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Global interest in nature-based tourism, which includes wildlife tourism, has grown rapidly over the last decade.

At the same time, wildlife has become increasingly under threat from issues such as habitat loss, poaching, and a lack of funding for conservation.  

Richard Damania, lead economist for the World Bank , succinctly explains the intrinsic connection between economy and ecology in tourism destinations: “Provide jobs and (you’ll) save the environment.”  

But of course it’s not quite that simple, as a National Geographic cover story on the dark truth behind wildlife tourism illustrated.

When managed irresponsibly, wildlife attractions may involve abuse, exploitation, drugged animals, and even death. And unless visitors are well-informed about these issues, they’d probably never know the difference.  

Fortunately, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of examples of wildlife tourism attractions that get it right.

These sustainably-run operations have led to improved well-being for the animals, increased investments in protected areas and reserves, a reduction in poaching, and increased benefits for local communities in the form of jobs, co-management of resources, and revenue-sharing.  

Here’s a look at 20 of the world’s best wildlife parks, as well as wildlife tours specifically designed for animal lovers.

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Etosha National Park Namibia - Famous national parks in the world


The utterly unique wildlife park encompasses 8,600 square miles of expansive desert landscapes .

At the heart of Etosha National Park are its expansive salt pans. In the wet season they fill with water and attract a bevy of beautiful birds, while in the dry season they blow saline dust out towards the Atlantic Ocean.

The otherworldly park is also home to lots of big game animals, including giraffes , lions, black and white rhinos, and endemic mountain zebras, as well as a wide variety of birds.

Many Namibia wildlife tours include visiting Etosha National Park , looking for desert elephants in Skeleton Coast National Park, seeing the massive Cape fur seal colonies at Swakomund, and much more.  

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Lioness Devouring Buffalo in Kruger National Park - Best Wildlife Parks in the World

2. KRUGER NATIONAL PARK (South Africa)  

Covering more than 7,500 square miles in the eastern part of South Africa , Kruger National Park ranks alongside Etosha among the largest wildlife reserves in all of Africa.

Established in 1926, it’s South Africa’s oldest national park and part of a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve .

Although the region has been struggling to deal with the rise in poaching of elephants, rhinos, and other animals for the illegal wildlife trade over the past decade, Kruger National Park remains a remarkable place.

The park is home to an exceptional range of wildlife, including 517 bird species, 147 species of large mammals, 114 reptile species, and rare, endangered wildlife including black rhinos and the gorgeous African wild dog (a.k.a. painted dog).  

READ MORE: Tips for Visiting Kruger National Park, South Africa

Cheetahs with Gazelle Kill in Ol Kinyei Conservancy - Best Wildlife Tours in the World


The Masai Mara should need no introduction as the northern stop of Africa’s Great Migration of wildebeest, zebras, and other ungulates, which is arguably one of the world’s greatest wonders for wildlife lovers.

But the 583-square-mile reserve is just part of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which also includes numerous Maasai-owned wildlife conservancies .

The area is home to 25% of Kenya’s wildlife , including an incredible population of Big Cats (cheetahs, lions , and leopards), as well as their prey (gazelles, impala, wildebeest, etc).

Eco-tour operators like Gamewatchers Safaris  and the Elewana Collection offer an exceptional opportunity to explore the area in depth, covering much of the same epic journey the migration follows each year.

READ MORE: Masai Mara Conservancies: A Model for Community Conservation in Kenya

Rhinos Without Borders project, photo by Beverly Joubert - Wildlife Parks

4. OKAVANGO DELTA (Botswana)

One of the newer UNESCO sites on this list, Botswana’s Okavango Delta earned World Heritage Site status in 2014 for its incredibly diverse wildlife and expansive wetlands ecosystem.

Spreading across 5791 square miles, the region’s vast network of canals and swamps are best explored via traditional canoes , which are known as mokoro .

In the winter, the water draws some 200,000 large mammals (cheetahs, lions, elephants, rhinos, etc.) and 400+ bird species to the area. Thanks to Botswana’s anti-poaching measures, the number of animals here is growing.

Luxury Botswana safaris (such as those offered by Great Plains Conservation ) offer guests an exclusive experience exploring different regions of this fertile landscape, including areas rarely visited by most wildlife tours of the Okavango.

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Baby Zebra in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


The southern starting point for the annual Great Migration from Tanzania to Kenya in search of water and fresh grass, this 5,700-square mile UNESCO World Heritage Site was named after the Maasai word for “the place where the land runs on forever.”

It’s an apt moniker, and the Serengeti’s seemingly endless grasslands, riverine forest, bushy savanna, and open woodlands are home to a staggering array of wildlife (not to mention the welcoming Maasai people ).

In just a few days of exploring the area, you can see lots of lions, elephants, giraffes, Nile crocodiles, colobus monkeys, and huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, and buffalo crowding the plains.

Numerous tour operators offer immersive excursions that explore this excellent East African wildlife park in depth.

READ MORE: The Top 10 Tanzania National Parks & Reserves

Mountain Gorilla Diet


Made famous by primatologist Diane Fossey ’s groundbreaking work with mountain gorillas back in the 1970s and ‘80s, Volcanoes was the first national park on the african continent.

The park is home to five of the eight volcanoes in the Virunga Mountain range, with up to 80 tourists a day paying for pricey permits to spend an incredible hour with one of the 10 habituated gorilla families that make their home here.

The park also offers treks to see habituated groups of endangered golden monkeys, visit Fossey’s grave, and climb Bisoke (a one-day tour) or Karisimbi Volcano (a 2-day trek with overnight camping).

We also recommend a visit to Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village , which provides alternative employment opportunities for former poachers and their families. It’s a model for community-based conservation.

READ MORE: 50 Interesting Facts About  Gorillas

Ecotourism Destination - Antarctica


Ok, so technically there are no national parks in Antarctica .

But because the entire continent is protected by the Antarctic Treaty System, the coldest, driest, and windiest place on the planet is basically like one giant wildlife reserve. And small ship cruises are a great way to explore it.

The best Antarctic wildlife tours include plenty of Adelie, chinstrap, and gentoo penguins on the Antarctic mainland; Magellanic and rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands; and vast colonies of king and macaroni penguins (not to mention elephant and fur seals) on South Georgia Island.

Of course, there will also be plenty of whales , seals, and other wildlife sightings during your time at sea as well!  

READ MORE: 30 Antarctic Animals You Can See on an Antarctica Cruise


BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK - Best National Parks in the World for Tiger Viewing


Located in Madhya Pradesh, the 431-square-mile Bandhavgarh National Park & Tiger Reserve boasts one of the highest densities of Bengal tigers in the world.

Thanks to conservation initiatives here and at tiger reserves such as Kanha and Kaziranga National Parks, the Bengal tiger is one of the few endangered species whose population is growing.

But the fearsome cat is hardly this wildlife park’s only attraction: There are also 36 other species of mammals (including leopards, Asian elephants, and nilgai, or “blue bulls”), more than 250 species of birds, and around 80 species of butterflies.

There are three zones in this former maharaja’s hunting grounds that are open to tourists: The Tala zone is considered the best for tigers and also the most photogenic, while Khitauli is great for birdwatching .  

READ MORE: Indian Animals: A Guide to 40 Species of Indian Wildlife 

Things to do in Indonesia, see a Komodo dragon at Komodo National Park


There are less than 5,000 Komodo dragons left in the world, and most of them are found on two small islands in Indonesia , Komodo Island and Rinca Island.

Along with Padar and 26 smaller islands, this entire archipelago has been protected since 1980 as Komodo National Park .

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the park was originally designed to protect the world’s largest lizard, which can grow up to 10 feet long.

But it’s also home to remarkable marine life, including whale sharks , manta rays, eagle rays, blue-ringed octopus, and quite a few cetaceans (including dolphins, blue whales, and sperm whales).  

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If you enjoy snorkeling and Scuba diving and have a deep appreciation for marine life, a visit to the islands of the Philippines is truly a must.

Located within the South China Sea’s famed “Coral Triangle,” the Philippines is home to some of the world’s most picturesque beaches, colorful coral reef systems, and a dazzling assortment of ocean animals .

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park covers 374 square miles and includes two large atolls and a smaller reef system.

Small ship expedition cruises give guests chances to dive and/or snorkel this ecotourism hotspot in the Palawan province, where they may see some of the reef’s 600 fish species, 13 species of cetaceans, 11 types of sharks, and several species of sea turtles.  

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Yala National Park, Sri Lanka - best wildlife national parks in the world


Sri Lanka may not be nearly as well known as neighboring India in terms of tourism, but in the last few years its number of international visitors has been gradually on the rise.

The island nation’s oldest and most renowned national park is also home to the greatest concentration of Sri Lanka wildlife , including leopards, Sri Lankan elephants, sloth bears, jackals, buffalo, crocodiles, and monkeys.

The uncrowded wildlife park also boasts over 150 bird species, and the adjacent Yala East (a.k.a. Kumana National Park) is a notorious nesting site for waterbirds.

Yala is a huge factor in the recent rise of Sri Lanka ecotourism , with an array of incredible natural wonders you won’t see anywhere else in the country.

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GREAT BARRIER REEF, Australia -one of the most visited national parks in the world


Stretching more than 133,000 square miles, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia is easily the world’s largest coral reef system.  

The area is home to at least 30 species of cetaceans, over 1,500 species of fish, six species of sea turtles, and around 125 different species of sharks and stingrays.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site also includes mangroves and salt marshes, which provide fertile breeding grounds for frogs and saltwater crocodiles, and around 1.5 million birds (215 species) use its 900 islands to nest or roost.

The Australian National Park ’s reefs are currently being threatened by climate change, with ocean acidification leading to increased coral bleaching. But some cruises take guests to its most pristine places, including Osprey Reef and Lizard Island.

READ MORE: 20 Weird & Cute Australian Animals


BANFF NATIONAL PARK - One of the most beautiful national parks in the world


Established in 1885, Banff National Park encompasses around 2,564 square miles, and is packed with towering mountains, dense coniferous forest, glaciers, and ice fields.

It’s bounded by Yoho National Park to the west, Kootenay National Park to the south, and Kananaskis Country to the southeast, so the entire region feels like one massive nature area.

The park is home to a wonderful array of alpine animals, including grizzly bears, cougars, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, wolverines, and hundreds of bird species.

If you visit, make time for a road trip along the impressively scenic Icefields Parkway, which extends from the world-renowned Lake Louise to neighboring Jasper National Park .

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Tapir (Sleeping) In Corcovado National Park


Located on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica,  Corcovado National Park has been referred to by  National Geographic  as “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.”

At 164 square miles, it’s one of the world’s few remaining large areas of lowland tropical rainforests, with a diverse range of ecosystems providing home to more than 500 different tree species.

During our three days of hiking in the park we spotted a dizzying array of wildlife, including the endangered Baird’s tapir, the rare harpy eagle, all four Costa Rica monkey species, sloths, giant anteaters, collared peccaries, and more.

Scuba divers and snorkelers can also enjoy a day trip to Caño Island, which is 40 minutes away by boat.  

