Wildlife holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

966 Wildlife holidays. Want to see wildlife in the wild, where it belongs? Then check out our collection of fantastic wildlife holidays, from gorilla safaris in Rwanda and Uganda to watching marine wildlife whilst cruising through the incredible biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands. Whether you want to see an endangered species such as orangutans in Borneo, iconic creatures like the African big five or try to spot elusive tigers in India, the only shooting you’ll be doing on one of these wildlife holidays is with a camera!
Whale watching in the Azores
Sustainable whale watching in the beautiful Azorean archipelago, from £495 - £685 (7 days) ex flights
Sabah holiday, land beneath the wind
Wildlife & culture in Malaysia, from £1245 - £1560 (12 days) ex flights
Trinidad and Tobago bird watching holidays
A perfect introduction to neo-tropical bird life, from £2150 - £2980 (13 days) inc UK flights
Walking safari in South Africa
Walking safaris and game drives in South Africa, from £2499 - £2749 (17 days) inc UK flights
South Africa safari and Mauritius beach holiday
This luxury itinerary combines a wildlife safari with relaxation time on the beach, from £3230 - £5100 (13 days) inc UK flights
Alaska adventure cruise
The ultimate wildlife and whale watching adventure cruise, from £2999 (15 days) ex flights
Southern Madagascar holidays, Lemurs, baobabs & beaches
Taking in its most diverse environments at comfortable pace, from £1695 (11 days) ex flights
7 day big five safari in South Africa
7 Day Safari with wildlife conservationists, from £1250 - £1420 (7 days) ex flights
Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday
Tropical island paradise and wildlife safari, from £1995 (15 days) inc UK flights
Garden Route holiday, tailor made, South Africa
Wildlife, mountains & white sandy beaches, from £1630 (12 days) ex flights
Greenland sailing holiday
In search of Bowhead whales in remote Greenland wilderness, from £1690 (8 days) ex flights
Galapagos Islands holiday
Home to many interesting species of endemic wildlife, from £4072 - £4272 (17 days) inc UK flights
Small group holidays to Madagascar
Experience the best of this enigmatic island continent, from £2195 - £2395 (17 days) ex flights
Wolverine photography tour in Finland
Photograph & watch wild wolverines, a very elusive species, from £1495 (5 days) ex flights
Tanzania holidays, Selous, Zanzibar & the coast
See wildlife, experience culture and relax on beaches, from £1650 (11 days) ex flights
Galapagos & Machu Picchu holiday in Ecuador and Peru
Discover Peru's Machu Picchu and the Wildlife-rich Galapagos, from US $5755 (16 days) ex flights
Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon expedition
Sea kayaking to some of the most remote beaches on earth, from £1595 - £1695 (10 days) ex flights
Wolf spotting in France
Wolf holiday - Mercantour National Park - South of France, from £395 - £650 (8 days) ex flights
Self drive holiday in Costa Rica
Tailor made, flexible self-drive in stunning Costa Rica, from £1950 - £2060 (17 days) ex flights
Big game safari in Tanzania
Big game safari including luxury private camping, from £2815 (8 days) ex flights
Polar Bear watching holiday, Canada
Get up close & see polar bears, from £4850 (6 days) inc UK flights
Borneo wildlife holiday with Mt. Kinabalu climb
Adventurous Borneo Wildlife & Mt. Kinabalu Climb trek, from £3135 (13 days) inc UK flights
Blue Whale tour in the Azores
Blue whale, Fin whale & Sperm whale watching, from £640 - £950 (7 days) ex flights
Tiger tour in India, land of the Tiger tour
Wildlife tour through India, from £2399 - £2899 (16 days) inc UK flights
Sri Lanka wildlife and whales tour
Whales and the wildlife of Yala National Park, from £2199 - £2999 (10 days) inc UK flights
Gorilla Safari & the Masai Mara
Superb safari and trip to see gorillas, from £2969 - £3369 (18 days) inc UK flights
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
Combine superb hiking with a spectacular wildlife cruise, from £4705 - £7105 (18 days) ex flights
Kenya holiday, safari, culture and wildlife 14 days
Wildlife, tribal cultures and spectacular African scenery, from US $3290 - US $4290 (14 days) ex flights
Whale & dolphin research in Ligurian Sea, Italy
Whale and dolphin conservation trip, from €799 (6 days) ex flights
Borneo luxury holidays, tailor made
Rainforests, orangutans, beaches tailor made, from £3150 (13 days) inc UK flights

