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35 of the World’s Best Wildlife Holidays for 2020/21

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35 of the World’s Best Wildlife Holidays for 2020/21

Dominic CouzensBy Dominic Couzens
29th January 2020

Dominic is a Naturetrek tour leader and one of Britain's
best known and most prolific natural history writers.

What makes the perfect wildlife holiday? There’s a question to ponder as we begin 2020. Some people simply want to see as many species as they can - of birds, or mammals or butterflies. Some only seek that special icon, such as a Tiger or an Orca. There are those that revel in spine-tingling experiences, however they may happen, coming back with memories rather than lists. Still others thirst for the thrill of the new, visiting a part of the world far from their own experience. Many clients crave a mixture of wildlife and comfort. Adventure might be the key, where the animals come with a white-knuckle ride. Others want to dip into culture and history, as well as natural history.

Here at Naturetrek we’ve been putting our heads together to come up with a selection that covers all this and more. These holidays cover every month of the year, much of the world, and a good range of the iconic creatures of the planet. 

Here are our top 35 recommended tours for this year - for further information, call us on 01962 733051 to speak to our friendly office experts, or send us an email and we’ll get right back to you!

1. Botswana's Desert & Delta

This is the Africa most people dream about. The savanna and marshlands teem with game, which in turn attracts exciting predators such as Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs to stalk them. Elephants and Giraffes stride over the terrain, and Hippos lounge and bicker in the waterways. This mammal tour takes us to the Khwai region, overflowing with herds of Impala, Red Lechwe and Waterbuck, and also to Moremi Game Reserve, which, among other highlights, is one the best places to see the increasingly threatened African Wild Dogs. Mammals are the focus, and we will take a number of night drives and some thrilling daytime game walks.

Time of Year: April, September to December

Days: 10

Price: £3,295

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Lion


2. Best of Madagascar

Maybe it’s your daydream to come face to face with a Lemur? On this trip, you can meet many of them, from Mouse Lemurs in torchlight to a choir of the huge Indri with its sonorous cries, to everybody’s favourite, the Ring-tailed Lemur. And while you’re about it, there are chameleons to see, and an astonishing range of birds found nowhere else in the world. On this tour we visit all the hotspots and essentially cover the ‘best’ of what is undoubtedly one of the most exciting wildlife destinations in the world. If you’re going to Madagascar, you might as well do it in style!

Time of Year: October and November

Days: 14

Price: £6,995

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Indri


3. Namibia's Etosha Pan & Skeleton Coast

At times, the scenery of Namibia looks like a cross between Africa and a set from a sci-fi fantasy. Where else can you see Elephants wandering around in a true desert, or antelopes under the shadow of the world’s highest sand-dunes? And the wild skeleton coast, a graveyard of ships, is an elemental place as you will ever go. Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in Africa, and consequently the wildlife is still thriving. Even Black Rhinoceros is still relatively common. The great Etosha Pan is one of the finest game viewing sites in Africa, while other sites we visit, such as Damaraland and Walvis Bay, offer their own exciting specialities.

Time of Year: October and November

Days: 17

Price: £6,795

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Gemsbok


4. Western Sahara's Desert Wildlife

It’s not that far by plane, but you could be travelling to the moon, so poorly known is this amazing part of the world. A little south of the tourist fleshpots of Morocco lies the Western Sahara, a treasure trove of exciting desert wildlife. Birders will be excited by the prospect of Sudan Golden Sparrows, Cricket Warblers and a range of larks, but perhaps the greatest thrill will be at night, when we indulge in some world-class spotlighting for such mammals as Desert Hedgehog, Fennec Fox and Saharan Striped Polecat. That’s not all, for the spectacular coastline holds treasures of its own, not least the endangered Atlantic Humpback Dolphin.

Time of Year: February and March

Days: 8

Price: £2,995

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Sand Cat (Javi Elorriaga)


5. Tanzania Highlights

If there was ever a classical safari tour – indeed a definitive African wildlife tour – then this surely has to be it. We visit some of the most famous sites for big game in the world, including the incomparable Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, where herds of herbivores still roam in barely imaginable numbers, and where the large predators take advantage. We will see Lions and Wildebeest, Cheetah and Gazelles, together with other icons such as Ostrich, Giraffe, African Buffalo and Hippopotamus. The scenery, with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background, would be exceptional for any tour, but here it is a backdrop to one of earth’s great wildlife concentrations.

