Your breath erupts from your mouth in blasts of crystallized vapor, the cold is relentless around you but you are warm and snug in your many layers of clothing, gliding across endless, pristine tundra. Your sled cuts through the freshest powder as your team of huskies, grinning widely and bounding ever forward with a playfulness that does not belie their incredible power, race onwards to give you a glimpse of Greenland like you’ve never imagined. Your eyes drink in the surrounding ice fields, mountains, and deciduous trees, in a silent land save the rhythm of paws beating against snow.
You too can experience this ultimate representation of the symbiotic bond between dog and man with a dog-sledding tundra safari in Greenland, a country that has exploded in popularity in recent years. It’s a very different kind of safari from the traditional pith-helmet African variety, but is just as thrilling, and perhaps even more special for its isolation.
Dog sledding tours in Greenland are not just outdoor adventures; they are cultural experiences. To Greenlanders, especially the Inuit people that call the region home, dog sledding is not just a recreational activity, but a way of life – a symbol of man taming and adapting to the wilderness. Skilled sled drivers will deftly mush dogs along from fishing hole to fishing hole, from which many Greenlanders subsist. Dog sledding has been important for both transportation and hunting in Greenland for over 5000 years. And now, as a safari-going tourist, you too can experience this fascinating historic lifeway for yourself.
The best times of the year to go are February, March, and April, when the snow is at its thickest and crispest, and the dogs are at their physical peak. Depending on the snowfall in any given year, you may even be able to go in mid-summer for some end-of-season sledding. Packages and flights are usually cheaper this time of year, as well.
To book your dog sledding tour, check out these great operators:
Depending on the type of trip you are taking you might need binoculars. Binoculars come in a variety of sizes and prices. We believe in letting the experts guide you. Here are our favorites about binoculars from around the web.
B&H’s illustrated buying guide for binoculars is top of the line. By far this is the best guide we have found.
As always REI has you covered with a detailed guide for buying the best binoculars for your adventure.
Want to look up at the stars? Space.com hast the best guide to buying binoculars for looking up to the stars
Looking for something more rugged? Aardvark Safaris’ guide for the best safari binoculars will have you ready to find lions, rhino, and even hippos.
Kenya is home to some the worlds best game parks and wild life reserves. If your are looking to go on African safari a Kenya safari is one best choices. The safaris in Kenya are filled with amazing animals, incredible landscapes, and Africa’s best all around experiences.
The ideal time to travel for a Kenyan safari is December to March and July to October. This when the safari conditions are the best in Kenya. Kenya offers both national parks and private reserves. The breath taking scenery is abundant with natural and undisturbed game and wild life. Kenya safaris is definitively backlist must.
The famed Rift valley in Kenya stretches the continent of Africa. The Rift Valley in Kenya has eight lakes, crocodiles, microclimates, sheer slopes and cradled lakes, mineral deposits, pink flamingo, colonial homes, along with tons of wild life.
At 26,000 square miles, Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake and is shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. It is so vast that you can stand on the shoreline feel like you are at on ocean. In some parts the shoreline is totally deserted while in others, very fertile farmland leads to pockets of dense population.
Lewa in Kenya, one of the world’s most important and privately owned wildlife reserves is beautifully set on 44,000 acres of grassland on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya. You can experience traditional game drives, camel safaris, walking expeditions and more.
Game Parks and Reserves in Kenya
- Aberdare National Park: Classic safari, The Big 5 (lions difficult to spot)
- Amboseli National Park: Classic safari, The Big 5, views of Mount Kilimanjaro
- Arabuko Sokoke Forest : Hiking, classic safari, mainly antelope species, great for bird watching
- Buffalo Springs National Reserve : Classic safari, 4 of the Big 5 (no rhinos), adjoining Samburu National Reserve without fences
- Chyulu Hills National Park: Horseback and classic safari, elephant, leopard and antelope species
- Hell’s Gate National Park: Cycling, walking and classic safari, mainly antelope species, lion very rare
- Kakamega Forest National Reserve: Hiking, small antelope species and monkeys, great for bird watching
- Kora National Park: Classic safari, 4 of the Big 5 (no rhino) and cheetah present, wildlife scarce
- Laikipia Plateau : Area containing multiple reserves, abundant wildlife w/ lots of rhinos
- Lake Bogoria National: Classic safari, mainly antelope species, flamingos
- Lake Nakuru National Park: Classic safari, The Big 5, famous for its flamingos
- Lake Turkana: Classic safari, mainly antelope species, wildlife scarce, many Nile crocodiles
- Lewa Wildlife Conservation : (Laikipia) Classic safari, reservation, The Big 5
- Marsabit National Park: Classic safari, The Big 5
- Masai Mara National Reserve :Classic safari, The Big 5 (rhino rare), many big cats, wildebeest migration
- Meru National Park: Classic safari, 4 of the The Big 5 (rhino in bordering sanctuary)
- Nairobi National Park: Classic safari, The Big 5, small park, lacking wilderness vibe, close to city
- Ol Pejeta Conservation (Laikipia): Classic safari, reservation, Big 5 and chimpanzee sanctuary present
- Ruma National Park: Classic safari, black rhino, leopard, giraffe and antelope species present
- Saiwa Swamp National Park: Hiking, Sitatunga antelope, no major safari animals, great for bird watching
- Samburu National Reserve : Classic safari, 4 of Big 5 (no rhino), adjoining Buffalo Springs without fences
- Shaba National Reserve : Classic safari, 4 of the Big 5 (no rhino)
- Shimba Hills National Reserve : Classic safari, 3 of the The Big 5 (no rhino or lion), abundant elephants
- Solio Ranch (Laikipia): Classic safari, reservation, The Big 5, famous for its rhino population
- Tsavo East National Park: Classic safari, adjacent to Tsavo West, The Big 5, low wildlife population density
- Tsavo West National Park: Classic safari, adjacent to Tsavo East, The Big 5, low wildlife population density