In case you live under a rock: Planet Earth II premiered last month on BBC Earth. Sir David Attenborough narrates the spellbinding wildlife spectacle. Needless to say, we’re hooked.
For all you city dwellers, consider it “place therapy.” Personally, we consider it “work-related.” Between us, we spend combined months each year traveling to many of the featured locations in Planet Earth. When we aren’t traveling, and until Star Trek-style teleportation has been invented, Planet Earth is the next best thing.
Prepare to be inspired by highlights from Planet Earth II and the Extraordinary Journeys safari experience.
Fernandina Island, Galapagos
Planet Earth: Observe marine iguanas hatching, and one hatchling’s race against its serpentine predators.
Extraordinary Journeys: Start at Santa Cruz Island. Enjoy incredible snorkeling, hiking and wildlife viewing. Savor the sights and sounds of one of the world’s most extraordinary ecosystems. Daytrip to Planet Earth’s Fernandina Island or one of the other pristine island destinations.
Namib Desert, Namibia
Planet Earth: Follow the battle between a desert-adapted pride of lions and a giraffe (dealing with a really lousy day).
Extraordinary Journeys: Travel to the heart of the desert to see Namibia’s desert-adapted lions AND desert-adapted elephants. For a really authentic experience, meet one of Namibia’s nomadic Himba tribes. For a different perspective, hot air balloon over the famous large Sossusvlei sand dunes as the sun rises and paints the sand a hundred different shades.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Planet Earth: Follow one of the world’s few lion prides adapted to hunting in the flooded wetlands of the Okavango Delta.
Extraordinary Journeys: Experience the magic of Botswana via mokoro, a type of traditional canoe used to navigate the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta. Exciting sightings include: leopard, elephant, hyena, hippo, and impala, to name but a few. Bonus: Stay on Chief’s Island, where Planet Earth II was filmed.
Andasibe National Park, Madagascar
Planet Earth: Enjoy heart melting footage of Indri lemurs in the jungles of Madagacar.
Extraordinary Journeys: Explore Madagascar’s forests on foot. Listen for the calls of the world’s largest lemur echo through the foliage as you seek out the ELEVEN other endemic species found here. Then, emerge from the undergrowth to learn about the Malagasy culture. Stop at a roadside stall to sample seasonal fruits and veggies, and admire the beauty and charm of rice fields and redbrick houses.
Feeling inspired? Call (646) 493-4730 or email [email protected] to start crafting your tailor-made trip with one of our expert safari specialists.