x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Answer the call of the wild with spring travel deals

This week's travel deals include a trek in tiger territory in India, a Tanzanian safari and searching for brown bears in Finland.

A nine-day trip with iExplore to Sarawak on the island of Borneo includes a day in the well-known caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Getty Images
A nine-day trip with iExplore to Sarawak on the island of Borneo includes a day in the well-known caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Getty Images

Sarawak

Embark on a nine-day trip with iExplore to Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. Sail on waterways through the rainforest, explore the massive cave systems of Gunung Mulu National Park - criss-crossed with rivers and shelter to cave swiftlets and a colony of nearly three million wrinkle-lipped bats. Also spend a night in a traditional longhouse as guests of the Iban tribe. The trip costs US$1,250 (Dh4,591) per person, and includes all local transport and most meals, services of a trip leader and local guides, accommodation and sightseeing. International flights are not included. Departures are set for April and May. Visit www.iexplore.com for more information.

Finland

Wildlife Worldwide's adventure holiday in Finland takes in the wilderness of the northern forests. On the itinerary are guided walks around Martinselkonen Nature Reserve, overnight stays in bear hides, boat rides, reindeer-spotting in Viiksimo and a trip through Taiga Forest. The eight-day, land-only trip costs from £1,245 (Dh7,382) per person, with airport transfers, some meals, local transport, accommodation in a lodge and forest hides and the services of naturalists and guides. Departures are in June, July and August. Visit www.wildlifeworldwide.com or call 00 44 845 130 6982 for more information.

Tanzania

Watch big game on the open savannah and explore the Rift Valley with Gap Adventures' week-long trip to Tanzania, with stops in the best gameparks including Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks, a day at Olduvai Gorge, a chance to meet Masai tribes and a taste of traditional cuisine in the village of Mto wa Mbu. The trip involves light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels, and costs $1,572 (Dh5,774) per person. Included in the price is travel by a private safari vehicle, six breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners, and park fees. The trip departs on March 28. To book and for details, visit www.gapadventures.com.

Costa Rica

See the natural wonders of Costa Rica with Bales Worldwide. The 10-day tour provides visitors with a chance to explore, through guided walks, cruises and treks, various sites including Tortuguero National Park (home to sloths, caimans and more than 300 species of birds); Lake Arenal with its volcanic vistas and hot springs; and the world-famous wildlife refuge of Monteverde Cloudforest, the habitat of the spectacular Quetzal. The land-only trip costs £1,585 (Dh9,398) per person, with the services of an experienced local tour manager or guide, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, sightseeing, entrance fees, accommodation and most meals. The trip departs on April 18. Visit www.balesworldwide.com for more information.

India

Take in tigers and the Taj Mahal. On the Go Tour's trip to India is based around the "golden triangle" - New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - with game drives in Ranthambore National Park. The nine-day, land-only trip, which combines sightseeing and tiger spotting, also includes lunch at an ancient haveli in Peharsar, an overnight stay in a heritage hotel, an elephant ride and an optional hot-air balloon flight over Jaipur's forts. Departures in March and April come with discounts of 15 per cent, and cost £599 (Dh3,552) per person based on two sharing a double room, with most meals, three game drives, local transport, tour guides, airport transfers and accommodation. Visit www.onthegotours.com for more details.

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