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Help protect the world's wildlife with these 7 incredible tours

Recently updated on December 4th, 2023 at 03:44 pm

From an enchanting panda rescue center in China to secret safaris in Africa, help safeguard the Earth’s precious wildlife when you join these extraordinary tours. Travel and sustainability go hand-in-hand with these special nature experiences that directly support wildlife rehabilitation and conservation across the globe.

Make your travel a force for good with these wildlife tours that take you into the Scottish wilderness, cruising Tasmania, and hiking in Copenhagen. Find inspiration for your next trip that helps contribute to the protection of our planet’s wildlife.

Help rewild Scotland

When you join Trafalgar’s Best of Scotland you’ll visit the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre. Here you’ll learn from knowledgeable rewilding experts about the crucial reintroduction efforts of native Scottish wildlife species, including the iconic Scottish red squirrel, elusive lynx, and industrious beaver. 

You’ll also witness firsthand the reforestation of the Caledonian pine forest. With this wildlife experience, which advances the United Nations’ Global Goal 15: “Life on Land”, our guests directly contribute to the preservation of one of Europe’s most breathtaking and ancient landscapes, which is currently in a critical condition. 

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JOIN THE EXPERIENCE: Best of Scotland

Explore Solio Game Reserve

Embark on a half-day game drive exploration of Solio Game Reserve, a privately-owned wildlife conservancy and recognized internationally as the most successful rhino breeding reserve in Kenya. This special reserve has been a safe haven for black and white rhinos since its founding in the 1970s.

On our African Safari Adventure Trafalgar guests will get to join many wildlife tours to famous reserves, but we’re particularly fond of this well-kept safari secret. The reserve offers guests the opportunity to spot large numbers of rhinos and other wildlife, such as buffalo, zebra, giraffe, leopard and lions with iconic savannah views against the backdrop of Mount Kenya. 

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JOIN THE EXPERIENCE: African Safari Adventure

Fight for nature in the city

Explore wildlife in the urban center of Copenhagen with a local who leads tours of Amager Faelled Nature Reserve. This unspoiled nature reserve, which is half the size of the city, is under constant threat by urban development. But there is a community organization fighting to protect this special urban green space. Amager Faelled Nature Reserve is a critical breeding site for more than nine vulnerable bird specials. 

Hear stories of life in this inner-city neighborhood and encounter rare sea eagles, twisted oak trees, and peculiar plants with the city’s skyline in near-constant view. This experience advances United Nations Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. 

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JOIN THE EXPERIENCE: Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords

Meet rescued wildlife in Alaska

There are plenty of special wildlife moments on our Alaska tours, but a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center may be the most special morning. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience a Local Specialist reveals the role of the sanctuary, which is dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and animal care.

Every year the sanctuary takes in injured and orphaned animals, such as black bears, brown bears, moose, reindeer, lynx, wolves, muskox, elk, coyotes and more. It provides them with spacious enclosures and a good quality of life. Later in the day you’ll venture into the icy heart of Kenai Fjords National Park where you’ll cruise by Humpback whales and glacial icebergs.

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JOIN THE EXPERIENCE: Majestic Alaska

Support the preservation of Plitvice Lakes National Park

Few experiences match exploring the cascading lakes of the UNESCO-listed Plitviče Lakes. Trafalgar guests join a guided walking tour of one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. Discover how these beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls have been shaped over thousands of years. Witness the waters shift from azure to green, grey to blue depending on how the sun hits the water. 

This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience supports the preservation of the national park and UNESCO-listed protected area. Beyond the spectacular waterfalls you’ll see, this special park is home to bears, wolves and many rare bird species.

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JOIN THE EXPERIENCE: Best of Croatia & Slovenia

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See the Giant Pandas of China

Gain first-hand insight into the ground-breaking work being done by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This non-profit research breeding facility rescues and protects the endangered giant panda, of which fewer than 2,000 remain. This this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience contributes to the conservation efforts by the organization to protect and ensure the future of this special species.

JOIN THE EXPERIENCE: Best of China

Cruise Wineglass Bay in Australia

We love it when tourism and sustainability collide for the greater good. And when Trafalgar guests board wildlife tours by Wineglass Bay Cruises, they can take comfort in the company’s dual mission. This small cruise operator is committed to the conservation of this environment through a range of means. Each year they support tree plantings, clean up marine debris, restore island ecosystems, and contribute to marine conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife. 

Trafagar guests will join a four-hour cruise of the stunning Freycinet Peninsula. Jet past the gentle shores of Coles Bay, waterfalls, sea caves, and towering pink granite cliffs. Take the inner passage of remote Schouten Island, home to penguins and short-tailed shearwaters. Then enter the famous Wineglass Bay, a crescent of dazzling white sand. The pristine waters here are home to sea eagles, pods of bow-surfing dolphins, fur seals and even migrating humpback and Southern Right whales. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience helps to protect the area’s wildlife.

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JOIN THE EXPERIENCE: Perfect Tasmania

Did you find inspiration for your next trip with these wildlife tours and experiences? Let us know in the comments…

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