Wildlife and nature lovers can indulge their passion with the ever-expanding opportunities safaris have to offer. Although many of us will immediately conjure up the evocative landscapes of the African veldt when thinking about safaris (think Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in Out of Africa), the scope of today’s safaris is much wider.
Safaris offers adventure, indulgence and the chance to get up close and personal not just with the renown ‘big-five’ but all manner of wildlife, from threatened species like gorillas in Rwanda, tigers in Siberia and orangutans in Borneo to more unusual opportunities, such as chasing butterflies in Croatia, photographing puffins in Iceland or tracking down amphibians and reptiles in the Sado Estuary of Portugal. We even took part in a scorpion safari in the Grand Canyon a few years ago!
If you’re fit and well, there are a wealth of active safaris to choose from too. Try horseback riding in the Masi Mara with migrating wildebeest, a kayaking expedition to seek out komodo dragons in Indonesia, swimming with blue whales in Sri Lanka or moose and wolf spotting from a canoe in Canada…
A safari is, of course, a big budget affair, but if it’s on your bucket list, there’s never been a better time to explore the options to fulfill your dreams. And safaris are more accessible today than ever before, with a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury camps and lodges, to budget-friendly operators. Just make sure you use a reputable agent or travel company and remember – personal recommendations are always valuable when tracking down the best supplier.
Remember – retireistas are ‘can do’ people who don’t put off until tomorrow what they can do today! So what are you waiting for? And if you need more inspiration, read our blog, join in the conversation or perhaps even buy the book!