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Beyond the Big Five: alternative wildlife breaks

From exploring Canadian isles bristling with bears to swimming with Maldivian creatures of the deep, there are incredible wildlife experiences beyond Africa’s Big Five, says Chloe Cann

While David Attenborough’s documentaries often top TV show ratings, nothing can beat witnessing nature’s feats in the flesh – as proved by a booming wildlife tourism market.


An American Express study showed that 66% of travellers are motivated to travel to experience nature and beautiful scenery. It’s a sentiment also expressed by Tara Kennaway, Intrepid Travel’s senior product manager. “We’ve found travellers are wanting to reconnect with nature more when abroad, to broaden their horizons,” she says.

Africa receives around half of all wildlife trips booked worldwide. While going on safari is an unmissable experience, a vast array of wildlife and landscapes await outside of Africa’s savannahs too. Here are five of the best.

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