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The World's Finest Wildlife Experiences

Author: David Pettitt

Travelling to far flung destinations and witnessing wild animals in their natural habit is undoubtedly one of the most incredible holiday experiences you can choose to do. From endangered tigers in India and close up encounters with China’s giant panda to whale watching in the Arctic and tracking down the ‘Big Five’ on the vast plains of Africa, it can be difficult to choose!

Bengal tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, Madya Pradesh, India

Due to the locations of much of the world’s most fascinating creatures, the holiday journey to get there can be very much an adventure in itself. Bespoke travel arrangements can be adapted around escorted and private tours providing travellers the opportunity to discover a country in more detail as well taking time out to relax and enjoying the scenery, culture, local language and people. Without a doubt, wildlife and photography make the perfect marriage, combining striking scenery and a fascinating focal point; even the most novice of photographers will be able to produce spectacular photos.

Tigers of India

Ranthambore National Park is the largest reserve in India and home to the endangered Bengal tigers. The National Park is also a haven for other native wildlife including leopard, sloth, crocodile, hyena, jackal and a vast variety of colourful birdlife. A popular holiday option is to combine a tiger watching safari by jeep or on elephant back with a tour to incorporate the Golden Triangle of Jaipur, Delhi and Agra.

Polar Bears in Spitsbergen

If you’re searching for a holiday expedition to see polar bears in the wild then look no further. The dramatic ice-clad scenery of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago is the perfect location for wildlife enthusiasts keen to see the polar bears. The best way to explore the extreme location of the Svalbard region is by ship from which you will no doubt take in sights of many other species including reindeer, walrus and the Arctic fox in their natural environment.

The Great Migration in Tanzania and Kenya

Whether it’s your first time to Africa or you’re a seasoned traveller, the chance to see the vast annual movement of the Great Serengeti Wildebeest is a thrilling and dramatic spectacle. The Serengeti covers almost 15,000 square km and is renowned as the oldest park and retains an impressive reputation for offering some of the best game viewing in Africa. After a day’s safari you can be sure to unwind in the luxurious surroundings in an authentic African safari lodge or alternatively, depending on how close to nature you are brave enough to be, why not embrace the great outdoors with an exhilarating and unforgettable night sleeping under canvas and the star-lit night sky?

Bear Watching in Canada

Canada offers nature on a grand scale and for those intrepid wildlife explorers looking for a heart-stopping adventure, an encounter with Canada’s grizzly and brown bears should be high on the list. Native to North America, the grizzly and brown bears are wonderful to see during the summer months fishing for salmon. Popular holidays for bear watching can be experienced at Knight Inlet Lodge in British Columbia, which is a beautifully authentic lodge in a secluded location amongst the dramatic Canadian flora and fauna. The area has a huge population of grizzly bears so you’re certainly in for a treat!

Jaguar Holidays

The majestic Jaguar is native to South America. To observe this elegant cat in its natural environment is a rare and sought-after encounter. Tours take place in the tropical dense region of Pantanal in Brazil. This vast wetland area in South America is world-renowned for its wildlife. Tours will often combine cat watching by boat with open vehicles to maximise the experience and opportunity to see these beautiful predators hunting, swimming and playing.


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

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