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Top Trip Memories

  • Snorkeling with giant sea turtles, walking among multi-colored iguanas, and watching the blue-footed booby dance in the Galapagos Islands
  • Waking up in your safari tent to an African sunrise and a view of zebras, giraffes and elephants drinking at a nearby water hole.
  • Hiking through the jungles of Costa Rica, with camera ready to photograph colorful tropical birds. 
  • Catching a glimpse of a shy koala in the treetops while traveling through Australia, while marveling at the sheer number of kangaroos. 
  • Witnessing one of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles, the Great Migration of wildebeest in East Africa, each late summer and early fall.
  • Coming upon a herd of bison in the middle of the road in Yellowstone National Park and quickly realizing that they will cross in their own good time.
  • Spotting a bear snatching salmon out of a stream along the Alaskan coast. 
  • Visiting Komodo Island in Indonesia to view the legendary Komodo dragons,the world's largest lizards. 
  • Hearing the eerie cries of howler monkeys while traveling down the Amazon by riverboat.
  • Scanning the waters for breaching whales while on a whale-watching expedition in the Caribbean or off the Mexican coast.
  • Tracking rare mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo. 
  • Going ashore in Antarctica to find a huge colony of penguins hanging out on the rocky beach.
  • Searching for lemurs and many other species unique to the island of Madagascar, off the coast of southern Africa.
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Tour Tips

  • If you’re especially interested in photography, consider taking a photo tour led by a professional wildlife photographer.
  • If you want to get as close to wild animals as possible, visit the Galapagos Islands, where the animals show little or no fear of humans.
  • Before booking a tour especially devoted to wildlife viewing, check the seasonal weather charts; in Africa, for instance, the dry season lures more animals to watering holes.
  • Some of the world’s best birding sites include Trinidad and Tobago, Alaska, East Africa, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos.
  • Small group tours -- quieter and less disruptive than larger tours -- are more likely to be successful when viewing wildlife.
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Wildlife Travel Reviews & Ratings

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  • Average 66
  • Disappointing 11
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Tour Reviews

Cape Town and the Garden Route

Cape Town & the Garden Route

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
We loved this holiday from start to finish.It was a great introduction to Africa with a range of scenery, landscapes and activities. We were glad we budgeted for the optional extras, kayaking, zip wire and shark cage diving. All amazing experiences.
The accommodation was good with some excellent breakfasts. Restaurant food was varied with ample portions. We are vegetarian and had no problem finding interesting meals.
Saw a great variety of birds and animals in and out of the Game Parks.
Robben Island was well worth visiting and so was Langa township. Very thought provoking experiences.
Loved walking round the top of Table mountain and walking along the coast at the Cape of Good Hope.

Justin is the perfect guide.
Friendly, likeable and professional. Nothing was too much trouble for him. We learned such a lot from him and it's obvious he loves his country. His knowledge of plants animals and birds is amazing.

There's a lot of moving about so don't overpack. I kept mislaying things so keep stuff in labelled bags.

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South Africa's Garden Route

Cape Town & the Garden Route

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
The Garden Route is a diverse trip with so many highlights. It gives a great taster of what Africa has to offer. It's wonderful to enjoy the wildlife in Addo and stay in the beautiful setting in the lemon orchards. Cape Town is fantastic with lots to do and the scenery is stunning. Table Mountain is not to be missed and Robben Island gives a great cultural contrast.
Waking up everyday to beautiful experiences, but the "blanket" of cloud on table mountain is breathtaking!

Justin was so passionate about South Africa and positive everyday. He looked after everyone on the trip so well.

Try to stay an extra night or two in Cape Town if you can it's great and do not miss the botanical gardens.

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Trails of New Zealand

Trails of New Zealand

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A perfectly balanced blend of touristy sightseeing activities, incredibly beautiful, varied walks and exciting, unforgettable experiences. We were blessed with fantastic weather, too!
Standing under the 80m high Fairy Falls on the bow of the Milford Wanderer, water pummelling down on our heads, totally surprised, completely exhilarated and utterly happy.
I have to add first seeing Red Crater on the Tongariro Crossing, jetboating, catamaran sailing on the Tasman Sea, walking through Tiritiri Matangi Island’s gorgeous native woodland ringing with exotic bird calls and cicadas, the joy of seeing the glorious colour of Huka Falls. The trouble is that every day had moments like these, so how do you choose!?

Hayley and Josh are an extraordinary young couple, calm, cheerful, incredibly hard working and competent. If everyone drove like Josh, the roads would be safer places. Every suggestion regarding where to eat or shop or what to do in our free time turned out to be good. In his review, Martin mentioned the lady stranger who had a fall, but not that Hayley actually carried her most of the way down a steep mountain after giving first aid! There were, inevitably, some long drives, but Hayley and Josh arranged an enjoyable short walk or other activity at least every two hours. I think I’d trust these two in almost any situation.