1146 reviews for wildlife holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent wildlife holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Chile walking and Antarctic cruise holiday
Memorable parts? Antarctica was magnificent but if I had to choose but one most memorable moment it would be the sunset and scenes on the night we elected to camp out... Tips? Being prepared for the rapidly changing conditions and being equipped with the correct clothing. Respect where you are and its beauty. Sadly too many noisy co travellers missed out on taking in the beauty and reflecting on the moment.. Local benefits? Tour operators were excellent in maintaining a strict... (more)Edmund Raczkowski
From £11135 excluding flights
Greenland sailing holiday
Memorable parts? The scenery along the coast and fjords of West Greenland was breathtakingly beautiful and constantly changing as we made our slow way north. The weather was bitterly cold but bright and the sun felt warm when we found a sheltered nook on the deck. The beauty of the area was just magical. Tips? Take lots of layers but don't worry too much about buying lots of expensive technical clothing for the trip. Think about what you do have in your wardrobe - an old pair... (more)Christine Symes
From £1690 excluding flights
Algonquin Park tours in Canada, canoeing & moose
Memorable parts? Gentle paddling during the day enjoying incredibly vast skies, calm blue water and forests of white pines. And lying back on sun-warmed rocks in the evening watching the Milky Way emerge and listening to the loons calling across the lakes. Learning how to track animals, brew pine needle tea, make rope out of bark, start a fire in the rain and read weather patterns. Tips? The camp sites are simply a natural clearing in the forest near the water, with some rocks for... (more)Jane Lucken
From CA $550 excluding flights
Arctic sailing voyages, Spitsbergen
Absolutely outstanding, a once in a lifetime experience that surpassed all my expectations...Don't look anywhere else, this is the best way to see the Arctic! (more)Joshua Cox
Watching a mother and cub polar bear for over an hour, watching a male bear stalking reindeer...seeing and hearing a splendid walrus waking up and bellowing atop a small berg echoing around a small remote glacial bay!! (more)Jonathan Turner
Most memorable was watching a polar bear unsuccessfully hunting a seal, and then watching the seal taunt the polar bear by swimming and splashing behind it. Seeing blue whales was pretty amazing too. (more)Justin Watts
From £1650 - £3850 excluding flights
Arctic diving holiday, marine life & wildlife expedition
Memorable parts? All of it! The extremes of weather, the diversity of animals, the quality of the accommodation and facilities, and something you can't plan for - new found friends! Tips? Don't set your heart on seeing anything specific. Be prepared for the changes in weather. It's not as challenging as I expected - to take account of the huge spectrum of ages and abilities. But most of all HAVE FUN! Local benefits? Not so much the local people, though we did buy a lot... (more)Lisa Thomas
From £2990 excluding flights
Trinidad and Tobago holidays
Memorable parts? All of it Tips? If you are bird watcher you are in for a treat Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? (more)Julie Newberry
From £2155 - £2650 including UK flights
Borneo wildlife holiday with Mt. Kinabalu climb
Amazing. We were very fortunate with the wildlife we saw. The itinerary captured everything that we enjoy doing and so for us it was the perfect holiday! (more)Jo Gillett
Fantastic ! Although it did take me 4 days of R&R to recover from the 1st 10 days. Everybody agreed it was unique and a wonderful experience (more)val stapleton
From £3135 including UK flights
Isle of Mull and west coast of Scotland cruise
Memorable parts? The whole of our holiday was wonderful. The crew were all great, friendly and so helpful. The food was delicious every meal, and plentiful too! The cruise was the best way to see some of Scotland’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. The only fault, we wished it didn't have to end! Tips? Don't forget your binoculars. Sensible shoes and a waterproof for when up on deck and the weather damp. Local benefits? I am not sure about these things as we didn't buy any... (more)julie Clease
From £1795 - £1995 excluding flights
Antarctica cruises
