Getaways for the Animal Lover

Heather Dilts-Baiano
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Would you like to see the animals you only seem to read about? What better way to enjoy travel and a love for earth’s creatures, then to combine them into one trip. You can enjoy wildlife and luxury. Here are some eco-friendly getaways for the animal lover.

For the Elephant Lover

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort and Elephant Experience, Thailand

They are big, but they are gentle. Elephants capture the imagination of all who see them. Come on a unique TRULY getaway to experience the partnership we have with this mighty animal.

With a guest, spend five nights at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort, a luxury elephant resort. You will experience travelling by boat, then through the jungle on elephant before reaching Anantara. You will visit a traditional Mahout village an learn about elephant behaviour, biology and care through three elephant experiences.

Privately tour the eye-opening Opium Museum, taste rare, expensive coffee and through a cooking class, learn to prepare authentic Thai cuisine. After such an exciting time, relax and refresh with a traditional Thai massage.

Getaways for the Animal Lover

For the Love of Big Cats

Jaguar Tracking with Conservationists in Brazil

This jaguar tracking experience is not for the faint of heart. In an area 20 times larger than Florida’s Everglades, you and a guest can experience searching for the mighty, elusive jaguar. See the famous wildlife sanctuary, Pantanal, a biosphere reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site during a five night stay in the eco-lodges.

Every day the two of you will experience animal tracking by motorboat, horseback or 4X4, guided by renowned native conservationist Julinho Andre Monteiro. The tracking helps to protect the jaguar, He can organise an overnight camping excursion so you can have a full nature and jaguar-tracking experience.

During this getaway, you and your guest will enjoy traditional Pantanalian cuisine. It’s a getaway you can only find on TRULY.

Getaways for the Animal Lover

For the Seafarer

Be Among the Belugas in Manitoba, Canada

There are more than just moose and beaver in Canada. Every year there is a chance to see the glorious white belugas in Churchill River Estuary. Every year, at least 3000 beluga travel to this place to have their calves and feed on the bountiful marine food.

Guests can use kayak, boats or even snorkel to see these whales up close. You can easily find eco-lodges nearby that are set up for beluga seekers. There are also “learning vacations” available in the area.

When you watch the whales, you may notice the calves change colour from a grey, to blue and then to white as they age. You will also notice they are one of the most vocal types of whales. The best time to visit the estuary is late July and early August.

Getaways for the Animal Lover

For the Horse Rider

Sea View Villa Retreat with Sunset Beach Ride for Two, Spain

How could there possibly be any better way to relax and enjoy horses, than to combine ocean waves and a sunset beach ride?

You and a guest will experience the stunning ocean views from your room and on horseback as you spend two nights in luxury at the elegant Villa Mathesis. Located in Atlanterra, Andalusia, a place known for its horses and its natural beauty, you can enjoy the view of both the Atlantic Ocean and Strait of Gibraltar. The decor of the villa is minimal and contemporary. It has a gym, dining area and sun terrace.

Spend an hour on your horse as you and your guest take a sunset ride on the beach. You can follow the ride with a chauffeured ride to experience authentic Spanish dining at the place where Tapas began, at the Ventorillo de Chato restaurant.

Luxury Safari Camps

For the Safari Lover

Cape Town and Safari Adventure, South Africa

Spend six days combining a culinary experience in Cape Town with a Safari experience on the Kariega Game Reserve.

Begin this African adventure in Cape Town, where you will stay in a boutique hotel by Table Mountain. A helicopter tour will be offered during your stay here. As well, you and a guest will experience two tasting menus at award-winning restaurants such as La Colombe and The Test Kitchen.

Then head out to the Kariega Game Reserve and stay in luxury at the River Lodge or Ukhozi Lodge. You and your guest can enjoy two game drives each day in open safari vehicles and with experienced rangers. You will be able to enjoy river trips, guided walks, fishing and canoeing trips, all set to give you a wonderful safari adventure.