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Witnessing animals in their natural habitat is an exhilarating experience, from hopping kangaroos to lounging lions, iridescent birds to intimidating whale sharks. A wildlife tour will immerse you in a mixture of wilderness and luxury to indulge in the majesty of wildlife on land and sea for an unparalleled experience. Find inspiration on where you can experience unique wildlife excursions in the sample itineraries below.

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Active volcano, Arenal, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Nature & Wildlife Vacation: Volcano, Hot Springs, Jungle & More

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,595

Find paradise on this 8-day Costa Rica vacation with adventures set between two stunning oceans and filled with verdant tropical rainforests. Discover the friendly locals and explore the jungle canopy in search of exotic birds and elusive jaguars, find comfort in natural thermal hot springs and witness the powerful conical peak of an active volcano.

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Sea lion on the beach.

14 Day Galapagos Adventure

14 Day Custom Tour

From $10,495

Experience the ultimate adventure during this 14-day Galapagos, Ecuador, and Peru tour. Discover the wild splendors of the famous Galapagos Islands, traverse the captivating diversity of the Amazon jungle, and witness the architectural marvel of Machu Picchu and the preserved Andean culture of Misminay. From penguins to llamas and from sacred wildlife to the Sacred Valley, uncover the breathtaking heritage of natural history and captivating tradition.

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Puffins on the Farne Islands

Grand Scotland Tour for Nature & Wildlife Enthusiasts

8 Day Custom Tour

From $2,395

The Scottish Highlands are known for their rugged and powerful force. The northern islands are pictures of perseverance against unpredictable Mother Nature. The Scottish countryside holds grace and delicateness along with raw power. This custom tailored grand Scotland tour for nature and wildlife enthusiasts through northern territories takes you into the natural beauty of the landscape and its unprecedented splendor. Mountains take shape in the mist and sea forges coastal cliffs. Puffins nest in sandstone niches and red deer graze on verdant foothills. This is Scotland at its most luxurious, captivating in its originality.

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Zebras, wildebeests, and flamingos in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Safari: Wildlife & Lava

7 Day Custom Tour

From $3,229

There is quite simply no way to gain greater intimacy with the bush than on foot. This week-long tour of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area provides intrepid hikers with an unprecedented wilderness experience as they hike through the crater’s many regions. Follow ancient farming trails between numerous Maasai villages, before eventually summiting an active volcano for panoramic views of the plateau and the crater floor. This journey provides unparalleled and deeply personal opportunities to not only see, but also hear, smell, and feel this special corner of Tanzania.

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Koalas are one of the main attractions in Australia

An Intimate Wildlife Tour of Australia & New Zealand

18 Day Custom Tour

From $4,495

Australia and New Zealand are defined by their rare indigenous wildlife; kangaroos that hop across the desert landscapes, exotic kiwis that fall beneath the trees, sperm whales who flop across ocean waves. This 18-day tour reveals all of the iconic sights, from sleepy koalas to playful dolphin pods, tropical birds to ethereal marine worlds. Enjoy an intimate journey through the wild landscapes to come face to face with the full array of the South Pacific's wildlife.

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A buff-winged starfrontlet humming bird in Ecuador

Bird Watchers Tour of Galapagos and Ecuador

13 Day Custom Tour

From $9,745

Over 1,600 different birds flutter across Ecuador's sublime landscapes, the country's unusual ecosystems creating a haven for the endemic and endangered. This handcrafted bird watching tour of Galapagos and Ecuador blends the fabulous range of colors, habitats, and mating displays, from the waved albatross to sword-billed hummingbirds and the Andean cock-of-the-rock. You spend seven days in the Andean cloud forest then five days on the Galapagos, with every day exploring a series of birding sites. If interested in adding additional unique experiences to your custom itinerary, consider perusing the Ecuador and Galapagos page for more trip ideas to Galapagos.

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African penguins colony in Cape Town, South Africa

Wildlife Wonders: Ten-Day South Africa Vacation for Families

10 Day Custom Tour

From $3,995

South Africa appeals to all ages. With this ten-day vacation, there will be penguins, elephants, Table Mountain, and an abundance of safari wilderness. You will be walking, cycling, surfing, venturing on game drives, and meeting San Bushmen. Yet, for all the wildlife wonder and thrilling safari scenes, South Africa also has its relaxed vibe. Split across Cape Town and the Sabi Sands, these ten days will allow you to fully unwind while taking your whole family on an African adventure of a lifetime.

