As most parents will tell you, animals tend to go over well with kids and adults alike. Walt Disney World is packed with attractions and tourism opportunities for travelers to see animals up close.
Here are several tour ideas for families looking to get closer to nature.
Perhaps the most obvious place to start this list: Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Like any self-respecting theme park, Animal Kingdom offers thrilling rides, themed dining and shopping options, but with the added value of animals and wildlife opportunities, including a number of zoo-like walks and a safari tour. The Kilimanjaro Safari is a ride through Disney’s conservation land, giving riders the chance to see lions, elephants and more in carefully maintained habitats.
Aside from the safari ride and park animals, Animal Kingdom also offers a number of personal experiences perfect for families yearning to get a closer look at the animals.
Much of the wildlife tourism sector revolves around doing as little harm as possible, and often helping the communities and animals the tours visit. Responsible Travel is a tour agency working to help travelers leave destinations better than they found them.
Responsible Travel has tons of itineraries available on its website, from adventure tourism to wildlife. African safaris, Antarctica cruises, bear watching and much more are available for families looking for a bit of wildlife exposure. The tours are family-friendly and the perfect opportunities to teach kids about the world. The site even has family-specific wildlife tours.
Depending on your family’s next destination, wildlife will vary. Africa is always a safe bet for safaris as the continent is absolutely packed with things to do and animals to see. Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa are just three countries in Africa worth visiting for wildlife tour offerings.
Asia is home to incredible wildlife, some animals unique and exclusive, given the region. Tigers, orangutans and Asian elephants all call the continent home. India, Sri Lanka and other countries all have incredible tours to show every member of the family wonderful wildlife. Tourradar.com even has a Jungle Book tour, perfect for kids who love Disney’s film and would like to see the animals in the real world.
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