READ MORE: 40 Amazing Costa Rica Animals

Denali National Park Road


If you’re interested in wildlife tours, central Alaska’s Denali National Park is arguably the best place in the USA to take one.

With six million acres of pristine wilderness and just one 92-mile road through it (which is only open to private vehicles four days a year), Denali is about as wild as national parks get.

The shuttle bus drivers double as engaging naturalist guides, allowing visitors to sit back, relax, and drop their jaws at the stunning scenery and– if you’re lucky– breathtaking views of the massive mountain for which the park is named.

The prodigious wildlife here includes lots of grizzly bears, moose, caribou, bald eagles, and even wolves. So if you’re planning on hiking or camping here, make sure to familiarize yourself with backcountry safety.

READ MORE: 40 Species of Alaskan Animals You Can See on Vacation

Bison Herds in Yellowstone National Park


If Alaska’s a bit too remote for your budget, the world’s first national park is the next best thing.

Yellowstone National Park has been in the news often in recent years due to overtourism and the misbehavior of some irresponsible visitors .

But don’t let a few bad apples spoil your enjoyment of the inherent beauty of its natural attractions, including Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley, the Upper & Lower Geyser Basin, and Grand Prismatic Spring.

Though traffic can be frustrating in peak summer, the shoulder seasons are great for spotting wildlife such as bald eagles, bighorn sheep, bison, elk, grizzly bears, wolves, and much more.

If you want to explore Yellowstone with almost no other tourists, visit in winter, when everything is blanketed in white.  

READ MORE: List of US National Parks By State: an EPIC  Guide


Galapagos Islands Animals: Galapagos Sea Lions


Located 563 miles off Ecuador’s coast, this volcanic archipelago is a must-see for anyone who loves nature and wildlife, especially avid birdwatchers .

Named the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands have fascinated mankind ever since they influenced Charles Darwin ’s Theory of Evolution during his voyage there in the early 1800s.

The landscapes are remarkably diverse, from the lush green flora of the Santa Cruz highlands to the harsh lava fields on Bartolomé.

It’s also home to some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife, from ocean-feeding Marine Iguanas and comical Blue-Footed Boobies to diminutive Galapagos Penguins and massive Galapagos Tortoises.

READ MORE: 30 Amazing Galapagos Islands Animals

Squirrel Monkey in Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon


Encompassing around 8,000 square miles in remote Loretu, Peru, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve was easily our favorite part of the Peruvian Amazon .

The protected area includes low hills and portions of the Amazon rainforest that are flooded during the wet season.

So while there are 19 ranger stations, 15 authorized campsites, and five wilderness huts available, the best/only way to explore the reserve for much of the year is by boat.

Eco-friendly Amazon River cruises provide heartwarming cultural exchanges with the indigenous Ribereños, as well as exceptional opportunities to see wildlife like the Amazon river dolphin, Amazonian manatee, a variety of monkeys, and countless colorful birds.

READ MORE: 25 Beautiful Birds in the Amazon Rainforest

Top Travel Destinations of 2016- Brazilian Pantanal


Though Brazil ’s portion of the Amazon forest is currently under serious threat due to fires designed to clear forest, its Pantanal remains one of the world’s truly great destinations for wildlife lovers.

The Brazilian Pantanal is one of the largest tropical wetlands in the world, covering approximately 54,000-75,000 square miles.

The region is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and around 80% of its floodplains are underwater during the rainy season, making it one of the planet’s richest and most biodiverse ecosystems.

Animal aficionados will have a field day here, as the Pantanal is home to 400 fish species, 300 species of mammals (including the ever-elusive jaguar), and 480 species of reptiles. There are also over 1,000 different bird species in the Pantanal.  

READ MORE: 21 Incredible Animals that Live in the Amazon Rainforest

A Guanaco in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile


Part of the National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile, this gem of Patagonia  is among the country’s largest (around 935 square miles) and most popular wildlife parks.

In terms of attractions, Torres del Paine National Park has plenty, from the archaeological history of the Milodon Caves and ancient wall art along the Fauna Trail to the expansive Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (the world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside of the poles).

There’s plenty of wildlife, such as foxes, huemul deer, guanacos, pumas, and the massive Andean Condor.

But the park’s most distinctive features are the three towering granite peaks of the Paine Massif itself, which rises some 9,350 feet above sea level.   –Bret Love

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As far as wildlife meetings go, few places come close to the otherworldy islands of the Galapagos . Whether you want to strap on a snorkel and swim alongside friendly sea lions, watch the slow movements of giant tortoises, or marvel at the parade of iguanas prowling the beaches like a scene from a tiny Jurassic Park, exploring this ancient archipelago by boat or on foot - with a naturalist guide by your side – will be one for the highlight reel. 

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Trek through the steamy forest of Uganda’s Bwindi National Park alongside Park Rangers and expert trackers to catch a glimpse of these rare animals in their natural habitat. Be mesmerised as you watch them eat, sleep, groom, and play – the troop’s giant silverback surveying the scene while the little ones play like children. Spend an unforgettable hour in their presence and come back having ticked off another experience on your bucket list. 

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Hop out of the 4WD and tackle this next adventure on foot with an expert local guide through the hilly terrain of Matobo National Park. Spend an exhilarating morning tracking black and white rhinos, spotting other wildlife such as leopards, warthogs, springhares, and klipspringers as you go, as they wander through the wilderness on their daily routine.  

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Canoe in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta has a unique system of waterways that are home to an immense array of wildlife. The best way to explore it is in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Visit in May to September, when animals are confined to small islands created by the annual flood, making it easy to spot great herds of elephant and antelope, hippos, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs and more. 

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Supporting wildlife 

Not only does our entire range of wildlife trips promise to give you unforgettable animal experiences, but they also directly support the conservation of wildlife and the people who take care of that wildlife.  So, you can rest assured knowing that the money you spend by travelling with us is reinvested into the protection of the wildlife you see and the communities you visit like the jewellery workshop run by a team of women in Zambia that donates funds for anti-poaching patrols.  

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Local expert-led tours

Is your lemur knowledge almost non-existent? Do you have any idea about the intricacies of Borneo’s jungle ecosystem? Don’t know the orangutans from the chimpanzees? On an Intrepid trip, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Every wildlife trip includes at least one local wildlife expert – from park rangers knowledgeable about mountain gorillas to indigenous people with a special connection to land - to take you on guided walks, conduct informal sessions, and participate in educational conversations. 

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Range of experiences

Traditional Game Drives, boat safaris, and nature walks are all par for the course on one of our wildlife trips but at Intrepid, our itineraries delve deeper to provide you with the whole, unique picture. Incorporating a range of different opportunities for travellers to experience the world’s wildlife such as a visit to a Wildlife Forensic Laboratory in Zambia where officials investigate wildlife crimes (just like CSI but for animals!) and learning firsthand about Antarctica’s ecosystem from your onboard marine biologist. 

Responsible travel & conservation 

We are not only giving back through offering safaris that make a difference but also partnering with conservation projects on the ground to raise awareness and important funding through the Intrepid Foundation.

Animal welfare 

At Intrepid, we believe that it’s our responsibility to help preserve the planet for the next generation of travelers, as well as for the communities – and animals – that call these places home. That’s why we’ve worked with World Animal Protection  to create a set of guidelines each and every one of our trips follows.  

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We’ve also partnered with the team at Blood Lions as a commitment to actively working towards a solution to lion exploitation by signing their ‘Born to Live Wild’ pledge. 

Visiting animals

We only visit facilities involving wild animals in captivity if the reason for the facility directly helps, and is in the best interest, of the animals involved. For example, rescue centers operating with the highest animal welfare and conservation standards possible. 

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Being a wildlife-friendly traveler

From doing your research to never using animals as a photo prop, there are a few easy ways to become a wildlife-friendly traveler . Join Intrepid co-founder Geoff Manchester and Lek Chailert, the founder of Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, to find out more about Intrepid's ban on elephant rides and what you can do to help protect wildlife on your travels, or check out the partnerships between The Intrepid Foundation and various conservation organizations around the world.   

How we help 

We actively discourage the participation of travelers in any activities that exploit wild or domestic/working animals. Lately, there’s been a rise in animal-related incidents around the world, and it doesn’t sit well with us. That’s why we have this toolkit in conjunction with World Animal Protection, with the hope that it will help the tourism industry rebuild more ethically during the COVID-caused travel shutdowns.  

Park & conservation fees 

Did you know a portion of all national park fees (included in your trip price) go back into the conservation for the parks? In some countries, this can be a considerable amount and goes towards park upkeep, wildlife rehabilitation and protection, and funding for park rangers. 

Become a Citizen Scientist

Contribute in a very real way on your trip to Antarctica by undertaking scientific studies, recording cloud cover with NASA, participating in the ‘Happy Whale’ initiative (taking photos of whales’ flukes and uploading them to a special database), and conducting seabird surveys.

Our WWF partnership 

Embark on an Antarctic adventure with WWF , a conservation organization working to protect endangered habitats and stop climate change, and learn about their non-invasive whale research project from onboard scientists.   

Giving back 

Our wildlife trips are specifically designed to include local communities, businesses and NGOs that are working to support the conservation of wildlife, or the people protecting the wild.

Meet the experts

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Alex - Antarctica Expedition Leader

Alex has long held a fascination with the natural world and polar regions. A graduate of Cambridge in Natural Sciences, Alex had been a polar guide for over a decade and is the co-founder of the Polar Citizen Science Collective, an organisation devoted to harnessing the research and data collection power of polar tourism. When not on a ship he can usually be found with skis or sticky rubber on his feet.

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Twongyeirwe - Head Ranger (Uganda)

Growing up in a family with a conservation background, Twongyeirwe quickly developed a dream of becoming a wildlife ranger, working with mountain gorillas in the forests of Uganda. He's been living that dream for 16 years (and counting), learning about gorilla behaviours, tracking their movements and passing on that knowledge to passionate travellers just as awestruck by the majesty of these animals as he is. 

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Jessica - Naturalist Guide (Galapagos Islands)

Jessica grew up surrounded by sea lions, sea turtles, iguanas, amazing landscapes, and friendly people on the Galapagos Islands so it's no surprise she turned to a career teaching people about the diversity, endemism, and the marine life of the region she's loved since she was little. When she's not working, you can find her scuba diving, snorkelling and exploring as much of this magical Ecuadorian world as possible. 

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Eva – Citizen Science Coordinator (Polar)

Eva is a polar scientist, with a particular passion for marine mammals. Her love for whales led to her graduating at the top of her class with a Master's in Polar Science from the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. Researcher, Naturalist, Photographer, Educator, Surveyor, Skipper and Wildlife Officer, Eva has travelled extensively throughout all 7 continents, but her heart remains in the polar regions. 

Wildlife FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join a wildlife trip.

Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy

How safe are wildlife tours?

At Intrepid, the welfare of our people and our travellers is our highest priority, and we never put tours in a potentially harmful or dangerous position. To ensure that all travellers are safe while trekking or visiting wildlife conservation areas, there are a set of rules and regulations that everyone must observe at all times, which you'll be briefed on when necessary. Both your leader and the professional wildlife expert that accompanies you on specific activities such as gorilla trekking, will be happy to answer any questions you might have and make sure everyone's obeying safety precautions. 

