Wildlife & safaris

The call of the wild. It can show up as a nagging urge to go off grid, far from technology and the mayhem of modern day life. Or it may be the decision to finally turn that lifelong dream to go on safari into a reality; to see the Big 5 in the flesh, sit beneath vast star-laden skies, to rise with the sun and fall asleep to the sounds of the bush.

For wildlife lovers, nothing surpasses close encounters of the furred or feathered kind. The chance to experience life in all of its jaw-dropping, heart-pounding and tear-jerking glory. A wildlife vacation or safari is the perfect way to indulge your wanderlust, help protect the last untamed places on Earth, and inspire the next generation of wildlife ambassadors.

From horseback, game vehicle, on foot or by boat, there are many ways to reconnect with nature whether you’re exploring the ancient landscape of the Galapagos Islands, canoeing along the Amazon, on a tiger safari in India or trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda.

At a Glance

  • Families: A wildlife vacation or safari is a great way to pass on your passion for nature. And since even the most ardent animal lover will tire of sitting in a game vehicle all day, working with a travel expert will help you strike the right balance between wildlife encounters and more energetic pursuits on a multi-gen trip.

  • Photographic safaris: A photographic vacation in the wild with expert guides, equipment and specially kitted-out vehicles is the stuff of dreams for photography nerds who dream of snapping Nat Geo-worthy images. From half day lessons for beginners to hosted trips with pros, there’s something for everyone.

  • Culture & romance: A cultural itinerary that combines tiger tracking with temples in India; a luxury camp in the Africa wilderness with wall-to-wall game viewing, or a cruise and beach combo in South America, a wildlife vacation will get your heart racing in more ways than one.

Africa Safaris

What springs to mind when you think of Africa? Endless plains teeming with wildlife, vast empty spaces with a never-ending horizon, white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, and romantic nights under star-studded skies? Our African safari experts know this incredible continent inside out which makes them the perfect people to help you plan an unforgettable safari in the Maasai Mara, whisk you away to the pristine beaches of Mozambique, or design a foodie trip to the rugged hills of the South African Winelands, Africa has something to offer whether it's your first time or your thirty-first.

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.

Indian tiger safaris

Home to over half the world’s population of tigers, India remains one of the best places to see this majestic big cat in the wild. Head deep into the jungle in search of the Bengal tiger, a solitary, silent hunter of near mythical status, on an Indian tiger safari that oozes romance and adrenaline in equal measures.

Scott Dunn Charitable Fund

The Scott Dunn Charitable Fund supports wildlife and conservation charities like Tusk and others that provide a lifeline for Africa’s wild animals.

Travel for good

At Scott Dunn, we go to lengths to help you choose ethical wildlife experiences that ensure your money supports local communities and conservation efforts.

Did you know?

When you buy gorilla trekking permits your money is channeled directly towards preserving their future.

We’ve found 344 holiday ideas for you

Filter
What would you like to do?
Where would you like to go?
When are you free?
WHAT: Anything
WHERE: Anywhere
WHEN: Anytime
SORT BY
There are no vacations

Scotland in Ultimate Luxury

Edinburgh, Belmond Royal Scotsman, Gleneagles

This memorable once-in-a-lifetime adventure is the ultimate was to explore the Scottish Highlands in luxury style. The Belmond Royal Scotsman offers simply outstanding personal service, fine dining, sumptuous comfort and the companionable atmosphere of a country house hotel as you glide past glens, castles and heather-clad mountains in the Highlands and explore the remote sea lochs, marine wildlife and island communities off Scotland’s West Coast.

Best for: Couples, Cruise, Food & wine, Rail

Swedish Lapland for families

Stockholm, Kiruna, Sörbyn & Harads, Sweden

For a fantastic family getaway, explore the wilderness of Swedish Lapland with a few days spent soaking up the culture in Stockholm. A real winter wonderland, Sweden truly has it all, from the colorful cobbled streets of Stockholm to the wild landscapes of Lapland and the magical Northern Lights. Here, history and culture meet natural beauty and adrenaline-packed activities.

Best for: Adventure, Teenagers, Culture, Family

Swedish Lapland Honeymoon

Stockholm & Swedish Lapland

From the elegant, trendy city of Stockholm to the beautiful Lappish wilderness, Sweden has a lot to offer. This itinerary takes you to both, and even includes a stay in a treehouse, making for a fantastic combination honeymoon. The culmination of this exciting itinerary is a stay in a unique, remote cabin where you’ll have a personal host to serve you on sumptuous meals and take you on thrilling excursions such as snowshoe walks, then, in the evening cosy up in your private hot tub.

Best for: Couples, Couples, Honeymoon, Honeymoon

Classic Scotland

Edinburgh, Blairgowrie, Loch Torridon, Loch Creran

From days out exploring glens, castles and lake monsters to evenings cosying up with a malt whisky by the fire, Scotland offers so much to enjoy. Staying at some of Scotland’s finest hotels, from a luxury castle in the Highlands to a central hotel in the midst of lively Edinburgh, you’ll discover just what a special part of Britain Scotland is. We’ve laid on the VIP treatment with top-of-the-range private transfers, a variety of wonderfully engaging Scottish experiences to choose from.

Best for: Couples, Culture, History, Adventure

Sweden for Teenagers

Stockholm & Stockholm Archipelago

Sweden offers the perfect setting for adventurous teenagers with dense forests and wide archipelagos to explore. You’ll begin with a few days in Stockholm, discovering the vibrant Viking history and marvelling at the beautiful, colorful buildings. Then you’ll set off to your own private island, where you’ll spend your days outside in the nature hiking around the island and setting out on boats to enjoy the water. In the evening relax by the fireplace or head to the private hot tub.

Best for: Adventure, Eco/ethical tourism, Family, Couples

Scotland for Families

Gleneagles, Isle of Eriska & Edinburgh

Delve into Scotland’s wild and stunning interior on a luxury adventure packed with experiences for all the family. Travel to the rolling glens of Perthshire, through Loch Lomond and onto the rugged west coast of Scotland before culminating in Edinburgh. Scotland's natural beauty is set to amaze you and this rolling landscape offers the perfect setting for adventurous activities bringing the whole family together.

Best for: Adventure, Family, Couples

Off the beaten track in the Scottish Highlands

Edinburgh, Cairngorms, Alladale Wilderness Reserve

Venture into the Highlands of Scotland with this wilderness adventure which is fun for all the family. Get a culture fix in historic Edinburgh before heading north for outdoor activities and wildlife spotting at two of Scotland's most luxurious lodges.

Best for: Adventure, Culture, Off the beaten track, Wildlife

Western Thailand for Teenagers

Bangkok, Khao Sok, Koh Lanta

Thailand is a great place for adventure with city, jungle and beach all at your fingertips. This itinerary takes you from culturally rich Bangkok to activity-based Elephant Hills in the south and then on to the sandy beaches of Koh Lanta. This trip is best suited to older families but can be adapted for guests aged 7 years or over.

Best for: Adventure, Beach, Family, Wildlife

Our Top Five Safari Tips

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your wildlife trip

Sign up for our newsletter

Receive news and offers from Scott Dunn