Time of Year: October, November, January and February

Days: 15

Price: £6,795

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Plains Zebras, Blue Wildebeest and Lesser Flamingoes


6. Uganda – Mammals and Mountains

There’s no need to leave the Mountain Gorillas to Sir David Attenborough – you can go and see them yourself in the wild! The setting is what must be one of the most exotic forests in the world, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which also teems with other monkeys and elusive birds and mammals. Just doing that is the experience of a lifetime, but on this trip you can also encounter another of our close relatives, the Chimpanzee, at Kibale Forest in the Ruwenzori Mountains. And if that wasn’t enough, we also enjoy some classic game viewing in Uganda’s celebrated Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Time of Year: January, September and October

Days: 14

Price: £4,795

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Mountain Gorillas


7. Wild Japan in Winter

Japan is a world apart, and so is its wildlife, especially in February in the depths of winter. On this trip you move from one iconic scene to the other – from the dancing snow-white Red-crowned Cranes, as delicately elegant as ballerinas in their tutus, to the monstrous Steller’s Sea Eagles in the snowbound waterways of Hokkaido, their orange bills as bright as lifebelts. Then there are the Snow Monkeys of Honshu, Japanese Macaques that have taken to bathing in hot springs, just as the Japanese people love to do. The eagles also share the local passion for raw fish. In Japan, culture and wildlife meld together in a unique way.

Time of Year: January and February

Days: 12

Price: £5,595

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Red-crowned Cranes


8. India – Tiger Direct!

You never forget your first wild Tiger. It leaves you awed, shaking; many people cry with emotion. Sometimes you hear the alarm call of a deer or monkey first, and you know the Tiger is close, increasing the drama. These large predators, immaculately camouflaged by their famous stripes, can be elusive, but in Pench National Park and nearby Kanha National Park, in the heart of Central India’s Tiger country, the chances of multiple encounters with the big cats are very high. There’s also a great supporting cast including Leopard, Dhole (Wild Dog) and many colourful birds.

Time of Year: October-March

Days: 9

Price: £2,495

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Tiger


9. Sri Lanka – Blue Whales & Leopards

Every holiday needs a transcendent memory and on this tour, the subject of that will probably be a bit of a no-brainer. You take a boat offshore to see the largest animal that is known to have ever lived, bigger than any dinosaur, the Blue Whale. The offshore waters here are the most reliable spot in the world for this mighty creature, and this is an animal that never disappoints – even the tail is just awesome. How do you follow that? Well, a visit to Yala National Park in the south of Sri Lanka is a pretty good place to try, famous for its diurnal sightings of the elusive and charismatic Leopard. There are also Asian Elephants and a wealth of fabulous birdlife.

Time of Year: February, March, November and December

Days: 10

Price: £2,595

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Leopard


10. Borneo’s Orang-utans

They might currently be most famous for being under threat from palm oil, but Orang-utans, the big, hairy red apes with the long faces and close-set eyes, can still be found in a few special places on Borneo. There will be ample opportunity to get to know them on this tour, from enjoying the animals at Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, to searching for wild individuals along the Kinabatangan River and at the incomparable Danum Valley Conservation Area, one of the best wildlife sites in the world. Other highlights are many, including the equally remarkable and comical Proboscis Monkey, to Swiftlets and Bats at Gomantong Caves and superb range of thrilling forest creatures, from Colugos to Helmeted Hornbills.

Time of Year: September

Days: 11

Price: £4,495

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Orang-utan


11. Ladakh's Snow Leopards (lodge-based) & Ranthambore's Tigers

Not long ago you had about as much chance of seeing a Snow Leopard as a Yeti. Eventually, the areas where these extraordinarily elusive big cats frequent were discovered, but you needed virtually to mount an expedition and cope with the cold in tents in order to glimpse one, if you were lucky. On this trip, you can achieve the near impossible – actually see a truly wild Snow Leopard, and maintain a degree of comfort, at least at the end of the day. The supporting cast includes Blue Sheep and Asiatic Ibex, and some incredible birds such as Snowcocks and Ibisbill. And you can add in Tigers as an optional 4-day extension!

