Wildlife Mad Travellers
We are Liz & Alan and we are wildlife mad travellers! We didn’t start out this way, our early travelling adventures were about visiting new countries, experiencing the culture, viewing the scenery and any wildlife that we happened to encounter. That changed in 2005 when we went on our first adventure that was dedicated to viewing wildlife, a safari in Kenya, the experience changed our approach to adventure planning and for nearly all our travel plan discussions our first thoughts are what animals might we see?
Where we can, we try to travel independently and we combine our passion for wildlife with another of our passions, road trips. You can’t beat the freedom of having your own transport and being able to stop when and where you want to. North America offers great independent wildlife viewing opportunities and you will find many USA and Canadian road trips featured in our trip reports.
Some wildlife experiences are more difficult to achieve independently, you really can’t underestimate the added value you get from using local guides. Not only does it increase the chances of finding rarer wildlife, but a guide should be able to educate you about the species you’re viewing and maybe know something about its past. We have done many wildlife adventures booking directly with remote lodges that offer guided wildlife viewing, the majority of our bear viewing experiences have been done this way.
Sometimes it is nice to just relax in the knowledge that someone else is taking care of the little details and dealing with the hassles of last minute changes/problems for you. There are many very good wildlife tour operators that will manage the whole process including flights from home, arranging local guides and booking accommodation & meals. Going on a group tour can help reduce costs and you can’t beat the great comradery you get from sharing the experience with likeminded people. You will find links within our trip reports to the tour operators we have used during our adventures and our reports will give you a good idea of how well they did in fulfilling their promises.