If there’s one thing we’ve all missed out on in 2020 and the first half of 2021, it’s getting back in touch with nature and seeking out wildlife in the wilder corners of the planet.
And what with it being World Wildlife Day today, the team here at Not In The Guidebooks thought this would be a good time to get you inspired with some of our best tours, experiences and holidays that focus around experiencing local wildlife.
From swimming with wild dolphins in the Azores to exploring the mangrove forests of Costa Rica, these wildlife holidays from around the world are the perfect opportunity for you to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful animals on the planet.
We may as well start big, and it doesn’t get much bigger than getting up close and personal with these gentle Cambodian giants, on this incredible multi-day tour of northern Cambodia that culminates in a stay at an elephant sanctuary.
You’ll be actively helping to protect these magnificent creatures and their environment, by volunteering to help tree planting, seed collecting, and other helpful tasks that make a genuine difference at grass roots level.
And, of course, you’ll get to spend time with the elephants and learn how quickly they form special bonds with people with their charming characters. You’ll also explore the incredible Tonle Sap and experience local lakeside culture, visit the wonder of the world that is Angkor Wat, and get to know the incredibly warm and hospitable local people on truly all-encompassing tour of this beautiful country.
What better way to experience the local wildlife than by meeting it on its own turf, as you do on this once-in-a-lifetime experience swimming with dolphins in the wild Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of the Azores.
It’s a truly unforgettable experience to dive with these friendly, inquisitive, intelligent animals, interacting with them in their own realm as they freely wander the seas around the rugged islands.
Your guide for the experience is a professional marine biologist, who will give you yet more insight into these dolphins lives and help you meet them in a safe, responsible manner.
By the time you arrive back on shore, you’ll have treasured memories of a day you will never forget.
Back to elephants, and to one of the most inspirational tours that we promote. On this truly unique nine days in the stunning Drakensberg Mountains and the world-renowned Kruger National Park, you’ll be able to witness wildlife conservation first-hand and get involved in teams on the ground, who are striving to protect this delicate ecosystem.
Travelling in a small, women-only, group you’ll discover the best of Africa, and head out collaring elephants, tracking and collaring wild dogs and lions, or dehorning rhino with teams of veterinary surgeons and conservationist professionals.
This is one of a few holidays on earth where you can leave safe in the knowledge that you have got real, first-hand experience of conservation work, and helped to make a real difference in swinging the pendulum in favour of those who aim to protect the beautiful animals and habitats of South Africa.
Our Top Wildlife Holidays
An Expedition to Protect and Preserve Africa’s Wildlife
South Africa, Kruger National ParkView Experience