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In pictures: 10 adventure holidays up close with nature

October 1, 2013

Horseback safaris in Kenya - Horses can plough on into quieter territory that safari vehicles and mini-buses cannot reach. In this part of the world, this means fording rivers as wildebeest herds cross, skirting close to hippo-packed pools and sharing open plains with giraffes, zebras and elephants. Corbis
Horseback safaris in Kenya - Horses can plough on into quieter territory that safari vehicles and mini-buses cannot reach. In this part of the world, this means fording rivers as wildebeest herds cross, skirting close to hippo-packed pools and sharing open plains with giraffes, zebras and elephants. Corbis
Tiger snapping in India - Dedication is often required in finding wild tigers in India. The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh is the best spot for seeing them. Getty Images
Tiger snapping in India - Dedication is often required in finding wild tigers in India. The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh is the best spot for seeing them. Getty Images
Whale-watching under the midnight sun, Norway - Between May 25 and July 18, the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to go whale watching under the photogenic light of the midnight sun. Getty Images
Whale-watching under the midnight sun, Norway - Between May 25 and July 18, the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to go whale watching under the photogenic light of the midnight sun. Getty Images
Watching turtles laying eggs, Grenada - Leatherback turtles regularly come back to the same beach where they were born to give birth - usually between April and July. It’s possible to stand in Levera Beach at night and watch the whole process by torchlight. AP Photo
Watching turtles laying eggs, Grenada - Leatherback turtles regularly come back to the same beach where they were born to give birth - usually between April and July. It’s possible to stand in Levera Beach at night and watch the whole process by torchlight. AP Photo
Tundra buggying with polar bears, Canada - In the surrounding tundra of Hudson Bay, Churchill, man gives way to polar bears at the top of the food chain. Tundra buggies with giant tyres plough through the bear’s domain - allowing camera-wielding visitors to get up a lot closer than would otherwise be safe. Corbis
Tundra buggying with polar bears, Canada - In the surrounding tundra of Hudson Bay, Churchill, man gives way to polar bears at the top of the food chain. Tundra buggies with giant tyres plough through the bear’s domain - allowing camera-wielding visitors to get up a lot closer than would otherwise be safe. Corbis
Swimming through jellyfish, Palau - The invertebrate inhabitants of Mecherchar Island’s Jellyfish Lake have evolved to farm algae with their tentacles, rather than sting, making it safe to get in the water with them. Corbis
Swimming through jellyfish, Palau - The invertebrate inhabitants of Mecherchar Island’s Jellyfish Lake have evolved to farm algae with their tentacles, rather than sting, making it safe to get in the water with them. Corbis
Sailing to the wall of penguins, South Georgia - South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean has no permanent human inhabitants, but more than enough king penguins to go around. Hundreds of thousands of them can be found during the Northern Hemisphere winter on the Salisbury Plain coastal strip alone, nurturing chicks until they are ready to fend for themselves. Corbis
Sailing to the wall of penguins, South Georgia - South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean has no permanent human inhabitants, but more than enough king penguins to go around. Hundreds of thousands of them can be found during the Northern Hemisphere winter on the Salisbury Plain coastal strip alone, nurturing chicks until they are ready to fend for themselves. Corbis
Snorkelling with whale sharks, Australia - The Ningaloo Reef is just as glorious as the far busier Great Barrier Reef on the east coast and comes with the added bonus of the biggest fish on earth - whale sharks. Corbis
Snorkelling with whale sharks, Australia - The Ningaloo Reef is just as glorious as the far busier Great Barrier Reef on the east coast and comes with the added bonus of the biggest fish on earth - whale sharks. Corbis
Cruising the Chobe River, Botswana - The rule of thumb in Africa is that where there’s water, there’s wildlife - and the Chobe River in Botswana is notorious for the high concentrations of animals slurping water from its banks. When hundreds of elephants go for a drink at once, the best vantage point is from on the river itself - which is where the purpose-built Zambezi Queen houseboat comes in. Courtesy of AmaWaterways
Cruising the Chobe River, Botswana - The rule of thumb in Africa is that where there’s water, there’s wildlife - and the Chobe River in Botswana is notorious for the high concentrations of animals slurping water from its banks. When hundreds of elephants go for a drink at once, the best vantage point is from on the river itself - which is where the purpose-built Zambezi Queen houseboat comes in. Courtesy of AmaWaterways
Microlighting with eagles, Zambia - There’s no shortage of animals to spot in eastern Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, but the Tafika Camp offers a different perspective. The owner, John Coppinger, takes guests up in his own microlight for a bird’s-eye view of the buffalo, hippos and general bush-waking-up activity below. Courtesy of Remote Africa Safaris
Microlighting with eagles, Zambia - There’s no shortage of animals to spot in eastern Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, but the Tafika Camp offers a different perspective. The owner, John Coppinger, takes guests up in his own microlight for a bird’s-eye view of the buffalo, hippos and general bush-waking-up activity below. Courtesy of Remote Africa Safaris