Do I have to be fit to join a wildlife tour?

Our wildlife tours range from having a lower physical rating (2 out of 5 stars) to a higher physical rating (3 out of 5 stars) which indicates that you should have a reasonable level of fitness to be comfortable throughout your trip. Most wildlife trips visit at least one national park so you can expect to participate in a couple of walks or longer hikes. 

Am I guaranteed to see gorillas on my trek?

Animal movements can be unpredictable so we can't 100% guarantee that you'll see gorillas on your trek. Having said that, it's highly unlikely not to. You will be accompanied by a gorilla tracker on your trek and they'll have specific knowledge on how to find the gorillas and where they might be so you don't have to worry about a thing. 

What’s the difference between trekking gorillas in Uganda and trekking in Rwanda?

There's not a huge difference between gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda when it comes to actually seeing the animals, but the terrain of both countries varies. Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park has a more open and less dense landscape than the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda so it can often feel easier to trek through. Uganda also experiences more rain and this can make tracks slippery and harder to navigate. Another difference is that the permit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is more expensive than in Uganda and this can deter budget-conscious travellers. 

What vehicles do you use for Game Drives in Sub Saharan Africa?

The type of vehicles you'll travel on during your Game Drive is dependent on the style of your trip (basix, original, comfort, or premium) but all trips will use a 4x4 or alternate vehicle for at least one of those rides so you have the best opportunity to experience the wildlife from a unique perspective. If you want more details, check out the trip notes/itinerary information for your chosen trip. 

When travelling on an Intrepid wildlife trip, how does my money support local conservation efforts?

Regardless of the style, every single one of our wildlife trips directly supports the conservation of wildlife or the people protecting the wildlife. A portion of any National Park or Game Reserve entrance fee (which is included in your trip price) is also fed back into protecting and conserving the park's natural and cultural heritage.  This money is crucial to safeguarding these habitats for wildlife to breed and survive together with its surrounding local communities. Our wildlife trips are also designed to seek out and support local projects, communities, and businesses that are actively working to protect wildlife, and educate and empower local communities to be custodians of conservation.

Will I get the opportunity for a range of different wildlife experiences on my trip?

Absolutely! Our trips feature a whole heap of fun activities such as Game drives, nature walks, and boat safaris, as well as unique experiences such as visiting a Wildlife Forensic Laboratory in Zimbabwe (which is exactly what it sounds like - a unit investigating wildlife crimes) and sitting down to dinner with a local park ranger where you'll learn about life in the wilderness and their special relationships with the mountain gorillas (guaranteed to be one dinner conversation you've never had before)!

Will I get the chance to learn from a local wildlife expert during my trip?

You'll have access to your trip leader who already has an impressive base of knowledge about the countries visited in the itinerary, and the local flora, fauna, cultural, religious, and social aspects associated with them but we also use additional local guides and wildlife experts who have a deeper and more specific knowledge about the places you go to and the animals you see. This is to add to your overall experience and make sure you're getting the full, well-rounded picture so expect to spend some time with wildlife veterinarians, park rangers, naturalist guides, and conservation researchers. For some trips, you will be accompanied by these experts for the entire duration, such as on our Antarctica departures where there's a naturalist and marine biologist onboard. 

Which islands should I visit in the Galapagos to see the wildlife?

There's a good chance you'll see a wide variety of animals on any Galapagos Island since there are over 300+ different species that inhabit this archipelago. It's the sheer diversity and variety of life on land, in the air and under the water that makes the Galapagos such a drawcard for nature and wildlife lovers and each trip will give you the opportunity to experience as much of it as possible. 

See below for some of the animals known to frequent the Galapagos Islands:

  • Sea lions are found across all islands. 
  • Penguins are found across Santa Cruz, Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, and Bartolome islands. 
  • Giant tortoises are found across Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela, and Floreana islands. 
  • Green sea turtles are found across all islands. 
  • Land iguanas are found across Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Plaza Sur, and North Seymour islands. 
  • Flamingoes are found across Santa Cruz, Santiago, Isabela, Floreana, and Rabida islands. 

Do I need travel insurance to join a wildlife tour?

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to:  Travel Insurance

Are Intrepid's wildlife trips accessible for travellers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely  accessible , regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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Canada is one of the world’s finest wildlife destinations, famed for its outstanding bear watching (black, brown and polar bear) and fantastic whale watching.

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Costa Rica is home to diverse ecosystems, remarkable mammals and colourful birdlife, making it a popular choice for wildlife enthusiasts.

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Watch brown bears, Eurasian wolf and wolverine in Finland's boreal forests, and choose from wildlife watching, photography or videography tours.

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Tanzania is abundant in wildlife across varied ecosystems. Serengeti’s great migration and Ngorongoro Crater are just some its wildlife highlights.

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We sat and watched a mother orangutan with her three year old make a nest before settling down for the night, it was the most emotional thing I've ever seen. Lynne M went to Borneo , Asia in September 2023

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The highlight was seeing the bears. We saw three different bears that visited the hide area for around an hour at a time (see picture!). Clare M went to Slovenia , Europe in September 2023

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There were plenty of opportunities for viewing and photographing wildlife at close quarters, including the best viewing of a leopard that we've ever had. Jane H went to Botswana , Africa in August 2023

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Growing Wildlife-Based Tourism Sustainably: A New Report and Q&A


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  • While wildlife and biodiversity are increasingly threatened by habitat loss, poaching, and a lack of funding for protection, nature-based tourism is on the rise and could help provide solutions for these issues.
  • The publication Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods through Wildlife Tourism highlights successful wildlife tourism programs in seven countries in Africa and Asia that can be used as models to promote conservation and boost economies.
  • World Bank lead economist Richard Damania answers questions on the drivers, innovations and challenges for wildlife tourism, and why the World Bank Group and governments should support sustainable tourism strategies.

Wildlife tourism is a powerful tool countries can leverage to grow and diversify their economies while protecting their biodiversity and meeting several Sustainable Development Goals. It is also a way to engage tourists in wildlife conservation and inject money into local communities living closest to wildlife. Success stories and lessons learned from nature-based tourism are emerging from across the globe.

“Here is a way of squaring the circle: provide jobs and save the environment,” said World Bank lead economist Richard Damania, who has extensive experience in understanding the link between tourism and the economy . In 2016, travel and tourism contributed $7.6 trillion, or 10.2%, to total GDP, and the industry provided jobs to one in 10 people, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council .

While nature-based tourism, which includes wildlife tourism, has been expanding rapidly in the last decade or so due to increased demand and opportunities, wildlife and biodiversity are increasingly threatened by habitat loss, poaching, and a lack of funding for protection.

Which is why more than ever countries need to look to concrete examples of well-planned, sustainably-run tourism operations that have led to increased investments in protected areas and reserves, a reduction in poaching, an increase in the non-consumptive value of wildlife through viewing , and opportunities for rural communities to improve their livelihoods through tourism-related jobs, revenue-sharing arrangements, and co-management of natural resources.

A recently-released publication— Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods through Wildlife Tourism —developed by the World Bank Group and the Global Wildlife Program , funded by the Global Environment Facility , showcases sustainable wildlife tourism models that can be applied to developing countries, and offers solutions and case studies to bring insight into this sector as a mechanism for inclusive poverty reduction and global conservation.

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Why should the World Bank support conservation endeavors, and how does wildlife tourism help support our mission?

Enlightened self-interest is one obvious reason why we need to promote wildlife tourism.  It provides the most obvious way to reconcile the interests of nature with the imperative for development and growth. Tourism simultaneously creates jobs while, when done well, protects natural habitats.

Prudence and precaution are another reason why investments in nature-based tourism ought to be promoted. The science of “ planetary boundaries ” warns us that many fragile natural environments and ecosystems are reaching their limits and in some cases, the hypothesized safe boundaries have been crossed. Further damage will imply that we lose important ecosystem services such as watershed and soil protection with damaging consequences for development.

But, in my mind, perhaps the most important reason is humanity’s moral and ethical imperative as stewards of global ecosystems. Simply because humanity has the ability to destroy or convert ecosystems and drive species to extinction does not make it ethically justifiable. There needs to be an ethical balance and that is where ecotourism comes in. We need jobs and economic growth, but here is a way to get jobs and growth in ways that meet our moral and ethical obligation.

What have been the drivers behind a burgeoning nature-based/wildlife-based tourism sector?  

I think there are two things that drive it: as habitats diminish there is more scarcity and their value goes up. Everyone wants to see the last remaining habitats of wild gorillas for instance, or the few remaining wild tigers in India. In sum scarcity confers economic value. 

Another force driving demand is the internet and rising lifestyles—you can learn about animals and habitats you might not have known existed, and more people have the ability to visit them. So, you have supply diminishing on one hand, and demand rising on the other hand which creates an opportunity for economic progress together with conservation.

What is your advice to governments and others who are developing or expanding on a nature or wildlife-based tourism strategy?

Tourism benefits need to be shared better . There is a lack of balance with too many tourists in some places, and none elsewhere. Some destinations face gross overcrowding, such as South Africa’s Krueger National Park or the Masai Mara in Kenya where you have tourists looking at other tourists, instead of at lions. We need to be able to distribute the demand for tourists more equally. The Bank has a role to play in developing the right kind of tourism infrastructure.

Those living closest to nature and wildlife must also benefit .   The local inhabitants that live in the national parks or at their periphery are usually extremely poor. Having tourism operations that can benefit them is extremely important for social corporate reasons, but also for sustainability reasons. If the benefits of tourism flow to the local communities, they will value the parks much more.

We also need to be mindful of   wildlife corridors . We know that dispersion and migration are fundamental biological determinants of species survival. Closed systems where animals cannot move to breed are not sustainable in the long run. As we break off the corridors because of infrastructure and increasing human populations we are putting the ecosystems on life support.

There are some who believe we can manage these closed ecosystems, but it takes an immense amount of self assurance in science to suggest this with confidence, and it is unclear that one can manage ecosystems that we do not adequately understand. A measure of caution and humility is needed when we are stretching the bounds of what is known to science.

What are some of the innovative partnerships that are helping the wildlife-based tourism businesses in developing countries? 

One very successful model that has combined wildlife conservation and management and community benefits and welfare is the  Ruaha Carnivore Project  in Tanzania, part of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unite ( WildCRU ). They use a payment for ecosystem services (PES) scheme and do all the right things.

Another example are the community conservancies in Namibia. The community manages the land for wildlife and there are a variety of profit sharing commercial tourism arrangements—although not everything always works fairly or perfectly. Incentives matter deeply and communities need to be guided and need technical assistance in setting up commercial arrangements.

The Bank needs to understand these better and find ways of scaling those up. The IFC has a very good role to play here as well. 

To learn more and to explore numerous examples of community involvement in wildlife tourism from Botswana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Uganda, read the report  Supporting Sustainable Livelihoods through Wildlife Tourism   or find a one-page fact sheet here .

