Wildlife Holidays

Take the trip of a lifetime with us on a wildlife holiday to some of the world's most striking destinations.

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Wildlife Holidays

Not many experiences rival the thrill of seeing animals in their natural habitat, which is why our wildlife holidays are so special.

Go for a jungle holiday that offers humbling, bucket-list encounters with wild mountain gorillas. Watch as they tend their young, mirroring our own lives in so many ways, in the forests of Uganda and Rwanda. Choose an African safari wildlife holiday to see predator and prey bound together in the constant struggle for survival on the plains of the Maasai Mara. Alternatively, experience a wildlife tour in Latin America to witness unique behaviours and marvel at the sheer unbridled diversity of the Amazon Rainforest.

A wildlife holiday is a journey that will open your eyes, warm your heart and create memories to last a lifetime.

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Luxury African Safari Holidays

Encounter Africa's wildlife and experience vast, striking landscapes on a bespoke safari tour.

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Trekking Great Apes

It’s easy to see why hanging out with great apes in the wild snags the top spot on many a bucket list. Their eyes a mirror to a not-so-distant past, their gestures and relationships so like our own. Perhaps you dream of trekking through lush forest to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda? Or visiting those charismatic redheads, the orangutans of Borneo? Powerful and moving, a primate safari is one of the most rewarding trips you’ll ever take in your life.

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Wildlife in Asia

Asia's stunningly diverse landscape is ideal for an equally impressive range of animals. Visit the dragons of Komodo National Park or head to Minneriya National Park where 300 elephants congregate every September - October to graze, drink, bathe, play and even find mates. Delve into the lush jungles on the Cardamom Mountains where wild Indochinese tigers, clouded leopards, Asiatic black bears and Malayan sun bears all roam free. Or, if you wish to see something truly spectacular, head to Taman Negara National Park where the Great Hornbill and Spectaculed Langur reside.

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Wildlife in Latin America

The Galapagos Islands are renowned for wildlife; it is a place where giant tortoises roam free and the blue-footed boobies preen themselves atop jagged rocks. But there is oh so much more to South America than this: there's Costa Rica where colourful birds and chattering monkeys dart through lush jungle, or Brazil's Pantanal which is one of the best places to see jaguars in action. Travelling up the mighty Amazon River is a real treat as it is home to all manner of unique species, including the elusive river dolphins which get pinker the more excited they are!

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Jungles

Welcome to the jungle; one of the world’s last truly wild frontiers. From hot and humid rainforests to cooler mountain climes, they’re staggeringly diverse ecosystems alive with wildlife, delicate orchids, jewel-bright birds, dazzling butterflies the size of your hand, and hidden tribes speaking seldom heard languages. The setting of myriad myths and legends, the jungle looms large in our imaginations. It’s the perfect backdrop for an epic adventure.

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Top 10 Wildlife Experiences

From swimming with manta rays in the warm waters of the Maldives to glimpsing snow leopards in India’s strikingly scenic Ladakh region, choose to go wild with our selection of epic wildlife experiences on your next holiday.

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African Safari Wildlife Holidays

Whether your dream is to see the wildebeest migration into Kenya's Maasai Mara or stay in the world-famous Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, an African wildlife holiday promises a life-enhancing experience.

We offer wildlife tours across Africa, including malaria-free safaris. Aside from getting up close on foot, you can experience our safaris by canoe, on horseback or from a plane. See bathing hippos from the water, spot elephants from your saddle or witness huge herds of migratory zebra from a vintage biplane.

For accommodation, you can choose from luxury safari lodges in the middle of iconic reserves, as well as stylish boutique hotels with brilliant viewing points. Many are beside lakes and watering holes, making them ideal for spotting wildlife as you sip your morning coffee!

We offer family-friendly safari experiences, so you can go on wildlife holidays with little ones too. These trips are topped off with child-friendly accommodation and local guides experienced in tailoring the experience for children.

Wildlife Holidays in Antarctica

Discover vast, untouched parts of the world with a wildlife holiday in Antarctica. Very few people reach 66°33’ S and cross the Antarctic Circle, so you'll truly be embarking on the trip of a lifetime.