Don’t scratch your Blackfly bites! They really are the scourge of South Island, but DEET does deter them so use it. I kept leaving it too late. Bites I managed to resist scratching settled down quickly, those I took the tops off had scabs for weeks and have left scars.
Be prepared for the jet lag - it took us a week to get over it after coming home.
Take lots of notes as well as taking photos -see below!

It has been five weeks since the end of our holiday. It has taken this long to go through all my photos and notes, remembering more and more things that we did, to do research on the internet and to write a journal. Only now do I feel able to take an overall view and write this review. This holiday is a full-on three weeks of new experiences and it is almost impossible to take it all in at the time. For us and, I imagine most people, this was a holiday of a lifetime and I really do recommend making a photographic journal to fix those memories. It is a lot of work, but rather like having the holiday again!

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A Wonderful Moroccan Experience

Marrakech & the Sahara

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
I had always wanted to go to Morocco and this 8 day journey did not disappoint! The week took us through varied landscapes and sights! Wonderful and beautiful whether looking out the windows of our mini bus or our trek through the desert or our stay in the gite in the High Atlas Mountains! And of course chaotic, magical Marrakech. Just go!
Two highlights for me were our desert trek and sleeping out in the Sahara! As well, our stay in the gite was an experience I won't forget!

Our group leader, Hassan, was extraordinary! He made this trip even more fascinating and interesting with his knowledge of the country and it's people. He has a great personality and sense of humour! Our whole group of 12 travellers would agree! Thank you Hassan! I am proud to now call you friend!

No need to pack a sleeping bag for the overnight stay in the gite or desert. All sheets and blankets are provided. I was happy I had my hiking boots as we did a fair bit of walking. Take extra tissues, hand sanitizer or wipes as toilet paper may be scarce in some places. Just enjoy the many cultural differences and enjoy the people!

My husband and I had a wonderful time and we would go back to Morocco again!

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Morocco in March

Marrakech & the Sahara

April 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was an excellent and varied trip but what made it extra special was our fantastic guide Hassan Hiss. He was extremely knowledgeable, well-organised and patient and calm at all times. Everything went like clockwork and he made everything seem effortless which it cannot have been - there was a lot to co-ordinate.
Superb Hassan! All the superlatives, thank you for looking after us and giving us a super and very memorable week.
I loved the chance to ride a camel into the Sahara and spend the night there. Another highlight was the hammam with two local ladies looking after us.

Fantastic, great, Hassan was all that could be expected and much more.
The talks he gave us, while on the coach and as we walked and in the evenings, were really interesting and informative. I felt he gave us a real insight into Morocco and the different ways of life of the people there.

We did not need a sleeping bag!

Thank you for a lovely week, it was a great introduction to the country, the culture and the people.

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Wildlife Trips & Tour Advice

Wildlife viewing around the globe is as diverse as the world itself. Nearly every country boasts some form of wildlife, but some countries are especially notable.

Africa, of course, is safari central -- especially East Africa (KenyaTanzania and Uganda), Central Africa (Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Madagascar).

Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa have the most famous game parks -- Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, Kenya’s Masai Mara, and South Africa’s Kruger in particular -- but don’t overlook Botswana’s Okavango Delta, Madagascar’s lemur reserves, or Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The Americas

In North America, wildlife is especially rich in the far northern reaches. Go to Alaska to see brown bears, bald eagles, whales and orcas; Churchill, Canada, to see polar bears; and to Yellowstone National Park in the states of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to view elk, bison, and grizzly bears.

But the southern U.S. states draw wildlife lovers as well. In Florida’s Everglades, watch for alligators and crocodiles; birding is also excellent in Florida and throughout the Southeast and Southwest, as millions of birds make their seasonal migrations.

South America, Central America and the Caribbean are rich in tropical bird life. The Galapagos Islands, several hundred miles west of the Ecuadorian coast, provide some the of the best and most diverse wildlife viewing experiences in the world: everything from frigate birds to giant tortoises, sea lions to iguanas, little penguins to sea turtles. In the Amazon, animals can be harder to spot in the thick jungles, but going with an experienced guide should yield views of monkeys, tropical birds, pink river dolphins, and even elusive sloths.

Usually approached from the southern tip of South America, Antarctica is best known for its penguins and marine life, including huge elephant seals.

Asia and the Pacific

Australia is home to a number of unique and unusual creatures, from koalas (who like to hide in eucalyptus trees) to kangaroos, wallabies, and platypuses. You can also watch for crocodiles in the Daintree Rainforest of northern Queensland.

Asia may find you off the beaten track watching for yaks in Mongolia, komodo dragons in Indonesia, orangutans in east Malaysia (on the island of Borneo), elephants in Thailand, or Bengal tigers in India.

Wherever you choose to go to view or photograph wildlife, Stride can help you find the  destinations and guides that are right for you.

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