The Global Wildlife Program (GWP) is led by the World Bank and funded by a $131 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The program is working with 19 countries across Africa and Asia to promote wildlife conservation and sustainable development by combatting illicit trafficking in wildlife, and investing in wildlife-based tourism. 

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Few things captivate like seeing:

A  cheetah  running in the grassland… A grizzly bear fishing for salmon… A lion roaring at night…

These sorts of  wildlife encounters  make you stop, and appreciate the impressive beauty and dignity of animals and nature.

Sadly, not all animal interactions are what they seem. Travelers often aren’t aware of it, but many wildlife tourism activities actually hurt the creatures.

The reality is: Wildlife tourism is a complex industry. As an  article in National Geographic  notes, “discerning the difference between ethical and problematic wildlife experiences” is a difficult task.

But not all is lost.

Ethical animal interactions and wildlife volunteer projects exist. You can have a positive impact on wildlife, even as a tourist. What’s needed is more education and awareness, and a better understanding of what wildlife tourism should look like. This way, you know to join the right activities.

In this guide, we’ll discuss the dark side of wildlife tourism and explain the right way to interact with animals. We’ll also  highlight reputable organizations and projects  so you can explore ethical wildlife encounters and animal volunteer work.

The Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism

Perhaps you’ve read about  Kim Kardashian  riding on an elephant in Indonesia. A quick Google search shows all the criticism she received for it.

Whether the criticism was deserved or not, stories like Kim Kardashian’s should serve as positive learning moments. They should motivate us to learn more about the realities of wildlife tourism, and understand why elephant rides can damage the species.

Here’s an overview of the main issues with wildlife attractions:

Wildlife tourism takes animals out of their natural habitat

Many facilities that specialize in elephant treks, tiger petting, swim with dolphin experiences, and other interactions hold animals in captivity. Given the lack of regulations and oversight, many places don’t offer animals sufficient space and resources to live naturally.

Furthermore, the situation often gets worse than just not enough space. A  study of 3,000 elephants in the wildlife tourism industry by World Animal Protection  (WAP) found that 75% lived in ‘severely cruel’ conditions (more on this below).

Animal cruelty and abuse is widespread in wildlife tourism

The National Geographic feature,  Suffering Unseen , details shocking scenes: shackled elephants, declawed and drugged tigers, abused bears in the circus, and more.

Whether it’s elephant rides or tiger petting, up-close animal interactions may not be as cheery as they look. If the wildlife tourism attractions aren’t prioritizing animal welfare, the creatures you encounter may be experiencing intense suffering.

Some kinds of wildlife tourism don’t prioritize animal rights

The University of Oxford carried out an  extensive study on animal welfare in the wildlife tourism industry . Researchers analyzed wildlife attractions across five categories:

  • Animal interactions like riding on elephants and swimming with dolphins
  • Wildlife sanctuaries that  protect endangered and injured animals
  • Wildlife farms, like farms where crocodiles are bred for meat
  • Animal entertainment, such as street performances
  • Wild attractions, such as gorilla sightseeing

Among all the wildlife attractions, only wildlife sanctuaries earn positive scores for animal welfare and conservation. Animal entertainment receives negative scores for both.

As researchers noted, increased demand, a focus on profits, and travelers’ lack of awareness all contribute to the growing animal welfare problem in the tourism industry.

The Right Way to do Wildlife Tourism: No More Elephant Rides or Tiger Petting

Consider this statistic: Wildlife tourism accounts for  between 20-40% of global tourism .

Now, we know why wildlife tourism is so popular:  Animals amaze us!

But the economics of wildlife encounters create problems.

As stated in the article,  Suffering Unseen , the “wildlife tourism industry caters to people’s love of animals but often seeks to maximize profits by exploiting animals from birth to death. The industry’s economy depends largely on people believing that the animals they’re paying to watch or ride or feed are having fun too.”

Tourists, eager to make memories while  traveling abroad , don’t consider the possibility of animal cruelty. Even more concerning, animal cruelty can be tough to spot. And pictures on social media only add to the confusion of what’s acceptable.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

The solution is educating yourself before you interact with wildlife. Here are a few tips:

Read the bad reviews

Even for wildlife attractions that have poor animal welfare standards, they may receive good ratings from tourists. When you look up reviews, read the bad ones to see what they say.

As a rule of thumb, David Macdonald, Director of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, recommends avoiding any wildlife attraction that scores  under 80% on sites like TripAdvisor .

Investigate the facility

Look for evidence the facility focuses on animal welfare and conservation. Find out if:

  • the total area is sufficient
  • there is space to escape the crowds
  • crowd size is limited
  • the facility upholds animal rights (for animals in captivity, the ASPCA says animals should have the  freedom to express normal behavior , as well as freedom from hunger and thirst, discomfort and pain, injury and disease, and fear and distress)

Finally, ensure animal interactions only benefit the animals. View pictures, check out the website, and read reviews. They absolutely should not offer elephant rides, tiger petting, monkey performances, and other similar wildlife encounters. These activities hurt and stress the animals, and can cause long-term trauma.

Unless you’re giving medical attention, or providing care to captive-born wildlife that can’t return to the wild, you should not have physical contact with wild animals. Activities should be observation-based and include tasks designed to support their existence in nature.

Go into the wild

The best way to avoid the mistake of supporting a harmful wildlife attraction is to only visit natural environments. This includes observations of animals in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Such places protect animals from activities like illegal poaching and pet trading.

For instance, through  Global Vision International  (GVI), a leader in  ethical volunteer abroad adventures , you can join a wildlife research project in Kruger National Park. As a  volunteer for big cats in South Africa , you can see lions, cheetahs, and leopards in their natural habitat, and you can improve conservation strategies to ensure they can thrive in the wild.

Look for international certifications

Ethical wildlife attractions have obtained certification and have undergone third-party inspections. Some common certifications that demonstrate a commitment to animal welfare include:

  • Blue Flag certification : awarded to sustainable  marine tourism  operators
  • Fair Trade Tourism certification : awarded to those who follow best practices of responsible tourism

Volunteer for animals abroad

If you want to encounter wildlife but don’t want to contribute to anything unethical and harmful, volunteering offers you a solution. Just look for organizations that focus on ethical animal volunteer work.

For example,  Via Volunteers , an  ethical volunteering organization in South Africa , only works with the most responsible wildlife sanctuaries and projects. Their  Lion Sanctuary project near Cape Town  has earned international praise for exceptional care of captive-born lions. As a volunteer, you’ll ensure lions get treated with dignity and respect, and are protected from commercial use and breeding.

What do Ethical Animal Interactions Look Like?

Now, you know wildlife tourism should NOT entail:

  • selfies with lions
  • elephant rides
  • tiger petting

What wildlife tourism should involve is:

  • animal rescue and care, such as  caring for rescued sea turtles
  • observing creatures in the wild, such as  ethical safaris in Tanzania
  • conservation, research, and protection, like  panda research in China

If you want to observe and study animals in the wild, or take part in work to protect endangered wildlife, consider conservation and research projects. Organizations like  Projects Abroad  run wonderful conservation initiatives around the globe, from  shark conservation research in Fiji  to  Big 5 wildlife conservation in Botswana .

So, even though you’ll actively avoid wildlife tourism activities like petting a tiger and riding on an elephant, you still have plenty of options. And by opting to participate in only ethical activities, you can make a real and lasting contribution.

We Have the Power to Change Wildlife Tourism

In the following sections, we detail the different ways you can ethically interact and volunteer with animals abroad.

Don’t think of these activities as alternatives to wildlife tourism. Rather, think of them as a form of responsible wildlife tourism.

After all, we can redefine wildlife tourism. By making more  educated and ethical choices  about how we interact with animals, and also by spreading the word to others, we can inspire collective action. And we can make the focus of wildlife tourism about animal welfare and conservation.

Wildlife Protection, Rehabilitation, and Release

Redefining Wildlife Tourism: Ethically Interacting with Animals Abroad

The  National Wildlife Federation  has summarized main threats to wildlife:

  • exploitation of resources by humans
  • spreading of invasive species and disease
  • habitat degradation and loss caused by  climate change  and  pollution
  • poaching, illegal pet trading, trophy hunting, etc.
  • the abuses of the wildlife tourism industry

Whether it’s deforestation from commercial logging or more drought from changing precipitation patterns, animals face a variety of threats. Many majestic creatures, such as the  chimpanzee , deal with displacement and diminishing room to call home.

Many of these animals, especially those that have experienced cruelty in the wildlife tourism and illegal pet trade industries, have become seriously hurt and ill. They require medical attention and sanctuaries just to survive.  This is where you can make a difference.

If you want to ethically interact with animals abroad, focus on helping animals in need get back on their feet (or wings!). Volunteer with animals at wildlife sanctuaries and responsible rehabilitation and rescue centers. Plenty of great organizations support projects throughout the globe (see below).

Plan My Gap Year (PMGY)

Founded in 2011,  Plan My Gap Year  (PMGY) has become a leading volunteer travel organization. They send 4,000+ volunteers abroad each year and consistently receive great ratings from project participants.

Operating across 17 countries, PMGY’s fees for  wildlife conservation and animal rescue projects  begin from just $225. PMGY’s affordability, transparency, and strong ethical commitment make them a terrific organization to choose if you wish to volunteer with animals abroad.

Wildlife Rescue in Thailand

Price:  from $210 per week ($1,014 for two weeks; $2,514 for 12 weeks)

Length:  1 to 12 weeks

Habitat degradation and loss have pushed many of Thailand’s creatures near extinction. At the  wildlife rescue center , you’ll assist with rehabilitation and release efforts for animals that have been injured or fallen ill. The shelter houses gibbons, langurs, lorises, bears, otters, wild cats, and other amazing animals. Your work won’t involve physical interactions with the animals, but you will create environmental enrichments, prepare and distribute food, clean enclosures, and maintain forest areas.

You’ll stay in a bungalow with other volunteers during the program. When you’re not volunteering with animals, explore the scenery of Kaeng Krachan National Park and the beaches of Cha-am.

Sound like the perfect trip?  Apply to be a wildlife rescue volunteer in Thailand!

Wildlife Rescue in Bali

Price:  from $218 per week ($729 for two weeks; $3,489 for 16 weeks)

Length:  1 to 16 weeks

Indonesia’s forests are home to wonderful biodiversity, but animals face rapid deforestation and environmental degradation from rubber and palm oil plantations. Many endangered animals, such as the Javan lutung, pig-tailed macaque, palm cockatoo, sea turtle, and grey-headed fish eagle, have lost their native habitat or been abused in the wildlife tourism industry or illegal pet trade.  As an animal volunteer with PMGY , you’ll work at a center dedicated to rehabbing and releasing these rescued primates, birds, and reptiles. Duties include:

  • mangrove conservation for biodiversity preservation
  • feeding and enrichment (hands-off tasks)
  • enclosure cleaning and maintenance
  • assistance with release back into the wild

When you’re not volunteering with animals in Bali, do yoga, relax on the beach, hike in the forests, and more.

Already thinking about Bali?  Register now!

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad began in 1992 with the goal of connecting volunteers to impactful service projects. To date, they’ve placed more than 125,000 volunteers overseas on a variety of projects, including ethical animal conservation initiatives. 

