There are two types of people in the world – animal lovers and the cold hearted.
Most of us feel something for at least the cutest or most interesting of animals – even if as a species we’re carnivorous there are still some animals we’d rather pet or watch than eat. Dolphins, whales, sea turtles, panda bears, polar bears, penguins, giraffes, orang-utans, lions and tigers and bears - we all have our favourites and there are environmentally friendly ways to meet them all.
Modern safaris involve more shooting with film and less shooting with bullets, but the idea of getting out amongst nature on foot, horseback or in a 4x4 has the same adventurous overtones as always. Whale Watching will take you to sea scanning the horizon like an explorer, or for the more meditative animal lover, birdwatching is something you can do close to home.
Getting closer to nature is a lot of people’s idea of the perfect break, and you can’t get much more natural than seeing wildlife in its own habitat. Be it feathers, fur or fins you fancy, the best way to get up close is with the help of a guide, someone who knows where your quarry hangs out and how to get as close as possible without scaring them off. Even if you don’t come back with a National Geographic Award winning photo, there are few experiences to match a wildlife holiday.