You have the option to fly across the wild seas of Drake Passage – the foaming body of water between Antarctica and the southern tip of South America – relieving you of the journey by boat. This way, you can spend more time in this surreal part of the world among scientists and a select few travellers. During our Antarctica wildlife tours, you can stay in cutting-edge ships fitted with pools, wellness centres and more, so you'll be more than comfortable and catered for at all times.

Expect to see an array of penguin species, including chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie varieties, as well as majestic marine life. You can spot mighty humpback and minke whales, plus picture-perfect Weddel seals. As you sail down the frozen western coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula, you'll have opportunities to leave the boat and soak up the surrounding peaks and glaciers on land.

Wildlife Holidays in Latin America

Latin America offers a variety of luxury wildlife holidays. Explore the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest in one epic wildlife tour for enviable animal encounters.

The former will involve an eco-friendly sailing expedition and give you the chance to spot giant tortoises and snorkel with penguins and rays. Meanwhile, the latter will spoil you with colourful tropical birds, frogs, snakes and the elusive jaguar – not forgetting the iconic sloths hanging out in the trees. These wildlife tours offer a great opportunity to embrace your adventurous spirit, with the option to go hiking or canoeing to add an extra layer of adventure to your trip.

A wildlife holiday in Costa Rica promises an equally exclusive trip. In the Tortuguero National Park, you can see sloths, monkeys and key egg-laying sites for green turtles. Your trip will be topped off with boutique hillside retreats and the option to take part in plenty of outdoor activities, such as white-water rafting and kayaking.

Wildlife Holidays in Asia

Asia offers an incredible array of wildlife tour possibilities. Catch a glimpse of orangutans near the Kinabatangan River in Borneo or take your trip to India to the next level and spot snow leopards in the Trans-Himalayan Region.

In Sri Lanka, you can visit three national parks in one trip, including the Yala National Park, where you have a high chance of spotting leopards. The experience will, of course, be enhanced by your stays at luxury hotels and charming lodges that provide home comforts during your wildlife tour.

Over in Thailand, a stay at the tented jungle camp of Elephant Hills is a must for getting up close to the majestic Indian elephant. Complete your wildlife holiday by snorkelling or diving with marine life living in the coral reefs at Koh Lanta – keep an eye out for angelfish and parrotfish!

Wildlife Holidays in the Jungle

Keen to experience a jungle holiday amid a stunning array of wildlife? There are several ways to experience this with us, each guaranteeing incredible memories.

Sail through the Amazon aboard the 174-foot Aria Amazon in Peru, complete with first-class service and a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio. Floor-to-ceiling windows will maximise your chances of spotting wildlife as you float by. This is your chance to see endangered pink Amazon dolphins, as well as the giant river otter and black alligator.

Another immersive wildlife tour awaits in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, where almost half of the world's population of mountain gorillas resides. Spend the day spotting these magnificent creatures before retreating to your jungle lodge with views of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Elsewhere in Costa Rica, you can stay in a spectacular lodge up in the trees with views over the Pacuare River – one of the best places for white-water rafting. In between adventure activities, you can see hundreds of species of tropical birds, as well as sloths, howler monkeys and even ocelots.

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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

Desroches Island, Seychelles

Described as one of the most beautiful and unspoilt islands in the world and the largest in the far southern Amirantes group, Desroches has over 14 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches protected by a reef rich in coral and marine life.

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Hapuku Lodge

Hapuku Lodge

Kaikoura, Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

Designed as a contemporary luxury country lodge, Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses sit at the foot of South Island's spectacular Kaikoura Ranges, looking out over the rugged Pacific Coast of New Zealand - home to an abundance of marine life.

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Nayara Gardens

Nayara Gardens

Arenal, Costa Rica

A stylish hotel surrounded by lush tropical forest with unbeatable views of one of the world's most picturesque volcanoes, Arenal. Nayara Gardens provides the perfect base from which to explore the central region of Costa Rica.

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Sonora Resort

Sonora Resort

Sonora Island, British Columbia

In the heart of the Canadian wilderness yet uncompromising on luxury, Sonora Resort is the perfect getaway for those looking to experience the abundant wildlife, outdoor lifestyle and unspoiled beauty of this stunning part of British Columbia

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Duba Plains

Duba Plains

Duba Concession, Okavango Delta and Moremi, Botswana

Situated on an island in the furthest reaches of the Okavango Delta, Duba Plains is one of the most remote luxury tented camps in the region. With only six bespoke tents, the camp prides itself on intimacy as well as remarkable game viewing.

