Travelling to be among wild animals is no walk in the park. It is costly because of the distances you must travel, and it requires careful preparation.
Fortunately, there are professional guides with years of experience to help you canoe or raft down the Nahanni River past bears and wolves, as Canadian prime ministers and musicians have done in the past.
There are tour operators that will book guided safari tours and local drivers in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, all to make your dream of visiting elephants and lions come true. If former US President Bill Clinton roughed it in Tanzania, so can you.
If, instead, you want to visit the Galapagos Islands nearly two centuries after the youthful Charles Darwin sailed on the HMS Beagle, you will find a selection of many cruise ships with zodiac boats and local naturalists to take you ashore. There, you can see giant tortoises or swim among hammerhead sharks.
If something goes wrong, there are air services to fly you to the nearest hospital hundreds of kilometres away. But you will not need a private jet like the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, who was bothered by kidney stones during his recent trip to the Galapagos.
The greatest dangers do not swim underwater or walk on four legs, certainly not in the shelter of a vehicle or with the armed guards available to you on some safaris. Danger can arise, instead, while you walk about on your own two feet, unprotected by a lifejacket or a reputable local driver.
Our goal is to provide you with a useful resource when booking what others have called “the trip of a lifetime.” We’ll make sure to pass along some sage safety, security, and medical advice.
First up in our three-part series, we will visit Nahanni National Park in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
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