Top Culture Trips for Safari Adventures

From the savannahs of Kenya to the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the world’s animal kingdom is yours to explore
From the savannahs of Kenya to the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the world’s animal kingdom is yours to explore | © Nimit Virdi / Getty Images
Nick Dauk

Senior Travel Writer

Animal instinct tops the agenda of these wildlife-themed Culture Trip adventures across Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Whatever your favourite animal was as a child, there’s a chance you’ll get up close and personal with it on a safari trip. From the savannahs of Kenya to the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the world’s animal kingdom is yours to explore with the help of expert guides. Intimate talks with locals and the chance to sample regional cuisine further elevate these insider-led itineraries beyond the ordinary. Ready for a really wild expedition? Let these Culture Trips show you fantastic beasts and where to find them.

Elephant spotted on a safari in Sri Lanka

Secrets of Sri Lanka by Train

They say an elephant never forgets, so be sure to greet them with a smiling face when you come face to face in Sri Lanka. These majestic beasts are waiting to welcome you to Udawalawe National Park. But don’t forget their friends: monkeys, crocodiles, leopards and other animals are hanging around these parts, too. This 10-day Rail Trip around the island is an excellent safari experience, mixed with ancient fortresses, tea plantations and scenic train trips, for good measure.

From US$1699.55

Next available from 19th Oct 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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ENDS AT

Colombo, Sri Lanka

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

12

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) hangs in a tree in the Costa Rica rainforest

The Real Costa Rica

A jungle safari through Costa Rica is one of those trips that have wildlife watchers and would-be Attenborough’s rushing for the “book” button. In between coffee tastings and surf lessons in Tamarindo on this eight-day tour, you’ll assail the Monteverde cloud forest in search of sloth bears on a moon-lit excursion. Salute the Pura Vida lifestyle with a sunrise yoga session or evening hot-spring soak. But don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for capuchins around the cone of Arenal.

From US$1911.65

Next available from 9th Nov 2024

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Trip highlights and details

STARTS AT

San Jose, Costa Rica

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ENDS AT

Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste

DURATION

8

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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Additional words by Gethin Morgan.

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