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Wild Planet Adventures Announces New 2017 Season of Award-Winning Wildlife Eco-Tours and Safaris

Story by Wild Planet Adventures

Posted: November 21, 2016

Nothing rejuvenates and expands one’s perspective like international travel. For over 25 years Wild Planet Adventures ( has introduced inquisitive travelers to the planet’s most fascinating and exotic species of wildlife through its award-winning nature tours.

Adorable meerkats
Adorable meerkats

For the 2017 season, Wild Planet has expanded their line-up of eco-tours and safaris that cater to wildlife lovers by offering exclusive activities to see rare animals, remote and non-commercial destinations, special arrangements for silent approach, top naturalist and biologist guides, interactions with animals and wildlife experts, and responsible safaris emphasizing sustainability and conservation. Their itineraries focus on special arrangements that give access to the widest possible spectrum of wildlife in their natural habitat–including rare and endangered species.

New and recently enhanced wildlife adventures for 2017 include:

1). New: Panama’s legendary Darién Gap – Wild Planet has added a climactic new segment to their Panama Ultimate Wildlife eco-tour.  After wildlife viewing in the Panama Canal zone, visiting the Chiriqui cloudforest and snorkeling famed Bocas del Toro, travelers will end their trip at an exciting new African-style safari tented camp in the Darién Gap, the least explored and most biodiverse spot in Central America. Here, in typical Wild Planet style, special activities have been arranged not otherwise available at the lodge, to see the area’s most distinctive wildlife – including rare and elusive Harpy Eagles. See:

2). Insider’s Africa: Meerkats, Gorillas & Africa’s “Rare 5” – Wild Planet has extended their special 25th Anniversary trip for another year.  This safari combines South Africa’s virtually unknown “Green Kalahari” with Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking in Uganda featuring an unprecedented four hours mingling with gorillas (all other permits are just for one hour.) The South Africa segment features meerkats, black and white rhinos, cheetahs, and an exceptional opportunity to view some of Africa’s most rare animals including pangolin (scaly anteater), aardvark, aardwolf and more which are normally nocturnal but in the Green Kalahari they forage during the day from May to October. Then in Uganda Wild Planet includes researcher-led safaris for chimps, the Big 5, and a full day researcher-led Mountain Gorilla Trek featuring Wild Planet’s special four-hour permit. See:

3). Costa Rica Ultimate Wildlife Eco-tour – The most comprehensive wildlife-focused eco-tour available in Costa Rica now includes an unmatched nine national parks and wildlife refuges in 14 days (or six or seven parks in the 9-day or 10-day itinerary options, respectively.) This year Wild Planet has added Mirador El Silencio Wildlife Reserve, a private reserve known for its exceptional mammal population and breathtaking views of the still active Arenal Volcano.  See:

Slow Loris
Slow Loris

4). Hidden Thailand Wildlife Eco-Tour – Its been nearly 10 years since Wild Planet became the first international tour operator to offer wildlife safaris in both Thailand’s Kaeng Krachan National Park and Klong Seang Wildlife Sanctuary, which are the two best parks in the country for wildlife viewing. Today, Wild Planet Adventures remains the only US operator offering authentic wildlife expeditions into both wildlife hot-spots. The parks are bookended by a cultural segment in Chiang Mai featuring an eco-responsible elephant camp, and an island resort segment at the end of the trip. New for 2017 is an option for Ko Madsum island, a non-commercial private island with only one high-end resort and nothing else but pristine beach and coral teeming with tropical fish.  See:

5). New Web-Only Wildlife Adventures to Australia, Madagascar, Antarctica, Norway and the Great Migration in Tanzania – In 2017 Wild Planet will be rolling out new web-only wildlife eco-tours and safaris every three months, starting in January 2017. In the spirit of Wild Planet’s wildlife focus these new destinations will include the most comprehensive wildlife itineraries possible in such prime destinations as Madagascar, Australia, Tanzania (for the Great Migration), Norway and Antarctica. Wildlife travelers are asked to check regularly for details surrounding these new destinations and trips.

For detailed itineraries, breathtaking wildlife photos and video galleries and booking information for pre-set and custom tours worldwide, visit, call 1-800-990-4376 or email [email protected].

About Wild Planet Adventures

Recently, Wild Planet Adventures received its fifth “Worlds’ 50 Best Trips” award from the editors of National Geographic Traveler for its “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari in Brazil. Previous National Geographic Traveler awards went to Wild Planet’s Thailand, Costa Rica, India, Panama wildlife eco-tours and its ultimate African safari in Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is also recognized by other top travel publications for its wildlife-focused itineraries in Africa, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia.