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Wildlife and Nature Holidays

Travelling to see wildlife, or to experience a specific habitat such as the rainforest is a joy for many of us. The sight of a mountain gorilla a few feet away from you in the jungle, or a fleeting glimpse of the rare giant otter in a lake in the Amazon, is a thrill which stays with you for a long time. Nature really can be a tonic to the soul. 

The Wildlife Holiday Experience

We all love our wildlife and nature holidays here at Tribes. We come back from trips with photos and stories galore of the wonderful wildlife and habitats we’ve seen. This personal interest and passion for our natural world, coupled with our expert travel knowledge, means that we really can help you get to the places you need to be to experience the wild places and their inhabitants.  

But it’s not just about what you see, it’s also about the actual experience you have.  

Sighting a leopard up a tree with a kill is excellent, unless you are at that tree with twenty other cars all vying for a space. How much better to be in a remote park and being the only vehicle to have a chance sighting of that leopard, or at least being somewhere where there is a limit on the number of vehicles allowed near a wildlife sighting. 

Getting your wildlife and nature holiday right

The right time: Some wildlife spectacles are quite time-specific such as the migration, turtle hatching, bird breeding seasons and so on. Also there are times when it is simply easier to spot certain wildlife due to local conditions, for example seeing jaguars in Brazil or tigers in India. Botanists wanting to see sights such as the spring flowers of South Africa’s indigenous fynbos will also need to be quite sure of when to travel.

The right destination: We can get you closer to the things you want to see by really knowing where to send you. For example we know where you stand your best chance of finding wild dogs, carmine bee-eaters, shoebill storks, leopards and so on. 

The right guides: We do might get all the above right for you, but if we don’t use the best companies for guides you still might not see what you want to see. We choose our partners very carefully and trust them to do their very best for our clients. 

The best places to stay: The ”˜best’ place to stay is not necessarily the most luxurious. It’s about what is right for you and the experience you’re looking for.  For example, in the Masai Mara you might prefer to be in the national park, but alternatively you might find that staying in a camp in one of the adjacent private reserves (there are no fences separating them from the national park and wildlife moves freely between them) is a better option.  Why? Because there are fewer people so you have a more private wildlife experience, and yet you can still go into the national park too.

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