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TOP 6 WILDLIFE HOLIDAYS

Wildlife fans take note - whether you're an elephant enthusiast or yearning to follow the tiger trail, we've hand-picked six itineraries that range from spotting the big five in Kenya and the Tigers of Ranthambore, to exploring the island wildlife of the Galápagos 

 

1. BEST FOR SPOTTING THE BIG FIVE – Classic Kenya

Guests can discover the plains of Kenya on this nine-day journey, with Africa’s most iconic wildlife. On this tour, travellers can explore the vibrant scenes of Nairobi before arriving at the Masai Mara where the opportunity to view the Big-Five on horizon-less landscapes and the great wildebeest migration, will arise. Lake Elmenteita and Amboseli National Park will also allow guests to see unmissable wildlife, including giraffes, gazelles, wildebeest, zebras and both black and white rhino. Following extensive days on safari, travellers will be treated to gourmet dining and stays in safari lodges and luxury tented camps. 

 

 

Wexas Travel (0207 838 5892, wexas.com) offers a nine-day safari tour from £2,385 per person based on two sharing. Includes return flights, six nights’ accommodation, shared game drives and shared transfers in a safari minibus. Subject to availability.

 

2. BEST FOR ELEPHANT ENTHUSIASTS – Discover Hwange and Victoria Falls

Wexas Travel is offering a 12-day journey which will allow travellers to experience the world wonder of Victoria Falls as well as discover the elephant country, via a safari through Hwange National Park. Guests will discover the wildlife on expert-led game drives, night safaris and bush walks. Highlights include visiting the local communities and historic San Bushmen sites, boarding the ‘Elephant Express’ for prime game viewing and returning each evening to gourmet three-course meals around campfires while the wildlife viewing continues. 

 

 

Wexas Travel (0207 838 5892, wexas.com) offers a 12-day tailor-made journey through Zimbabwe’s national parks from £3,760 per person. Includes return flights, shared transfers, nine nights’ accommodation in superior lodges, game drives, tours and activities at Zambezi Sands River Camp. Subject to availability.

 

3. BEST FOR MARINE LIFE Quito, Otavalo & Galápagos Island Hopping

The journey will begin in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, following which guests will be transported to the Galápagos islands – where the wildlife watching begins. Travelling by yacht enables the archipelago wildlife sightings to continue, including the reef sharks, marine iguanas and the Galápagos penguins. Travellers will be treated to gourmet restaurants, with beachfront surrounds when welcomed to the Finch Bay Hotel. The visit to Santa Cruz will allow visitors to engage with the basking sea lions, witness the nesting ground for green sea turtles and experience the true Galápagos icon – the giant tortoise.

 

 

 

Wexas Travel (0207 838 5892, wexas.com) offers a 13-day tailor-made journey of Ecuador’s culture and the Galápagos islands from £4,920 per person. This includes international and domestic flights, private transfers and touring in Quito, 10 nights stay in 4* accommodation, and most meals and shared excursions in the Galapagos Islands. Subject to availability.

 

4. BEST FOR VIEWING TIGERS – Rajasthan & Tigers of Ranthambore

Wexas Travel is offering travellers the chance to experience the eclectic city of Delhi, with its mix of architectural styles before visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Agra Fort. Travellers can discover Ranthambore National Park, via twice-daily game drives, led by a professional naturalist as well as witness Project Tiger. To round off the trip, guests will visit the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur where the Amber Fort and Jantar Mantar can be explored.

 

 

Wexas Travel (0207 838 5892, wexas.com) offers a 10-day tailor-made journey through Rajasthan and Ranthambore National Park from £2,890 per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room. This includes all flights, private transfers and touring, five nights stay in 4* accommodation on a B&B basis and 3 nights stay in 4* accommodation on a half-board basis, 5 park visits with shared game drives. Subject to availability.

 

5. BEST FOR KANGAROOS Wildlife & Wine of South Australia

Hailed as Australia’s Galápagos, Kangaroo island allows travellers to explore the wildlife rich surroundings and view Australia’s most iconic wildlife including sea lions, koalas, wallabies and of course Kangaroos. Guests will split their nine-days between exploring the sightings of Australia’s abundant flora and fauna and rich wildlife, as well as tasting award-winning wines of the Barossa and Clare Valleys. The tasting facilities will allow individuals to sample wines of over 150 wineries.

 

Wexas Travel (0207 838 5892, wexas.com) offers a 12-day tailor-made self-drive tour from £3,560 per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Includes Return flights, 8 nights’ accommodation, a 2-day guided tour of Kangaroo Island and seven days car hire. Subject to availability.

 

 

6. BEST FOR OFF-THE-BEATEN TRACK – Classic Costa Rica

Wexas Travel is offering a 14-day Costa Rica Classic itinerary which allows travellers to experience the very best of the country’s unique culture and the natural world. Highlights include watching turtles lay their eggs, zip-lining, rafting and canyoning in the rainforests of Arenal, sampling coffee on the slopes of Poás Volcano and horse riding across volcanic lava fields. Travellers can then opt to spend the final few days at Parador Resort & Spa, near Manuel Antonio National Park, which is home to an array of butterflies, hummingbirds, scarlet macaws and clambering monkeys. Alternatively, relax and unwind on the Guanacaste coastline, home to some of the most idyllic beaches in Costa Rica.

 

 

Wexas Travel (0207 838 5892, wexas.com) offers a 14-day tailor-made Costa Rican Classic journey from £2,875 per person based on two people sharing. Includes return flights between the UK and San Jose, private transfers, 12 nights’ accommodation plus private excursions. Valid for travel year-round. Subject to availability.