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Experiences of a Lifetime: Trip Ideas for the Wildlife Enthusiast

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Chobe Princesses by Mantis. Photo courtesy of The Zambezi Queen Collection

Our three best wildlife experiences in the world combine the dynamics of an itinerary designed around the splendor of the outdoors.

The wonders of the wilderness can reveal the spirit of life and nature’s beauty. Whether with the sights and sounds or the feeling of seclusion, wildlife shimmers with a majesty that’s often unimaginable during daily life.

From winding down the waters of the Chobe River to the intimate ambiance of a jungle hiding tigers, our list is a guide to how you can enjoy the true wonders of the world according to your goals.

  1. 1. Witness African Wildlife Up Close with a Five-Star Cruise
  2. 2. Search for Tigers in the Jungle
  3. 3. Explore the World of Mountain Gorillas
  4. Plan Your Wildlife Trip of a Lifetime

1. Witness African Wildlife Up Close with a Five-Star Cruise

Cruising the Chobe river in Botswana aboard the Chobe Princesses by Mantis

Chobe Princesses by Mantis. Photo courtesy of The Zambezi Queen Collection

Botswana is home to some of the most unique landscapes in Africa and the Chobe River provides unparalleled access to remote corners in which wildlife thrives. Combine the comforts of stellar accommodations with spectacular views that unveil bathing elephants or the blazing colors of sunrise stretching across the horizon.

The adventure immerses you in untamed wilderness, while allowing you to enjoy opulent conveniences in a safe and unique environment. From watching birdlife along the riverbanks to photographing wildlife, venturing onto the land for aerial views from baobab trees to looking for giraffes, a luxury Chobe River cruise is an unforgettable safari experience.

Botswana Trip Idea

The splendors of the wilderness across shifting landscapes are yours to be had on this 11-day Bucket List Botswana: Victoria Falls, Chobe, Moremi, and Central Kalahari, one of the best animal encounter vacations.

Highlights: Set out across Chobe National Park during morning and afternoon safari adventures • Witness the wilderness from a unique vantage point on the Chobe River • Traverse the staggering untamed landscapes carpeting the Okavango Delta • Join a professional ranger for an enchanting birding tour • Stargaze around the campfire in the central Kalahari

Learn more: Botswana SafarisBotswana Safari Guide

2. Search for Tigers in the Jungle

Tiger laying on the jungle floor in India

Ranthambore National Park, India

Tigers are the largest cats in the world and visiting India to view the majestic, endangered, and graceful beings in their natural habitat brings the wonder of a storybook to life. A jungle safari is unlike exploring the landscape in other areas of the world, as the remote ambiance and vibrant sounds capture the sense of adventure as you search for the hidden colors of the Bengal tiger.

The combination of aromas that fill the air can accompany the calls of monkeys, birds, and other wildlife that shape the unique jungle ecosystem. The journey demonstrates the importance of tigers in the wilderness, their captivating stature, and the endless stories they bring to our lives.

India Trip Idea

Northern India Tour: Vibrant Cultures, Iconic Temples, and Scenic Wildlife unravels the mysteries and mystique of India by immersing you in a 14-day exploration of wilderness, culture, and tradition.

Highlights: Witness the incredible grace and power of the famous Bengal tiger • Visit the national park that inspired Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book • Discover the changing colors of the Taj Mahal • Explore the celebrated temples at Khajuraho • Tour through Jaipur to witness sensational architecture surrounded by desert

Learn more: India ToursIndia Travel Guide

3. Explore the World of Mountain Gorillas

Silverback gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

A gorilla trek isn’t a completely exclusive activity, but a truly unique experience that immerses you in the dense jungle terrain of Central Africa, with the promise of finding wildlife in its natural habitat.

Like many lifetime opportunities, a gorilla trek is about the journey and the destination, the unforgettable trudge through the mountains beneath the tropical canopy before you reach a bustling silverback troop.

It is the ultimate primate experience and one of the few safari adventures that promise a view of the animals. A gorilla trek is a step into a world unknown in search of wildlife once deemed mystical, but always endlessly majestic and one of the best animal-interaction vacations.

Uganda Trip Idea

Embrace a unique ambiance and thrilling adventure on this 15-Day Africa Encounter: Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe that immerses you in the exceptional landscape and fascinating activity of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Highlights: Wander the dense jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on a thrilling gorilla-trekking safari • Tour Bwindi’s sprawling wooded hills to visit tribal villages • View distinct traditions and indulge in unique delicacies • Adventure across the immense bushveld of Amboseli on morning and afternoon safaris • Visit Lake Naivasha • Cruise across the bushveld and vast open plains of Masai Mara

Learn more: Uganda Safaris & Gorilla TrekkingAfrican Safari Travel Guide

Plan Your Wildlife Trip of a Lifetime

Tourists on a gorilla-trekking safari

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

The mystique and beauty of the natural world create a thrilling dynamic for unique wildlife experiences in untamed splendor. The world is a natural treasure, with endless ideas and inspiration found in the landscape. Venture into the wilderness on nature and wildlife tours, vacations and safaris that reveal tigers in the tropics or gorillas in the mist.

Find inspiration for how to enjoy your next destination with our Trips of a Lifetime travel guide. It will help you explore the fascinating details of wilderness excursions designed around your desired experience.

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