes that span North America are unlike anywhere else in the world. From towering mountains, glaciers, polar regions, and southern tropical beaches & deserts, there is little that can be boring about this beautiful region of the world. North America is home to an abundance of wildlife including birds, bears, whales, dolphins and more! A few wildlife destinations and tours include:

Kayaking in the Pacific Northwest

Join San Juan Kayak Expeditions in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. This epic kayak tour explores the beautiful San Juan islands by way of kayak. You can expect stunning camping spots, hidden beaches, and spotting Orca whales, porpoises, seals, and more along the way.

Canadian Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge

In Canada’s Arctic sits the family-run Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge. From here, travelers like yourself can see iconic polar wildlife including beluga whales, Arctic foxes, seals, eagles, and buffalo, among many others.

South America

Home to the Amazon Jungle, the Galapagos Islands, and an impressive number of unique wildlife species, the continent of South America is a wildlife destination sought after by many. As you explore jungles, rainforests, beaches, and more, you’ll bear witness to a great deal of wildlife you may have never thought you’d see. Some exciting experiences you can expect include:

Paddleboarding in the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands have long been sought after by tourists from around the globe. Imaginative travelers flock here to catch a glimpse of some of the animals talked about by Charles Darwin. This wildlife mecca is the perfect wildlife destination, and this tour offers a unique way of touring it, by paddleboard!

Cruising through the Amazon

For 7 epic days, you’ll have the chance to explore the Brazilian Amazon, along with its rich culture and diverse plant and animal life. A beautiful wildlife destination, you’ll spot pink river dolphins, many different bird species, caimans, and maybe even the elusive jaguar! From the comfort of a riverboat, you’ll cruise in style through this gorgeous part of Earth.

Oceania

This slice of paradise is home to 14 countries and 11 overseas territories. The warm waters and lush greenery make it a wildlife destination that takes in millions of visitors each year. Travel the lands and oceans surrounding Oceania and you’ll find a wildlife destination that is all it’s own! Check out this exciting trip in Australia:

Australian Wildlife Journey

Australia is home to some of the most recognized animals making it an awesome wildlife destination. It is also home to endemic animals including kangaroos, koalas, platypus, and more! This 4-day Australian Wildlife Journey takes you through the southeast coastal wilderness, offering you an exciting wildlife safari unlike any other!