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Amazon and Brazil's famous rainforests

10-Day Brazil: Wildlife and Nature Explorer

10 Day Custom Tour

From $5,995

Embrace the wonders of the natural world where wildlife teems beneath the jungle canopy during your 10-day Brazil adventure. Experience the elusive world of jaguars and macaw, winding rivers and enticing mangroves as you explore Brazil’s famous Amazon Rainforest. Lounge in luxurious accommodations, bask in the splendor of authentic beauty, and enjoy an active exploration through countless possibilities as you uncover layers of nature’s majesty.

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Sea lion coming to a scuba diver in the Galapagos, Ecuador

Galapagos Islands Wildlife Tour & Scuba Diving: Tortoises, Sea Lions & Seabirds

11 Day Custom Tour

From $8,245

Galapagos beauty dances above and below the water. Hammerhead sharks swarm beside colorful reef walls while strange seabirds mate on volcanic cliffs. Eagle rays and sea turtles cruise through dive sites while giant tortoises and penguins waddle across the islands. Combining four days of diving with five days of island excursions, this Galapagos Islands wildlife tour with scuba diving blends the best of the two worlds, offering a truly eclectic and authentic immersion in the remarkable wildlife of the archipelago.

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Hot air balloons drifting over the Masai Mara Savannah at dawn

12-Day Best of Kenya Safari

12 Day Custom Tour

From $8,995

Kenya is an epic wilderness destination waiting to be discovered during this breathtaking 12-day tour of the country’s coveted wildlife reserves. Between Nairobi and the rolling plains of Masai Mara, a golden-green expanse of flourishing environments is set to share the game viewing spoils and spectacular scenery for which Kenya is famous. Come visit the viridian sanctuaries and explore the untouched ecosystems of Amboseli National Park, Laikipia, and Masai Mara.

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Lion laying on grass in the African savanna

Two-Week Kenya Big Cat Safari Adventure

14 Day Custom Tour

From $7,135

Handcrafted to celebrate Kenya’s abundance of endangered animals, this adventurous, two-week safari will also offer intimate moments with rhinos, chimpanzees, and nearly exclusive species to Kenya. Cheetahs flourish on Kenya’s open grasslands along with Africa’s other iconic cats. This safari will lead you them, from the Amboseli swamps to Meru plains and Masai Mara grasslands.

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Mother Cheetah with cubs in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Cheetah Safari: Expedition Through Kenya

11 Day Custom Tour

From $8,685

Cheetahs roam where ungulates graze across the Kenyan plains. They thrive in the Masai Mara, have returned to Meru, are holding on in Samburu, and are accompanied by critically endangered species in Ol Pejeta. This unforgettable, 11-day safari will showcase four exceptional Kenyan destinations while focusing on cheetah encounters in addition to the country’s rarer and more unusual wildlife. It will provide a diverse safari experience in the country where safaris began.

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Discovering Belize Tour: Cayes, Placencia, Mayan History and Wildlife

14 Day Custom Tour

From$4,895

Discover the best of it all on this handcrafted two-week tour with several days in Ambergris Caye, several in Western Belize, and a short jaunt to Guatemala and Tikal. Search for jaguars, ride in a canoe and tube, explore the Mayan underworld, and snorkel with sharks. Belize is an indelibly relaxed country that is epitomized by white island beaches and deserted Caribbean coastlines.

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East African Luxury and Wildlife Safari: Tanzania, Kenya & Rwanda

13 Day Custom Tour

From$10,395

From Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, to Kenya’s Masai Mara and onwards to the Rwandan highlands, this two-week adventure will profile East Africa’s most impressive landscapes and most celebrated wildlife. Traversing the Serengeti and the Masai Mara will give unprecedented opportunities to watch the Great Wildebeest Migration, as lions, leopards and cheetahs escort the two million ungulates. In Rwanda stand in the midst of mountain gorillas, observing them, and they you. You will experience comfort in the bush by staying in intimate mobile camps away from the crowds. These are some of the continent’s most fantastic properties, offering an experience akin to that of the early explorers

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Best of Africa’s Primate Safari: Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys and More

9 Day Custom Tour

From$6,385

Majestic silverback gorillas beating their chest, 600-strong troops of colobus monkeys, chimpanzees draped across ebony trees, exotic species from the Congo Basin all abound as Rwanda is home to the world’s greatest primate encounters. Immersing yourself in the exotic realm of Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Park, this iconic safari will explore the depths and details of the region's primates, from the unusual grey-cheeked mangabey to two intimate gorilla trekking experiences.

