Safari tours offer lavish opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitat, view scenic and breath taking landscapes and participate in a range of wildlife adventures.
Wildlife safari tours and holidays offered within the Blue Sky Wildlife collection include African wildlife safaris and much more, ranging from games drives, game viewing, mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions, bird watching to gorilla trekking.
Blue Sky Wildlife brings together a unique collection of safari tours from around the world, which include the traditional African safaris. However within this broad collection of wildlife safaris one could find themselves floating in a canoe along the Katherine River in Australia’s Northern Territory birdwatching, discovering a wide range of wildlife from orchids and butterflies to seabirds and birds of prey in the beautiful English county of Yorkshire, gorilla trekking in Uganda to watching Commerson´s Dolphin, cormorants and penguins in Argentina.
A safari originally meant an overland expedition, usually a trip by tourists in East Africa. In the past, the trip was often a big game hunt, but today safari refers mostly to tours to observe and photograph wildlife. The Swahili word safari means ‘journey’, originally from the Arabic safar meaning a journey; the verb for ‘to travel’ in Swahili is kusafiri. Safari entered the English language at the end of the 1850s thanks to the famous explorer Richard Francis Burton. If you think of a safari tour, African is the first place that springs to mind. However, there is a great deal more to wildlife safaris, not only in terms of species, but also with regards the numerous destinations available worldwide.
The classic Africa safaris sets out to see the ‘Big Five’ – African Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard and Rhinoceros. Such safaris are popular and for good reason. Although you know that Africa is so much more than the Big Five, the familiar images soon begin playing in your mind: lions roaring, elephants trumpeting, buffalos lurking in long grass, rhinos standing stately under a thorn tree and leopards prowling in the gathering darkness. The king of beasts, the sight of a wild male lion is breathtaking – majestic and beautiful, with his splendid mane and statuesque frame, and a roar that is simply spinetingling. Enormous and intelligent, elephants will dwarf your safari vehicle. The sight of a herd is something to behold, while witnessing them swimming is a special experience.
Robust and strong, the buffalo is one of the most difficult prey for would be predators. With a speed of up to 35 miles an hour, watch in awe as it pounds the terrain, leaving a cloud of dust in its wake. Notoriously difficult to spot, it is a wonderful feat of detective work when your eyes adjust and make out the sleek figure of the elusive leopard, camouflaged aloft in a tree. Magnificent and martial, it doesn’t take much imagination to envisage the danger of a rhino charge. But the overwhelming feeling is likely to be a more poignant one – with only 4,000 left in the wild, you’ll be lucky to see the critically endangered Black Rhino. To be on a game drive is to be immersed in nature, surrounded by spectacular landscapes, while admiring these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Eastern Africa is where the safari originated and remains king. The most incredible diversity of mammals and birds on earth is to be found in Kenya and Tanzania, including the greatest range and highest number of large mammals, not least over a million migrating Blue Wildebeest crossing rivers in the Masai Mara, as well the largest flocks of flamingos in the world and numerous other easy-to-see birds at Lake Nakuru National Park, all in some of the most wonderful landscapes on the planet. We have several key operators in this region.
An African safari of a different kind will find you coming face-to-face with our closest living relatives. Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, both of which may be seen in either Uganda or Rwanda, where an hour is allotted with each, one with calm and relaxed gorillas and one with often noisy and active, some might say menacing, chimpanzees, either of which may prove to be the ultimate singular wildlife experience. Once again, we have several operators who can get you close to them.
The most beautiful of the big cats, the Bengal Tiger, may be found in Northern India, as well as a great many birds, including the spectacle of waterbirds and raptors at Keoladeo National Park. Check out our tours with the expertly-led Enchanted India. Seeing Killer Whales is one thing, seeing them hunt sealion pups on the beaches of Southern Argentina is another. Here too are Southern Right Whales and Southern Elephant Seals, as well as a rookery of up to a million Magellanic Penguins. The long-established Clark Expediciones can show you all of this and more. How about Orang-utans on Borneo, in some of the richest rainforest on Earth, along with Proboscis Monkeys, Bornean Gibbons and many fabulous birds? Have a word with our Malaysian operators – amongst the finest in Asia.
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