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Aria Amazon

Aria Amazon

Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon, Peru

Sail the waters of the mighty Amazon onboard the 147 ft exclusive Aria Amazon, which offers a first class service and luxurious accommodations.

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Lapa Rios Lodge

Lapa Rios Lodge

Southern Osa, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios is an award-winning eco-lodge with fantastic service set in 1,000 acres of tropical rainforest reserve on the wildlife rich Osa Peninsula overlooking the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica.

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Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge

Turrialba and Pacuare, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge is a luxurious nature and adventure lover’s paradise hidden away in the heart of Costa Rica’s most pristine jungle. Best accessed by white water raft, it combines thrilling adventure activities and an abundance of wildlife.

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Aurora Safari Camp

Aurora Safari Camp

Lapland, Sweden

Fredrik Broman's brainchild, the Aurora Safari Camp is testament to this professional photographers vision to bring the wonder of the African luxury camp to the Arctic Circle. This is a unique base in Lapland to husky sled, Aurora watch and snow-mobile.

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Birkenhead House

Birkenhead House

Hermanus, Garden Route, South Africa

Perched on a cliff top in Hermanus, Birkenhead House provides a haven of luxury for those travelling along the Garden Route. Only an hour and a half from Cape Town, this boutique hotel offers 11 beautiful rooms.

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Wild Costa Rica

Wild Costa Rica

Central Valley, Tortuguero, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio

Travel from coast to coast and explore Costa Rica’s rich natural highlights on this luxury tour. Stay at charming hotels in spectacular surroundings and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, like going off the beaten track to spot local wildlife. Finish off by unwinding at a boutique hillside retreat that shares a beach with iguanas and monkeys

Adventure Eco/ethical tourism Wildlife Beach

GBP £5,200 pp

36 nights
Extraordinary Antarctica: Cross the Polar Circle

Extraordinary Antarctica: Cross the Polar Circle

Santiago, Punta Arenas, Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Santiago

Whilst more and more adventurers are setting their sights on Antarctica, few make it to 66°33’ S and cross the Antarctic Circle. Those who do are treated to a world of pristine sea ice, the abandoned signs of human activity now frozen in time and absolute silence. The itinerary we showcase below offers guests the chance to fly over the Drake...

GBP £14,600 pp

9 nights
Wild Botswana

Wild Botswana

Moremi, Khwai & Chobe, Botswana

Immerse yourself in the wild as you spend 10 days exploring the diverse habitats of Botswana, from the savannah and woodlands of Moremi to the Mababe Private Reserve where you will stay along the glistening waterways of Khwai River, ending in Chobe National Park. This itinerary is ideal for intrepid travellers, as you spend each night in a mobile...

GBP £5,800 pp

14 nights
Wild India

Wild India

Delhi, Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Pench Tiger Reserve, Satpura National Park

A rugged wilderness home to a myriad of wildlife, including the famed Bengal tiger, this India tour itinerary offers the ultimate central India experience. Think remote lodges, luxury tented camps and safaris in four of India’s most prolific national parks, including Kanha and Satpura. Savour every moment with this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Off the beaten track Wildlife

GBP £7,200 pp

12 nights
Wild Madagascar

Wild Madagascar

Andasibe-Mantadia, Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Ranomafana National Park, Isalo National Park, Ifaty

This itinerary really showcases the bizarre wildlife that Madagascar is so famed for. Your journey will start in the east of Madagascar where you’ll witness the largest lemur in Madagascar, the Indri, in Andasibe National Park. Look out for the Golden Bamboo lemur amongst the dense forests of Ranomafana National Park and end further south,...

GBP £4,600 pp

12 nights
Epic Kenya

Epic Kenya

Nairobi, Laikipia, Maasai Mara & Zanzibar

Get ready to delve into the wilds of Kenya, guided by some of east Africa’s most highly trained safari experts. For this Kenya adventure tour, we’ve selected two of the country's renowned camps within private conservancies: wonder-filled Laikipia and the vast plains of the Maasai Mara. Expect extraordinary wildlife experiences along the way.