Projects Abroad is a champion of Responsible Travel and works towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. They get great reviews on Volunteer Forever , with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars across nearly 350 reviews. If you want to volunteer with animals abroad, Projects Abroad deserves your consideration. They thoroughly vet each wildlife volunteer project for ethical commitment, quality, safety, and impact. So, you can be sure you’re doing good for wildlife. 

Giraffe and Lion Conservation in Kenya

Price : $2,970 for 1 week; $4,260 for 4 weeks

Length : 1 to 52 weeks

Want to protect endangered animals in the savannah? Then head to Kenya, where you’ll work with conservation experts at Soysambu Conservancy, an entity in charge of protecting and conserving local flora and fauna and wildlife. As a volunteer with the conservancy, your tasks will include:

  • Researching endangered species in the area, such as Rothschild’s giraffe
  • Setting up cameras to monitor wildlife behavior
  • Planting trees and removing invasive plants
  • Managing waterholes the animals use

As you can see, this wildlife conservation project in Kenya doesn’t involve harmful tourist activities, like elephant rides or tiger petting. The goal is to collect data so that we can protect endangered animals and help them thrive. 

Interested in signing up? Click here !

Animal Rehab in Peru

Price : $3,220 for 1 week; $4,660 for 4 weeks

Journey to the Amazon and help with wildlife rehabilitation and reforestation. As a volunteer, you’ll work to protect wildlife, indigenous plants, and the future of one of the world’s most important natural areas. Duties range from helping with turtle and butterfly breeding programs to collecting data for biodiversity studies. You’ll also assist with rescuing, rehabbing, and releasing injured wildlife, which is really cool. In this program, your work goes a long way in protecting life in the Amazon rainforest . 

If you want to do animal volunteer work abroad in the heart of the Amazon, look no further. The project is based at Taricaya Ecological Reserve, and you’ll have time for travel to popular cities and sites in Peru, such as Cusco and Lima.

Ready to go? Sign up as a wildlife rehab volunteer in Peru here !

Animal Rescue, Care, and Adoption

Redefining Wildlife Tourism: Ethically Interacting with Animals Abroad

Think about this: In the USA alone, more than  6.5 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year , according to the ASPCA. Across the world, animal rights and animal ethics still have a long way to go, and that’s causing widespread homelessness and cruelty.

As Maximo Nivel, a  leading volunteer abroad organization in Latin America , describes, in many countries, “a lack of education and understanding of  animals and their unique needs ” has left side streets filled with “abandoned dogs and cats.” Moreover, “exotic species are sometimes illegally captured and kept as pets,” and farm animals get neglected because farmers lack resources to care for them.

Clearly, domesticated animals, including farm animals, and exotic wildlife are enduring an animal rights crisis. From hunger to physical and emotional illness, the consequences have become tragic.

Your service is needed . From  Vietnam  to  Ghana  to  Mexico , animal volunteers can make a significant impact by joining an  animal rescue and care project , like the ones below.

Maximo Nivel

If you want to  volunteer with animals in Latin America , look no further than  Maximo Nivel . A leading organization in study abroad and educational travel in the region, Maximo Nivel began in 2003 and is an  internationally accredited organization .

Maximo Nivel is committed to promoting animal rights in Latin America. Their  animal care and wildlife volunteer programs  strive to protect and heal those creatures that have suffered from abuse, neglect, illegal trading, and other forms of animal cruelty. From horse rescue and rehabilitation in Guatemala to volunteering for exotic animals at a zoo in Peru, you have plenty of opportunities to save animals in need!

Dog and Cat Shelter Volunteering in Guatemala

Price:  from $314 per week ($645 for 1 week; $1,255 for 4 weeks)

Length:  1-4+ weeks

Make the trip to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage City known for its Spanish colonial buildings. There, you’ll care for stray cats and dogs that deal with hunger and health issues. When you  volunteer with the stray animals , you’ll offer much-needed human company, provide food, groom the cats and dogs, and assist with veterinary care. You’ll help solve a public safety problem as well. Other duties include carrying out educational outreach, running fundraising campaigns, and getting involved with spay/neuter programs.

During off-hours, view the architecture in Antigua, hike in the nearby mountains, and immerse yourself in local culture. Sounds like quite the volunteer vacation, right?

Reserve your place at the dog and cat shelter in Guatemala!

Alpaca Farm Volunteering in Peru

Love alpacas? Then  join this unique farm animal volunteer program in Cusco . You’ll help out at a family-owned farm that produces traditional Peruvian textiles from alpaca and llama wool. The alpacas and llamas are ethically raised, and your job as a volunteer will be to care for them. That includes feeding, cleaning pens, and doing light farm construction.

What’s also nice is that Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, sits close to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and other Inca Empire sites.

Ready to go?  Sign up to volunteer with alpacas now!

Love Volunteers

Love Volunteers  has become known for their affordability, transparency, and  commitment to making a lasting impact . Founded in 2009, Love Volunteers prioritizes intercultural exchange and serving local communities in a way that truly benefits them. With an  average rating of 96%  from past volunteers, it’s clear they’re doing good work.

Love Volunteers offers plenty of  ethical ways to interact with animals  abroad, from patrolling African game reserves to monitoring Asian elephants to protecting giant sea turtles. If you want to volunteer with animals at rescue, care, and adoption centers, they have high-quality projects in exciting destinations (see below!).

Animal Rescue in Albania

Price:  from $70 per week ($279 for 2 weeks; $829 for 12 weeks)

Length:  2-12 weeks

Contribute your time and energy at an  animal rescue center in Tirana , the capital of Albania. The center is the only animal shelter in the entire region, and provides a crucial safe haven for sick, injured, and endangered animals. As a volunteer, you’ll:

  • care for mistreated domestic animals
  • provide medical attention to injured animals
  • engage in cross-cultural exchange with staff and visitors

The animal rescue center in Tirana receives no government support, so your work as an international animal volunteer is essential. When you’re not helping the animals, explore Tirana, a gorgeous city with colorful architecture and surrounding mountains.

Think this is the program for you?  Apply here!

Wildlife Rescue in Australia

Does wildlife volunteering in ‘the Land Down Under’ interest you? Then travel to Stanley State Forest, a gorgeous natural area in Victoria. There, you’ll  care for indigenous wildlife  that have been forced from their natural habitat, orphaned, or injured. The goal is to nurse and rehab these animals so they can return to the wild.

Past volunteers have great things to say about the wildlife rescue project, like Amanda:

“The project manager is wonderfully nice, as are the other volunteers there and, of course, the wallabies and kangaroos are just precious!”

Ready to serve as a wildlife volunteer in Australia?  Get a spot in the program today!

Wildlife Research and Conservation

Redefining Wildlife Tourism: Ethically Interacting with Animals Abroad

If you want to help animals survive and thrive, contribute to  wildlife conservation  efforts as a research volunteer.

As  Global Vision International , an award-winning volunteer abroad organization that tackles wildlife and environmental issues, states, research volunteers play a vital role in the  “success and long-term sustainability” of wildlife conservation programs . Without such support, partner projects “would not have the manpower to conduct their research, protect endangered species, map habitats, and educate local communities on how to  look after their unique environments .”

When you serve as a wildlife  conservation volunteer , you’ll engage in ethical animal interactions (i.e. observing and monitoring). You’ll get to witness magnificent creatures, like sharks and lions, in their natural habitats.

Want to hear about specific conservation experiences? The organizations and projects below can provide an amazing experience and the chance to leave a lasting, positive impact.

GoEco  is a leading ecotourism company and volunteer abroad program provider. They’ve placed more than  17,000 volunteers  in projects since beginning in 2006. And they were recognized as the  2018 Top Volunteer Abroad Organization  by GoAbroad.

GoEco’s wildlife volunteer projects have sustainable goals, respect animals rights, and only include ethical animal interactions. They have strong ethical values, including a strict  wildlife protection policy  for all their programs.

Wildlife Research and Conservation in Madagascar

Price:  from $358 per week ($1,200 for 1 week; $3,580 for 10 weeks)

Length:  1-10 weeks

Journey to Madagascar, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. There, you’ll work with wildlife research experts. You’ll take daily trips into the forest, carrying out surveys on birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. You’ll get to study lemur behavior! You’ll also map vegetation, analyze levels of human disturbance, and participate in educational outreach campaigns. The program teaches a lot of practical skills for collecting scientific data. And the data you gather will contribute to wildlife conservation strategies. How awesome is that?

If you want to  volunteer with animals abroad , this program gives you an ethical, fun way to do so. You’ll stay in a self-sustained beach camp on gorgeous Nosy Be island.

Join the wildlife research project in Madagascar today!

Great White Shark Conservation in South Africa

Price:  from $477 per week ($1,380 for 2 weeks; $5,720 for 12 weeks)

For this project, GoEco partners with a research and ecotourism organization that has received both Blue Flag and Fair Trade Tourism certification. Located in Gansbaai, the Great White Shark Capital, the organization upholds best practices for ethical wildlife tourism and animal volunteer work.

When you join as a  great white shark research volunteer , you’ll work directly with marine biologists, conducting research that contributes to conservation initiatives for sharks, whales, dolphins, and African penguins. You’ll assist with daily diving operations designed to monitor and collect data on great white sharks. During those dives, you’ll encounter great whites ethically (there is no feeding or other tricks to draw them close). Other duties include beach cleanups and wildlife tourism education, where you’ll teach about the issues great white sharks face.

Interested?  Click here to volunteer with great white sharks in South Africa!


Fronteering’s  volunteer abroad programs aim to uplift  indigenous communities  and protect unspoiled nature. Their wildlife volunteer projects take you to exotic, off-the-beaten-path destinations where you can perform crucial research and preserve the local environment.

Fronteering operates programs across the world, in countries like the  United States ,  Brazil , and  Indonesia . Have a real, raw experience in the wild as a research volunteer. Check out two of their best animal volunteer programs below!

Wildlife Research in Guyana

Price:  from $462 per week ($2,695 for 4 weeks; $3,695 for 8 weeks)

Length:  2-8 weeks

When you  volunteer for wildlife in Guyana , you’ll assist with researching the black caiman, the largest predator in the Amazon ecosystem. Sadly, black caimans, along with other Amazon giants, deal with threats to their existence on a daily basis, from poaching to habitat loss to pollution. Through research, study, and educating the public, you can help turn the tides through better conservation policy and greater awareness.

Duties include looking for signs of poaching, mapping of reserves, making trails, and wildlife monitoring. You may even spot black caimans in the wild!

So, want to help the Amazon ecosystem in Guyana?  Volunteer for black caimans today!

Wildlife and Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka

Price:  from $474 per week ($1,195 for 1 week; $1,895 for 4 weeks)

Length:  1-4 weeks

Unfortunately, elephant rides have become a popular wildlife tourism activity in Sri Lanka. When you  volunteer on this wildlife conservation project , you’ll work to prevent such abuses. As a volunteer for elephants in Sri Lanka, you’ll:

  • collect data on foraging elephants
  • gather environmental and socio-economic data to develop community-based conservation strategies
  • participate in creating solutions for humans and elephants to peacefully coexist
  • teach environmental education in schools

This animal volunteer program takes place in and around Wasgamuwa National Park in the central region of Sri Lanka. As a research volunteer, you’ll help a lot with ensuring Sri Lankan elephants can overcome present challenges and prosper.

