Safaris aren’t just for the African bush. We’ve rounded up some of our top safaris around the world to inspire your next Ker & Downey journey.
A Jaguar Safari in the Pantanal
July through September is jaguar spotting season in Brazil’s Pantanal. The Pantanal wetlands in Western Brazil have been described as ‘the Okavango Delta on Steroids’ because of its astounding birdlife. It has recently become a mecca for wildlife enthusiasts, thanks to the Onçafari Project – a pioneer venture in partnership with Caiman Lodge to study the behavior of the elusive and incredible jaguar. With radio collars and careful monitoring, now over 80% of guests at the Lodge get to see the largest mammal of the Americas up close. Ker & Downey has a very strong relationship with both the Lodge and the Project, allowing us to tailor itineraries in the region according to the objectives of each client. From fun photographic safaris to in-depth participation together with the project team to monitor the animals, this is an ideal experience for those who love the wilderness. Click to explore the Wildlife of Brazil on our inspiring safari itinerary.
An Arctic Safari in Norway
One of the best times to travel to the Arctic Circle is in the first half of the year, during the months of February, March, April, and May: this is when it really feels like the Arctic. From the Lofoten Islands to the Svalbard Islands, the region’s endless vistas and icy magic are at their most heightened during this time. We recommend exploring the national parks and nature reserves of the region with a private guide in search of the area’s many land and marine animals. Look for long haired reindeer, foxes, seals, walrus colonies, and more than 2,500 polar bears who make their appearance around this time.
A Tiger Safari in India
Thanks to conservation practices, tigers are getting easier to spot in the wild. There are several places in India that make excellent choices for a tiger safari. From March to June, you should travel to Kanha to look for tigers, among other wildlife like swamp deer, mongoose, and leopards. If you want to travel to Ranthambore National Park, make plans to do so in May. But the country’s highest population of tigers reside in Bandhavgarh, along with leopards, nilgai, hog deer, and wild boar. The best time for a tiger safari in Bandhavgarh is April through June.
A Family Safari in South Africa
A family safari in South Africa is a great option for a family vacation. There’s something for everyone from the oldest to the youngest traveler. If the children aren’t old enough to head out on a game drive with the rest of the family, they can stay back at camp with a chaperone who leads them in children-specific activities like ecology walks and cooking classes. Click here to see one of our favorite South Africa Family Safaris: it features Big Five game drives, polo lessons, whale watching, and horseback riding.
A Galapagos Safari
The Galapagos Islands have long been enchanting the minds and imaginations of scientists, adventurers, and nature lovers. Largely famous for the Galápagos tortoises and the land and marine iguanas, the islands are also home to many notable species like the Galápagos penguin, frigatebird, Galápagos sea lion, blue-footed booby, a number of finches, the flightless cormorant and the Galápagos hawk. A land-based safari from the Galapagos Safari Camp affords you the opportunity to explore the neighboring islands of North Seymour, Bartolomé, Plazas, Santa Fé, Floreana and Isabela with a naturalist guide during the day, while spending the night in an African-style luxury tented camp in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
A Walking Safari in Scotland
While Scotland may not be a country you would immediately consider for a walking safari, it’s a country that has some incredibly scenic landscapes in the Highlands and islands best accessed by foot. From the Isle of Skye, you can hike around the Black Cuillin mountains and Loch Coruisk and spy on marine wildlife on Loch Scavaig. And for some of the most scenic hiking in the British Isles, head to Glen Nevis where you’ll find the gorgeous Steall Falls. Take a peek at our favorite outdoor adventures in Scotland to learn more.
A Walking and Canoe Safari in Botswana
Explore Botswana as the first African explorers did: in mokoros and on foot. This Botswana walking safari combines three days of walking in the Okavango Delta with four days on a canoe trail on the Selinda Spillway (depending on water levels). Each day offers something different and a chance to uncover the bush’s many surprises.
An Amazon Safari in Peru
During the Amazon’s wet season, you can explore the Amazon River and deep into the rainforest via a skiff. From there, you’ll have an excellent vantage point of sloths high above, squirrel monkeys swinging from branches, and the amazing birdlife that can be found in the rainforest. The best part about an Amazon safari is the naturalist guides though – their passion for nature and the Amazon’s wildlife is infectious. They can locate any bird by their song, know where to find caimans in the dark, can smell monkeys from a distance, and call pink dolphins closer to the skiff. If you need more convincing to take an Amazon safari, be sure to read Amy’s blog about her time aboard the Amazon Aria.
A Winter Safari in India
Hemis National Park is believed to have the highest density of snow leopards of any protected area in the world. The high altitude park lies in the eastern Ladakh region and is famous for being the best place to spot snow leopards in the wild. For your best chance at spotting them, head there in the winter. In the cooler months, leopards come down from higher altitude following their food making the elusive creature easier to spot. Other wildlife to keep an eye out for include the Tibetan argali sheep, ibex, urial, wild mountain goat, blue sheep, chukhar, snowcocks, and golden eagles.
A Honeymoon Safari in South Africa
Is there a better way to celebrate your new marriage than with a honeymoon safari in South Africa and Mauritius? It pairs a stay at the incredible Singita Lebombo Lodge for Big Five game drives with a few days spent relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Oberoi Mauritius.
To make one of these top safaris around the world your next Ker & Downey journey, contact your Luxury Travel Consultant.