Time of Year: February and March

Days: 14

Price: £3,995

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Snow Leopard


12. Kamchatka & Chukotka – Russia's Ring of Fire

Just the thought of seeing the near-mythical Spoon-billed Sandpiper, unique and Critically Endangered, is enough to make any birder giddy, but there is way more to see on this extraordinary 13-night cruise, enough to keep any wildlife enthusiast happy. For a start there are the cetaceans of the Pacific, including Belugas, Orcas and Grey Whales. Alongside in these rich waters are Sea Otters, Steller’s Sea Lions and Walruses. On the Commander Islands, add in vast colonies of auks such as Tufted Puffins and Least Auklets. And on the mainland, you will encounter a large population of Brown Bears and Arctic Foxes in astounding scenery.

Time of Year: June and July

Days: 16

Price: £9,695

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Orcas


13. Realm of the Black Panther

If ever an animal lived in the shadows, in that twilight between fantasy and reality, it is the Black Panther. As flesh and blood, it is the black morph of the Leopard; in folklore, it is renowned in legend for its almost magical elusiveness. These days, though, it is possible to see this remarkable mammal in Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary, in India, and here, in the heart of wild India, is where this tour is based. The animal we seek is tricky, but the supporting cast is compelling indeed – “spotty” Leopards, large herds of Asian Elephants, deer and Wild Boar aplenty, with a wonderful range of colourful birds. And all this in a place of dreams!

Time of Year: February to April

Days: 10

Price: £3,395

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Black Panther (David Raju)


14. The Best of Scotland – A Birdwatching Tour

The scenic grandeur of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is known around the world. And its wildlife is no less special. On this unusual tour, mainly focused on birds, we’ll visit the Highlands and an island - Mull, on the west coast. Here, there are impressive populations of both the magnificent Golden Eagle, and the huge White-tailed Eagle. We’ll take a boat to sample the sights and sounds of a seabird colony, on a global scale the crowning glory of the UK’s birds. Inland we’ll visit the Cairngorms, where many truly Arctic birds, such as Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting, have a southern outpost. The Caledonian pine forests nearby host the Crested Tit, the Capercaillie and a range of Crossbills, including the endemic Scottish Crossbill.

Time of Year: June

Days: 9

Price: £1,595

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Capercaillie


15. Spain's Coto Donana & Extremadura

Within touching distance of the ‘Spain’ of the holiday brochures is a world that can hardly be more different – sparsely populated, wildlife rich and befitting the description of wilderness. This tour visits two very different refuges which fit this description. The Coto Doñana is one of Europe’s great wetlands, teeming with wildlife, from dragonflies to flamingos; on this birdwatching tour we may see some exciting rarities such as Crested Coot and Marbled Duck. Meanwhile, the rolling plains of Extremadura hold good populations of Great and Little Bustards, Great Spotted Cuckoos and Spanish Imperial Eagles. Calandra Larks serenade us from above as we enjoy the rural fullness of this part of Spain.

Time of Year: April and May

Days: 9

Price: £1,695

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Great Bustard


16. Spain – Realm of the Iberian Lynx

Searching for the Iberian Lynx, the world’s rarest cat, is a big challenge made delightful by the glorious surroundings and equable winter climate of Andalucia. This tour covers both the world’s Lynx refuges, the Coto Doñana, where local guides will take us to known hotspots in the low-lying dunes and scrub, and the nearby Sierra Morena, where we will spend time scanning the scrubby hillsides from watchpoints. Seeing a Lynx will be a triumph, while we will inevitably revel in finding much else, such as Spanish Imperial Eagles, Cinereous Vultures, Marbled Ducks, Red Deer and Wild Boar.

Time of Year: October to December

Days: 6

Price: £1,195

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Iberian Lynx


17. Wallcreepers and the Camargue (France)

Evidently a cross between a bird and a butterfly, the enigmatic Wallcreeper, with its brilliant crimson wings spotted with white, is one of the world’s most sought-after birds. In summer it lives on high-altitude, sheer cliffs and can be hard to reach, let alone find. In winter, though, it retreats downhill and can even be found on buildings. Here in Provence we will look for it in historic places such as Les Baux and Roman-built Pont du Gard, a stunning backdrop. In complete contrast we will also visit the nearby Camargue with its own rosy bird, the Greater Flamingo, and many other highlights.

