Taking the guess work out of animal-friendly travelling
Last year, we were so pleased to support progressive responsible travel company, World Expeditions, in the development of their comprehensive Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct.
Now, we’ve joined forces with World Expeditions again to develop a range of new wildlife adventures in Kenya, India, Thailand and Romania that offer incredible wildlife encounters that tourists can feel good about.
Many tourists who love animals are simply not aware of the hidden cruelties that go on behind the scenes at wild animal attractions and they unknowingly contribute to animal suffering when they participate in activities such as elephant rides or posing for a photo with a tiger. By partnering with World Expeditions we can help tourists choose alternatives that improve the lives of animals around the world.
In developing the new adventure itineraries, World Expeditions Responsible Travel Manager, Donna Lawrence, says they aim to take the guesswork out of choosing responsible wildlife travel experiences.
“Navigating the world of animal friendly travel can be puzzling at the best of times,” she said.
“Thanks to this new partnership, travellers can join these four new trips, safe in the knowledge that World Animal Protection has reviewed the carefully-crafted itineraries and given them their stamp of approval.
“In addition, World Expeditions is donating a percentage of each trip to World Animal Protection to support their work to save animals from abuse and neglect,” Ms Lawrence said.
If animal encounters are high on your list for your next adventure and more importantly, you want to make sure your experiences aren’t harmful, then these adventures are perfect for you.
On this 14-day adventure, travellers will set off on wildlife excursions in some of India’s best National Parks spotting tigers, jungle cats, various species of deer, sloth, otters, rhesus monkeys and much more – all in their wild habitat and displaying their natural behaviors. The itinerary also includes visits to some of India's most famous landmarks and cities including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, the Pink City of Jaipur and the bustling city of Delhi.
Wild Animal Encounters in India departs from Delhi, 29 October, 2017. Cost from $3690 (excluding international airfares).
An 11-day itinerary journeying by 4WD and foot through Thailand’s National Parks spotting wild elephants, gaurs, tigers, gibbons, langurs, macaques, barking deer, flying foxes as well as a plethora of birdlife. The itinerary culminates at the Surin Islands, an archipelago of five islands in the Andaman Sea - known for beautiful beaches, pristine ocean, amazing sunsets, intriguing Moken culture and diverse marine life. Wild Animal Encounters in Thailand departs November 25, 2017. Cost $3795 (excluding international airfares).
This carefully crafted 11-day adventure includes a visit to a bear sanctuary in Brasov and a dog shelter in Constanta, both supported by World Animal Protection. There’s also a four-day walk exploring the stunning mountain landscapes, deep forests and preserved medieval towns of Transylvania including the famous Bran Castle, connected through folklore to the fictitious character, Dracula. Animal Encounters in Romania departs Bucharest on 14 May, 2017. Cost from $2699 (excluding international airfares).
Visit some of Kenya’s most sustainable national parks and conservancies on this 11-day adventure. Wildlife sightings will be plentiful and natural. Travellers can expect to see rhinos (black, northern white and southern white), lions, cheetahs, the elusive leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, caracal, bat-eared fox, African wild dogs, elephant, zebra, flamingo, antelope, giraffe, impala, mongoose, porcupine, yellow baboon and more. This adventure culminates at the David & Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage. Wild Animal Encounters in Kenya departs Nairobi 7 July, 2017. Cost from $5690 (excluding international airfares).
About World Expeditions
World Expeditions has been operating small group trekking and adventure travel holidays for more than four decades and is widely recognised for its ground breaking Responsible Tourism initiatives. This includes developing an Animal Welfare in Tourism Code of Conduct (in conjunction with World Animal Protection) and a Responsible Travel Guidebook.