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Hawaiian bird pictures.
Many Hawaiian birds are rare and endangered including this tiny Hawaiian Honeycreeper.  Jack Jeffrey

Bear watching, wildlife, nature pictures.
Bear watching vacations inspire memorable nature pictures.

Jeff Foott, Natural Habitat Adventures

Welcome to the Travel with a Challenge bird, nature and wildlife vacation showcase, a unique collection of the best in travel ecotourism. Just click on individual images or titles below to enter each richly-illustrated, educational and entertaining feature story.

This web magazine offers exciting articles on cultures and countries, cruise and train travel, nature and wildlife holidays, and active adventure vacations worldwide. Use the site navigation menu to explore other travel themes and destinations suitable for senior travelers, their families and friends.


Learn about initiatives to protect Asian elephants, a species at risk, from cruel and harmful treatment.
zAsian elephants are not only a species at risk in Southeast Asian countries, they are also captured in the wild, trained using unacceptablly cruel techniques and kept in poor health and safety conditions for decades. Educating travelers and tour operators about removing elephant entertainments and activities from travel itineraries is a worthy goal that is gaining traction.
Learn about initiatives to protect Asian elephants, a species at risk, from cruel and harmful treatment.

Article on walking safari in Okavango Delta, Botswana.
While the vast majority of wildlife safaris in eastern and southern Africa rely on vehicles to track the amazing animals that are the highlight of every trip, sometimes a walking exploration can lead to unexpected adventures too. Our safari writer, Elaine Mays, shares her tale from Botswana's Okavango Delta.

Article on walking safari in Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Article about video photography tips for travel vacations.
Videography expert, Janice Davis, shares her personal insights from leading safaris in South Africa's parks and offers insider tips on capturing video highlights of your own adventures that you will be proud to show. For novices and seasoned hobbyists, Janice's short video clips illustrating each tip are inspirational and educational even with the simplest digital camera – don't miss them!


Article about video photography tips for travel vacations.


Article about best bird watching small ship cruises around the world.

Bird Watching is one of the world's most popular activities. Traditionally, most of it has been land-based, but increasingly small-ship cruises are being recognized as an ideal platform for spotting birds both while at sea and in remote places where land access is best made from a ship's landing craft. An expert shares his five favorite destinations for small-ship bird viewing around the world.

Article about best bird watching small ship cruises around the world.


Article about Bald eagle watching on the west coast of Canada.

When salmon return from the sea to migrate up British Columbia rivers, thousands of majestic Bald eagles know the best places to congregate to feast on the fish. Julie Ferguson shares her experience of one of the best organized wildlife festivals on Canada's west coast to celebrate this annual event.

Article about Bald eagle watching on the west coast of Canada.
Article about whale watching in five regions of the world.
For nature lovers the world over, whale watching is often high on their bucket list of vacation goals. The good news is that different species congregate in different waters of the planet in different months of the year, making it easy to view and learn about these amazing mammals. See our recommended whale spotting regions and what species you will likely meet at each one.

Article about whale watching in five regions of the world.

Article on African Wildllife Photography Tips.
Environmentalist, photographer and author, Uwe Skrzypczak, has written an inspiring, beautifully-illustrated and educational book to encourage African safari travelers (as well as all wildlife lovers) to elevate their photos from random vacation snapshots to outstanding images that capture the moment.

Article on African Wildllife Photography Tips.
Thailand marine adventures article plus marine life images.

Thailand marine adventures article plus marine life images.
Join scuba diver and writer, Doug Olthof, for a whale (shark) of an experience as he discovers the variety and beauty of Thailand's reefs and rocks on a five-day liveaboard dive boat holiday full of delightful surprises. Even if you are not a diver, you won't want to miss these amazing images taken around the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock.

Article about New Zealand's smallest and most endangered birds, marine mammals and reptiles.

Article about New Zealand's smallest and most endangered birds, marine mammals and reptiles.
Move over Africa's "Big Five" for an introduction to New Zealand's own smallest and rarest species of birds, marine mammals and reptiles in the world. Read their unique stories of survival and you will surely want to see these comeback heroes for yourself with a trip to Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, as named by the indigenous Maori long before the European settlers arrived.

Amazon Cruises Feature Wilderness and Wildlife.
Join anthropologist and travel writer, Susan Stafford, as she explores the upper reaches of Peru's Amazon Basin. Abundant wildlife viewing, pink-toed tarantulas, colorful stinkbirds, and visits to isolated Amazon villages are all accomplished from a comfortable river boat custom-built for international visitors navigating in a challenging environment.

Amazon Cruises Feature Wilderness and Wildlife.
Galapagos Islands: senior travel nature vacations.

Galapagos Islands: senior travel nature vacations.
Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s best known destinations for unique wildlife. Find out which animals island visitors have selected as their Favorite Five in 2008 out of 29 types of land birds, 19 different sea birds and dozens of land and marine mammals, many rare or in danger of extinction.

Namibia cheetah Conservation Fund volunteer vacation.
Book author and adventure traveler, Dorothy Conlon shares her educational volunteer experience of a 15-day Earthwatch cheetah rescue program in Namibia, where creating a safe, sustainable environment for the fastest animal on earth is a race against extinction.
Button image courtesy of Patricia Tricorache/CCF
Namibia cheetah Conservation Fund volunteer vacation.

Nature vacations in Scotland and the Scottish Highlands.
Explore Scottish highland history and ancient archaeology, encounter nature up close, and learn about environmental challenges at Scotland's Aigas Field Centre, where hosts, Sir John Lister-Kaye and his wife, Lady Lucy, offer warm, personal hospitality to guests staying on their historic property.

Nature vacations in Scotland and the Scottish Highlands.

Birds and bird pictures of Trinidad and Tobago.
In this illustrated profile of Trinidad and Tobago eminent bird photographer, author and conservationist, Roger Neckles, he shares with our readers his own powerful images of some of the islands most unique, colorful and exotic birds, and his personal observations about each species.

Birds and bird pictures of Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad adventure travel, nature vacations.
Distinguishing itself from other Caribbean destinations, Trinidad offers rural, natural area tourism, with local guides and hosts to showcase inaccessible regions for more adventurous visitors of all ages. Bat caves, rainforest swamps, waterfalls, river kayaking, hill hiking, and mountain bike trails are all on the menu!

Trinidad adventure travel, nature vacations.
Active vacations for senior travel in Yosemite National Park, California.

Active vacations for senior travel in Yosemite National Park, California.
Our senior contributor, Keith Stelter, proves that California's venerable Yosemite National Park has plenty to offer the active nature explorer from horseback riding adventures in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to hiking through deep valley gorges and around spectacular waterfalls in this world-class destination.

Nature and bird pictures are a must on Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
Join Lucia Appleby for an impulsive stopover on the island of Rarotonga in the South Pacific where she finds rare birds, rare people and a fragile environment where a successful transition to tourism will require dedicated community input.
Nature and bird pictures are part of a Rarotonga, Cook Islands vacation.

Bear watching vacations, nature pictures and wildlife pictures. 
Enjoy this fact-filled introduction to bears and bear watching vacations, including descriptions of operators who offer low impact, educational ecotours where bears are the star attractions. Then check the other two segments of this triple feature on bear watching vacations.

Bear watching vacations.

Australia's Kangaroo Island, nature pictures and wildlife pictures.  
Join travel journalist, Alison Gardner, for an exploration of Kangaroo Island, one of Australia's lesser known ecotourism treasures, where rare animals, sea mammals and birds enjoy a spectacular geological frontier.

Australia's Kangaroo Island, nature pictures and wildlife pictures.

Marine wildlife pictures, marine mammals, nature pictures.  
World-class photojournalist and marine mammal specialist, Jean-Pierre Sylvestre, shares his memorable encounters with whales, dolphins, walruses, seals, orcas, manatee and even a swimming polar bear in a natural environment where photography is always a challenge.

Marine wildlife pictures, marine mammals, nature pictures.
Australia's Heron Island, wildlife pictures and nature pictures.

Australia's Heron Island, wildlife pictures and nature pictures. 
Shirley LaPlanche shares her encounters with nesting turtles and an abundance of other natural residents on a recent visit to this unique coral island ecosystem located on the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast.

Elephant and nature pictures, wildlife vacations.

Elephant and nature pictures, wildlife vacations.
Learn how researchers are identifying dozens of ways that African elephants communicate up close and over vast distances, and pick an educational safari to observe for yourself these fascinating giants in the wild.

Hawaiian bird pictures, birds of Hawaii. 
Complementing our multi-faceted feature on Hawaii, Travel with a Challenge peaks through the lens of Hawaii's pre-eminent nature photographer, Jack Jeffrey, and shares his observations on the endangered and threatened wildlife of these islands he calls home.

Hawaiian bird pictures, birds of Hawaii.
Polar bear watching vacations, wildlife pictures.

Polar bear watching vacations, wildlife pictures.  
Doreen Pendgracs learned to obey the "number one rule" on the south shore of Hudson Bay in the Churchill region of Northern Manitoba, Canada, where the primary attraction is the always fascinating polar bear.

South African walking safaris and nature pictures.
Join adventure journalist, Peter Aiken, for a two-park South African safari that leaves the four-wheel drive vehicle parked back at the campsite while participants strike out on foot to track wildlife on its own terms.

South African walking safaris and nature pictures.

Killer whale hotlink to marine mammal article.
Marine mammal lovers will find vacation heaven in the picturesque wilderness village of Telegraph Cove where days are spent respectfully tracking and learning about local whales, dolphins, sea lions and porpoises, and nights are spent sleeping with history.

Killer whale hotlink to marine mammal article.
Grizzly bear watching vacations, wildlife pictures, nature pictures..

Grizzly bear watching vacations, wildlife pictures, nature pictures.   Naturalist and photographer, Jean-Pierre Sylvestre, encounters plenty of grizzly bears, killer whales and unexpected adventures when he visits British Columbia's remote Knight Inlet Lodge floating on the sea.

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