Fantastic Animal Getaways Around the World

Lauren Curd

Looking to leave the humdrum of daily life behind for an unforgettable trip into the wilderness? Get out of the office and take a trek into the jungle for a precious sighting of the elusive orangutans of Borneo. Or dig out your long johns, put on your thermals and head into the snowy hinterland of Lapland for a husky sledding holiday. We have put this guide together for all the wildlife enthusiasts out there, listing some of the best trips to take around the world!

Botswana Safaris

Fancy seeing a wild African elephant? Botswana is one of the few countries in Africa where you can spot the Big Five – lion, buffalo, leopard, rhino and elephant, plus sight an enormous range of other flora and fauna. You can take a trip into the Kalahari Desert, which contains the world’s second largest game reserve or head up to the Okavango Delta and enter one of the best wildlife areas in Africa. Spotting these incredible animals in their natural habitat is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Visit the Orangutans of Borneo

The rainforest in Borneo, the largest island in Asia, is one of the oldest in the world at 140 million years old, and is surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches – a true paradise. Laze away your days on the pristine beach or take a hike into the jungle and spot some of its most famous inhabitants – the orangutans of Borneo. Orangutans have been the focus of scientific studies for years, and it’s no wonder why as they share 97% DNA with us humans. They’re very intelligent animals who use tools - baby orangutans even cry, sob and smile at their mothers, just like their human counterparts!

Husky Sledding Holidays

Every year, from December to April, Medway Leisure Travel offers a once in a life time trip to Finnish Lapland. You will be paired with a team of huskies who will pull you across the snowy outback through forests and over frozen lakes. Every day you will be pulled up to 40km and during the nights you will stay in humble log cabins - a far cry from city life. As you will be staying so far away from civilization with barely any light pollution, you will have a chance to see the fantastic Northern Lights, a wondrous experience in itself.

Ranch Holidays

Ranch life is hard work. But the cowboy lifestyle is something that appeals to our adventurous side – riding across the scrubland, lassoing cattle and living rough. If you’ve always been fascinated by the Wild West and fancy yourself as a bit of a cowboy, you can head to the USA or Canada for a ranch holiday. For confident horse riders and those that want to experience genuine Western ranch life you can head to a number of places to get involved in the process of raising cattle. For the active types you can really get involved in the full week of Western activities, such as rodeos, square dances and traditional BBQs.

 

**This blog post was previously published on Medway Leisure Travel, now trading as Pettitts Travel**