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Wildlife and Wilderness Two-Week South Africa Safari

14 Day Custom Tour

From$11,055

From magical canyons to intimate hideouts, this will be the ultimate journey through South African nature, which will come in the form of a two-week safari in five destinations. Wildlife roams South African nature, desert-adapted elephants kick up dust on arid plains, and hippos wallow in ancient wetlands while rhinos and big cats traverse the savannah. After arid Madikwe, Mala Mala will showcase a true Kruger safari, and the opulent Kapama contrasts iSimangaliso before Hluhluwe-iMfolozi completes your natural connection.

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From Rainforests to Reefs: A Pristine Nature and Wildlife Tour of Belize

12 Day Custom Tour

From$4,195

Sharks surrounding a reef, jaguars in the rainforest, and the rarest of birds are just part of Belize’s natural experiences offered. There are so many ways to explore with canoeing, biking, snorkeling, diving, sunset cruising, hiking on trails, and through caves. This 12-day tour will immerse you in the rainforest and reef to give you the feeling of a landscape that remains mainly untouched and mysterious. Your sense of adventure will be complemented by superb wilderness lodges.

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Antarctica Tour: Exploring the Seventh Continent

11 Day Custom Tour

From$13,195

Experience the spectacles of the Seventh Continent during your custom-tailored 11-day Antarctica tour. Soar over the Drake Passage on a picturesque flight and travel between the South Shetland Islands on a zodiac boat. Imagine yourself in the shoes of 19th-century explorers in search of elephant seals, sea lions, and an abundance of penguins. From unlikely geothermal activity to trekking between secluded national research stations, Antarctica's isolated shores will touch you.

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10-Day Fly-Fishing Getaway to Seychelles

10 Day Custom Tour

From$8,995

Enjoy the thrills of the crystal-clear water and active marine life during this 10-day fly fishing Seychelles adventure. Indulge in the ultimate fly fishing experience in the celebrated and secluded corners of the Indian Ocean archipelago. Whether angling from the hard sand flats near the beach or a skiff beyond the reef, your guides will tailor each spot to your goals. This adventure will be accompanied by the enticing charms of luxury accommodations.

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Himalayan Birds & Wildlife Tour of North India

14 Day Custom Tour

From$2,095

From the luster of the Taj Mahal to the long bubbling call of the Eurasian Cuckoo, this is a custom tailored adventure that will have you traversing the ancient wonders and national parks of northern India. Witness the panorama of the expansive rolling peaks of the upper Himalayas. Course through the fabulous riverine forests that are flush with black-winged stilt. Whether cruising along the river in search of gavial or watching the sky for crested laughing thrushes, this is a bird lover’s dream wrapped up in an unforgettable adventure.

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Best of Namibia Safari & Nature Tour

10 Day Custom Tour

From$4,495

Experience the highlights of Namibia’s incredible landscapes, culture and wildlife on this tailor-made journey of exploration and adventure. Seek out lions and elephants and track rhinos on foot in the big game reserves of Ongava and Etosha before heading to Damaraland in search of unique desert-adapted elephant herds. Spend two days exploring the quirky Germanic seaside town of Swakopmund, then head south into the dunes of Sossusvlei, where a desert landscape of stark and utterly beautiful harshness will captivate your soul.

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8-Day Highlights of Costa Rica Vacation: Coast-to-Coast Adventure

8 Day Custom Tour

From$1,435

Soar through the Monteverde Cloud forest by zipline, admiring the breathtaking rain forest views with the warm wind in your hair, and unwind in Arenal’s natural hot springs as you breathe in the region’s misty air. Take a private tour of the tropical jungle and discover howler monkeys and two-toed sloths hanging from trees in addition to exotic birds fluttering above and brightly colored flowers that bloom among the leafy green foliage. Discover Tortuguero’s marshy landscape as you boat through its winding canals. Indulge in delicious local cuisine, explore Costa Rica’s top attractions by way of private tour guides, and dwell in luxury hotel accommodations. This coast-to-coast adventure will immerse you in nature, local culture, and the Pura Vida lifestyle as you enjoy the best of everything this Central American paradise has to offer.

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Wilderness, Wildlife & Wildwater of Peru Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From$1,975

Explore the waters and discover remote corners of South America during your 9-day Peru rafting tour. Your customizable excursion will take you into the thrilling whitewater of the Andean Altiplano and across the wilds of the Amazon Basin. Whether navigating class IV rapids or searching the riverbanks for endangered jaguars and rare macaws, you will experience true beauty during the ride of your life in Peru’s wilderness and wilds.

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