Travel: Take a Walk on the Wild Side

By: David Collins

There are a wide variety of wildlife-based holidays available around the world - from the jungles of Madagascar to the frozen Arctic Circle.

Each year, thousands of tourists each year pay for the opportunity to spot rare animals in some of the most striking environments on our planet.

With a wide range of different agencies that specialise in all-inclusive holidays that focus on environment and wilderness, the choice is endless.

These excursions offer the chance to visit some of the most beautiful natural environments on earth, whilst also giving the opportunity to get close to some of the most striking and mysterious wildlife that survive and thrive in these environments.

These holidays usually range from a few days to lengthy three-week excursions, which usually follow a day-to-day itinerary in order to ensure that you get the most out of your wildlife holiday experience.

If the idea of taking a walk on the wildside during your holiday intrigues you, here are a few examples of excursions that could help fuel your inner explorer:


  • Whale watching off the coast of Iceland

  • Lemur conservation projects on the island of Madagascar

  • Rainforest conservation projects in Borneo

  • Safari excursion in South Africa

  • Koala conservation in Australia


If you wish to extend your stay, some excursions offer extension packages, allowing the chance to prolong your wildlife encounters.

These are not cheap holidays, but for some it can be a worthwhile and life-changing experience, whilst others choose to participate in environmental projects run in countries where conservation is of paramount importance.

If you'd rather not travel thousands of miles for such an experience, there are wildlife excursions around the UK, including:

  • Falconry at Ty Mawr Mansion in South Wales

  • Wildlife weekends in the New Forest

  • Hands-on ranger excursions in the Shetland Isles

  • Wildlife boat tours off the coast of South Wales


If you'd rather not spend a lot of money on such an excursion, but still want to help make a difference to the environment in your area - or catch a glimpse of the wildlife around your local area. Councils run events and projects which focus on conservation, such as wildlife tracking and bird watching walks.

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