Time of Year: November

Days: 5

Price: £895

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Wallcreeper


18. Romania’s Danube Delta & Carpathian Mountains

Really two holidays in one, this is a tour of happy contrasts. One moment we are in the high Carpathians looking for Wallcreepers and Nutcrackers, the next we are on a floating hotel in the vast Danube Delta, surrounded by mighty flocks of waterbirds and clouds of dragonflies. The hills around Zarnesti are in unspoilt Transylvania, full of turreted castles, legends and Brown Bears, which we’ll see from a hide. A day’s drive away, the Danube Delta is 3000km2 of reeds, channels, riparian woodlands and islands, a world of Pelicans, Cormorants, Herons and waders, as well as on-board meals, drinks and luxury. Take your pick – except, you get both.

Time of Year: April-June, August to September

Days: 10

Price: £1,795

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Red-footed Falcon


19. The Somerset Levels (UK)

The Somerset Levels in deep winter is a place of big skies and even bigger bird flocks. The most famous of these are the huge pre-roost assemblies of Starlings, numbering over half a million birds, which darken the sky over the local marshes each evening and, if the fancy takes, them, embark on extraordinary aerobatic manoeuvres in the crisp winter gloaming. Incredible though this sight is, the massive flocks of ducks and waders, especially at West Sedgemoor, are not far behind. As a bonus, The Levels have also become the long-legged bird capital of Britain, with Great Egret, Bittern and Common Crane all present in the area.

In spring, the marshes come alive with noisy warblers and abound with Marsh Harriers, Egrets, Ducks and Cuckoos.

Time of Year: December-February  (April-May)

Days: 3

Price: £325

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Eurasian Bittern


20. Spitsbergen – Realm of the Polar Bear (Norway)

It’s the moment when an Arctic cruise turns red-hot – the first sighting of a Polar Bear, the top predator of this stunningly beautiful, icy realm. You heard stories when you were a child, you’ve seen them on TV, but nothing prepares you for the spine-tingling thrill of seeing one in the wild. Yet the Polar Bear is only the tip of the iceberg on this cruise on our specially chartered vessel. Watching from deck and sometimes use Zodiacs for landing, we will explore the archipelago for Walrus, Arctic Fox, various seals and whales (even Blue Whale) plus a host of birds, such as Puffins, Grey Phalaropes and that ghost of the north, the Ivory Gull.

Time of Year: June-July

Days: 11

Price: £6,895

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Polar Bear


21. Wengen – Alpine Flowers of the Swiss Alps

Mountain flowers are one of the wonders of the world. Often growing in shallow soil in harsh environments, with a short growing season, they are the colourful, if ephemeral glory of the uplands. There are few more scenic locations in which to search the rich meadows, rocky outcrops, scree, snowmelt and forest edge than Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, with its magnificent backdrop of high mountains, including the peaks of the Eiger and the Jungfrau. Here blooms of all kinds abound, from frilly-skirted Snowbells to Lady’s Slippers, and from deep purple Alpine sainfoin to yellow Alpine Pasque-flower and the impossibly deep blue of gentians. It’s flowery heaven!

And if you love it, you can come back for more in July to look for butterflies.

Time of Year: June

Days: 8

Price: £1,995

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Naturetrek group botanising in Wengen


22. The Italian Dolomites

Flowers don’t normally assault you, but here in the Italian Dolomites, at the height of summer, they certainly overpower your senses. Their sheer exuberance, the riot of colour, the soaring settings in which they are found, all these things make a botanical holiday here an overwhelming experience. The stunning Dolomites are a picture all of their own, with their jagged peaks and crystalline surfaces that twinkle, benignly overlooking the plush valleys. It’s a place to gawp, to walk slowly, to enjoy the food and relish a kaleidoscope of plants, from lilies to snowbells and from orchids – botanical royalty – to the incomparable King-of-the-Alps.

Time of Year: June

Days: 8

Price: £1,595

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The Rosengarten


23. Brazil – Just Jaguars

Throughout much of its wide range the Jaguar stays in the shadows, shy and secretive, leaving nothing behind except signs and rumours. In the Pantanal of Brazil, however, a freak combination of perfect habitat, high population and abundant food means that this apex predator can be seen with some reliability. We visit the heart of South America’s largest wetland, staying on a floating hotel and taking boat trips into the best area for Jaguars on earth! Giant Otters are common here, too. Elsewhere on this tour we have a chance of seeing Giant Anteaters and Hyacinth Macaws, among other highlights.

