Natural and Wildlife Adventure Travel Trips

Nature and wildlife adventure travel trips are growing in popularity. Would you like to dive with tiger sharks, watch wildebeest thunder across the Serengeti-Masai Mara during the annual Great Migration in Africa, or track wolves with your camera in Yellowstone National Park? If so, here’s a selection of exciting natural and wildlife adventure travel trips and tours. Some of these excursions take place a few times a year, others just during specific seasons, while some are even offered year-round.




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Top 10 Natural and Wildlife Adventure Travel Trips

Swim with sea lions and walk among blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos

Galapagos sea lions

Exploring blue-footed boobies on the Galapagos Islands and swimming near playful sea lions and giant tortoises in the surrounding ocean are the equivalent of putting yourself inside a good nature flick. And, this is why so many travelers are choosing to spend days on a boat exploring these islands. Many companies offer Galapagos trips throughout the year. Some companies offer family-friendly itineraries as well. The very best nature trips have a naturalist onboard the ship. The award-winning Ecoventura, International Expeditions, and Geographic Expeditions offer departures throughout the year.

Is That Shark Rattling Your Cage?

Shark Diver

Shark Diver offers a variety of intimate encounters with great white sharks, tiger sharks, and even giant squid, depending upon where you want to travel. How about a cage dive to view great white sharks off Isla Guadalupe during a five-day trip leaving from San Diego, California, or Ensenada, Mexico?

Shark Diver offers trips in the Bahamas to see tiger sharks, vacations in Mexico to watch giant squid and has a deep dive-submarine so you can see giant sharks in Roatan.

African Photo Safaris During the Annual Animal Migration

African Photo Safari

Many companies offer trips to Africa during the annual wildlife migration when more than a million wildebeest race across the Serengeti-Masai Mara grasslands. Among the animals, you may photograph are lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, rhinos and perhaps even cheetahs. Time is also spent learning more about the Masai tribes, which stay true to many of their traditions despite the encroaching modernization around them. Overnights can be in a simple to luxury lodges or tents, depending upon how much you want to spend. Some of the companies offering these tours include International Expeditions, Natural Habitat Adventures, and Abercrombie & Kent.




Arctic Dog Sled Odyssey Tours

Arctic Dog Sledding

With Arctic Dog Sled Odyssey Tours you’ll steer your dog team through the wilderness and alongside the fjords north of the Arctic Circle on the east coast of Canada’s Baffin Island. You’ll mush from a wilderness lodge and be led by an Inuit guide. Trips are nine days, but shorter experiences can be arranged from March through June. You can return to the hotel nightly, or stay out in the wilderness.

Summer and Winter Yellowstone Field School Ed-Ventures Tours

Yellowstone Field School

The Yellowstone Association offers a wide array of daily tours, Lodging and Learning programs, field seminars and backpacking courses. The Lodging and Learning programs, designed in cooperation with lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts, are multi-day packages that can include wolf watching, learning more about the park from naturalists and other activities. The Yellowstone Association’s summer Ed-Ventures include such programs as Geysers, Mudpots, & Hot Springs: Old Faithful Area; Natural History & Geology: Yellowstone Lake & Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Winter Ed-Ventures include Wildlife Watching on the Northern Range, and Yellowstone by Ski or Snowshoe.

Yellowstone Programs for Active & Adventurous Travelers

Adventure & Active Tours of Yellowstone Give Visitors a More In-depth Experience

No one can guarantee you’ll see all – or many – of the many animals roaming around Yellowstone National Park , but the odds are excellent you’ll see at least bison (possibly crossing the road right in front of you) and elk. On an early morning adventure with a naturalist, we also saw wolves and a fox. The chances of seeing either a bear or a mountain lion are iffy, but the odds are improved if you head out with a naturalist, because they know where the animals’ habitats are. Exploring the park on cross country skis or a snowmobile is another way to view animals, the geysers and other dramatic natural settings.

Various organizations offer tours. The Yellowstone Association Institute offers a wide array of daily tours in the national park.

The Lodging and Learning programs, field seminars and backpacking courses are other choices for exploring Yellowstone National Park.

The Lodging and Learning programs are in cooperation with lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts. These are multi-day packages that can include wolf watching, learning more about the park from naturalists and other activities.

The Yellowstone Association’s summer Ed-Ventures include such programs as ” Geysers, Mudpots, & Hot Springs: Old Faithful Area, “Natural History & Geology: Yellowstone Lake & Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,” Winter Ed-Ventures include “Wildlife Watching on the Northern Range” and “Yellowstone by Ski or Snowshoe.”

Adventure Packages in Yellowstone National Park for Winter 2018-2019

On the Trail of the Wolf package, you’ll explore the park’s interior with a guide visiting the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and observing wildlife in the park’s Northern Range.

Rates start at $419 per person for double occupancy for two nights at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and one night at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge.

Photographs of Yellowstone in the Winter

The colors of Yellowstone in the winter are beautiful. Winter in Yellowstone is incredibly beautiful. Steam rises from the hot springs, geysers, and fumaroles; bison wander across vast snow-covered fields and drink in streams sparkling with ice crystals, and Old Faithful performs for guests staying at the Snow Park Lodge. You can see it all from a snow coach, driving a snowmobile, cross country skiing or winter hiking.

