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Adventure Life's authentic wildlife and safari adventures whisk you away to the heart of jungles, plains, mountains, and environments teeming with wild animals. On an open-air 4x4 game drive safari tour through Africa's grasslands, seek the Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo. Or trek Antarctica's glaciers in search of penguins, fur seals, and whales. South and Central American rainforests, particularly the Galapagos IslandsCosta Rica, and the Amazon Jungle, are home to the majority of the world's unique species. Hike across Alaska's millions of acres of wildlife reserves and national parks in search of grizzly and black bears, or dive in the South Pacific's warm waters among beautiful reefs and marine life. Enjoy the best wildlife experiences in the world while staying on one of our cruise ships, safari hotels, lodges, or camps. Plan your ideal safari tour today!

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Top 10 Animals Found in Africa

A safari in Africa isn't complete without wildlife. Predators and Prey are the two types of wildlife you may encounter in Africa. On hour-long game drives through the savanna and highlands, you may see:
  • Lions
  • Cheetahs
  • Buffalo
  • Rhinoceros
  • Leopards
  • Giraffes
  • Elephants
  • Gorillas
  • Hyenas 
  • Kudu
  • Tsessebe
  • Wildebeests 
Top Safari Regions and National Parks in Africa: Top Safari Adventure Destinations

A safari journey takes you away from the bustling urban African cities and into a wild world of predator-prey games. Here are some of the best places to go on a safari.

African Safari Travel Videos

Top 10 Polar Arctic & Antarctica Wildlife Tours for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Spitsbergen Photography: In Search of Polar Bears$1149514May 18, 2023This two-week Arctic cruise aboard the brand new expedition vessel Ultramarine, equipped with 20 quick-launching Zodiacs, luxurious onboard amenities …
Antarctic Explorer - Sail/Fly Expedition$1529511Jan 18, 2023Enjoy 11 days aboard the Sylvia Earle and explore the vast white continent of Antarctica. Get a chance to spot seals and penguins on their natural …
Norway's Fjords and Arctic Svalbard$2096016May 29, 2023Cruise across Norway's fjords and Arctic Svalbard on a 16-day expedition aboard the National Geographic Resolution, and explore the wilderness, …
Antarctic Small Ship Expedition$649510Mar 1, 2023Leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, this 10-day small ship expedition cruise of Antarctica is an excellent value and takes you through the Beagle …
North Spitsbergen, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice$40008Jun 14, 2023Start your North Spitsbergen cruise with a trek around historic Longyearbyen, then join our expedition to the north of the island to take in the …
South Georgia & Antarctic Odyssey$2409521Dec 19, 2022This 21-day roundtrip Ushuaia voyage aboard Sylvia Earle encompasses the best of the Antarctic Peninsula and the enchanting wildlife haven of South …
Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent$1678012Nov 29, 2022This 12-day classic luxury Antarctica cruise on the National Geographic Endurance takes you to huge tabular icebergs in pools of turquoise blue …
Classic Antarctica Air Cruise$134958Dec 1, 2022Embark on this 8-day Antarctic adventure with Magellan Explorer Air Cruises. Fly over the Drake Passage from Punta Arenas to King George Island where …
Antarctic Small Ship Expedition$659511Mar 14, 2023Embark on this 11-day Antarctic cruise aboard Magellan Explorer. Sail the Beagle Channel from Ushuaia and across the infamous Drake Passage to the …
Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent$1079511Nov 28, 2022On this 11-day adventure to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula you'll cruise through sea ice, witness penguins building their …

Guide to Polar Arctic & Antarctica Wildlife

Top Antarctica Wildlife 

Whales. Whale watching is a highlight of each Antarctic expedition. Whales seen in Antarctica include Humpback, Blue, Southern Right, Sei, Antarctic Minke, Fin, Sperm, and Killer Whales.

Penguins. Antarctica and its adjacent islands include seven major species: Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Macaroni, and King.  

Seals. The Antarctic is home to six seal species: the Weddell, Ross, leopard, crabeater, and fur seals, as well as the huge elephant seals, which may weigh up to 4000 kg, or about 9000 pounds!

Birds. Penguins, albatrosses, cormorants, petrels, bitterns, shearwaters, herons, egrets, ducks, geese, swans, sheathbills, skuas, jaegers, and gulls are just some of the 46 bird species that call Antarctica home.

Antarctica has penguins, seals, whales, and birds, but no polar bears. Polar bears do not live in Antarctica. 
Where in Antarctica Can You Find the Most Wildlife? Take a Look at Our Best Antarctic Wildlife Encounter Locations
Wildlife of the Arctic

Polar bears, narwhals, belugas, caribou, walruses, wolves, and puffins are among the indigenous Artic wildlife.

Polar bears are found only in the Arctic, not in Antarctica. Polar bears prefer the north polar region because it has more snow and ice.

Travelers on an Arctic vacation can experience the world-famous wildlife of Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Finland, Russia, and the Scottish Isles. A tour to the Arctic may also include stops in the far-flung North Pole, Svalbard, or Norway's volcanic Jan Mayen island.