Time of Year: June-November

Days: 12

Price: £4,495

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Jaguar


24. Ecuador and the Galapagos

Set astride the Equator in the Pacific Ocean, 900km from the coast of South America, the volcanic island archipelago of the Galapagos has been a cradle for evolution and, famously, a crucible for evolutionary thought. Isolated for millions of years, the islands have nurtured a ragtag assortment of unique animals and plants. On this memorable tour, we cruise around the islands on our own charter vessel, very much at our own pace, truly absorbing the atmosphere of the different islands, and seeing almost all the famous inhabitants such as Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Marine Iguanas, Giant Tortoises and the famous Finches and Mockingbirds that inspired Charles Darwin.

Time of Year: January-March, November-December

Days: 20

Price: £7,995

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Blue-footed Boobies


25. Chile's Pumas & Penguins

Big cats have an irresistible allure (re-affirmed by the number of people who travel with us to find them!). But no other cat quest anywhere takes place in scenery like this. The incomparable Torres del Paine National Park, with its tall mountains sticking up like the vertebrae of a huge carcass, clear-blue lakes and wide open expanses, is no less the best place in the world to see the near-mythical Puma (or Mountain Lion). Not far away, and every bit as charismatic in a different way, are some colonies of penguins, and we shall make an excursion to see the only mainland colony of King Penguins in the world, as well as an impressible gathering of 50,000 pairs of Magellanic Penguins.

Time of Year: February to April

Days: 11

Price: £4,895

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Puma (Tom Ambrose)


26. Antarctica, The Falklands, South Georgia – 2021 Solar Eclipse

This is a cruise to the end of the world and back, edging into the pristine wilderness of Antarctica, a realm of icebergs, jagged islands, snowy wastes and incomparably rich seas. While the southernmost continent is the aim, the true wealth in in the oceans, and much of our wildlife-watching is from the deck, with the constant company of exciting seabirds such as Albatrosses and petrels, and intermittent spouts of whales and pods of dolphins. From the Falkland Islands – or “Scotland-with-penguins” – to mountainous South Georgia and finally Antarctica itself, we will see icons such as Leopard Seals, Orcas, Humpback Whales and Snow Petrels, all framed in the stark white, grey, blue and black of this unforgettable landscape.

Time of Year: November and December

Days: 24

Price: £16,595

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Leopard Seal


27. Colombia – Birds & History

Colombia has more species of birds that any other country on earth, so you might say that it is isn’t a bad destination for a birder. But it also has a vibrant history and culture, and this tour offers a combination of both. We will go sightseeing in Bogota, while also exploring its gardens for wildlife. We will visit a coffee plantation one day, and a cloud forest on another. We will admire the town square of Jardin, but also visit a nearby Cock-of-the-Rock lek. We will visit the high-altitude paramo, and also a spectacular castle. Its an eclectic combination, and an unusual way to sample the world’s richest avifauna!

Time of Year: November and December

Days: 14

Price: £4,595

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Andean Cock-of-the-rock


28. Brazil – A Wildlife Cruise to the remote Pantanal National Park

For years, ecotourists have visited Brazil’s huge landlocked wetland, the Pantanal, usually exploring from the highway, the Transpantaneira, and associated dry land lodges. On this tour, we do something very different, taking a cruise, no less, into some of the most remote parts of this region, some 140km into the core Pantanal National Park. It is a vast network of channels and pools, many cloaked with enormous waterlilies, fringed by patches of woodland and forest, and all overlooked by imposing granite mountains. We will enjoy this remote region from the comfort of a houseboat. We should see the star of the Pantanal, the Jaguar, plus Giant Otters and a host of colourful birds.

Time of Year: August and September

Days: 11

Price: £5,995

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Pantanal National Park


29. Baja California and Sea of Cortez (Mexico)

What would be top of your list of whale and dolphin sightings? Perhaps it would be seeing a Blue Whale, no less than the largest animal in the world, with its huge spout, as high as a fountain? Perhaps it would be experiencing a “mega-pod” of hundreds of dolphins? Perhaps it would be meeting a great whale very close-up, eye to eye? On this cruise down the western coast of Baja California and into the cetacean-rich Sea of Cortez, all these experiences are possible – indeed, likely! We even have a chance of swimming with Whale Sharks, and snorkelling among the smaller, colourful fish in the rich, calm waters.

