10 Unforgettable Animal Encounters Around the World

Some of the most memorable encounters with animals in the world:


Our favorite tour:

Private Tour: Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary Day Tour from Kuala Lumpur

Visit the Elephant Conservation Farm at Kuala Gandah – only one and a half hour’s journey from Kuala Lumpur. Located in a beautiful tropical rainforest, the Elephant ‘Sanctuary’ in an ambitious elephant conservation program implemented and managed by the Malaysian Wildlife Society, where you come into close contact with semi-wild elephants. Truly an exciting and never-to-be forgotten experience!

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is an ambitious elephant conservation program implemented and managed by the Malaysian Wildlife Society. When you visit, you’ll come into close contact with semi-wild elephants and spend an exhilarating day with these unique creatures. You’ll take rides, feed them fruit and experience the thrill of bathing with the elephants at a nearby river all under the watchful eye and careful supervision of the elephant’s skilled trainers Read More…

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Orcas and Grizzlies: 5-Day Wildlife Tour to Alert Bay from Vancouver or Victoria

Experience the best of British Columbia’s expansive wilderness and wildlife on this small-group, five-day, four-night tour. You can begin in either Vancouver or Victoria, and you’ll have three full days of whale-watching, bear-viewing and exploring in Alert Bay, a picturesque town on Cormorant Island. No matter if you start in Vancouver or Victoria, you will return via plane to Vancouver. All transportation and accommodation arrangements are made for you, and you will have ample time for independent exploration.

On this five-day tour from either Vancouver or Victoria to Alert Bay, off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, you’ll explore British Columbia’s pristine waters and wilderness areas to see orcas (killer whales) and grizzlies in their natural habitats! Read More…

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5-Day Giant Panda Experience at Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base

Get up close and personal with China’s beloved national animal on this five-day unforgettable experience at the Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base in Sichuan. Work with professional park rangers to learn all that goes into taking care of these large but delicate animals. You will be provided the necessary training and instruction to care for the pandas, and you’ll stay in a comfortable guesthouse with three meals a day. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be an incredible highlight of your trip to China!

If you are an animal-lover, this is an absolute must-do! The Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base is a giant panda breeding facility where you will spend your five days. This experience will leave you with unforgettable memories and a unique perspective on giant pandas. Read More…

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Shark Diving Xtreme in Sydney

Come face-to-face with giant sharks, stingrays, turtles and much more on your dive with the sharks at Oceanworld Manly! Immerse yourself and enjoy the thrilling excitement of diving with some of the most feared and often misunderstood creatures of the deep blue sea. Suitable for those who have never dived before and/or certified divers.

Guaranteed perfect conditions every time. Great visibility within the 4 million litre Oceanarium.

Guaranteed to get up close and personal with 4 different species of sharks, 7 adult Grey Nurse sharks, 1 juvenile Grey Nurse shark (born at Oceanworld in 2001),4 different species of stingrays, giant turtles and a vast array of marine life.

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5. BIG 5

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3-Day Classic Kruger Breakaway Tour from Johannesburg

Kruger National Park is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, and more than twice the size of Yellowstone National Park. Kruger was established back in 1898, making it one of the oldest preserves in the world.

On this safari you will enjoy two open-vehicle game drives and a traditional African “Boma” under the stars (weather permitting). You’ll have the opportunity to spot the African “Big Five”: lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinoceros, as well as an abundance of other wildlife. Read More…

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Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Make the most of your time in port in Juneau by getting out into the Alaskan wilderness on a small-group whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing three-hour cruise in the waters surrounding Juneau. Then, visit the stunning Mendenhall Glacier for an unforgettable tour.

Sightings of all marine life are a joy, but you’ll gasp the loudest when you see humpback whales, which feed in the nutrient- rich Alaskan waters. When a whale is spotted, your captain will slow down to allow you to go outside on the viewing decks for excellent photo opportunities and an up- close experience. In addition, hydrophones may be lowered into the water to allow you to hear the whales communicate with each other. Read More…

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Swim with Dolphins Day Trip from Perth

Swim with wild dolphins in the sheltered bays and islands off Rockingham, only 40-minutes by road from Perth.This is a unique opportunity to interact with the dolphins in their natural environment. Over the course of 20 years, the crew has befriended over 200 local dolphins, and this familiarity makes for an incredible day interacting with these amazing, intelligent creatures. After your crew has located a pod, you’ll gear up with wetsuits, masks and snorkels (all equipment is included) and then dive into the fun, as you are quickly surrounded by excited whistles and splashes as the dolphins arrive to play.

While many resorts provide opportunities to swim with dolphins, the crew’s rapport with these precocious marine mammals has created one of the best swim-with-dolphins excursions in Australia. Better still, Rockingham is a brief, 40-minute drive from Perth, making it an easy day trip. Read More…

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Our favorite tour:

Swim with Manatees at Crystal River plus Everglades Airboat Adventure

Swim with the gentle giants of the Everglades, Florida’s manatees, then take an exhilarating airboat adventure on the Homosassa River! You’ll enjoy a day out on the water getting to know Florida’s local wildlife.

Your day starts in Orlando with an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Then it’s off to join a team of manatee experts for a narrated boat cruise on the picturesque Crystal River, home to one of the world’s largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. This large, harmless aquatic mammal (sometimes called a “sea cow”) is under threat due to loss of habitat. Read More…

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Our favorite tour:

Phillip Island: Penguins, Koalas and Kangaroos Day Tour from Melbourne

Get up close to Australia’s famous wildlife on a day trip to Phillip Island. You’ll see the little penguins, koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and seals on this full day tour from Melbourne. Your Phillip Island excursion includes a visit to Warrook Cattle Farm, the Koala Conservation Center and the famous Penguin Parade. You also have the option of enhancing your Penguin Parade experience with a choice of three viewing vantage points.
The little penguins provide a wonderful spectacle as they break free of the surf and waddle home across the sand at dusk at Phillip Island. Phillip Island is home to an astounding array of wildlife, including koalas, Australia’s largest fur seal colony and, of course, the little penguins. Read More…

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Our favorite tour:

Sandakan Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center Full-Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

A visit to the see the orphaned or abandoned Orangutans at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center, in the Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo, will melt the hearts of the hardiest traveler. Watch as these cute Orangutans are taught the survival skills, by the dedicated team at Sepilok, that they need in order to return to natural habitat – the jungles of Borneo.

The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, located near the town of Sandakan, is one of the best places on earth to see the famous wild man of Borneo in its natural habitat. Here at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center, the largest and oldest of its kind on earth, a dedicated team of professionals work tirelessly to assist orphaned, abandoned or abused Orang tans to learn the survival skills they need to return to their natural habitat – the teeming jungles of Borneo. Read More…

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