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Wildlife - Best Tours & Trips 2019

Viewing and photographing wildlife can be one of the great joys of travel. Whether it's an African safari, a journey to the Galapagos, a birding trip to Costa Rica, a search for exotic animals in Asia, or a trip to Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. to see elk and bison, tour operators are ready to guide you to the best places at the best times to check off your lists. And Stride can guide you to them.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic 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 Guided Experiences 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 Ocean 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 Tour 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.
Independent Package 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 Ocean 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.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level 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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Physical Level Physical Level 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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Top Wildlife Experiences and Attractions

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 Trip Reviews

6,782 Wildlife Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 5,141
Great 1,445
Average 135
Disappointing 33
Terrible 29
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
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Meals
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Italy as you have never experienced it!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

In 10 days we watched and learned how wine is made, visited some of the best restaurants of our lives, tasted a black truffle for the first time, cooked some incredible dishes with expert hands and made some friends in the process! We could not have asked for more. Simply perfect! Thank you, Page and Richard

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Operator The Italian on Tour

A really wonderful safari break!

5.0
Zama Tours & Safaris Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Thanks Zama Tours for arranging an incredible safari experience for us! We went on a great 5-day safari adventure. It was all well taken care of and we really enjoyed everything we saw and every minute of it. It has exceeded all our expectations!

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Operator Zama Tours & Safaris

Eastern Europe top trip with great company!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

Did a long break trip (or fall break) with Euroadventures on their "Best of the East" adventure. I had always wanted to travel to the destinations (especially Prague, Krakow & Budapest) and the trip and organization did not disappoint. Everything really was top notch from the itinerary and pace of the trip to the accommodations to the trip leader. By the end of the trip our group went from strangers (there were some traveling together as groups of friends) to all great friends. Highly recommend this trip, especially for those looking for something slightly off the beaten path (especially Krakow) and this company.

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Operator Euroadventures LLC

Very nice

5.0
Special needs at Sea Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Very nice equipment & was delivered in room & picked up as told when it was ordered.

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Operator Special needs at Sea

Great way to discover Vietnam with small group tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We did this trip in September with great experience from Highland to Lowland and Halong bay for 3 days. Highly recommended!

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Operator Go Vietnam Travel

absolutely amazing

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our holiday was absolutely amazing….it is not often that a whole holiday goes by without any problems or delays. This was due to the fantastic organization of Eco Trilha and team. The guides (Christiane and Pedro) were amazing! They help us visit other cities in Portugal. Chris gave us more information about Coimbra, Aveiro, and Lisbon. Thanks again from all of us.

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Operator Eco Trilha

Wildlife Tours and Travel Guide

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 (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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