Since the dawn of time, the natural world has always inspired us, and these difficult days are no different. From dolphins and jellyfish venturing further into the clearing waters of Venice’s canals, to herds of goats and deer reclaiming the streets of the UK, animals continue to inspire us.
One of the best ways to see some of the world’s most extraordinary animals in their natural habitat is on safari. Whilst we can’t travel at the minute, we’ve picked three countries for your post-lockdown safari wish-list.
India is perhaps not a country that naturally springs to mind when thinking of safaris, however this huge country is home to a staggering amount of wildlife, including around half the world’s total tiger population. Spread throughout the country’s 104 protected national parks, the most well-known of which is Ranthambore National Park, you’ll find an array of wonderful animal, including Indian elephants, snow leopards and sloth bears, together with hundreds of rare and fascinating birds. Explore the stunning Ranthambore National Park on Newmarket’s Tigers and Taj Mahal escorted tour, and keep your fingers crossed for a glimpse of the majestic tiger in the wild.
Safaris have been recorded in Kenya as far back as the 14th century, when Arabs visited the region to trade. In fact, the word ‘safari’ comes from the Arab word ‘safara’, which literally means journey. Having been part of the British Empire until 196, Kenya is a particularly popular safari destination with Britons. Queen Elizabeth was on safari in Kenya when she learned that her father, King George V, had died. Much of the country is covered in savanna grasslands, including the fabled Maasai Mara, where the Big Five (rhino, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo) run wild. Newmarket’s Kenya Grand Safari tour goes in search of the Big Five and includes a stay at the famous Treetops Lodge.
South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, is another of Africa’s legendary safari hotspots. The country is home to the Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, which is almost the same size as the entire country of Belgium. The Big Five can all be found in the Kruger National Park, along with diverse species of bird, including storks, eagles and vultures. Outside of Kruger, South Africa boasts the Garden Route, a glorious 120-mile stretch of coastline, which is home to the Tsitsikamma National Park and the famed ‘The Big Tree’, a 120ft-tall yellowwood that is the country’s national tree. Visit both Kruger and Tsitsikamma on Newmarket’s Cape Town, the Garden Route and Big Five Safari tour