Our planet encompasses so much more than just the civilization we see on a daily basis. Beautiful ecosystems can be found in the wild, a whole different world where majestic creatures roam undisturbed bliss. From the wildlife of the Galapagos (which inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution), to drinking in the savannahs of Namibia (2019’s trending destination), Travel Jaunts promises to show you natural worlds different from your own.
10 Best Wildlife Safari Tours
Spotting Jaguars and Anacondas in Brazil
A celebrated UNESCO world heritage site, the Pantanal is also the world’s largest wetland, spanning almost the entirety of Brazil, as well as portions of Paraguay and Bolivia. The Pantanal is teeming with the highest concentration of wildlife in South America, including colorful birds such as the jabiru stork, as well as red and blue macaws soaring over the skies. A highlight of any trip to the Pantanal would be spotting jaguars and anacondas, as well as other animals such as the capybara. Aside from the delights of the landscape, the Pantanal is also home to adventure activities of all kinds. Take a boat in one of the marshes to go piranha fishing, get in a kayak to row your way down the lakes, or saddle your horse for a gallop over the wetlands in this delightful Brazil tour package from India.
Best Time to visit Pantanal – From July to October, rainfall is at its lowest, and clusters of animals come out and gather near the watering holes.
Where to Stay in Pantanal – You can stay in Porto Jofre, a section of the Northern Pantanal, which is the best place to spot jaguars in the dry seasons. There are several eco lodges and hotels scattered across Pantanal, where you can stay overnight to see the animals in their natural habitat, up close.
How to go to Pantanal – You can fly into Cuiaba Airport, which has direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. From Cuiaba, the Pantanal is a drive of around 1.5 hours away.
Indian Wildlife Safari
Maharashtra’s largest national park, Tadoba is a network of grasslands, cliffs and caves, with plenty of animals having made their home here. A great place to spot tigers, it is also home to exotic mammals like the sloth, the barking deer and the honey badger. Make your Tadoba safari booking with Travel Jaunts to ride to the middle of nature.
Umrad Pauni Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary is connected to Tadoba through the forests alongside Wainganga river, and is not just a home for resident breeding tigers, but also exotic wildlife such as wild dogs, honey badgers, Gaur, flying squirrels and the pangolin. A highlight of Umrad will be spotting the famous migrant tiger from Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, called “Jay”, and the chance to take some gorgeous pictures of wildlife.
Best time to go to Tadoba and Umrad – Each season brings a new benefit to visit – the monsoons bring lush green jungles, the winter pleasant climate, and summer the best chance to spot tigers. From March to June, the climate is moderate in Umred, and the rainfall is less.
Where to stay in Tadoba – Tadoba is full of excellent hotels, homestays, many of them themed after the key animal, the tiger. In Umred, you can stay in hotels and homestays close to Pench National Park.
How to go to Tadoba – 140 kms away, getting to Tadoba from Nagpur Airport is the best option, with direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. The nearest railway station is Chandrapur, 45 kms away, from where you can easily get a taxi to the reserve, and where direct trains to major cities are available. From Tadoba, Umred is around 99 kms away, which can be undertaken by car. After completing the safari, you can depart from Nagpur Airport as well.
At the Galapagos Islands, naturalists have spent time observing animals for nearly two centuries. Galapagos was where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution. Seeing the Galapagos Islands by hopping aboard a boat will help you experience the thrilling wildlife, as well as see multiple locations and perhaps even get the chance to snorkel with the wildlife in the bright blue seas. The star of the show here is the Galapagos tortoise, which has made its home on seven of the islands. Unusual animals such as the marine iguana, lava lizards, 27 species of birds only found in the Galapagos, whales, dolphins and the Santiago Galapagos mouse can also be spotted here.
Best Time to visit Galapagos – In the warm and wet season between December and June, the seas are warm and calm, and underwater visibility is increased. It is also perfect weather for sailing around the islands and relaxing on the beaches.
Where to Stay in Galapagos – The Galapagos is an archipelago of several islands, but four of them are perfect for vacation stay – Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Floreana and Isabela. Out of the islands, you can stay in San Cristobal, which is perfect for first-time visitors as an island welcome, with there being a sea lion colony in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In the same town, there are several hotels and homestays for you to stay in.
In Quito, you can stay in the Old Town, where you can enjoy the gorgeous architecture, markets, and stay close to the tourist attractions.
How to go to the Galapagos – You can fly into Quito, which has direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. From Quito, you can take another flight to the Galapagos Islands. You can depart from Quito Airport as well after completing your stay.
