Safaris don’t just mean Africa. The top eight wildlife safaris around the world including turtles in the Galapagos Islands and swimming with blue whales in Sri Lanka.
The word safari conjures images of the sweeping plains of Africa, but there are incredible chances to observe wildlife all over the world, both on land and in the water.
Will Bolsover, founder of Natural World Safaris, shares eight of his top wildlife trips.
DISCOVER RICH WILDLIFE AND A CONSERVATION PROJECT IN BORNEO
Borneo has a wealth of wildlife to discover, with the chance to both relax and be exhilarated. Start an adventure by getting up close and personal with orangutan’s at the beautiful Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort. From there, get your hiking shoes on and head to Mount Kinabalu, where you can trek to the summit, rest at the hot springs and explore trails and caves.
Enter the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and move on to the wild Kinabatangan River for incredible wildlife sightings, including more orangutans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, crocodiles and more.
Finish the safari in the stunning rainforest conservation area, Danum Valley, which is home to a huge array of wildlife and was set up to protect the area from logging.
WALK THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS AND TRACK PUMAS IN CHILE
Discover the wonder of South America and its incredible wildlife on a journey through three countries. Start the adventure in Ecuador, exploring the capital city of Quito, then discover the Galapagos Islands and the wondrous wildlife that calls them home, including land iguanas, Nazca boobies, blue footed boobies, the waved albatross and much more.
Galapagos wildlife is unafraid of humans, allowing you truly close-up encounters. After exploring the Galapagos Islands and witnessing the remarkable wildlife, your final stop will be in Chile, where you will go in search of the elusive puma in Torres del Paine National Park.
COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH THREE BIG CAT SPECIES IN INDIA
Fulfil a popular dream of witnessing big cats in their natural environment, and go in search of snow leopards, tigers, and Asian leopards in their unique terrains. You can experience different safari styles by sleeping in both camps and with local people in homestays.
You’ll spend your days tracking snow leopards in their natural environment, then move on to Delhi, India, to search for the biggest of the big cats, the Bengal tiger. Then the trip takes you to Yala National Park, Sri Lanka, home to the highest known concentration of leopards in the world.
AN ARCTIC ENCOUNTER WITH POLAR BEARS
Climb on board the smallest expedition ship to cruise the icy waters of Svalbard archipelago, home to an estimated 3,000 polar bears, to guarantee an intimate adventure delving straight into their hunting grounds.
You’ll sail north in search of colonies of walrus, Arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer, whales and more on the M/S Malmo, which allows close encounters with these majestic creatures in the polar bears’ principle hunting grounds.