Animal, wildlife & safari holidays: general & motor driven – PAGE 2

WILDLIFE & SAFARI HOLIDAYS DIRECTORY

 

Latin Trails

based: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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South America tours and travel to Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Galapagos Islands – Amazon river cruises, Machu Picchu, custom vacations for groups and individuals. Active adventure trips to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela and Costa Rica with the focus on nature travel and cultural expeditions. Lodging, transportation, guides, other services for travel companies and travellers.

| river cruises | ocean cruises | walk/trek/hike | animals/safari | native peoples | archaeological tours | walking/trekking safaris | South America |

 

uk flagMiraviva

based: London, UK
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Boutique travel designer offering luxury bespoke holidays and tailored travel in Central and South America. Destinations include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.

| tailor made | sightseeing | animals/safari | ocean cruises | gastronomic | family | wedding/honeymoon | walk/trek/hike | Central America | South America |

 

Orangutan Odysseys five star Featured Site

based: Melbourne, Australia

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orangutanCombined adventure/educational tours in Indonesia and Malaysia, visiting orangutan habitat. Orangutan Odyssey supports conservation efforts for the survival of endangered orangutans and the protection of their habitat, using tourism to help raise awareness and supporting local non-profits.

| animals/safari | Indonesia | Malaysia |

 

uk flagSignature African Safaris

based: West Sussex, UK
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Go on a safari in Africa with Signature African Safaris – including tailor-made and small group trips to Botswana, Namibia, Malawi and many more beautiful destinations. Also special interest holidays including birdwatching, diving and honeymoon trips.

| animals/safari | birdwatching | wedding/honeymoon | diving/snorkelling | Botswana | Malawi | Mozambique | Namibia | Congo | Tanzania | Zambia | Seychelles |

 

uk flagTanzania Odyssey

based: London, UK
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Tailor-made Tanzanian safaris and honeymoons. Tanzania Odyssey specialises in remote safaris to Selous, Ruaha, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, and beach breaks to the Indian Ocean islands including Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.

| animals/safari | walking/trekking safaris | aerial safaris | horseback safaris | diving/snorkelling | wedding/honeymoon | family | Tanzania |

 

uk flagUS flagTell Tale Travel

based: London, UK & California, USA
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Authentic holidays and soft adventure travel away from the tourist trail in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Brazil. Offering holidays with a difference, an insider experience courtesy of their unique network of local people. Offering mainly private tours for couples or families, plus a few small group departures specially designed for solo travellers.

| tailor made | family | native peoples | animal/safari | gastronomic | cookery | singles | ethical/ecotourism | Thailand | Sri Lanka | Brazil |

 

uk flagTourRadar five star Featured Site

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Tourradar logoOver 200 wildlife tours and safaris from many different suppliers, all in one place. Everything from conventional safaris, to more unusual trips like a Magdalen Is. harp seal tour, a gray whale/sea turtle conservation adventure, snow monkeys in Japan, or wildlife tours through the National Parks of the American Northwest ...

| animals/safari | birdwatching | Worldwide |

 

uk flagTravel Butlers

based: Surrey, UK
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African safaris and beach holidays – Travel Butlers are specialists in tailor-made safaris to South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia; and beach holidays to Indian Ocean islands including Zanzibar, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

| animals/safari | photographic safaris | walking/trekking safaris | horseback safaris | diving/snorkelling | wedding/honeymoon | wine | South Africa | Kenya | Tanzania | Namibia | Mauritius |

 

Amazing Peru

based: Cuczo, Peru

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Holidays and escorted tours around Peru and South America including Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands ...

| walk/trek/hike | historical tours | animal/safari | mountaineering | South America | Central America |

 

Endeavour Safaris

based: Cape Town, South Africa

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Tours and safaris for people with hearing, vision and mobility problems, people requiring kidney dialysis or oxygen and for seniors.

| for people with a disability | deaf travel | seniors/silver surfers | animal/safari | South Africa |

 

 

FEATURED WILDLIFE & SAFARI HOLIDAYS

 

ARTICLE: SAFARI HOLIDAY TIPS cont.
Planning a wildlife holiday: safari styles
(Part 2, article continued from previous page – start from beginning here».)

Tanzania, Masek LodgeHoneymoon safaris are as popular as ever and are often offered as as dedicated packages, perhaps including special features and extras for the bride and groom. These sort of packages will use the most romantic destinations and accommodation, perhaps secluded villas or extreme luxury camps. Many are offered as a safari/beach combination, for example teaming a safari in Tanzania or Kenya with the beaches of Zanzibar, or a South African safari with a beach break in Mozambique or Mauritius. If you're looking for a honeymoon safari package then compare it with similar trips that don't carry the 'honeymoon' label – while you'll sometimes find there are discounts and special offers for honeymooners, you'll also find some load the price the other way.

 

Something to look out for, a few travel companies offer a wedding/honeymoon gift list service that allows contributions to be made towards the cost of the honeymoon instead of the usual toasters and towels. Also see the Travel-Quest honeymoon section here».

Budget safaris, at the other end of the scale many people are looking for an economical safari.

 

One option is an African overlanding tour, this will enable you to see a lot of the continent and it's wildlife at a reasonable cost. It's also one of the safest ways to get in some budget animal viewing, particularly for people travelling solo – also look at the Travel-Quest overlanding section here».

 

An alternative is to make it a DIY trip and look at hostels like the Enchoro Wildlife Camp» in the Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya's top safari destination. This sort of hostel offers basic budget accommodation and there are usually guides available to book as required – look for more budget safari hostels here».

 

Self-drive is another option for a less expensive trip, see below.

Safari self-drive jeep with roof tentSelf-drive safaris can be achieved by simply booking car hire from the airport and using the metalled roads and basic safari lodges in the National Parks. Or it can be a much more adventurous affair that uses 4x4 vehicles fully equipped for camping in the bush. Some of these come fitted with roof-top tents which adds a whole new dimension to the camping experience, offering a safe haven and a great vantage point – above roaming animals and below the stars. Dedicated 4x4 camper vans are another option, or the lodges can be used instead. Guided self-drive is yet another option – here a number of vehicles will travel together with an experienced safari guide showing the way in a lead vehicle.

 

With plenty of forward planning self-drive can be done as a DIY trip, but there are companies offering to package it up and who will deal with: vehicle rental, camping equipment, lodge bookings, planning and itineraries and the booking of extras like add-on guided safaris or beach accommodation. When looking for a travel company to set up a self-drive trip, look for one that offers vehicles with things like: long-range fuel tanks, fridges, air-conditioning, extra spares, maps and GPS, radios/phones, and a support service that will help if you run into problems.

 

Be aware that in many African countries and in most National Parks you are not allowed to drive off-road, also that you will almost certainly have to camp in designated camping areas, although these are often unfenced and allow animals to roam within them. Each country has it's own rules, so do your research if you're on a DIY trip, or ask your travel company if you've gone for a package.

Specialist safaris offer a whole other range of options, from the more standard walking and fly-in trips; to the very niche: safaris by elephant, on horseback, for photography, via rivers, and accessible safaris for those with disabilities. And then there are primate safaris, migration safaris focused on the annual movements of particular herds (wildebeest, gazelle or zebra etc.), family safaris, marine conservation, wildlife volunteering and overland tours. These are covered in our sub-categories, see the index at the top of the page»