In the wilds of Botswana, you’ll find the wonders that drew adventurers to the African continent over a century ago. Vast elephant herds still roam the acacia-studded savanna. Hippos and crocodiles crowd the Chobe River’s marshy channels. Antelope, giraffe, buffalo and zebra thrive in the Okavango Delta wetlands and at watering holes that sustain life on the dry plains. Lions laze beneath mopane trees while leopards sprawl in branches above, icons of genuine wilderness that is vanishing all too quickly. Intimate tented safari camps are reminiscent of a nostalgic era in the African bush, yet replete with modern-day luxuries that ensure your comfort even in some of the planet’s most remote wild places. If you’re searching for the classic romance of Africa, it’s still here in secluded Botswana—and it’s ripe to exceed every wildlife photographer’s wildest dreams!
Best Time to visit Botswana – From May to September, in the dry season, the temperature is more moderate and is perfect for spotting wildlife.
Where to Stay in Botswana – In Toka Leya, you can stay in hotels, homestays or campsites close to the national park. In your visits to wildlife sanctuaries such as Chobe National Park and Linyati Private Reserve, you can stay in campsites and hotels close to the areas where wildlife congregate the most.
How to go to the Botswana – You can fly into Livingstone in Zambia, which has direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. You can depart from Livingstone Airport as well after completing your stay.
Gorillas and Chimps in Uganda
From tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to gazing at majestic lions on the savannah, this suggested itinerary showcases Uganda’s stunning landscapes together with some of its incredible wildlife. The trip begins in the mists of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of mountain gorillas – one of the rarest animals on Earth and an icon of Uganda. The gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This country is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to see chimpanzees alongside lion, elephant and buffalo. After experiencing some of Uganda’s top wildlife locations by safari vehicle, by boat and on foot, this captivating itinerary ends with a thrilling stopover at the Equator.
Best Time to visit Uganda – The best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National park and Queen Elizabeth National Park is during the dry season from December to late February and from June to September, as the animals congregate around water bodies making them easier to observe.
Where to Stay in Uganda – While visiting the wildlife sanctuaries like Murchison, Bwindi, Mburo, Kibale and Queen Elizabeth, you can stay in resorts and forest lodges in the sanctuaries itself.
How to go to the Uganda – You can fly into Entebbe International Airport in Uganda, which has direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. You can depart from Entebbe International Airport as well after completing your stay.
Kangaroo Island, 13 kilometres (8 miles) off the coast of South Australia and 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide, is brimming with native animals, some of which aren’t found anywhere else. It is also home to an established artisanal food scene, and one of the world’s best hotels. More than one third of the island is protected by conservation areas and national parks, while lush farmland and small towns make up much of the rest. The island, known to the locals as “KI”is divided into seven regions, with four major towns: Kingscote (the island’s relaxed capital), Penneshaw (where daily ferries disembark), American River, and Parndana. Most major areas are connected by sealed tarmac roads, and there are gravel roads elsewhere.
Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site found half way up the West Australian coastline. The crystalline water harbours the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260-kilometre (162-mile) long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the elusive whale shark. Nowhere on Earth do these majestic creatures reliably congregate in such large numbers as here, at Ningaloo Reef.
Best Time to visit Kangaroo Island and Ningaloo Reef –In Kalbarri, you can stay at the National Park, to see the natural sights of the park.
Where to Stay in Kangaroo Island and Ningaloo Reef – While visiting Kangaroo Island, you can stay overnight in a beach shack, tent, caravan or lighthouse cottage close to the surf, to take advantage of the lush beaches. In Ningaloo Reef, you can stay in the nearby city of Exmouth, or in Coral Bay (around 50 kms away from the reef).
How to get to Kangaroo Island and Ningaloo Reef – You can fly into Kingscote, which has direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. You can depart from Exmouth International Airport after completing your stay.
South African Safari
Untamed wilderness, white sand beaches, breathtaking landscapes South Africa is all that you imagined and more. Cage diving with great white sharks, whale watch from a glass bottomed boat, encounter penguins on a beach, scale the savannah for the most coveted Big Five, and have a gourmet meal in one of the best vineyards in the world. Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, is home to majestic creatures such as lions, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes, as well as several unusual species of birds. Visit South africa for the safari of your dreams with Travel Jaunts.
Best Time to visit South Africa – The best time to visit South Africa’s parks is from May to September. This is the dry season and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. As this is winter, mornings and nights are cold. May and September are wonderful because it is less cold and, especially in September, the wildlife viewing is excellent.