Ready to help elephants?  Register for this wildlife research project in Sri Lanka here!

Ethical Animal Encounters and Responsible Wildlife Volunteering: a New Way Forward for Wildlife Tourism

It’s time for a new chapter in wildlife tourism. The more we realize the dangers and cruelty of activities like elephant rides and tiger petting, the more motivated we’ll be to seek ethical wildlife encounters and inspire others to do the same.

By serving as a volunteer or intern on animal welfare and conservation projects, and by only going on ethical encounters in natural habitats, you can witness the beauty of wild animals and engage in activities that benefit the animals’ lives. It’s a win-win for both you and the animals.

For more inspiration on how to ethically interact with animals abroad, view our other resources:

The Big 5: Conserve and Protect Africa’s Iconic Animals

Wildlife, Marine Animal, Veterinary, and Conservation Volunteer Abroad

Marine Conservation, Research, and Biology Internships Abroad

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6 sensational places to see wildlife in India

Explore India's National Parks to spot diverse animal life, including tigers, leopards, rhinos, birds and river dolphins.

Beyond India’s buzzing cities nature lovers can discover serene sanctuaries teeming with wildlife . While the iconic Bengal tiger—India’s national animal—is the top draw for safari-goers, an impressive array of wild things can be spotted in India’s teakwood forests, grasslands, mountains, rivers, and other natural spaces.

India has more than a hundred national parks, covering over 15,600 square miles of protected land. Many of the country’s wildlife sanctuaries once were hunting reserves of the maharajas, and more than 50 have been designated as tiger reserves. According to the last available census, done in 2014 by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), India is home to 2,226 tigers, 70 percent of which reside within tiger reserves.

If you’re ready to fulfill a bucket-list dream of seeing a wild Bengal tiger or are eager to spot Asian elephants, Asiatic wild dogs, and other species rarely seen outside of zoological parks, here are six superlative spots in India for wildlife watching.

Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka

The lush forests and marshlands of southern India’s Nagarahole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park , form one of the country’s premier tiger destinations. Backed by the hills of the Western Ghats, the park is filled with fragrant sandalwood and teak trees, thick groves of bamboo, and dozens of winding streams. A jeep safari is the best option to spot big cats, while a slow drift in a coracle—a small round boat—along the Kabini River offers prime viewing opportunities for aquatic birds, crocodiles, and Indian elephants.

FUN FACT: Nagarahole is one of the best national parks in the world for spotting leopards.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The park is open year-round but can close due to flooding in July and August during monsoon season. It’s best explored as part of a tour of the region, combining Nagarahole with trips to Karnataka’s beaches, hill stations, and the lovely city of Mysore (Mysuru).

WHEN TO VISIT: October to February


Kaziranga National Park, Assam

On the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, Kaziranga National Park began as a forest preserve in 1905 with the aim of bringing the greater one-horned rhinoceros back from the brink of extinction. Hunted for their prized horns, rhinos are a prime target for poaching. With Kaziranga’s protection, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population of greater one-horned rhinos now live inside the park. The reserve’s many tigers are well hidden amid elephant grass and dense jungle. But you’ll spot buffalo, endangered swamp deer, and river dolphins.

FUN FACT : Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, Kaziranga is one of the last areas in eastern India largely untouched by humans.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO : Most visitors fly from Kolkata to Jorhat, 70 miles from the park, or Guwahati, 135 miles away. The park is closed from June to September for monsoon season.

WHEN TO VISIT: November to March


Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

Situated between the historic cities of Jaipur and Agra, Keoladeo National Park is an ornithologist’s dream, with hundreds of bird species in its compact size. Once a duck-hunting ground for maharajas in the 19th century, this reserve became a bird sanctuary in 1976 and a national park in 1982. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it plays a vital role in protecting migratory birds, an aim of National Geographic’s 2018 Year of the Bird campaign. Many species along the Central Asian flyway, some critically endangered, winter here. Part wetland and part savanna, the park is crowded with painted storks, and birders delight in spotting sarus cranes, spoonbills, and black-headed ibises.

FUN FACT: Keoladeo hosts migratory waterfowl from China, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Siberia.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO : Most visitors arrive via the two-hour drive from Agra, while the nearest airports are in Delhi and Jaipur.

GATEWAY CITY: Agra or Jaipur

Satpura National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Picturesque Satpura National Park , in the highlands of central India, is a photographer’s paradise. Grasslands and malachite green forests are riddled by ravines and slot canyons, concealing temples and waterfalls. “I love Madhya Pradesh,” says National Geographic photographer Matthieu Paley. “It’s a pocket of real India, far from the obsessive selfie culture. Just make sure you bring enough spare camera batteries.” The park is home to leopards, birds, and sloth bears, but the highlight is its diverse range of antelope and deer species.

FUN FACT: Tranquil herds of diminutive Indian muntjacs, long-limbed spotted chital, and splendidly antlered sambars and blackbucks move through Satpura’s woodland glades.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Satpura offers safaris by jeep, motorboat, kayak, and foot. Bhopal is the nearest airport, while Pipariya is the closest railhead. The park is easily accessed by road from the cities of Jabalpur, Chhindwara, and Nagpur.

WHEN TO VISIT: November to February


Hemis National Park, Jammu And Kashmir

High in the Himalaya, Hemis National Park envelops snow-covered peaks and alpine tundra at the northern tip of India. Most visitors come in summer when Buddhist prayer flags flutter under the sun, but the park is a year-round picture of sparse beauty. “Visit Hemis in winter,” advises Paley. “That’s when landscapes are starkest.” It’s also the best time to spot this remote park’s headline attraction: snow leopards. A new count is forthcoming, but the WII, citing a 2013 estimate, reported that 3,920 to 6,390 snow leopards may remain in the wild. Hemis likely hosts the densest population, but sightings are rare.

FUN FACT: The park’s elusive snow leopards are known as “gray ghosts.”

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: About an hour flight from Delhi, the Ladakh region’s main city, Leh, is 11,500 feet above sea level, so allow time to acclimatize to the altitude.

WHEN TO VISIT: January to March


Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman Islands

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park consists of 15 forest-cloaked islands surrounded by coral reefs and home to indigenous tribes. Tourism is just beginning to take off here, and only two islands—Jolly Buoy and Red Skin—are open to the public, offering visitors a profound sense of remoteness. “Finding a king cobra on her nest, visiting the home of the endemic Narcondam hornbill, watching manta rays feed in the current. These have been my most precious experiences in 40 years of visiting the Andamans ,” says Rom Whitaker, a National Geographic filmmaker and co-founder of the Andaman Nicobar Environment Team.

FUN FACT: More than 560 coral species have been identified in the coral reefs of Jolly Buoy and Red Skin islands.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Arrival is via Veer Savarkar airport in Port Blair, 600 miles from India’s east coast. Most activities close from June to August for the monsoon.


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Wildlife tourism refers to the observation and interaction with local animal and plant life in their natural habitats.

It encompasses segments such as eco-tourism, safari tours and mountain tourism among others. Wildlife watching tourism occurs mainly in protected areas. Nature, national parks and wildlife are considered the most important tourism assets for tourists travelling for instance to Africa.

Wildlife Watching Tourism in Africa

A WWF report shows that 93% of all natural heritage sites support recreation and tourism and 91% of them provide jobs. For instance, in Belize, more than  50% of the population  are said to be supported by income generated through reef-related tourism and fisheries.

Wildlife represents biodiversity, essential for our health and the well-being of the whole planet.

Wildlife represents biodiversity, essential for our health and the well-being of the whole planet. We live in an interconnected ecological system, where each macro- and microorganism, whether animal, plant or fish affects the other.  Alteration of the natural habitat of any organism will trigger a dynamo effect,  so non-equilibrium in the ecological system as a whole endangers the life cycle of many species. Around 40,000 species of animals, fungi and plants benefit humans. More than the third of our pharmaceuticals originate from wild plants

Wildlife remains a major concern for the international, regional and local communities. Among the multiple risks that menace wildlife are: diseases, climate change and actions of human nature, such as poaching and illegal trafficking. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List Index:


  • Amphibians are declining most rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, partly due to the chytrid fungal disease, 
  • The greatest extinction risks for birds and mammals are found in South-Eastern Asia, mainly owing to the conversion of lowland forests.
  • 7,000 species of animals and plants have been detected in illegal trade, and the list of species under international protection continues to grow.

Policy measures and higher sensitization of the general public and of specific stakeholders like media professionals appear as needed paths to ensure protection of wildlife and therefore of biodiversity. The engagement of printed, audiovisual and electronic and online media outlets in advocating wildlife as an essential component of biodiversity and as an added potential to tourism development by reporting professionally, accurately and comprehensively on this topic remains a major goal. The increased capacity of the media will enable a framework of action together with governments and civil society to improve wildlife and biodiversity protection.

A WWF report shows that 93% of all natural heritage sites support recreation and tourism and 91% of them provide jobs

Wildlife in the Agenda 2030

Besides been mentioned in the SDGs, wildlife and biodiversity have been placed at the core of most of the discussions of the Agenda 2030. The recent UN Biodiversity Conference (December 2016) was integrated by two Working Groups. Working Group I (WG I) addressed cooperation with other conventions and organizations; a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism under the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization; and socioeconomic considerations, liability and redress, risk assessment and risk management, and unintentional transboundary movement of living modified organisms (LMOs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

The Working Group II (WG II) approved conference room papers (CRPs) on sustainable wildlife management, recommendations from the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), and climate-related geo-engineering. WG II further addressed marine debris and underwater noise, marine spatial planning, biodiversity in cold-water areas and pollinators.

Reasons for wildlife protection and conservation

For those still not convinced about the potential of wildlife, lets remind some of the benefits:

  • Biodiversity: In nature, different species are connected through various food webs. The disappearance of one species could influence several others down the line.
  • Agriculture:  Promoting wildlife conservation could help secure future food supplies. 
  • Research:  There may be many undiscovered plants and animals in the wild. 50 percent of the drugs available in the United States were originally developed from microbial organisms, plants, and animals.
  • Economics of Eco-Services: ecosystem activities have an effect on the quantity and quality of fresh water accessible to humans.
  • Ecotourism: enjoying African ecosystems has been a tremendous stimulus for economies within Africa.
  • Environmental Indicators: various animals can serve as indicators for other environmental problems is one of the rarely discussed benefits of wildlife conservation. The loss of peregrine falcons and bald eagles was one of the factors that alerted scientists to the toxicity of DDT,  unnoticed for longer in a less diverse ecosystem.
  • Education:  Studying animals and their habitats can be a valuable learning experience for students of all ages.
  • Psychological Benefits: Ecotourists experience a tremendous sense of wonder, contentment, and fulfillment from their wildlife encounters.

