Educational Safari Tours for Animal Lovers

One way to get the most out of your family summer vacation without overloading activities and missing the whole season: Book a comprehensive tour in a dream destination. Two birds, one stone. Let Natural Habitat Adventures lead the way with an eco-friendly, wildlife-forward expedition in your destination of choice.

Explore the far corners of the world, or your own backyard (so to speak), with an expert-level and environmentally conscious family getaway.

Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa

Go all out with a custom safari trip. The eight-day curated itinerary, Family Kenya Adventure, showcases the Maasai Mara National Reserve’s resident wildlife in an interesting and educational way. This trip sends families through Kenya’s vast terrain and incredible flora and fauna with expert-level attention to detail. Your family will leave the reserve with more than photos.

This trip gives guests of all ages an added appreciation for wildlife, conservation efforts and the importance of fighting poaching and protecting endangered species. Guests visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, make new acquaintances at the Giraffe Center and explore the open grasslands of Great Rift Valley.

Accommodations include a luxury, tented camp in a Maasai Mara private conservancy. Get a lay of the land along guided walks, but keep an eye out for roaming zebra, elephant and hippo. During an evening tour, guests take a sunset game drive for the coveted chance to see lions and other predators exploring the plains.

This custom safari trip typically begins at $7,995 per person and is arranged upon request.

Local woman sells traditional souvenirs in Maasai Mara, Kenya. The Maasai are the most famous tribe in Africa. Photo: Byelikova | Dreamstime.com

Local woman sells traditional souvenirs in Maasai Mara, Kenya. The Maasai are the most famous tribe in Africa. Photo: Byelikova | Dreamstime.com

Yellowstone National Park, California

For something a little closer to home with an entirely different lineup of wildlife, Nat Hab also offers a seven-day Hidden Yellowstone Wildlife Safari tour. Follow along with naturalist Expedition Leaders and learn all about North American wildlife, ecosystems and the importance of predator-and-prey balance. This expedition takes travelers through less-traveled regions of the park, so even if your family visited before, this offers an insider perspective. Think plains, peaks, rivers and possible bison herds rushing by during your varied exploration — like you’re not a tourist and just one with nature. Take in the stunning Grand Tetons in the distance and keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, fox, moose and even bears and wolves.

Accommodations include Jackson Lake Lodge, with close proximity to the park and great views.  Learn all about the region’s history, diverse landscape and fire recovery with your expert guide. Tours begin at $5,295 and typically run at the end of August.