Where to Stay in South Africa – While visiting the wildlife sanctuaries like Kruger National Park, you can stay in resorts and forest lodges in the sanctuaries itself. In Johannesburg, you can stay in the vibrant neighbourhood of Rosebank, which is where the city’s main tourist spots are located, as well as easily accessible to the airport.
How to get to South Africa – You can fly into Cape Town, which has direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. You can depart from Johannesburg Airport after completing your stay.
Namibia Wildlife Safari
The Namib desert is the world’s oldest desert, having existed for 43 million years. It stretches for 2000 km and encompasses Namibia, South Africa and Angola. Namibia is also home to Swakopmund, a coastal town where you can take a boat trip to see the soaring pelicans over Pelican Point. Damaraland, one of the most panoramic areas of Namibia, is a colored rock formation and extensive flat-top mountains and vegetation, including the valleys of Huab and Aba Huab, where you can spot several animals. Etosha National Park, in northwest Namibia, sprawls over 20000 kms, has several water holes where animals congregate, and you can watch them in their natural environment like lions, elephants and springboks.
Best Time to visit Namibia – From July to October, as the temperature drops to 20 degrees celsius, and the chance of rainfall is much less. This is also the best time to catch the native wildlife of Namibia.
Where to Stay in Namibia – Throughout Etosha National Park, there are camps and lodges pitched for tourists to stay amidst the animals, such as the Dolomite Camp or the Okaukuejo Camp. In Damaraland, you can spend your night in a wilderness camp, in the middle of the vegetation, for a night under the stars and winds.
How to get to Namibia – Windhoek Airport in Namibia is the perfect arrival point for the tour, as it is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. After completing the tour, you can depart from Windhoek Airport in Namibia as well, which is well connected to major cities in India.
Serengeti and Ngorongoro
With the snow capped Kilimanjaro towering vast plains of the savannah, verdant forests, endless grasslands and pristine lakes, Tanzania’s landscapes are as diverse as its wildlife. Ancient landscapes playing host to an array of animals including the Big Five and several endangered native species define wildlife experiences in Tanzania, where a safari is not just about checking species off your list, but is a completely astounding immersive experience. With almost one third of the country being protected as a national park, game reserves, marine park, or forest reserve, ranging from sea habitats to towering peaks, wildlife viewing in Tanzania offers diverse experiences when it comes to wildlife viewing. Come every winter the vast plains of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania bears witness to what has come to be known as the ‘greatest spectacle on Earth’ – The Great Migration.
Best Time to visit Serengeti and Ngorongoro – From January to February, and June to September, Serengeti National Park is perfect for your visit.
Where to Stay in Serengeti and Ngorongoro – While visiting the wildlife sanctuaries like Serengeti National Park, you can stay in forest lodges and camps which are located throughout the reserve. You can choose the lodge or camp based on your preferences, although proximity to the wildebeest migration would be an important factor.
How to plan your Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari – You can fly into Arusha Airport in Tanzania, which has direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. You can depart from Arusha as well, after completing your stay.
Migration Safari in Kenya
Kenya’s truly diverse, grand and iconic landscapes support an extraordinarily wide range of abundant wildlife, from the well known Big Five to a variety of lesser known species. One of its biggest spectacles is the Great Migration of the wildebeest in Maasai Mara National Park, once the herd has come over from the Serengeti Reserve in Tanzania – a truly majestic spectacle. Maasai Mara is home to an extraordinarily diverse wildlife population, including lions, bat-eared foxes, topi and zebras, which you can observe by spending a night under the stars observing wildlife. You will also get the opportunity to be greeted by over 350 varieties of birds in Amboseli National Park, as well as interact with elephants, the major inhabitants of the park. Get the chance to follow “the big five” of wildlife (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and cape buffalo) throughout Kenya with Travel Jaunts’ Kenya wildlife safaris.
Best Time to visit Kenya for the wildlife Safari – The dry season from June to October is the best time to see the wildlife in Kenya, when the migration of wildebeest has reached Maasai Mara.
Where to Stay in Kenya for the Wildlife Safari – While visiting the wildlife sanctuaries like Maasai Mara National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and Amboseli National Park, there are plenty of forest lodges, camps and hotels for you to stay overnight, in the midst of nature and located in close proximity to the areas where wildlife gather. A night in the middle of nature under the stars is highly recommended to enjoy the full experience.
How to plan the Kenya Wildlife Safari – You can fly into Nairobi Airport, which has direct flights from Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. You can depart from Nairobi Airport as well.