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Best Marine Wildlife Tours for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Wildlife Odyssey$696015Dec 2, 2022Discover three natural wonders of the world in one amazing trip: the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest and the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. …
Galapagos Southeast Islands$23815Dec 2, 2022This affordable 5-day Galapagos cruise aboard the Coral I or II explores the southeastern and central islands of the Galapagos including San …
Northern Galapagos Catamaran Cruise$48205Dec 2, 2022The Ocean Spray luxury catamaran takes you on a 5-day Galapagos Northern Islands cruise, exploring Genovesa, South Plaza, Mosquero, and Santiago. …
Tahiti & the Society Islands$28508Dec 2, 2022On this 8-day cruise through Polynesian paradise, explore the best of the South Pacific from aboard the Paul Gauguin, with stops in the …
Hawaiian Seascapes$57958Dec 2, 2022Board the boutique yacht Safari Explorer for an 8-day cruise of the Hawaiian paradise between four islands - Moloka'i, Lana'i, Maui, and Hawaii. …

Travel Guide to Marine Wildlife

Videos of Galapagos Islands Animals

Our Favorite Costa Rica and Amazon Rainforest Tours

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Amazon Journey via Ucayali River -High Water Season$17854Dec 30, 2022La Perla hosts this 4-day Amazon cruise from Iquitos. Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria …
Authentic Amazon$51358Nov 27, 2022Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest aboard the M/V Anakonda for an 8-day tour of Amazon Tributaries. Explore isolated communities and rare, …
Tambopata Research Center$11205Nov 27, 2022Explore the Amazon rainforest on this 5-day tour from Puerto Maldonado. Hike on the floodplain trails, search for frogs at night, and look for the …
Turtles & Rainforest Pacuare Reserve$23368Nov 27, 2022This 8-day ecological tour of Costa Rica combines nature and adventure as we join biologists to study giant leatherback turtles for two nights at …
Refugio Amazonas Adventure$9084Nov 27, 2022Take your family on a Peruvian trip to the Amazon rainforest from the comfort of Refugio Amazonas on this exciting 4-day tour. Enjoy climbing a 30 …
Ceiba Tops Amazon Lodge$8554Nov 27, 2022Explore Peru's vast jungle with a 3-night stay at Ceiba Tops Lodge. Make your way to Iquitos, the headwaters of the Amazon and travel down the river …

Guide for Costa Rica & Amazon Rainforest Exploration

Costa Rica Birding

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned birder, the tropical temperature and deep jungles are ideal for over 600 native species and over 200 seasonal migrants.
  • hummingbird species
  • Quetzal en vogue
  • Motmot rufo
  • Kingfishers
  • Toucans & Aracaris
  • Manakin White Collar

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6 Best Alaska Wilderness Tours for 2023-2024

Alaska Wildlife Guide

Alaska's Wildlife

Wildlife in Alaska's wide and pristine environment is breathtaking. The majority of animals here are mammalian, adapted to Alaska's harsh winters by thick fur coats or fat layers. Glacier Bay National Park, the Inside Passage, and millions of acres of wildlife reserves and national parks are among Alaska's natural wonders.

Land mammals: grizzly and black bears, as well as the elusive polar bear (found only in the extreme north), as well as moose, caribou, and smaller furbearing animals such as marten, mink, wolves, and dawes sheep, are all sights to behold.

Marine mammals include humpback whales, orcas, beluga whales, bowhead whales, harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, and walruses.

Bald and golden eagles are the most well-known birds, but there are also ptarmigans, loons, owls, swans, and puffins.

Five kinds of salmon thrive in these frigid northern seas, contributing significantly to the food chain.

Alaska Grizzly Sighting Video

Safari & Wildlife Expedition Travel Guide

What to expect on a wildlife or safari experience with Adventure Life
Animal lovers rejoice! If you choose an Adventure Life wildlife or safari experience, you are guaranteeing yourself a front-row seat to the fascinating displays of animals in their wild and natural habitats. Our wildlife tours visit all corners of the globe, so no matter which animals intrigue you, we have a tour to match your interests:
  • African Safaris take you across the plains and grasslands of the world's biggest continent, tracking the likes of lions, hippos, giraffes, gazelles, kudus, and more! Witness the Great Migration of zebras and wildebeests in Tanzania on a Serengeti Safari. Track gorillas deep in the jungles of Rwanda and enjoy lemur sightings in Madagascar.
  • Trek across glaciers and navigate icebergs and fjords in dinghies to see humpback whales, King Penguins, and other rugged wildlife that thrives in the great white continent of the Polar Arctic and Antarctic
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant marine wildlife and coral reefs of the tropical beaches of the Galapagos Islands, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific as you snorkel and kayak in the crystal clear turquoise waters.
  • Spot pirhanas, caiman crocodiles, pink river dolphins, and anacondas​ in the Amazon. Explore the rainforests of Costa Rica to observe jaguars, monkeys, bats, Jesus Christ lizardtapirs, and Scarlet macaws​.
  • Witness the wild creatures that populate Canada and Alaska, like orcas, humpback whales, bears, and moose!
  • Visit sanctuaries in Asia where pandas are protected, bred, and rescued.

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