There is something about a wildlife encounter that is truly engaging for travellers, whether its birding out in wetlands, watching bears from a hide, swimming with manatees, feeding baby Pandas, having breakfasts with orang-utans or spotting big game while on safari.
When talking about wildlife touring most people automatically think of Africa – and it is a reasonable jump – but there is all sorts of wildlife sightseeing out there available to the traveller looking to enhance their journey. As you can see from the above map there are locales all round the world that offer fantastic and unique wildlife encounters.
Lets just take a look at one region to start with .. the Middle East, one of the few places people think of travelling for Wildlife Sightseeing. From Persia through to Morocco there are some fantastic Wildlife sightseeing and visitations able to be done in this region and here are a few examples..
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. These five countries form the region today knows as Central Asia, states formerly of the USSR they are often referred to as the Central Asian Republics and have a strong mixture of Soviet, Persian, Muslim, Turkic, Mongol and Chinese influences on everything from day to day lives, historical architecture, dance and the culture of the varying peoples of the region. A cultural melting-pot from the days when the Silk Road was a major thoroughfare the Central Asian Republics are a blend of styles, and histories rarely seen elsewhere, in a landscape that ranges from desert and steppes to pristine lakes and glorious mountainscapes.
While each of the countries that compose the Central Asian Republics is well worth visiting in depth, the truth is that most of us will only get one chance to visit the region, and would like to see as much of its highlights as possible in the usual holiday span – generally two to three weeks. With that in mind we have developed a programme that takes in the Major highlights of the region crossing three of the five Central Asian Republics and covering sights of Cultural, Historic and Natural interest.
We have a fantastic tour on offer departing from Kolkata (Calcutta) on the 9th April 2016, in fact its close to unique. We have chartered one of the vessels that have started to appear on the Indian waterways and with is we are going to combine two of the most incredible travel experiences that one can encounter – cruising and safaris.
Starting in Kolkata our Cruise-Safari takes in some time in Kolkata before flying up to Jorhat in Assam where we start our cruise which carries us down the mighty Brahmaputra to Guwahati, enroute visiting some of the most incredible parks in India including Kaziranga National Park and the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, before we return to Kolkata where the tour ends, or you can elect to fly on down to Delhi and participate in our classic “Golden Triangle” Tour as an extension.
The National Parks we will visit give us the opportunity to encounter over a hundred forms of mammal, reptile and bird life, from Rhinos, Tigers, Leopard, Elephant, Dhole, Gaur to smaller mammals and birds like Eagles, Pangolin, Civets, Fishing Cats, and Hornbills .. not to mention the only ape found in india the Hoolock Gibbon. An incredible array of wildlife matched only by the savannahs and jungles of Africa, but with the positive note that we won’tbe travelling between hotels as we journey from park to park, our accommodation itself will take us between parks, accommodation which in itself is a wildlife viewing haven allowing us to witness the rivers bird life, historical sights and even possibly the rare Ganges River Dolphin.
So if combining some of the worlds best wildlife with a rustic river cruise sounds like the perfect escape for you read on, and if you want, contact us for more information or to book your place aboard!
Nguyen Hue Tet Flower Street during a previous Lunar New Year
While there is still time for the traveller to visit Vietnam for TET in 2015, if you want to experience Vietnamese New Year Celebrations without paying an arm and a leg for flights (let along land accommodation and touring) then now is the time to begin preparing for visiting Vietnam for TET in 2016.
In Vietnam, TET, or Vietnamese New Year, is celebrated in February, and lasts longer than the single night that many countries celebrate “New Years” on, during which time families gather, cities celebrate, floral displays become prominent and the continuance of life is celebrated across the country.
While this isn’t a solid event like the Edinburgh Tattoo or the Dawn Services at Gallipoli where one can travel see a specific timed event and move on, it is an event that can be experience, through encountering the cities and towns at this specific time, and seeing the public celebrations, as well as spending time with local families and seeing what this event means to the Vietnamese. To help the traveller do this we have developed a tour, specifically for this occasion.
Staring from Saigon, the most dynamic city in Vietnam, you will explore its historical attractions and colorful outdoor markets then visit the Cu Chi Tunnels – a famous place in the Vietnam-American – as a way to ambush approaching US troops, move supplies, deliver information and even as living quarters. After an overnight in the Mekong Delta cruising the narrow canals and join in the floating market you will continue your trip to the Central Vietnam Road of Heritages visiting Hue Citadel, Hoi An Ancient town. In the North Vietnam you will have more chance to learn of the Vietnamese culture at Hanoi before enjoying a marvelous stay overnight on a traditional junk in the Halong Bay. For full details read on …
As part of our partner office – African Wildlife Adventures – Dennis and Di have been running a series of programmes to help people encounter Africa, having covered South Africa, Nairobi, Uganda and more within the last twelve months. Dennis and Di are off on another trip again this coming April and have two spaces left on their journey through Tanzania and Kenya.
So of you are interested in joining a tour led by Africa Experts through some of the most incredible sights and places in East Africa including the Masai Mara, the Serengeti, Amboseli and more, then read on!
Every year there are dozens of events and festivals across the globe that are worth visiting, one of those that stands out as an event that is worth the time and discomfort to see are the European Christmas Markets.
Each year the markets are flooded with visitors who enjoy traditional mulled wines and drinks, unique foods usually only produced during the festive season, each browsing the stalls for unique Christmas gifts, decorations and items.
For those brave enough to venture out into the cold the chance to see the old cobbled streets and towns of Germany and surrounds this truly is an exceptional time of year to visit central Europe. As things go we have a special departure upcoming in December 2015 for those willing to join us in experiencing this incredible time of year.
When people consider going on Safari most consider heading to Africa – whether its Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia or otherwise. Very few people though stop to think that there are alternatives out there for Safari, or Wildlife Sightseeing. You can head to a lodge in Alaska, seek out Polar Bears or Grizzlies, you can take to the Outback in Australia and look for the larger marsupials. visit the Amazon Jungle and discover the land of the jaguar.
On the other hand, there is a country with a number of fantastic Wildlife preserves with the sort of wildlife that drives one to africa .. big game, in this case Lion, Rhinos, Elephants, Leopard and in this case Tigers rounding out the “Big 5”.
Yes, I am talking about India. The Dhole replace the Wild Dogs as the major canine hunters, the Zebra and Wildebeest of the Plains are replaced by the Sambuh and other deers of the Woodlands, the Gaur takes the place ofthe Water Buffalo and you find yourself sightseeing as often by Elephant back as you do by Jeep.
With dozens of parks, hundreds of species of wildlife and thousands of species of flora, one can spend weeks visiting the parks of India. or you can choose to spend your time focused on a few parks, or a specific species .. such as the Magnificent Bengal Tiger is on the following itinerary ..