Wildlife - Best Tours & Trips 2019
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Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
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Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.
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Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
No Single Supplement Trips where single supplement is usually not required for solo travelers.
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- Visit Kruger National Park
- Enjoy Africa's incredible wildlife as you explore Singita's private concession with knowledgeable guides
- Explore Cape Town
- Stay in the small Rwandan town of Ruhengeri
- Hike through Rwanda's dense steamy jungles in Volcanoes National Park
- Fall in love with the gentle nature of mountain gorillas for one intimate hour
- Visit the moving Genocide Memorial Centre on a city tour of Kigali
- Explore Sydney’s iconic harbor including the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House
- Take a ferry across the bay to Sydney’s Northern Beaches
- Soak in the sun along Australia’s most famous beach – Bondi Beach
- Enjoy free time to explore Sydney’s cosmopolitan city center
- Experiencing a unique African bush adventure at the heart of a spectacular game reserve
- Be woken by a dawn chorus and sent to sleep by the roar of lions
- Mastering radio telemetry techniques and learning to track animals through the bush
- Getting acquainted with big game and all the main predators, including lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and rhino
- Exploring nearby regions to experience such breathtaking views as from the Blyde River Canyon in the Drakensberg Mountains
- Living and working alongside FGASA qualified South African Guides getting constant learning and inspiration
- Having the chance to sleep out in the bush under the spectacular African stars and wake up to a beautiful sunrise.
- Complete a circuit from Floreana, Isabela, to Santa Cruz Island ensuring a diverse set of experiences
- Slip into island life on Isabela Island as you stay in a small beach town
- Perfect for getting off the beaten path
- Orca, Humpback and Grey whale watching with experienced naturalist guides
- Search for Black bears on the rocky shoreline of Clayoquot Sound
- Observation of the 'mythical' Grizzly bear in its natural surroundings
- Vancouver Island, the largest island on the North American Pacific coast
- Walking tour of Pacific Rim National Park
- Explore Galapagos Amazon tour is an active trip that immerses you in the highlights of the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest.
- Kayak, snorkel and hike, all under your own power.
- This unique land-based program gets you away from the crowds to places few others see.
- Visit four small towns in the Galapagos Islands.
- Your journey is accompanied by the howls of monkeys and songs of birds.
- Explore small lakes, lagoons, rivers.
- Visit Ushuaia
- Enjoy Kayak hike and mountaineering activities in Antarctica
- Enjoy the cruise through m/v Plancius
- Have a chance to see different types of polar region birds and animals
- Experience the nature by visiting Melchior Islands and Booth Island
- Antananarivo - capital of Madagascar
- Andasibe National Park - See the largest lemurs, the Indri Indri
- Beautiful Antsirabe
- Colourful Ambositra - home of the wood carving industry
- Ranomafana National Park - Lemurs, chameleons, birds and reptiles
- Wine tasting at Ambalavao
- Isalo National Park - the Natural Swimming Pool
- Diving, snorkelling, birdwatching or relaxing at Ifaty Beach
- Andsibe Village and tribal people
- Relish the diverse flora and fauna of Costa Rica
- Benefit from the expertise of your naturalist guide
- Explore by boat and on foot
- Travel to less-visited parks and reserves
- Experience a nocturnal walk in the rainforest
- Sample the produce at the end of a chocolate tour!
- See the lovely beaches of Manuel Antonio
- Encounter rarely seen and iconic arctic wildlife and their habitats: polar bears, muskoxen, ringed seals, bird cliffs, fox dens and much more
- Visit the Cunningham River estuary, seasonal home to hundreds of beluga whales
- Take advantage of included equipment and activities such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), a Mercedes Unimog, kayaking, rafting, fishing and hiking
- Visit Cape Anne Thule sites with ancient stone and bone houses
- Enjoy unique photography opportunities
- Make the most of optional activities such as fishing for arctic char, and the Beechey Island fly-in excursion
- Adventure Week (June 30 - July 7, 2016) Take advantage of included equipment and human-propelled activities unique to the first week of the season, such as fat biking, river kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding
- 7 boat trips to maximise chances of Jaguar sightings
- 90% success in jaguar sightings to date
- Explore a more off the beaten path part of the Pantanal
- Wetland brid-watching
- Good chances of seeing capybaras, Giant anteaters, Jabiru storks and other wildlife
- Transit the 48-mile-long Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean
- Search for untamed wildlife including two- and three-toed sloths, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, squirrel monkeys, and white-faced capuchins
- Discover Costa Rica’s magnificent, abundant biological diversity at two national parks and one wildlife refuge including the country’s largest park, Corcovado National Park
- Snorkel and explore the crystalline waters and marine life at Panama’s Granito de Oro, in Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Stroll a butterfly- and flower-rich tropical botanical reserve
- Unparalleled off-the-beaten path exploration in lush jungles, crystal clear coves, pristine islands, and remote peninsulas
- Hike, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff
- Interpretive presentations on board and ashore by your expedition team
- Replicate the annual migration as you journey from the Serengeti plains, through its riverine forest and rocky promontories, into the Maasai Mara.
- Search for the “Big Five” — lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos — in East Africa’s most iconic national parks.
- Discover the unique ecosystem of the Ngorongoro Crater.
- Spectacular varied scenery
- Whale and dolphin watching tours included
- Visit Sete Cidades Crater Lakes and Fire Lake
- Excellent birdwatching opportunities
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Top Wildlife Experiences
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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Wildlife Attractions & Landmarks Guide
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 (Kenya, Tanzania 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.
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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