Celebrate Endangered Species Day with Explore


With Endangered Species Day on the 18 May, now is the time to book a once in a lifetime wildlife trip with Explore to see incredible animals in their natural habitat. Search for mountain gorillas deep in the rainforest of Bwindi National Park or visit Gir National Park to spot the illusive Asiatic lion in the only place they can be seen in the wild. As we all learning about these beautiful animals, from our local guides you will be supporting local tourism.

South Africa Lodge Safari

Endangered white Rhino
Endangered white Rhino

Take a game drive through the deep valley of Ithala Game Reserve in search of the critically endangered black and white African rhino. Whilst on safari you can also spot elephants, buffalo and a variety of antelope. During the trip you also visit Kruger National Park which was initially established to protect big game animals that had been hunted to near extinction and is now one of the most abundant animal habitats in the world, committed to animal conservation. The South Africa Lodge Safari is a 12-day adventure starting from £2,325 per person on a twin share basis. This price includes 7-nights standard lodge, four-nights premium lodge, some meals, transport, an Explore leader and safari guides.

‎Indian Wildlife Adventure

The majestic Bengal tiger
The majestic Bengal tiger

Search for the majestic Bengal tiger in four different national parks on Explore’s Indian Wildlife Adventure which has an impressive 100% success rate of viewings. As well as catching a glimpse of these creatures in the wild you can search for sloth bears, leopards and giant squirrels as well as visiting Pench National Park – the inspiration for Kipling’s ‘Jungle book’. Travelling for 13 days, this trip starts from £2,675 per person on a twin share basis and includes return flights, 10 nights’ hotel accommodation and two nights in a tented camp, most meals, an Explore tour leader and guides.

‎Tribes and Wildlife of Gujarat

Search for the illusive Asiatic lion in Gir National Park; this park in northern India is the only place in the world where Asiatic lions can be seen in the wild. With only 524 of these beautiful creatures left on the planet, now is the time to catch a glimpse of them on Explore’s Tribes and Wildlife of Gujarat trip. This 13-day trip starts from £1,725 per person on a flight inclusive basis and includes eleven nights of hotel accommodation and one night of tented camping, some meals, an Explore tour leader and Safari Guide(s).

Costa Rica Canopy and Coast

Hawksbill turtles
Hawksbill turtles

‎Head to Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica’s coast to see endangered marine turtles. Hawksbill turtles can be seen nesting between October and March, with leatherbacks nesting between April to November with the prime viewing time between June and September. Explore’s Costa Rica Canopy and Coast trip gives you the chance to see these spectacular sea creatures as well as searching of for sloths, toucans and the famous Quetzal. Explore’s Costa Rica Canopy and Coast trip starts from £2,245 per person on a twin share basis. This price includes return flights, 12 nights’ hotel accommodation, two nights’ lodge accommodation, some meals, an Explore tour leader and a local guide.

Gorilla and Chimp Safari
Explore’s Gorilla and Chimp Safari follows an expert local guide deep into the rainforest near Bwindi to see the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The Ugandan rainforest houses over 1,000 chimpanzee and 13 different varieties of primate including the red-tailed and Colobus monkeys. Join a cruise in the Kazinga channel and observe hippo, crocodile and buffalo before taking a drive in Queens Elizabeth National Park and spot the famous climbing lions. Explore’s Gorilla and Chimp safari starts from £3,839 per person on a twin share basis, this price includes return flights, all accommodation, most meals, an Explore tour leader and ranger.

Orang Utan
Sabah’s orangutan in Sepilok

Family Land of the Orangutan 

Take the whole family to visit the world’s largest orang-utan rehabilitation centre in Sepilok covering 4,000 hectares. ‎ As well as spending time with these much loved primates, you will also visit the Sun Bear Sanctuary and take a boat cruise to spot long-nosed proboscis monkeys, crocodile and a variety of birdlife. Explore’s 11-day Family Land of the Orangutan trip starts from £2,320 per adult and £1,959 per child on a sharing basis. This price includes return flights, a night in a homestay, four nights’ hotel, five nights’ lodge stay, some meals and transport. Also included is an Explore tour leader, boat crew and local guide.

For more information, or to book visit www.explore.co.uk or call 01252 884 723.

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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