Memorable parts? Seeing the interplay between the animals, icebergs, glaciers, sea and sky. Tips? First: TAKE THE TRIP TO ANTARCTICA. It is unforgettable. If Miami is not on a direct route to Buenos Aires, fly there directly.Be sure to bring the right clothing. Being out on the water or a hill is COLD with the wrong clothes. Spend as much time on the bridge of the ship as possible. Go to all of the lectures. Meet new people Local benefits? No people to benefit in Antarctica. However,... (more)Stephen Kohn
From US $3995 - US $35000 excluding flights
Luxury camping safari in Botswana
Memorable parts? The wildlife, the stunning location of our accommodation was truly memorable. Tips? Go to the bushcamps! Its fab. Local benefits? During our stay, we learnt a lot about the different local projects the provider of this holiday is involved with - we thought it was quite extensive. Environmentally, the solar-powered bushcamp was definitely the most ecological of the 3 camps we stayed at. Overall rating? A truly unique experience. Great service pre-booking.... (more)Judith Frehner
From £1685 - £2975 excluding flights
Thailand tailor made holiday, elephants, jungle & beach
I would say break it down into areas where 10/10 or 9/10 is assigned. I loved the way in which I was with Elephants and then in a city. (more)Georgina Mackenzie
A very memorable holiday with lots of different experiences - a great mixture of travel, activity and finally relaxation! (more)Amanda Henson
From £1140 including domestic flights only
Belize wildlife conservation holiday
It was a very positive experience being in a country that treasures the natural environment and it is government policy to protect at least 40% of the land for nature. I felt that after 3 weeks I had only scratched the surface of what there is to find out about Belize and definitely plan on returning. (more)Cathy Bisset
Once in a life time experience...meeting all the wild animals was the most exciting part of the trip. (more)Kerry Sedman
From £795 excluding flights
Rwanda and Uganda wildlife holiday
Life-changing. (more)Liz Lawson
I am still what reeling from the experience but having traveled to 146 countries, I would rate Rwanda as a jewel. Without a doubt the trek to see the gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, was the most amazing experience we enjoyed. (more)Arlene Sword
Excellent...Trekking to see the gorillas was the best bit and being in Uganda; a very friendly and relaxed country (more)Ingrid Fichardt
From £2300 - £3200 including UK flights
Namibia and Botswana safari holiday
I am a frequent traveller and have done many overland and organize trip in the past, by far these were the best I have used. The countries visited were more than I could have ever imagined and the people I met along the way will always stay with me. It's a 10 out of 10. (more)Cathal Murphy
Excellent trip with a huge amount packed into the 21 days and good value for money (more)Jennifer Rousseau
Really very good - about 9.5/10. Namib desert and Chobe National Park, as well as the excellent tour staff were the best parts about this holiday. (more)Joe Seydel
From €2595 excluding flights
Madagascar tailor made holiday, Reef and Rainforest
Brilliant, eye opening, once in a lifetime experience...Seeing and hearing the Indri in Andasibe was breathtaking and our guide was brilliant. (more)Anita Chapman
This was an absolutely superb adventure, great people, amazing wildlife, stunning scenery. (more)Claudia Biedert
Excellent...Seeing lemurs in the wild was the most memorable part. (more)Hilary Wilson
From £2980 - £3650 including UK flights
Dominica nature holiday
The whole two weeks was both memorable and exciting! The sheer beauty of Dominica with it's rainforests, mountains and rivers; the fantastic array of tropical flowers, the wonderful bird-life, and the feeling of being a traveller, not just a tourist. It felt as if we were in Paradise and somewhere completely different. (more)Jean Powell
Dominica is a real hidden treasure-if the beach rich carribean islands are not for you-and you like to be active try it-you can trek easy or -boiling lake hard- or even the full Waitakubuli trail.Tubing or canyoning or snorkeling. We went whale watching and saw sperm whales and pilot whales too. (more)PAT TULLOCH
From £2150 - £2750 including UK flights
Borneo tailor made tour on a shoestring
9.5 out of 10 (more)Diane Rowe
Fantastic if you like non commercial back to nature holiday that is environmentally friendly (more)Michael Hawker
