Wildlife Trips

From elephants silhouetted against an Africa sunset to orangutans swinging in the treetops high above, spotting wildlife in any part of the world is a thrilling way to spend your time.

That’s why we’ve created trips that focus on wildlife viewing and get right into the heart of an animal’s world. Not that we can guarantee they’ll come out and play, of course, but there’s a high chance that the whale breaching off the Alaskan coast and that cheeky marine iguana swimming in the Galapagos’ aquamarine waters made an appearance just for you.


Tips for Wildlife Trips

Top 7 wildlife experiences

7.  Antarctica
If you’re fortunate enough to make the trek to this icy continent, the sheer scale of epic wildlife set against a backdrop of icy beauty is the wildlife experience of a lifetime.
 
6.  Koalas 
There are only a few places in the world you can see koalas in the wild (Australia’s east and southern-east coasts). They’re sometimes hard to spot because they’re usually sleeping in the tallest of gum trees. But when you do, there’s nothing quite like seeing these adorable creatures in the flesh.
 
5.  Watching whales 
An ocean’s silence broken by the ‘phwa’ of air from a whale’s blowhole will send awed chills down your spine. And when an unseen whale breaches, the graceful twist, gushing water and sheer force exerted before it crashes back into the sea is nothing short of electrifying.
 
4.  The Galapagos 
If the world had a concentrated wildlife mecca, the Galapagos would be it. Whether on land, in the sea or flying through the air, the unique and friendly creatures that call these islands home are simply aching to make your acquaintance. 
 
3.  Orangutans
Watching the antics of orangutans is the one of the best antidotes to life’s ills. We dare you to not grin inanely while hanging out in an orangutan reserve in breathtaking Borneo.
 
2.  An African safari
Searching out animals in an open-top safari vehicle and coming across lions creeping, giraffes chomping, elephants swaying and wildebeest gathering is one of life’s true highlights. If you want nature at its most raw, Africa is the place to witness it.
 
1.  Gorillas
Move quietly through dense, steamy jungle and watch carefully for your guide to signal their presence. When you hear them, they become the only sound on earth. When you see you them… well, the world falls away and nothing can compare and no words are good enough to describe this overwhelming wildlife experience.
 

Gear to enhance your wildlife experience

Animal viewing requires patience and good eyesight (though luckily you’ll have an expert guide who has eagle eyes!). If you want to get more out of your experience and don’t mind the extra weight or expense, you may want to bring the following with you:

camera and zoom lens – if you like taking photos, you’ll need a camera with a decent zoom to capture decent shots of animals. There are lots of online forums and blogs discussing the best choices for wildlife photography, or go see your local camera shop to discuss options in your price range.

binoculars – if you feel like making an investment, a pair of binoculars are great (especially in Africa) for those who like to see their animals really close.

 

For other tips and ideas about what to take on your wildlife adventure, check out Intrepid’s Ultimate Packing List – you won’t need half of what’s mentioned but it will give you ideas about what you might like to take. Be sure to include insect repellant, long trousers and long sleeves for protection against biting bugs at night.

 

 

Animal conservation

If you’re thinking of going on a wildlife-themed trip then you love animals as much as we do. Sadly the world’s animals face many threats, so it’s good to be aware of ways you can minimise the harm that may come to them. 
 
What can you do?
Don’t buy souvenirs made from animal products such as shells, coral, ivory, feathers, fur, claws, teeth, bone and skin.
Avoid medicines made from animals, dishes made from bush meat and drinks made with animals in them.
Try not to eat in restaurants, shop in stores or visit local shows, markets or zoos that promote cruelty or exploitation of endangered species.
Say no to riding animals such as elephants and going on walking with lion tours.
Don’t pay to touch or have your photo taken with a wild animal – it only encourages the capture and mistreatment of wild animals for profit.
Say no to plastic bags – or at least be very careful of their disposal. Plastic often ends up in waterways and can choke and kill the animals that live there.
 

Wildlife trips to Polar regions

Greenland to Churchill, 16 days

Immerse yourself in the spectacular Arctic. This expedition takes you from Greenland to Canada, giving you a rich taste of Arctic culture, wildlife and history.

Antarctic Explorer, 11 days

Sail through the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula, experiencing some of the most captivating landscapes and wildlife on the planet.

Tromso, Bear Island & Spitsbergen, 12 days

Set sail from Norway and discover the history, landscapes, icebergs and wildlife of Spitsbergen. 

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition

Travel across the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, and cross the Antarctic Circle.

Wildlife trips in Asia

Classic Borneo, 10 days

Travel to Borneo and leave urban life behind. Head into Borneo's lush jungles, down scenic rivers and through vibrant villages.

Chiang Mai & Elephants

Help feed and bathe Chiang Mai elephants at a rescue centre. See the spiritual side of Chiang Mai with a day spent learning temple life.

Borneo Family Adventure

Travel to Borneo to visit orangutan sanctuaries and explore Borneo's jungles. See the best of Borneo as you travel on an Intrepid Family Adventure.

Sri Lanka Family - Elephant Paradise

Take a safari, camp under the stars and absorb the island’s breathtaking natural beauty with the family.

Wildlife trips in Central & South America

Natural Magic - Costa Rica Family Holiday, 15 days

This family trip to Costa Rica has been crafted to balance organised activities and travel with loads of free time for fun.

Nicaragua to Panama, 25 days

Explore the charming colonial towns of Nicaragua, bask on Costa Rica's stunning beaches and roll through Panama's lush highlands.

Glimpse of Galapagos - Northern Islands, 6 days

Fly to the Galapagos where the stylish Nemo III catamaran is waiting to take you on an amazing sailing adventure. 

Complete Galapagos - Central & Eastern Islands, 10 days

Travel to the Galapagos Islands and take a sailing adventure through islands that are a paradise for nature lovers.

Wildlife in Africa

Kenya Wildlife Safari, 8 days

Travel to Africa and visit Kenya, where an Intrepid wildlife safari awaits. From Nairobi, head to Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha before traversing the epic Masai Mara.

Okavango Experience, 9 days

Tour through Johannesburg, Maun and Victoria Falls on this trip through South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. 

Serengeti Trail, 8 days

Roam the vast Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, camp beside Lake Victoria and spot Africa's Big Five. 

Gorillas, Chimps & Game Parks, 16 days

See chimps in Kenya's Kibale Forest, elephants in Uganda and go on a gorilla safari in Rwanda. 

Blogs articles on wildlife travel

On the trail of the legendary Kalahari lions

“It’s difficult to describe just how vulnerable you feel when your eyes meet the unwavering stare of a predatory lion.” In the current issue #39 of get lost magazine, Ann and Steve Toon stalk the trail of the legendary Kalahari lions in a remote national park on the border of South Africa and Botswana… Read more

Top 15 wild animal encounters

From sloths hanging out, to whales breathtakingly breeching and lions stalking their prey – when we asked you about your best experiences with animals when travelling, we were inundated with more than 2700 special moments. Selecting just a small handful to share for you was one tough task, but here are 15 of the most fabulous animal encounters from travellers…

Wildlife of the Arctic

The Arctic is a treacherous and unforgiving place. With ever-shifting ice flows, impassable glaciers and freezing winds, surviving here is not exactly a walk in the park. But like anywhere on earth, Mother Nature always manages to find a way to make it work, ensuring that the Arctic is filled to the brim with fascinating wildlife…