Visit the World’s Greatest Wildlife Destinations

 

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Nothing compares to the once-in-a-lifetime moments you get to experience on a safari, wildlife cruise or National Park Hike. These moments, like watching a leopard stalk prey in Botswana or photographing a gaggle of penguins swimming in Antarctica, used to be nearly impossible (and expensive), since the areas were widely unchartered and remote. However, now, with more cruises and tours exploring these hidden wonders worldwide, there’s more chances than ever to watch wildlife dwell in their natural habitats. For the best viewing, visit one of these breathtaking destinations.

Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Located on the rugged shores of Hudson Bay in Northern Manitoba, Churchill is one of the few human settlements in the world that is also home to polar bears. Since they spend most of their summer hunting for food, the best time to view them is during the fall. The optimal way to experience the beauty of these bears is with a custom tundra buggy, which offers once in a lifetime chances to get up close and personal, while still remaining safe.

Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
Chobe National Park in Botswana offers truly unspoilt views of Africa’s famed wildlife. On a game drive here, you won’t be met with other jeeps, but instead with views of warthogs, bushbucks, monkeys, lions, leopards and hyenas. A cruise along the breathtaking Chobe river offers a chance to see the marine mammals, like hippos and crocodiles.

Antarctica Peninsula
Although it may be void of any human life, Antarctica is home to one of the largest populations of penguins, with over 40 million spread across the continent. Once unchartered, Antarctica is growing in popularity, and more cruise lines are adding the snow-capped glacial peaks and emperor penguin colonies to their itineraries.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This tiny archipelago off the coast of Ecuador has been an iconic destination for wildlife viewing for over 200 years. Thanks to more cruise lines charting the South American Coast, it’s much easier for anyone to view its many inhabitants, like the island iguanas, Blue-footed Boobies, giant green sea turtles, sea lions and more.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Stretching over 1,616 miles off the coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, comprised of 3,000 individual reefs, 900 islands and thousands of species of marine creatures, is one of the world’s greatest wonders. See the sharks, turtles, fishes and vibrant coral up close with a snorkel or dive.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
Aside from spewing geysers, gradient canyons and rushing waterfalls, Wyoming’s crowned jewel is also home to some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife. From black bears to bald eagles to bison and coyotes, this area is rich with a vast array of animals.

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7 reasons why the Great Migration will be your #1 wildlife thrill

If you’re keen to experience the biggest wildlife spectacle on the planet, three words will suffice: The Great Migration.

The world is filled with plenty of amazing wildlife phenomena. But there’s simply none that compares in scope and scale to this annual event that takes place on the savannas of East Africa, as millions of hoofed animals thunder over the plains with predators in pursuit… And you can be among the select few to witness it up close with Natural Habitat Adventures!

7 reasons why the Great Migration will be your #1 wildlife thrill:

1) The world’s largest land migration
We’re talking 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle! Herds follow rain patterns that have guided them for millennia.

2) Exciting predator-prey action
Lion, cheetah and hyena stalk the herds, seizing the weak and young, while crocodiles lie in wait at river crossings.

3) New babies abound
Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest drop their calves when green grass is abundant on the southern Serengeti Plains.

4) Observe fascinating animal behavior
The decisions of a few individuals to run or elude predators drive the rest of the herds into group action through “swarm intelligence.”

5) Fabulous photo ops
Dark skies shift above green plains for a vivid contrast…while the clouds and dust kicked up by thousands of hooves create spectacular sunsets.

6) Hot air ballooning
There’s nothing like a perspective from the air to appreciate the migration’s scope as you float over the massive herds that darken the plains.

7) Mobile camps follow the herds
You get to be in the thick of the action, no matter what the season!

Many companies claim to offer “migration safaris,” though they follow the same circuit year-round regardless of animal movements, staying at crowded lodges away from the herds. Not so with Natural Habitat Adventures! They plan their routes to be in the optimal place at the best time. Small groups will enjoy secluded close-up wildlife encounters, away from tourist crowds.

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Cruising for Elephants

Can’t decide between cruising or safari? Why not have both?! On this wondrous adventure travelers can explore Victoria Falls, cruise the Zambezi and Chobe rivers and safari on elephant back through the Greater Kruger National Park. Our 11-Day safari/cruise itinerary offers luxurious accommodation, meals, drinks, land excursions and game viewing on open safari vehicles.

Itinerary Breakdown

DAY 1 Arrive Victoria Falls (2 nights)

Met at the Airport by Great Safaris & transferred to Elephant Camp. Enjoy a multi colored sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, watching out for crocodile and inquisitive hippos. Listen to the roar of the Falls and enjoy a sundowner cocktail as the sun slowly sets.

DAY 2 Victoria Falls

This morning explore the impressive Falls on a guided walking tour through the rainforest, learning about the fauna and flora. This afternoon join an elephant interaction.

DAYS 3 – 5 Zambezi Queen (3 nights)

This morning transfer to the Kazangula Border of Botswana, to board the Zambezi Queen. Enjoy the excitement of Africa from the luxury of a renowned cruise vessel. The Zambezi Queen is unique in that it’s a sophisticated, elegant experience that has not lost the essence of all that is African. All inclusive touring, while viewing first hand the remarkable animals & birdlife of Africa.

