November 12, 2015 | NatureTrek
BBC One’s new natural history series The Hunt is now on air (Sundays at 9pm), offering a ground-breaking perspective on the extraordinary lives of predators in the wild. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, the seven-part documentary focuses on the cunning strategies animals use to capture or elude each other, and promises some of the most revealing close-ups of animal behaviour ever filmed.
The UK’s leading independent wildlife specialist Naturetrek offers an unrivalled programme of responsibly created wildlife holidays across the globe. The very best expert guides – often leaders in their field – ensure wildlife viewing opportunities are maximised, and trips are timed to depart when the experience will be at its most rewarding. Here are just three of its top tours for observing predator behaviour first hand.
Go in search of the magnificent Polar Bear – from £4,995 pp
Journey to the high Arctic on this 11-day wildlife expedition, including a 10-day voyage around the spectacular island of Spitsbergen, located just 600 miles south of the North Pole. This is the ultimate wildlife cruise, with heart-stopping opportunities to spot magnificent Polar Bears as they hunt, or spend hours feeding on a carcass. There’s also a chance to marvel at the aerial displays put on by breeding seabirds, and watch groups of Walrus lazing on ice floes or pods of ghostly white Belugas. Dramatic scenery complements the wildlife adventure with jagged mountains, awe-inspiring glaciers and deep fjords. The eleven-day Spitsbergen Wildlife Cruise costs from £4,995 pp (two sharing) including all meals on the cruise, all flights (London) and expert guiding. Departs 7 July 2016 and 27 June 2017.
Get straight to the heart of Indian tiger country – from £2,395 pp
Perhaps the most convenient Tiger tour there is, this nine-day safari whisks participants straight into Madhya Pradesh, the heartland of this magnificent creature, maximising the time spent in India’s awe-inspiring national parks. The trip boasts a 100% success rate of tiger sightings (over 30 tours) and focuses on two of India’s top Tiger reserves – Kanha and Pench. Previous tour participants have witnessed spectacular hunting behaviour up close, including a Tiger pursuing a Sambar in Tadoba (pictured). Other highlights include the chance to see Jackals, Four-horned Antelope and even Leopard or Sloth Bear. The nine-day India – Tiger Direct! tour costs from £2,395 pp (two sharing) including full-board lodge accommodation, flights (London) and expert guiding. Departs 5 April 2016.
Just Jaguars in Brazil – from £4,095 pp
This thrilling 12-day trip narrows down the odds of seeing this elusive mammal by taking boat excursions deep into their riverbank forest territories in this unique section of the Brazilian Pantanal. Observe at close hand these beautiful creatures as they repose on the banks of the river, or cunningly stalk and kill Caiman, Capybara and Anaconda. Other wildlife highlights include Giant River Otters and Giant Anteaters. The tour boasts a 100% success rate to date of Jaguar and Giant Otter sightings. The Brazil – Just Jaguars itinerary costs from £3,995 pp (two sharing) including return flights (London), accommodation, all meals and expert guiding. Multiple departures available from June to October 2016.
For more information or to book one of these expert-led tours, contact Naturetrek on 01962 733051 (www.naturetrek.co.uk)