Spotting animals in the wild can be a life-changing experience. The impact is all the more profound when you have your son standing on one side clutching your hands and your wife gripping your arm on the other, as you catch sight of your first tiger in the jungles of India or the big 5 in Africa.
As the feeling of the highly surcharged moment gradually sinks, you thank your lucky stars that your family was at hand to witness a wildlife moment that will stay with them for time immemorial.
A wildlife safari takes you to remote areas in distant lands over miles of bumpy roads and through many a village and farming community before you arrive at your destination. It is only then you get to witness these wonders of nature in their natural habitat.
Spectacular as it may seem, having your loved ones around you to share the experience makes it all the more special. So whether you are an avid Bear Grylls fan or just get vowed by the birds and butterflies, here are some compelling reasons to book your next family holiday to encounter the wilds of the world.
Spot the tiger while it is still around
With fewer than 3000 individuals left in the wild, the tiger is one of the most endangered of all the big cats of the world. Since our young generation holds the key to future conservation, it is vital to get them up close to this magnificent animal while they still roam freely, something which may not be possible once they grow to adulthood.
Spotting a tiger in the jungles of India can give an exciting and hair-raising feeling, but seeing them with your children by your side is something words can’t describe.
A tiger safari in central India with the family, spread over a couple of weeks, with three national parks and numerous morning and evening game drives thrown for good measure, provide an abundant opportunity to see this deadly but very endearing predator.
The tour should be so designed so as to increase the chances of success and maintain safety standards at the same time. The tiger flush reserves of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, and Pench together make for an ideal itinerary to keep the adrenaline pumping for you and the kids over the course of the fourteen-day trip.
Botswana family adventure
A trip to Botswana with the family will throw up immense opportunities to see some of the legendary highlights of Africa at close quarters. Choose Naturetrek wildlife holidays for the best experience in the bush.
From child-friendly lodges, canoe rides, bush walks and an unforgettable view of the Victoria Falls, there are plenty of activities to keep the children occupied and content. Some of the different wildlife species likely to be encountered on this safari will most probably include elephants, lions, hippos, wildebeest, meerkats among others.
Needless to say, the kids will enjoy their stay in the family-oriented accommodation all along the route which will consist mainly of lodges and tented camps under bright starlit skies. The special places to visit are the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Chobe National Park, and Moremi Game Reserve. Watching the game from a ride by a canoe as you ride the winding waterways of the Okavango Delta will delight the young ones to no end.
Take the kids to Costa Rica
Costa Rica has some of the best family infrastructures, in a not too punishing environment and extremely less commercialized. It is absolutely perfect for families who wish to have an experience of the jungle and see wildlife without a feeling of being distant or remote. This Central American holiday will have the children peering in anticipation through the undergrowth of the forests and swamps to spot the noisy howler monkeys or other animal species.
Some of the highlights of this immensely exciting holiday will include a trip to Tortuguero National Park to see green turtles. An incredible 450+ bird species, exotic animals like monkeys and sloths can all be found in the canopies of the Savegre Cloud Forest and Monteverdi. An overnight stay in a rainforest lodge in the iconic Piedras Blancas National Park is a thrilling experience.
For nature lovers traveling with kids, the Osa Peninsula is an awesome place for adventure. A Costa Rica wildlife holiday with your family will provide the ideal introduction to a spectacular natural world of Central America.
Go exploring in Borneo
An exciting holiday awaits the family on a trip to Borneo. Home to the oldest rainforest on earth, the place is simply brimming with wildlife surprises and unique activities. Children will be awestruck to get really close to big endemic orangutans at the Conservation Center. Other treats included are the proboscis monkeys and the large crocodiles which can be seen basking on the banks of the Kinabatangan river.
A trip to Sabah and Sepilok and further down towards the Kinabatangan river is highly recommended. The accommodation is family-friendly, no long walks are involved and the kids will love rowing up and down the river to spot the diverse flora and fauna.
Go to the Galapagos
We have all heard about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution from the text and reference books at some time or the other in our life and have been overawed by it. So imagine heading to the distant islands in Ecuador, where this theory was developed, and experiencing the real thing with the family. Needless to say, not only will the trip be educational but extremely overwhelming as well.
The kids will simply relish the thought of going from island to island and exploring all the different ecosystems encountered on the way. It is difficult to imagine an experience that can be more rewarding for the children as they hike, kayak and snorkel on the various islands. The opportunity to show the kids the different species of animal life like the Galapagos tortoise, marine iguanas, and sea lions will create a lifetime of rich memories.
Traveling in the quest for adventure opens up the eyes, mind, and heart towards the wonders of nature. Doing the same with the family is great not only for education but creating strong bonds as well. Encouraging your children to get out of their comfort zone and exploring new places and things, will undoubtedly help prepare them for a more vibrant and healthier adulthood.
Regardless of which holiday you opt for, the bond created by parents and children when they travel together gets very strong. Seeing nature first hand will ultimately inspire people of all ages to protect this piece of paradise which we all love to travel to.