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Planet Earth: all creatures great and small

We think that our four-legged, feathered and water loving friends have great taste, and inhabit some of the most remarkable spots on the planet.

All prices include international flights and transfers unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability. T&Cs may apply.

Mesmerising meerkats in the Kalahari

Head to the mighty (and malaria free) Tswalu Kalahari reserve in northern South Africa where you can explore the area on foot or by vehicle, and also from the air in a hot air balloon. But the best experience is definitely ground-based; you can sit and watch a den of habituated meerkats as these engaging little creatures bask in the sun, dig for grubs and interact with each other.

From £5,495pp (saving over £600pp) for 2 sharing for 7 nights at Tswalu Kalahari on a fully inclusive basis with free flights to and from Johannesburg – valid all year to guests staying for four nights or more.

Spot caracals in northern Kenya and lions in the Maasai Mara

In the rolling hills and dramatic valleys of northern Kenya, you may be lucky enough to spot an elusive resident. With amber fur, emerald eyes ringed with black, and long tufts of hair on its ears, the caracal is a beautiful cat found in rocky outcrops, hunting or sunning itself. Explore on foot, horseback, or even take a camel ride! Then head to the Mara to see some of the caracal’s larger cousins – lions abound and can often be seen hunting in the middle of the day!

From £4,210pp sharing including, all transfers and flights within Kenya, fully inclusive accommodation while on safari and full board in Nairobi.

Manta rays in the Maldives

The Four Seasons is located on a remote island in the Baa Atoll which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, putting it in the same category as the Galapagos Islands for its bio-diversity. The snorkeling and diving is second to none with sightings of Manta Rays, Sea and Hawksbill Turtles.

From £2,990pp (saving £790pp) based on 2 sharing a Beach Bungalow with Plunge Pool on a B&B basis for 7 nights, traveling between 11 May – 31 July and 01 Sept – 31 Oct 2012.

Indonesia's dragons

Sail through the heart of the Indonesian Archipelago on board Amanikan, a stunning Phinisi boat, to encounter prehistoric creatures unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. Visit the only two islands in the world where Komodo Dragons still roam free, reaching 3 meters in length and weighing more than 300 pounds, with poisonous saliva and a menacing smile.

From £12,500pp based on a 2 night stay at Amanwana in an Ocean Tent followed by 5 nights on board Amanikan, including all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, 2 dives per day and park entrance fees where applicable.

Blue footed boobies

Isolated by the Pacific Ocean, The Galapagos is a wildlife haven devoid of predators so the extraordinary creatures who inhabit the islands are remarkablely fearless. Enjoy a close encounter with a giant tortoise, swim with a sealion and meet a loveable blue-footed booby (the name from the Spanish word bobo meaning clown).

From £4,945pp and £3,745 per child (under 12) based on a family of four for 14 nights on a full board basis at Napo Wildlife Centre and on-board the Eric/Flamingo/Letty including excursions and B&B in Quito.

Giant anteaters in the Pantanal

Giant anteaters are strange looking animals, but a firm favorite of visitors to the Brazilian Pantanal. Almost blind, they have an acute sense of smell, a sticky tongue of over half a meter, and walk on their heels to help protect the digging claws that allow them to feed on up to 30,000 tiny insects a day. At Rio Mutum Lodge guests can spot giant anteaters as well as armoured armadillos, tapirs, squawking macaws and giant river otters.

From £4,100pp and £3,780 per child (under 12) based on a family of four for 13 nights, full board in the Pantanal, half board at Picinguaba and B&B elsewhere.

Diving with dolphins

Half Moon in Jamaica is one of the most complete family resorts in the Caribbean, with a multitude of sports facilities for the adventurous and the Fern Tree Spa for those wanting relaxation and pampering. Visit the natural dolphin lagoon for a swim with the resident Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, or even be a trainer for a day!

From £9,810 (saving £885) for a family of four based on 7 nights in 2 Superior Rooms on B&B, travel until 15th Nov 2012.

Lemurs and chameleons

Head to Madagascar’s wild southern coast to see some amazing wildlife – from the nocturnal lemurs with large eyes and prehensile fingers, to tiny spiny tenrecs, much like a hedgehog but with sharper spikes! Or search for one of Madagascar’s famous residents, the chameleon – ranging in size from an inch to two feet long!

From £3,495pp (saving £440pp) for 9 nights at a combination of Manafiafy Beach Lodge and Mandrare River Camp on a fully inclusive basis, valid Aug 10 - Sept 10 and Nov 15 - Dec 20 2012.

Search for wild boar

Castello di Vicarello is a beautifully converted 11th century castle in the hills near Poggi di Sasso in Southern Tuscany. The owner Carlo is an experienced wild boar hunter and can arrange a fascinating excursion into the surrounding forests in search of the Tuscan ‘cinghiale’ or wild boar.

From £1,550pp based staying in a spacious suite for four nights inclusive of flights and car hire.

Tasmanian Devils

Travel to Australia’s only island state to encounter its most iconic resident, the Tasmanian Devil. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, located 35 minutes from Hobart, specializes in the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned Tasmanian native wildlife. Meet the feisty little devils, learn their names and stories and even feed them by hand. You will also come across some tawny frogmouths, potoroos, sugar gliders, wombats, golden possums and kangaroos.

From £6,500pp for a customized itinerary through Tasmania based on 2 people sharing, including a visit to Bonorong, car hire and some meals.

Marine turtles and rare seabirds

Offering barefoot luxury, Denis Island is the perfect place to experience real island-style living, with all the villas offering direct beach access. Eco-friendly and investing in sustainable tourism, you can spot birds such as the Paradise Flycatcher and Seychelles Warbler, plus see Hawksbill and green turtles lay their eggs on the protected shoreline.

From £6,900pp (saving £755) based on 2 people for 7 nights in a Beach Cottage on all inclusive.

Tigers in India

The months of May and June are the best time to visit the National Parks of India in search of the elusive Bengal Tiger. Staying in luxury Taj Safari/&Beyond lodges, you will set out on an adventure into the hidden interior of India with expert naturalists to help you uncover the diversity of wildlife which rivals that of Africa.

From £2,990pp (saving £1,295pp) for a 9 night itinerary based on departures until 20 June 2012.

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