Take the trip of a lifetime with us on a wildlife holiday to some of the world's most striking destinations.
- Unforgettable, bespoke luxury wildlife holidays
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
With only six suites, Dulini Moya offers an exclusive luxury retreat within the Exeter Private Game Reserve, near the south western corner of the Kruger National Park. Guests staying at Dulini can enjoy superb game viewing in ultimate safari comfort.
Set on two miles of private pristine beach, Half Moon is one of the most complete family resorts in the Caribbean with every possible amenity at your fingertips. With warm Jamaican hospitality and stunning surroundings, this a very special destination.
Makgadikgadi Pans, Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari, Botswana
Jack's Camp was set up by the legendary African character Jack Bousfield, who was one of the great explorers and adventurers of the continent. There are just ten tents and this intimate camp is one of only two permanent camps in the Makgadikgadi.
Volcanoes National Park, Virungas and northern Rwanda, Rwanda
Bisate is the newest luxury lodge in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, home to the mountain gorillas. Owned by Wilderness Safaris the lodge offers a new level of luxury and conservation tourism to the country.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge nestles in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with stunning views of the Virunga Volcanoes. The lodge accommodates guests in eight stone cottages, each of which has its own fireplace for keeping warm on cool evenings.
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated on the edge of the Parc National des Volcans. This eight room lodge has fabulous views of the Virunga Mountains and is a great base from which to trek into the mountains to hopefully see the mountain gorillas.
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge
Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge overlooks the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve in Western Uganda, close to where the gorilla treks start. Guests stay in one of the eight simple stone cottages, each of which offers stunning views over the forest canopy.
Volcanoes Virunga Lodge
Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
Virunga Lodge has ten cottages set in an incredible position with views of the Virunga volcanoes and shimmering lakes Ruhondo and Burera. The lodge is a great base from which to go gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park.
Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Buhoma Lodge is an intimate property that gives you stunning and picturesque views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Perfectly located for gorilla tracking and various other activities in the surrounding area.
Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge
Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge overlooks the ecologically diverse and stunning Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The lodge offers comfortable rooms and a friendly atmosphere with a focus on high quality customer service.
What our guests have said
"Matt Shock did a great job setting up the trip. The safari camp, the logistics, our hotel and the trips in Cape Town were all wonderful!"A.D. - Apr 2023
"Fantastic trip that felt like the family holiday of a lifetime. Everything went flawlessly, thank you!"H.H. - Apr 2023
"We had a wonderful time and the entire trip was planned perfectly. Eli was always extremely responsive, helpful and kind with all of my queries!"P.M. - Apr 2023
Wildlife Holiday FAQs
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our luxury wildlife holidays start from $8,300 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.
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.
Why Choose Scott Dunn for Your Wildlife Holiday?
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