Yellowstone Winter

Who to Contact for More Information

For more information about Institute, programs visit Yellowstone Association.

Island Expeditions With Seacology

Island Expeditions With Seacology

Adventurous travelers are lining up to join Seacology’s island expeditions. These excursions are “win-win” for travelers and local communities. Whether the goal is to help islanders create a man-made eco-reef or install a new water purification tank, travelers combine vacations on intriguing islands with the opportunity to help locals with an important project. The ecologically minded who prefer armchair travel can enjoy by osmosis; simply visit Seacology’s website to read travel dispatches and look at photos from Fiji or some of the other 80+ islands where there are Seacology projects.

Adventurous travelers go; Armchair travelers enjoy dispatches

Seacology, Yahoo’s 2006 September Pick for Good (websites chosen because they make a positive impact on the world), has one goal: to preserve the endangered biodiversity and cultures of islands.

Adventurous travelers are lining up to join Seacology’s island expeditions. The ecologically minded who prefer armchair travel can enjoy by osmosis; simply visit Seacology’s website to read travel dispatches and look at photos from Fiji or some of the other 80plus islands where there are Seacology projects.

Types of Trips

A variety of island expeditions are offered each year, to such diverse places as Zanzibar, Tanzania, New Guinea, and Fiji, so check the schedule on the website. The 2008 trips, for example, included one to the Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort, to visit two remote Fijian villages for the official opening ceremonies of Seacology funded school; and a dive/scuba trip off the coast of Thailand in early November.

Who Should Go?

Anyone who read Robinson Crusoe and has dreamed about visiting remote islands – including somewhere few outsiders have visited. Travelers seeking to go scuba diving with whale sharks in the Galapagos or Manta ray in Yap, or wants to observe rare wildlife, such as Komodo Dragons in Indonesia and Hainan Gibbons in China.

These island expeditions are for travelers who want to learn about millennia-old ceremonies and celebrations, such as the Sumazou “bird dance” in Borneo or a kava ceremony in the South Pacific. And certainly, the trips are for people willing to give their time to work on projects to benefit others.

What’s It Going to Cost Me?

The cost varies — from $2,000 to $6,000 per person, double occupancy, per week, according to the trip.

This includes a donation to aid the work of this non-profit organization. Even if you’re only an armchair traveler and enjoy the dispatches and pictures, you can make a donation on the website.

Contact Information

For more information about this unique non-profit organization visit Seacology. The trips are not always listed on the website, so call 510-559-3505 for the current list. Travelers who have already been on one of Seacology’s island expeditions receive invitations to other trips via mail.

Eco-Tours With Wild Planet Adventures

Eco-Tours

Wild Planet Adventures offers ecotours designed to bring you into the natural habitats of exotic wildlife in Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Peru, Panama, Belize and other locales. Each trip promises experiences led by local guides who often take you to sites where there won’t be a lot of other tourists.

Types of Trips

Wild Planet Adventures offers ecotours designed to bring you into the natural habitats of exotic wildlife in Costa Rica, the Galapagos, Peru, Panama, Belize and other locales. Each trip promises experiences led by local guides who often take you to sites where there won’t be a lot of other tourists.

Good for Which Travelers?

This depends upon the trip you choose. The Galapagos trips, for example, are a particularly good choice for families with older kids.

Who’s Your Expert?

Wild Planet Adventures is run by Josh Cohen, a man with a mission. His goal: to introduce travelers to exotic wildlife in unique settings. He develops tours so participants travel in small groups with local guides who have a good idea of where the animals will be located that day.

What’s It Going to Cost Me?

Wild Planet Adventures trips average $225 to $300 a day when staying in mid-range lodging. The company customizes trips for many travelers.

Contact Information

Visit Wild Planet Adventures to learn more or call 800-990-4376.

Horseback Riding in Mongolia

Horseback Riding

Several companies offer horseback riding in Mongolia, some with reindeer herders and others on trails that follow in Ghengis Kahn’s footsteps. Equitours, a company that offers horseback riding tours in the US as well as more exotic locales, runs a variety of riding trips in Mongolia. One is to a remote region of northern Mongolia that’s inhabited by the Tsaatan people, nomadic reindeer herdsmen. Black Ibex Expeditions offers two-week trips, where riders follow a nomadic path. Mongolia Horseback Riding runs many trips through the year, and Tusker Trail takes adventurous travelers into the remote Altai Tavn Bogd National Park. More »

Take an Orangutan Tour, Visit Camp Leakey and Learn About the Dayak Tribes

Orangutan Tour

Adventure Indonesia puts together this trip to the jungle, which includes a boat trip down the Lamandau river to learn more about orangutans, visit Camp Leakey where older orangutans are re-introduced to the rain forest, and visit Dyak Tribe villages too. More »

Watch Grizzly Bears in Their Natural Habitat

Grizzly Bears

Wildlife viewing, with twice-a-day opportunities to watch grizzly bears in their natural habitat, is the focus for guests at the floating Great Bear Lodge, May through October. Guests take a seaplane to reach the lodge, located about 50 air miles from Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada. One- to seven-day visits can be booked. Visit the website for streaming video of bear and wildlife excursions in the spring, summer, and fall. More »

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