animal encounters FOR THOSE WHO ARE GAME
Leopards, tigers and sloth bears, oh my! Wild adventures around the globe
when you think of going on safari, images of African plains and the Big Five come to mind – but if it’s animal encounters you’re after, then perhaps it’s time to search a little further afield...
ELUSIVE BENGAL TIGERS OF INDIA
India is an energetic collage of culture, colour, aroma and flavour, providing a feast for the senses and a holiday experience like no other. Unbeknown to most, it is also home to some of the rarest animal encounters on the planet. Go on a quest for elusive Bengal tigers with the help of expert naturalist guides in Ranthambore National Park. This stunning endangered subspecies, along with leopards and crocodiles, has made this former royal hunting ground home – resulting in some of the best game viewing possible at this vast wildlife reserve in northern India. Embark on APT’S Spirit of India journey to view the tigers firsthand.
‘THE GATHERING’ IN SRI LANKA
Not only a warm, friendly and sun-drenched beach destination, Sri Lanka is also home to numerous world-class national parks. Visit
in September to October to witness ‘The Gathering’ at the Minneriya National Park, where up to 300 Asian elephants come together for the largest congregation of its kind in the world. Or take a walk on the wild side with a stay at the Chena Huts, perched on the outskirts of the Yala National Park – home to unique animals such as leopards and sloth bears, to name a few. Stay amid nature in a luxurious pavilion, taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding jungle and seascape while lounging by a private plunge pool. Embark on APT’S 13-day Spirit of Sri Lanka tour to experience the luxury of Yala National Park. Visit aptouring.com.au/trips/asia/sl13
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
South America offers more unique animal experiences than any other continent, with the Galapagos Islands and Amazon region being two standout destinations for animal lovers. Located in complete isolation from the rest of the world, some 1000 kilometres from South America, the Galapagos Islands are as spectacular as they are eccentric. Embrace this fragile ecosystem – referred to as a living museum and showcase of evolution – with a stay at Finch Bay Hotel, located in the heart of the islands, for a truly once in a lifetime adventure.
TO FIND OUT MORE
Visit APT’S wild encounters at aptouring.com.au or call 1300 196 420.
300 Asian elephants
come together for the largest congregation of its kind in the world
Drink in ocean views from the Chena Huts. Go leopard spotting in Sri Lanka.
The huts are perched on the outskirts of Yala National Park.
Lunch with a view at the Chena Huts. Nap time for this Galapagos fur seal.
Hear the call of the wild in Yala National Park.