Time of Year: March-April

Days: 14

Price: £5,995

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Grey Whale


30. The Wolves of Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park to be established anywhere in the world, way back in 1872. It is an extraordinary landscape of mountains, waterfalls, lakes and geothermal hotspots, and remains one of the North America’s most popular tourist spots. In winter, though, the snow falls, the tourists are at home, and the land is left to the wildlife. Large animals such as Buffalo, Bighorn Sheep and Moose are easy to see, and birds such as Golden and Bald Eagles soar overhead. And now is also the best time to see one of Yellowstone’s iconic animals, the Grey Wolf, reintroduced into Yellowstone in the 1990’s after a 69 year absence. The Lamar Valley is one of the most reliable places in the world to see this elusive and wide-ranging mammal. There are several packs, and if we strike lucky, we will certainly enjoy them in the most spectacular of surroundings.

Time of Year: January

Days: 11

Price: £6,695

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Grey Wolf


31. Whales & Dolphins of Monterey Bay

The coast of California offers much more than beach bodies, sunshine, sand and surf. Just off the coast is a deep water trench, from which upwellings of nutrients provide an irresistible attraction for a superb variety of cetaceans. Late summer and early autumn are the best time to appreciate them, when Humpback Whales slap their long flippers on the surface, the mighty Blue Whale spouts as high as a building, and pods of menacing Orcas patrol for unsuspecting sealions. In this tour we have at least four boat trips into the bay, and will also enjoy some land watching mammals such as Sea Otters and Northern Elephant Seals. Needless to say, Californian hospitality, wine and comfort will be appreciated too.

Time of Year: August and September

Days: 9

Price: £3,595

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Humpback Whales


32. Costa Rica

A Costa Rica birding holiday is … a holiday. It is so easy to see a vast range of birds in this wonderfully biodiverse country that there is plenty of time for coffee breaks, good food, conviviality and comfort. What could be more delightful than sipping a beer and watching the comings and goings of a dozen species of hummingbirds at the lodge feeders, along with a wide range of other, invariably dazzling birds? The delight is multiplied by the country’s progressive approach to conservation and ecotourism. The many highlights include Resplendent Quetzal, various toucans, Scarlet Macaw, Sunbittern and Roseate Spoonbill.

Time of Year: January to April

Days: 16

Price: £4,295

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Resplendent Quetzal


33. Panama – Canopy Tower

It’s a big leap for a British birdwatcher to dip their feet into the huge well of Central and South American birds, where you can see as many species in a couple of days as you otherwise might expect in a year. And what are these birds with strange names, such as Antbirds, Manakins and Cotingas? There is arguably no better place to get a handle on the Neotropical avifauna than Panama’s Canopy Tower, where your Naturetrek leader and bird books are on hand to help in every eventuality! A former radar communications tower, it is just tall enough to allow a rooftop view over the rainforest canopy, and the wonders of a dawn here are too good to miss. The surrounding Soberania National Park offers superb extra birding on short excursions.

Time of Year: April and November

Days: 9

Price: £2,695

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The Canopy Tower


34. Alaska – America's Last Frontier

Wilderness is perhaps an overused word, but in Alaska, America’s largest state, it is the defining characteristic. Almost a country in itself, Alaska encompasses vast stretches of countryside, from taiga to rocky coastlines, where wildlife completely holds sway and people are almost absent. It is a magnificent unspoilt land where big predators still roam and are at the top of the food chain. There are Black and Grizzly Bears and Grey Wolves, while grazing animals include Caribou and Dall’s Sheep. The birdlife will take your breath away: flocks of seaducks include Common, King and Spectacled Eider, whilst the seabird cliffs host Tufted and Horned Puffins and masses of auklets, and the predators include Gyrfalcons and Snowy Owls. Even the summer wildflowers appear in bulk! This tour gives a 14-day flavour of this compelling place.

Time of Year: May and June

Days: 14

Price: £7,295

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Grizzly Bear


35. Spring Birding in New York City

New York City is undoubtedly one of the most famous cities in the world. Who hasn’t heard of its iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building? Its teeming streets provide the backdrop to any number of movies, so familiar that we think we’ve been there, even if we haven’t! What New York City is not famous for, but should be, is birding. Situated on the Atlantic flyway, and providing a remarkable range of habitats, from salt marshes and open salt water to woodland and scrub, the city is a magnificent birding area and, on a good spring day, you can notch up 100 species. In spring, many of these, including the stunning array of warblers, are in their spring finery, as chic as any human New Yorker. This tour combines great birding and time to be a “normal” tourist!

Time of Year: May

Days: 8

Price: £2,895

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Blackburnian Warbler (Peter Dunn)


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