Excellent, well thought out itinerary. The most memorable parts were Travelling into the jungle to stay at Abai Jungle Lodge and the river cruises. We saw wild orangutans, snakes, big spiders, Proboscis monkeys and more all in our hotel. (more)Christopher Lewis
From £1815 including UK flights
Trinidad and Tobago bird watching holidays
It was a wonderful experience and we will remember some lovely people from the islands who helped make it a holiday of a lifetime. (more)Nigel Scott
We much preferred the more relaxed way of life in Tobago. The most memoranle part was the days bird watching with Kelton Thomas. He can whistle the birds out of the forest. (more)Alison Buckingham
The entire holiday ran very smoothly, very well organised. The first sight of all the humming birds on the verandah was amazing to see. (more)Janina Tomsett
From £2150 - £2980 including UK flights
Costa Rica holidays, coast to coast
Monkeys. Saw all four species and such fun! All the wildlife was spectacular, lots of it up close and easy to see. The local wildlife guides are brilliant and everyone in the country seems to know about and care about wildlife - wonderful! (more)Dee Stephens
Macenque & Monteverde & Sarapiqui were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Anton Gill
We saw monkeys in the hotel grouse, sloth and of course the scarlet macaws. We had never been to a rainforest before and could not believe how green it was. All the places we stayed at were interesting and different. (more)Barbara Dart
From £1250 - £2495 excluding flights
Australia holidays, tailor made
Excellent with a lot of variety. All memorable, but perhaps going to Uluru and spending a week in Sydney over Christmas and new Year (more)Jan Baker
This is a fabulous place with great food and service. Lizzie and Shayne are so knowledgeable and passionate, it is really inspiring. We were surrounded by wildlife. We had breakfast with kangaroos grazing right in front of the window...It was brilliant, I wish I could do it all again. (more)Diane Bushell
From £5395 including UK flights
Orangutan photography in Borneo
This is a great holiday. Whether you are a first time photographer or experienced photographer you will love this holiday and will come back with great photos and memories, as well as having learned a lot. (more)Mark Edwards
The first sighting of the great male orang-utan swinging through the trees and then the look in his eyes as he eyeballed anyone who looked at him, his hands and the strength in his arms -- completely awesome (more)Celia Allen
Totally brilliant, great food, great organisation and most of all a great wildlife experience that felt unique and very privileged...Great tuition from Ian really helped me to learn to use my camera to maximise the results. (more)suzanne lamb
From £1820 excluding flights
Wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland
Brilliant holiday...both Michael and Colette were passionate about conservation matters and the threat to the marine environment which couldn't help but rub off on everyone on board. (more)Roy Owen
10/10, relaxing and rewarding....Great hosts and fellow travellers, stunning scenery and wonderful food, on and off the boat (more)Michele Stewart
My family and I enjoyed it very much. The wonderful scenery and the good food on and off the boat, (more)Alistair Macmillan
From £690 - £944 excluding flights
Tanzania holidays, Selous, Zanzibar & the coast
Way better than I ever could have imagined. I will be going again! (more)Carole Artis
Absolutely amazing. The most memorable holiday ever. (more)Michael Moulsley
Interesting, exciting, very comfortable! We would like to recommend everyone! ! (more)elena grosso
From £1650 excluding flights
Chitwan safari & rafting in Nepal
In terms of excitement (and having never done it before) the White Water Rafting was excellent and potentially a new hobby. The stay at Sarangkot was most peaceful and the view of the mountain range at 5.30am in the morning was quite breath taking. Pokhara was a lovely place to stay with an abundance of bars and restaurants. Sunsets at Chitwan was another highlight. (more)Mark Wood
The most memorable part was without a doubt Chitwan National Park! Our guides Krishna and Prakash were amazing! With their careful guiding we were able to see rhinos, crocodiles, deer, wild boar, bison, monkies and many species of birds! Sunset over the river was spectacular and without the light pollution of the city we were able to see hundreds of stars. (more)Simone Bothwell