DAY 6 Johannesburg (1 night)

Today disembark from the Cruise and head back through the border to Victoria Falls Airport for the flight to Johannesburg & overnight before heading off to Kruger Park tomorrow.

DAYS 7 – 9 Camp Jabulani (3 nights)

Daily game drives put you within touching distance of lion prides, unpredictable buffalo and herds of elephant. Two game drives each day – with hugely knowledgeable guides. Enjoy the all inclusive hospitality of Camp Jabulani and a night safari on elephant back, the utimate African exerience.

DAY 10 Johannesburg and home

After a final game drive and breakfast, transfer for your flight back to Johannesburg and connect to home or extend to Cape Town.

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A Few Good Tips for African Safari Travelers

African Travel

African Travel

A friend and adventure travel connoisseur from PathWrangler recently spent an incredible three weeks on an overland African safari exploring regions of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. On PathWrangler’s blog he shares his experiences first hand of what it was like to sleep on the dusty, hard ground under the southern hemisphere’s amazing night sky, go without a shower for days on end and get as close as possible to some of the most dangerous animals on the planet.

African Leopard, Kruger National Park

African Leopard, Kruger National Park

“In looking back I have a few tips to pass along on what to do and not to do while roughing it in the bush.” – PathWrangler

Do be quiet.  Animals have amazing hearing and can hear you long before you see them.

Do blend in with your surroundings.  Avoid bright colors and wear clothes in muted earth tones- khaki, greens and browns.

Do bring plenty of insects repellent.  Insects like sand flies (no-see-ums) are so tiny to the naked eye that this advantage gives them plenty of freedom to feast upon you.

Do use soft-sided luggage like duffle bags.  Think mobility and ease of getting on and off of vehicles.  Wheeled suitcases have no place in the dirt.

Do listen to your guide’s instructions.  They are there not only to give you an amazing experience, but also to make sure you stay safe.

Don’t wear any strong scents.  The animals will smell the cologne or perfume and keep their distance.

Don’t bother with makeup and jewelry.  The lions, leopards and elephants will not be impressed and the hyenas might laugh.

Don’t leave a trace.  The bush is not an oversized trash receptacle.  Whatever you bring in should be brought out so as not to harm the ecosystem.

Cape Town, Africa

Cape Town, Africa

Above all DO be in the moment while you are there and DON’T let an opportunity to enjoy the natural wonder of Africa and all it has to offer pass you by.

Check out our amazing African tour with G Adventure’s Kruger & Cape Town! Where your itinerary would include exploring vibrant Cape Town, enjoying the various stops along the Panorama Route, searching for and snapping some great photos of the Big Five on open vehicle game drives, spotting wildlife inside world-famous Kruger National Park.

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Africa Specialists

 

Africa’s raw beauty alone would  make a hundred visits worthwhile!  Where else on earth can you fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring or watch thousands of pink flamingos walk on water? However, the heart of Africa isn’t just the beautiful mountains or the playful lion cubs. Lonely Planet puts it perfectly, “It’s the spirit of the people – pushing, shoving, sweating, dancing, singing and laughing – that infects so many visitors with a travel bug so powerful they’ll never stop coming back, sometimes against all sense or reason.”

photo courtesy of Gap Adventures

photo courtesy of Gap Adventures

From Kenya’s safaris to Egypt’s pyramids, our travel specialists know the lay of the African land! Traveling to such a spectacular destination takes planning and expertise. Lucky for you, Cruise & Travel Masters is just what the doctor ordered!

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Zambia- Off The African Beaten Track

Because most tourists choose Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania to visit, Zambia has remained a well kept secret. Although, thought of as being “rustic” in the past, that is no longer the case. They have exquisite lodgings that offer all the commodities a person could wish for.

Canoe Safari & The Chongwe River House, Zambia

Canoe Safari & The Chongwe River House, Zambia

Zambia is home to the walking safari, not to be mistaken for mobile safaris. Walking safaris offer an extremely up close and personal approach to getting out into the bush and seeing wildlife firsthand. Groups walk to each camp, allowing for sightings that may have been missed if driven. The guests travel with rangers and are very protected while in commute. The overall experience of a walking safari allows for the authentic African experience.

Want another fun way to safari? Check out canoe safaris! Zambia is known as The African Waterhole and those that know about nature know that where there is water, there is wildlife! So, these canoe safaris make for an excellent way to see animals drinking, swimming and sunbathing!

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

Because of Zambia’s abundance of waterways, they have one of the most unique eco-systems in all of Africa. For example, leopards, that are at times difficult to spot in other locations, seem to be everywhere you look in Zambia. And speaking of leopards, there is a fabulous night tour that allows guests to see these massive cats in their most active hours! Very cool!

Bird watching is very common in Zambia as well. My favorite to spot is the elegant Crested Crane. And you are sure to wake up every morning to the call of the Fish Eagle, the national bird of Zambia. Oh and don’t forget about the endless pods of hippos and herds of elephants!

lazy leopard

lazy leopard

Must See National Parks In Zambia: Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Parks, Kafue National park

Zambia is truly a magnificent place! Take advantage of seeing its unlimited game!

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