Adventure Wildlife

GBP £9,000 pp

9 nights
Epic South Africa

Epic South Africa

Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Greater Kruger

Capture the best of the Rainbow Nation on this stylish introduction to South Africa. We’ve handpicked luxury boutique hotels and extraordinary experiences for a trip that will make your friends green with envy. Sample delectable fusion cuisine while gazing over the rugged peaks of Table Mountain in Cape Town before soaring over the thundering...

Wildlife Adventure Couples Culture

GBP £6,400 pp

15 nights
Sri Lanka Safari

Sri Lanka Safari

Kotuguda, Wilpattu, Sigiriya, Gal Oya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park & Galle

Experience wild Sri Lanka on this off-the-beaten track itinerary. This journey takes you through the length and breadth of this diverse teardrop isle. Through undulating hills, low grasslands and golden coast, enjoy incredible wildlife and culture throughout. With hundreds of species of endemic birds as well as a growing number of leopard sightings...

Beach Wildlife Couples Culture

GBP £4,700 pp

11 nights
Wild Galapagos & Ecuador

Wild Galapagos & Ecuador

Quito, Amazon & Galapagos

Meet the magnificent wildlife of the exotic Amazon rainforest and enchanting Galapagos Islands on this unforgettable trip of wildlife encounters and experiences. From the culture of Quito to the biodiversity of the Yasuni National Park and the ethereal beauty of the Galapagos Islands, the natural beauty, bird, marine and wildlife of the region is...

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GBP £10,600 pp

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Wildlife Holiday FAQs

  • How long are your wildlife holidays?

    Our wildlife holidays last between nine and 26 nights.

    The length of time will depend on the location chosen. For example, Antarctica takes a little longer to reach, with overnight stays in Chile to break up your journey. If you have any requests, please don't hesitate to speak with one of our experts upon booking.

  • What kind of accommodation will I be staying in during my wildlife holiday?

    Something that makes our luxury wildlife holidays stand out is being able to spot animals from the comfort of your accommodation. Experience amazing animal encounters from your balcony or looking out from your living room. Our handpicked accommodation allows you to experience your surroundings to their fullest.

    During our Africa wildlife holidays, you can stay in lodges with floor-to-ceiling windows that are ideal for game-viewing, as well as luxury tents with views of nearby watering holes. You can stay in jungle holiday lodges with panoramic views in the Peruvian Amazon or luxurious hotel resorts with infinity pools in Costa Rica, where you can unwind while spotting sloths and tropical birds.

  • When should I go on a wildlife holiday?

    The answer to this depends on the location you're visiting and the types of animals you'd like to see during your wildlife tour.

    For example, if you'd love to see the famous wildebeest migration in Kenya, you need to visit between August and October. Similarly, if you have your heart set on seeing the Bengal tiger in India, we recommend visiting between October and March to avoid park closures due to the monsoon season. Timing is everything when you want to witness extraordinary wildlife.

    When booking your wildlife holiday, our helpful team will guide you, so you won't miss out.

  • Do you offer family-friendly wildlife holidays?

    We have a wide range of family wildlife vacations.

    Our family safari holidays incorporate superb activities, including junior ranger workshops, alongside opportunities to spot the big five from your accommodation. Head to the Amazon rainforest and Galapagos Islands in one spectacular trip to spot tortoises, monkeys and colourful frogs. The experience is complete with luxury accommodation for your family to recharge in.

    Multi-generational holidays are something we're passionate about providing, so we encourage you to specify any needs your family has when booking your wildlife holiday.

  • How much do luxury wildlife holidays cost?

    Our luxury wildlife holidays start from £4,600 per person, although prices will vary depending on how you customise your trip. Our travel specialists will be able to help you plan a trip that meets your requirements and budget.

    If you'd like to create an entirely bespoke wildlife holiday, please don't hesitate to share your ambitions with the team when booking.

  • How do I book a luxury wildlife holiday?

    To book a wildlife tour with Scott Dunn, just tell us what you want from the experience and we'll do the rest. You won't need to worry about any of the logistics as we'll sort them for you, arranging transfers and taking any special requirements you might have into consideration.

    If you're travelling with the family, we can make arrangements to ensure that everyone has their needs catered to. Meanwhile, if you're planning to go away for your honeymoon, we'll make sure we select the very best hotels for the occasion.

    Call us on the number listed below or fill out our online enquiry form to start planning your holiday.

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