The whole trip was amazing. We covered a range of environments within Nepal - bustling Kathmandu, the exotic Chitwan jungle resort, Pokhara and the beautiful (and sometimes scary) mountain roads in between. (more)Titus Powell
From US $485 excluding flights
History, culture & wildlife of India holiday
The most exciting part was not on the original programme. We asked Rajat to give us somewhat more nature and less culture. He arranged for us to spend a day and two nights in a resort on the Kabini Lake, across from the Nagarhole National Park. On a boat safari at dusk, amidst myriad birds and beasts, we saw a male tiger emerging muddily from the river, slinking into the jungle. (more)Robin Fox
Excellent, we enjoyed it all. The two home stays were an amazing part of our trip. Take the plunge and travel on an overnight train with shared accommodation. It's a great experience. (more)Caroline Powell
The most memorable parts were staying at the home of the Kumars, visiting Golden Temple at Amritsar and WildFlower Hall...Outstanding. (more)Andrew Hollas
From £1336 excluding flights
Tiger watching holiday in India
It was a trip of a lifetime and to experience tigers at such close hand was an experience we will never forget. India is exhausting but the wildlife of the parks was amazing. (more)Julia Gallagher
Excellent, well organised, all arrangements went smoothly and we had a great time. (more)Lucie McKenzie
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing a tiger resting and grooming in Kanha National Park. The monsoon rains in Sikkim. The Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. (more)Maureen Fidkin
From £610 - £810 excluding flights
Orangutans and Ibans tour to Borneo
The most memorable parts of the holiday were Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Dannum Valley and climbing Mt. Kinabalu. (more)Zachry Brown
Fantastic experience, unforgettable. It surpassed all expectations. (more)Lois Froud
From £3750 including UK flights
South Africa Safari holiday, 14 days
10/10 it was amazing. We were so well looked after and treated as part of the family at our main resort. it was very hectic as we stayed at 6 locations so it involved a lot of travelling. but now we are back, we realise how much we packed in and how much we saw. it was a trip of a lifetime for us, so we really appreciate all the things we gained from our trip and are now saving hard to go again!! (more)SUE NEWMAN
For a first safari for my daughter and I, this was a terrific experience. Good weather, delicious and varied cooking, confortable accommodations and experienced, diplomatic and knowledgeable guides made our safari something to remember and talk about (more)Lucille Daze
This was a fantastic, very well organized holiday. There was always a lot going on but we saw a lot and learned a lot. All the guides and hosts at the lodges were very knowledgable and passionate about the wildlife and very open to sharing their knowledge and experiences with all of us. (more)Amanda Hathway
From £2495 - £2725 excluding flights
Galapagos adventure holiday
We feel we've had many 5-star holidays but this was certainly one of them. (more)Robert Coifman
Very enjoyable....We hiked the Inca trail; catching sight of Machu Picchu through the cloud as we approached was spectacular! (more)Sue Johnson
Snorkelling with the wonderful under-sea creatures - as well as scores of beautiful fishes, I swam with marine iguanas and sea turtles. Plus the kayaking was a high point for me. (more)Camilla Reeve
From £2133 excluding flights
Peru and Galapagos adventure holiday
It was truly the holiday of a lifetime with unique experiences that i will treasure. That was helped by a very well organised crew and an inspirational guide who was in love with his islands. (more)Debbie Cowburn
Fantastic -it was everything we expected. Sometimes reality does not meet expectations but not so this time and we are both fairly well travelled. Everything went like clock work. (more)Jennifer Parks
The view of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate after a gruelling 4-day trek and the tameness of the animals in the Galapagos were the most memorable parts. (more)Glenys France
From £4705 - £7105 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
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It was OK
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A bit disappointing really