Challenges in the wildlife global cause


  • Trafficking in wildlife and their parts is a criminal international trade worth an estimated $20 billion a year
  • Several iconic species —including elephants, rhinos, and tigers, as well as many lesser known species — toward the precipice of extinction
  • Examples: The loss of African elephants: 100,000 over the past three years (96 elephants a day, with only 400,000 remaining in the wild across all of Africa).
  • Fewer than 30,000 wild rhinos survive.
  • A mere 3,200 wild tigers survive in the forests of Asia, including only 1,000 breeding females.

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  • Stopping the trafficking; and
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In studying the impacts of wildlife tourism we examined 48 types of wildlife tourist attraction (representing thousands of individual institutions), ranging from poorly-attended street performances, like snake charming, bear dancing and macaque shows, to large, established attractions such as dolphinaria and tiger interactions, which have tens of thousands of visitors every year. We audited 24 of these types in detail, collectively visited by 3.6–6 million tourists per year. We found that up to 4 million tourists who visit non-zoo tourist attractions involving wildlife are likely to be contributing to large-scale animal welfare abuses and declines in species’ conservation status – and are typically unaware of their impacts.

Moorhouse, T. P., Dahlsjö, C. A., Baker, S. E., D’Cruze, N. C., & Macdonald, D. W. (2015). The customer isn’t always right—conservation and animal welfare implications of the increasing demand for wildlife tourism .  PloS One ,  10 (10), e0138939.

Examining the feedback left for wildlife tourist attractions on TripAdvisor we discovered that at least 80% of tourists left positive feedback for attractions they had visited – even for those attractions with the poorest welfare standards. In each case a minority (approximately 20%) of tourists left reviews that correlated with welfare standards (i.e. were positive for beneficial attractions and negative for detrimental attractions). This overwhelmingly positive feedback probably arises from a number of psychological mechanisms that make tourists unlikely to consider the ethical dimensions of their consumption, and also likely to retrospectively diminish the severity of their contribution if they suspect the conditions at a given wildlife venue were not what they would usually have wanted to be involved in.

Moorhouse, T., D’Cruze, N. C., & Macdonald, D. W. (2017). Unethical use of wildlife in tourism: what’s the problem, who is responsible, and what can be done?.   Journal of Sustainable Tourism ,  25 (4), 505-516.

Our findings have led us to advise that any wildlife attraction reviewed on TripAdvisor with 80% positive reviews or less (four stars or fewer), may be more likely to have detrimental impacts on wildlife. We are also working directly with TripAdvisor to create an information platform to educate tourists on the consequences of attending wildlife tourist attractions, and to support them in choosing beneficial, rather than exploitative.

Our current project examines whether making potential wildlife tourists aware of the ethical dimension of their decisions – at the time when they are deciding which tourist attractions to visit – might lead them to preferentially choose attractions that have beneficial (for animal welfare and species conservation) impacts.

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A fabulous amalgamation of the diverse culture, tradition, religion, geography and the wildlife is what makes India a peerless and fascinating country in the entire world. With the diverse topography and climate, the different regions of India are well endowed with the distinct exquisite landscape and an array of unparalleled flora and fauna. The variations in the ecology with the change of the region provide the desirable natural habitat for the distinct variety of the wildlife in India.

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Each of these parks and reserves tells a unique tale. Tiger Reserves, such as Ranthambore, Panna, Pench, Tadoba, Corbett, Kanha and Bandhavgarh, are the cornerstone of India's conservation efforts, where the regal tiger reigns supreme. Yet, it's not just about these magnificent big cats. A journey through these regions often surprises visitors with sightings of leopards, elephants, and even the rare Indian wild dog. Bird Sanctuaries, on the other hand, paint the sky with hues of migrating birds, providing a feast for the eyes and a symphony for the ears. Their diverse habitats attract a plethora of species, making every visit a unique spectacle. Opting for a wildlife safari or a jungle safari is the ideal way to delve deep into these wildernesses. Exploring Indian National Parks, with their raw beauty and untouched terrains, promises memories that last a lifetime. The adrenaline rush of tracking a predator, the serenity of a lakeside sunset, or the sheer joy of spotting a rare bird - India's wildlife tourism encompasses it all, inviting travelers to dive into its wild heart.

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India is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, offering a plethora of national parks and tiger reserves. From 1st October to June, India's doors open wide to the world of wildlife tourism. During these months, the country's diverse landscapes - spanning from the chilly northern regions to the warm southern coasts, and from the lush eastern forests to the rugged western terrains - become a hotspot for jungle safaris.

The weather conditions during this period are most favorable for exploring, and every national park and tiger reserve in India is ready to welcome wildlife enthusiasts. It's the perfect time to embark on a journey through India's rich natural heritage, witnessing the majestic beauty that resides within its boundaries.

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The majesty and allure of the tiger, India's iconic big cat, have drawn wildlife enthusiasts from around the world for decades. While these magnificent creatures inhabit various national parks and tiger reserves throughout India, the optimal time for sighting them is during the warmer months of April to June. During this period, the scorching heat causes water bodies within the reserves to shrink, prompting tigers to frequently visit the few remaining waterholes. Such predictability increases the chances of spotting them.

The foliage is less dense too, making the orange and black stripes of the tiger stand out amidst the golden-brown landscapes. Parks like Ranthambhore, Bandhavgarh, and Kanha become bustling hubs for photographers and nature lovers during these months. Venturing on a safari during this window not only heightens the chance of a tiger encounter but also immerses visitors in the rich tapestry of Indian wildlife. So, for an unforgettable tiger experience, time your visit to these peak months.

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India is a paradise for bird enthusiasts, offering a rich tapestry of avian wonders. For those seeking the ultimate birding experience in India, the months between November and March are the prime season for bird watching. During this period, resident birds display vibrant activities, and migratory species from Central Asia and Europe flock to India, enhancing its allure.

Embarking on a bird-watching tour during these cooler months allows enthusiasts to witness an array of colorful and exotic species in all their splendor. Popular birding sanctuaries in India, such as Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary, and Sultanpur National Park, become bustling hubs of activity. The serene mornings, accompanied by melodious calls echoing in the crisp air, amplify the bird-watching experience. Plan your visit to capture the avian magic of India at its finest.

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Jim Corbett National Park, nestled in the picturesque state of Uttarakhand in north India, stands as an emblematic testament to the rich biodiversity of the region. Established in 1936, it holds the unique distinction of being the nation's oldest national park. A realm where the wild roams free, Corbett is not only renowned for its majestic Bengal tigers but also for its diverse flora and fauna. Set against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, this park in Uttarakhand offers a mesmerizing blend of landscapes, ranging from dense forests to grasslands, ensuring an unparalleled wildlife experience for visitors.

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Ranthambore National Park, situated in the royal state of Rajasthan in north India, is an iconic destination for wildlife enthusiasts globally. Once the hunting ground of the Maharajas, today it stands as a beacon for conservation efforts, particularly for the Bengal tiger. The park's vast expanse of rugged terrain, dotted with ancient ruins and lakes, offers some of the best tiger sighting opportunities in the country. A visit to Ranthambore is not just an adventure into the wild, but a journey through history, set against the dramatic landscape of north India's wilderness.

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Kanha National Park, located in the heartland of Madhya Pradesh in central India, is a veritable paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Renowned as one of central India's largest national parks, it offers an immersive wildlife safari experience, allowing visitors to delve deep into India's verdant wilderness. The park's lush meadows and dense forests are home to a myriad of species, but it is most celebrated for its conservation efforts for the Barasingha or swamp deer. A journey through Kanha promises not just captivating wildlife encounters but also a deeper connection with the pristine landscapes of central India.

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Kaziranga National Park, a gem located in the state of Assam in northeast India, is globally acclaimed as the stronghold of the one-horned rhino. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts the highest density of this majestic creature anywhere on Earth. Set amidst the verdant floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, the park provides a unique habitat conducive to a rich biodiversity. Apart from rhinos, Kaziranga's expanses teem with a plethora of wildlife species. A visit to this northeastern sanctuary offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the raw beauty of Assam's wilderness and the iconic symbol of its conservation success – the rhino.

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Panna National Park

Panna National Park, situated in the magnificent state of Madhya Pradesh, stands as a beacon of tiger conservation in India. Spanning a vast expanse of pristine wilderness, the park is a testament to the tireless efforts made in rejuvenating tiger populations from the brink of local extinction. Rich in biodiversity, its landscapes not only shelter the regal Bengal tiger but also a myriad of other wildlife species. As one delves into the heart of Panna, the intertwining narratives of nature's splendor and conservation successes create an indelible impression, showcasing the best of Madhya Pradesh's commitment to preserving its wild heritage.

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Pench National Park, prominently featured in the list of top 10 wildlife destinations in India for tiger sightings, beckons wildlife aficionados from around the globe. Located in the heart of the Indian subcontinent, Pench is a vibrant tapestry of thriving ecosystems and diverse fauna. Its dense forests and meandering rivers create an ideal habitat for the elusive Bengal tiger. The park's reputation for frequent and clear tiger sightings has made it a sought-after destination for those yearning to witness the grandeur of this magnificent apex predator in its natural environment. Pench's allure lies in its promise of an unparalleled wild rendezvous.

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Bandhavgarh National Park, nestled in the state of MP (Madhya Pradesh) in central India, is a wildlife enthusiast's dream come true. Renowned for its dense tiger population, this park holds a coveted spot in the list of top 5 wildlife safari destinations in Madhya Pradesh. With ancient fort ruins providing a historical backdrop, Bandhavgarh's terrains are teeming with a rich variety of fauna and flora. As one embarks on a safari here, the raw beauty of central India unfolds, offering unparalleled encounters with nature and making Bandhavgarh a must-visit for anyone seeking an authentic wilderness experience in Madhya Pradesh.

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Tadoba National Park, located in the vibrant state of Maharashtra in west India, stands as a prime destination for tiger enthusiasts. Widely recognized for its immersive tiger safaris, Tadoba has etched its name among the ranked top 5 best places for tiger sightings in India. The park's sprawling landscapes, drenched in the unique beauty of west India's wilderness, harbor not only the regal Bengal tiger but a myriad of other wildlife species. Venturing into Tadoba promises an experience steeped in natural splendor, positioning Maharashtra firmly on the map for those seeking unforgettable wildlife encounters in India.

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Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park, nestled in the scenic terrains of Karnataka, epitomizes the rich biodiversity of South India. Renowned for its engaging wildlife safaris, Bandipur has emerged as a top wildlife safari destination in South India. As one traverses its dense forests and rolling grasslands, they are met with a diverse array of fauna, reflective of the region's unique ecological tapestry. Karnataka's commitment to conservation shines through in Bandipur, ensuring that visitors leave with memories of exhilarating wildlife encounters, and a deeper appreciation for the vibrant wilderness that the southern part of India so proudly preserves.

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Manas National Park

Manas National Park, situated in the verdant state of Assam, offers a mesmerizing tryst with nature's grandeur. Known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich biodiversity, this UNESCO World Heritage site invites visitors to embark on an unforgettable wildlife safari. Journeying through its dense jungles and rippling rivers, one can witness the intricate dance of nature, where diverse species coexist harmoniously. Assam's pride, Manas, serves as a testament to the state's dedication to conservation and sustainable tourism. Those who venture into its vast expanse are rewarded with unparalleled sights and sounds, capturing the essence of the wild heart of Assam.

