UK-based travel outfitter Natural World Safaris has introduced its newest level of tours, NWS Select. The new division offers custom, specialist-led “safaris,” giving travelers exclusive access to destinations ranging from pole to pole.
There are four categories available.
Aperture allows guests travel on the ground with BBC and National Geographic wildlife photographers. Destinations include Antarctica, Madagascar and Svalbard. Tip: Photographers of all experience levels are suitable for this option. Aboard the High Arctic journey, guests will travel aboard one of Natural World Safaris’ ships with only six passenger cabins.
Frontier journeys are for more adventurous travelers. It is “about pushing the boundaries,” they explain. Available itineraries include trekking for wildlife in Chad, tracking Amur tigers in Siberia, swimming with sperm whales off the coast of Dominica, and seeing grizzlies in the Yukon. The goal of these adventures is to get as close to the wildlife as possible.
Navigator gives travelers to chance to visit the poles in ultra-luxury. Both the Arctic and Antarctic are available for groups to take private Explorer Yachts to uncover remote islands. These are often combined with jet charters.
And finally, there is Portfolio, which comprises ultra-exclusive journeys “with no limits,” according to Managing Director Will Bolsover ([email protected]). These bespoke journeys include exclusive access to conservation projects or practically any other adventure the guest wants. Sample itineraries include: taking guests to see 18 endangered species in 12 locations over the span of 111 days; a private jet from Cape Town to Antarctica where guests get luxury tents and venture on a hot air balloon journey to see emperor penguins; visits to ice caves en route to the South Pole; and trans-African hot air balloon safaris.
Good to know: Natural World Safaris is one of only two outfitters that can arrange for guests to swim with blue whales in Sri Lanka. Currently, Natural World Safaris offers itineraries to 38 destinations, and can plan travel for families and honeymooners.
Fully bespoke trips account for more than 90 percent of Natural World Safaris’ adventures.