Wildlife Volunteering and Wildlife Conservation

If you are a wildlife lover, wildlife volunteering is one of the most rewarding holidays you can take. There are many biologists and scientists working on different wildlife conservation projects all over the world who are working with endangered species and trying to inspire people with how beautiful, important and remarkable these creatures are and what a shame it’d be to lose them. Animal conservation needs a joined-up approach i.e. there is no chance of saving a species and its habitat if you do not first see its country as a political and social entity and harness local human populations to engage with the plight of their native species – to learn to love and be proud of their country’s creatures.

Wildlife conservation projects can contribute directly to the continuing existence of certain species, for example, the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Western visitors pay the wages of the rangers who work hard to protect the remaining gorillas and, without their money, the forests would be pulled down and all would be lost. If you are considering volunteering for animal conservation it is worth bearing in mind that there are some occasions where the dictum: ‘look but don’t touch’ should be considered, particularly when it comes to wildlife and sentient creatures. The irony is that the more you love something, the closer you want to get – yet your very proximity can bring it more harm than good. Many animals should not be forced into human interaction as they are wild, not domestic. Often, watching animals living freely in their natural habitat can be a lot more rewarding than giving them a cuddle.

There is a great range of wildlife conservation holidays on offer, as well as working with endangered species, you can help preserve entire ecosystems. You may find yourself as a jungle volunteer, monitoring endangered Macaw's, digging seed beds in the bio garden, carrying and planting seedlings as part of the reforestation and carbon sequestration programme or working with local children in the ecology club. Or you could be a rainforest volunteer - rainforests are critically important to their region’s biodiversity, providing essential soil stabilization and carbon storage. But they are under constant threat from unsustainable logging practices and climate change. Whether you choose to help on animal conservation projects, volunteer in the jungle or volunteer in the rainforest, the work you do will be invaluable and you will be uplifted by how constructive human intervention can be, in the wake of our careless destruction.

Wildlife holidays in Madagascar

It is not surprising there are so many wildlife tours to Madagascar, the island has fascinated several generations of naturalists to the extent that some of them devote their entire lives to studying its wildlife. Wildlife holidays in Madagascar can take you from the arid bush of the south to the luxuriant vegetation of the East, there is a wide variety of altitudes, temperatures and rainfalls.

A Madagascar wildlife tour could see you standing beneath the Indri (one of the island’s largest lemurs), listening to its haunting call, finding camouflaged chameleons or enjoying magical night walks which reveal nocturnal geckos and frogs. You will find many wildlife tours to Madagascar allow you to observe lemurs in their natural habitat, including the popular ring-tailed, sifaka, and Indri lemur species.

There are several National Parks and reserves on this island and eco tours to Madagascar will support efforts to their continued conservation. Eco tours in Madagascar try to demonstrate to the local population the economic advantages of preserving their natural heritage rather than destroying it for short-term gain. A Madagascar wildlife tour will ensure you have many enchanting encounters with lemur species, chameleons, geckos, and endemic birds on day and night walks, as well as enjoy the beautiful reefs and marine life of this idyllic tropical island.

Want to know more about wildlife holidays before you go?

Find out more about wildlife holidays by reading these wildlife articles.

It’s no wonder that wildlife holidays are so popular. Watching wildlife is a great way to get back to nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With so many wildlife holidays on offer in so many fabulous locations it’s hard to decide where to go or what animals to see. For inspiration on where to watch wildlife, read this wildlife article.

The thrill of watching animals in the wild has gained widespread popularity, especially in the tourism industry. Inspired by programmes like Planet Earth, many people set out to discover their ‘inner Attenborough’. Our resident Zoologist Holly Foat looks at the impact this may have on wildlife and provides tips on how to watch wildlife the responsible way. There is arguably nothing more exciting in life that watching a whale breach in front of your boat or watching a bear hunting in its natural habitat but there is often concern associated with wildlife tourism. Sometimes the animals or the environment can suffer from increasing tourist numbers, habituation and disturbance. However, if wildlife watching is well managed then the animals and the environment can benefit from both the increase in awareness and education among the tourists and the extra finance for conservation projects. For tips and advice on the responsible way to watch wildlife, check out this wildlife watching article.
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