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Gir National Park

Gir National Park, a crowning jewel of Gujarat tourism, stands as the last bastion for the majestic Asiatic lion. Nestled in the western state of Gujarat, this park offers a unique lion safari, providing visitors with the rare opportunity to witness these regal creatures in their natural habitat. The park's sprawling landscapes, punctuated by arid forests and grassy patches, serve as a backdrop to the symphony of wilderness that Gir resonates with. A visit to Gir is not just a safari; it's a deep dive into a world where lions reign supreme, showcasing the best of Gujarat's commitment to wildlife conservation.

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Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park, located in the lush terrains of Karnataka, is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Renowned for its rich biodiversity, the park promises an enthralling wildlife jungle safari experience, transporting visitors into the heart of India's pristine wilderness. As one journeys through the dense woods and serene water bodies of Nagarhole, they are greeted by an array of flora and fauna, each playing a unique role in the park's ecological tapestry. Karnataka's dedication to preserving its natural heritage shines brightly in Nagarhole, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking authentic wildlife encounters.

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Sunderban National Parks

Sunderban National Park, located in the mystic deltas of West Bengal, stands as a realm where nature and legends intertwine. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's the world's largest mangrove forest and a crucial tiger reserve. The intricate waterways and dense mangroves of Sunderban provide a unique habitat for the elusive Bengal tiger, making it one of the few places where these magnificent beasts swim in the wild. This labyrinth of green and water in West Bengal is not just a sanctuary for wildlife but also a testament to nature's resilience and beauty, making every visit a memorable escapade.

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Top things to do on india wildlife tour.

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Tiger Safaris

During India wildlife tour, one of the top things to do is embark on tiger safaris. It's a thrilling experience, offering intimate glimpses of the majestic big cat in its natural habitat.

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During wildlife holidays in India, one of the essential things to do is bird watching. India, with its many bird sanctuaries, offers a mesmerizing experience, showcasing a vibrant array of avian species in their natural settings.

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Elephant Safari

Although elephant riding is banned in many Indian national parks, Kaziranga still offers this activity during jungle safaris. This unique journey provides close wildlife encounters, highlighting the park's rich biodiversity.

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During exploring Indian National Parks, a must-experience is the Gir National Park lion safari. It offers a rare glimpse of the Asiatic lion in its natural habitat, showcasing the majestic beauty of this big cat.

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Snow Leopard Sighting

In the Himalaya region, Ladakh and Uttarakhand are prime destinations for snow leopard sightings. During this wildlife adventure in India, spot the elusive big cat in the cold Himalayan deserts.

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Wildlife Cruise

Take the experience of wildlife cruising in Sundarban National Park, West Bengal, during a wildlife safari. This unique journey offers an immersive experience into the mangrove's rich biodiversity and its elusive inhabitants.

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Crocodile Spotting

Experience a crocodile safari during your India national parks tour, especially in Ranthambore. This adventure offers close encounters with these ancient reptiles in their natural habitats.

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Frequently asked questions, some frequently asked questions about india wildlife tours., what is the best time for wildlife viewing in india.

Most of the national parks in India are open for travellers around the world from October till June end, except few parks like Kaziranga or Manas National Park, which are usually open from November to April.

Although spotting animals in the wild is mainly dependent on luck, April to June is considered the best time for wildlife viewing, particularly tigers, as animals tend to visit water holes and can be spotted. Photographers especially prefer to take a wildlife photography tour during this time.

What are the best National Parks for tiger spotting in India?

The best National parks in India for tiger spotting are Ranthambore, Corbett, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Tadoba and Pench National Park. These parks are home to some of the best habitats for tigers in India, so the chances of spotting Bengal tigers in these parks and reserves are higher than in other areas of the country. Our tiger tours are mainly focussed on these parks.

How common are the chances of spotting tigers in India?

Tigers are elusive animals and have mastered the art of camouflage. Usually, it is difficult to spot them in dense forests, especially if there is inclement weather. However, our itineraries are designed to capitalize on the best places to see tigers, particularly during the hot, dry season. Although some encounters are more distant or fleeting than others, the vast majority of our groups have seen tigers on their trips.

What are the other important animals we can see in Indian Wildlife?

Except Tigers, Asiatic lions, Indian Rhino, Asiatic elephants, Snow Leopard, Hillock Gibbon, Indian wild dogs, Leopards, etc., are some of the prominent wild animals you can spot in India. Our wildlife tours are specially designed so that clients can spot maximum wild animals. Indian wildlife also offers around 1344 different bird species, and a few among them are golden eagle, Himalayan Monal, the Great Indian Hornbill, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Oriental Dwarf kingfisher etc.

Any of our bird watching tours give an opportunity to spot the maximum number of birds with our experience birding guide. Wildlife Tours for all the mentioned wildlife animals.

Does TMI only offer tour packages based in India?

No, Tour My India also offers tour packages for international travel destinations along with India holiday packages.

What is included in a typical Birding and Wildlife Tour of India?

Our Birding and wildlife tours are meticulously designed keeping the requirements of the individual wildlife enthusiast in mind. We provide the best wildlife or birding guide, accommodation close to nature, 4x 4 vehicles for safaris, all meals, bottled water in car and taxes.

What should be packed for Indian wildlife tour?

If you are planning to come for any of our wildlife tours, the must carry items are, a good camera, spare batteries, a pair of binoculars, and a birding guide book. Regarding clothing, Nov to Feb is the winter season in India, and it can be very cold, mainly in north India, so it would be appropriate to dress in two to three layers.

Bring a lightweight, waterproof rain jacket and pants in case of inclement weather, warm fleece and/or down jacket, warm hat and gloves, long sleeve shirts, and pants. Some guests also prefer to bring long underwear for morning drives in our open vehicles.

During summers, mainly from April to June, temperatures can be downright hot. It would be advisable to bring lightweight clothing, a sun hat and sunglasses. Long-sleeved shirts will help protect you from the sun during wildlife drives. Since rain is always a possibility, even during the dry season, bring a waterproof rain gear.

About Wildlife Tours in India

With our wide range of Wildlife Tour Packages, you can take an open jeep & canter safari, and even trek accompanied by an expert driver & guide who take you to the best viewing zones in the parks to sight a variety of wildlife species. Spot animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, which is amongst the favourite of the tourists, and can be spotted at Corbett in Uttarakhand, Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Tadoba in Maharashtra, and Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Pench & Panna National Parks in Madhya Pradesh. Plan a Wildlife Vacation in India from November to March, when the weather is cool & pleasant, perfect for a wildlife safari. Or book your tour from March to June end, during the summer season, when you have greater chances of spotting the wild animals as they visit the water holes to quench their thirst.

Our wildlife holiday packages in India also offers the chance to spot leopards in Kabini, Bandipur, and Nagarhole National Parks in Karnataka and Panna, Kanha, and Pench in Madhya Pradesh. With our tour packages, you can sight marsh crocodiles basking in the sun, sloth bears dozing off after a heavy meal, gaurs staring hard at you from a distance, blackbuck & other deer species curiously minding their surroundings & other such fascinating sights during a wildlife safari in India. India also has several National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Kaziranga National Park (Assam), famous for being home to the vulnerable one-horned rhinoceros; Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (Assam), home to various species of animals like Assam roofed turtle, golden langur & pygmy hog; and Sundarbans National Park (West Bengal), popular for Royal Bengal Tigers, boat safaris, and mangroves.

With our wildlife tour packages you can also explore the Great Himalayan National Park (Himachal Pradesh), which is also tagged a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unmatched locations and being home to alpine animal species like Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, brown bear and even snow leopards. If birds excite you as much as animals, you will enjoy our expertly created bird watching tours that are conducted in the best national parks & wildlife sanctuaries of India like Keoladeo National Park that boasts being home to more than 350 species of birds and Desert National Park that is home the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard. We also offer birdwatching tour packages for Mangalajodi in Odisha; Thattekad in Kerala, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Karnataka; Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand and many more. With our birding packages, you get to spot avifauna and migratory birds and savour the moment patiently while clicking photographs to serve as memories.

From booking hotels, organising safaris to ensuring you get the best guides & experience, our wildlife packages include all of these at unbeatable prices. Our wildlife travel packages can also be customized & other destinations added as per your requirement. If you are looking for an unparalleled wildlife vacation, let us plan it for you!

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Help Tourism Pvt.Ltd.

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Kalypso Adventures

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Sacred Dot Tours LLP

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Trinetra Tours Pvt. Ltd.

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Indian Excursions

Indian Excursions create truly tailor-made tours of India, specialising in high-end Rajasthan....

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Greaves India

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Wild Expedition Tours & Travels

Driven by passion, Wild Expeditions has grown into a leading nature travel company over the...

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Alive Tours & Travels LLP

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The Explorations Company

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Safari Monks LLP

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The Earth Safari

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Imagine Travel

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World Travel Experiences

World Travel Experiences (WTX) is a Delhi-based DMC specialising in trips to India, Nepal and...

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Black Tomato

Black Tomato is an award-winning tour operator specialising in exceptional, boundary-pushing...

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YourWay2GO is a Dutch specialist in customised tours to more than 30 countries. Our sales team...

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Nature Wanderers

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Greaves Travel is one of the leading specialists of bespoke private tours to India, with worldwide...

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Asian Adventures

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Audley Travel offers clients tailor made travel experiences by employing specialists with in-depth...

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Leading adventure tour operator Exodus Travels has been taking people on incredible wildlife...

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Vasco Travel

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From “wildlife havens and urban escapes to off-grid locales and cultural gems,” National Geographic Traveller’s Cool List 2023 reveals destinations that are “set to make the news” next year, a company press release said.

National Geographic Traveller (UK) announced a list of thirty locations which span five continents that were chosen by editors as the “top places and spaces around the world where tourism benefits communities and the environment as much as the visitors and locals themselves.”

“The 30 entries reflect an incredible range, featuring everything from exciting immersive journeys to inspirational visits that could take just a few hours,” the statement says. 

“Whether it’s culinary excellence, solar eclipses, night trains, new national parks, rewilding initiatives, ancient wonders revisited or cultural landmarks, we’ve curated some of the best travel destinations for the next 12 months,” Pat Riddell, editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), was quoted as saying in the statement. “From Canada, the US and Argentina to Sierra Leone, Sikkim, Australia and beyond, the world is represented in all its full glory.”

National Geographic's top 30 travel destinations for 2024 

  • Albanian Alps, Albania
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Europe by train
  • Galloway & Southern Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Nordland, Norway
  • North Yorkshire, England
  • Pompeii, Italy

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  • Tartu, Estonia
  • The Euros, Germany
  • Valletta, Malta
  • Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

North America

  • Dominican Republic
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

South America

  • Atacama Desert, Chile
  • Iberá Wetlands, Argentina
  • Akagera, Rwanda
  • Andrefana Dry Forests, Madagascar
  • Sierra Leone

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  • Tainan, Taiwan
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