Let loose this year and allow your wanderlust to run wild. Wild looks different to different people. Whether you’re looking to get up close to rare wildlife, tick something off your bucket list or sample an unusual cuisine you’ve never tasted before, our specialists are bursting with ideas to help you embrace your wild side.
So, browse the inspiration below, and get in touch to tap into our network of incredible insider knowledge, giving you access to coveted experiences with expert local guides. It’s time to step outside your comfort zone and allow us to craft you a trip that pushes the boundaries of your imagination.
Once the definitive scorecard of things you wanted to jump off or swim with before you die, the bucket list has expanded to embrace adventure on an epic scale. Whether it’s watching the sun rise over the epic granite peaks of the Torres Del Paine in Patagonia, or feeling the earth shake with the thunder of hooves as wildebeest migrate across the Masai Mara and Serengeti, there are no limits for the modern-day explorer.
We've pulled together a collection of delicious adventures that really cut the mustard. Whether you're a foodie or not, we think that a key part of any vacation is what you eat. From a long, lazy breakfast in a Tuscan garden, indulging in fresh croissants and homemade jellies and fruit juice fresh from the orchard, to visiting a bustling fish market in Tokyo to select your sushi straight off the boats, the culinary experiences should be a highlight.
There’s nothing we love more than watching wild animals going about their lives, unfazed by our temporary passing in their world. From the sounds of their calls to their quirky mannerisms and even at times their unique scent, tracking down wildlife requires you to have all your senses engaged. Below, we have picked out some of the best itineraries for going in search of wildlife – from the vast plains of Africa to the rich jungles of Latin America.
At Scott Dunn, we are a team of avid globetrotters – it’s what we do best! Our Travel Specialists are constantly traveling the world, revisiting old favorites and exploring new destinations to stay in the know. Read on for our team’s top insider experiences, from a night under the stars in South Africa to a Murano glass-blowing masterclass in Venice. Whatever type of experience you’re searching for, we’ll use our insider knowledge to craft a journey that is completely unique to you.
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Swedish Lapland, Sweden
Arctic Retreat is a small, family-run property located in the tiny village of Gunnarsbyn in Swedish Lapland. The retreat is made up of a collection of traditional log cabins and offers an exclusive and inviting base from which to enjoy the wilderness.
Explora El Chaltén
El Chalten & Los Glaciares National Park, Southern Patagonia, Argentina
Occupying a breathtaking position in Argentina's hiking and climbing capital, Explora El Chaltén is the perfect base for exploring the mountains and glaciers of wild Patagonia. This luxurious all-inclusive lodge offers adventure and comfort in abundance.
Beana Laponia is an adults-only boutique hotel in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Surrounded by a mesmerising snowy landscape, Beana Laponia offers a wilderness hideaway with an abundance of winter activities on its doorstep.
Caiman Ecological Refuge
Caiman Ecological Refuge is a 53,000-hectare ranch located in the heart of the southern Pantanal region of Brazil, one of the world’s most important wetlands, hosting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the Americas.
Katavi National Park, Lake Tanganyika and western Tanzania, Tanzania
Chada Katavi is a small exclusive safari camp with just six Meru guest tents. The camp is situated in the incredibly remote Katavi National Park, in Western Tanzania, which is reputed to be one of the wildest places on earth.
Mahale Mountains, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
Greystoke Mahale enjoys a breathtaking position on a golden beach along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, sheltered by the lush forest of the Mahale Mountains. This isolated setting is home to the world's largest known population of chimpanzees.
Ikuka Safari Camp
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
High on the Mwagusi escarpment in Ruaha National Park, Ikuka Safari Camp is an intimate, secluded camp with just six tents under thatched roofs. With uninterrupted views across the savannah, Ikuka offers the quintessential African wilderness experience.
Harads, Swedish Lapland
In the heart of Swedish Lapland lies Loggers Lodge, a warm and welcoming cabin made for two, surrounded by trees, streams and breathtaking scenery. This is the perfect spot for those looking to really get away from it all.
With its striking contemporary design and incredible ‘heart of the forest’ feel, Mashpi Lodge is a sophisticated and relaxing hideaway in the clouds, perfectly situated for exploring the incredible biodiversity of the Chocoan cloudforest.
Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Patagonia Camp on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, offers guests exclusive and unique accommodation against the backdrop of stunning Lago Toro and Patagonian peaks. Think…luxury glamping experience and awesome excursions in stunning Patagonia!
Wild Costa Rica
Central Valley, Tortuguero, Osa Peninsula & Manuel Antonio
Travel from coast to coast exploring Costa Rica’s wildlife rich natural highlights while staying at charming hotels in spectacular surroundings and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. Unwind at the end at a boutique beach retreat on a lush hillside.
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. We’ve selected two of Kenya’s renowned camps within private conservancies, in the adventure playground of Laikipia and the vast plains of the Masai Mara, with some extraordinary wildlife experiences along the way. Top this off with a stay...
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...
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...
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...
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 travelers, as you spend each night in a mobile...
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...
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 itinerary offers the ultimate central India experience, involving remote lodges, luxury tented camps and safaris in four of India’s most prolific national parks.
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,...