About Royle Safaris
Who are we?
Royle Safaris has one of the largest selections of professionally organised, expert-led wildlife holidays and tours in the world. We are the only company that offers expedition style trips for some of the world’s rarest and most elusive animals. We’ve been organising specialist wildlife tours since 2010.
What do we do?
In essence we make wildlife watching dreams come true. We live for taking you into the world’s greatest wildernesses to see the world’s most incredible wildlife and ecosystems. All of our staff from our director to our local guides are wildlife enthusiasts and dedicated travel professionals. We take immense pride in organising outstanding, competitively priced, responsible wildlife experiences around the world. We offer a wide range of wildlife holidays and have categorised them for your ease. So whether your interest is birding, herping, botanical or historical or if you want to see specific animals such as bears, whales, big cats or wolves or if you would like to enjoy a wildlife cruise, wildlife hiking holiday or family friendly safaris we have a range of trips for you to browse.
Where are we based?
we are based in Cheshire, England but our hearts and minds are in the wild places of the world.
How old are we?
Founded in May 2010 Royle Safaris has over a decade of experience in taking hundreds of people to over 50 countries around the world and showing them thousands of species of animals. We are specialists in mammal watching holidays and focusing on some of the world’s rarest species. Our ethos back in 2010 was to offer trips to see species which were rarely the target of wildlife holidays. This was either because they were deemed to difficult to see or so little was understood about the animal and the locations that they live in. Now 12 years later we have pioneered trips for Siberian Tigers, Red Pandas, Giant Armadillos, Amur Leopards, Javan Rhinos, Giant Pandas and many more species and our portfolio of holidays now boasts 150+ wildlife holidays to over 50 different countries worldwide. This is one of the largest selections of wildlife watching tours in the world.
What is a Royle Safaris Holiday like?
All of our wildlife holidays are expertly guided by a leading naturalist or expert local guides. Mammals are usually the focus on our trips, but even of these trips we highlight other wildlife such as birds, reptiles, plants etc as well as the conservation issues facing the places we visit and providing historical and cultural context t where we visit. As well as our mammal based trips and other general wildlife tours we have a range of very specialised tours too.
On our very specialist trips our guides are often the world’s best in that field and in some cases are the leading researchers, conservationists or experts in that species, ecosystem or field of interest. All of our trips are designed by zoologists and other wildlife experts to make the most of the best and latest wildlife sightings, conservation measures in places and maximise our chances for sightings on all of our trips.
Our holidays are often longer than other wildlife tours and, because we focus on locations more and make sure we have the best possible chances of seeing as much as possible. These longer than average tours allow for more detailed wildlife exploration, wildlife photography opportunities, relaxation in between excursions and to take an interest in the region’s people, culture, history and architecture. .
Our Types of Wildlife Holiday
We offer two types of wildlife watching tour, firstly private tailored tours and secondly scheduled group departures.(1) Private Tailored Wildlife Holidays – our tailor-made wildlife holidays have an itinerary designed especially for you or sometimes by you, and are set to depart on the date of your choice. If you prefer to choose who you travel with, whether family, friends or your partner/spouse, or exactly when you will travel, then a tailor-made safari might best suit your needs. All we need to know is your interest, dates group size and budget and we can create a perfect tailored itinerary for you. You are also more than welcome to book on our existing group tour itineraries for your own private group, this can be done on any dates you wish or even the scheduled group dates (as long as there are not other bookings on the trip already). For more information and how to contact us to start planning your taliormade wildlife watching tour you can visit our tailored safari page.
(2) Scheduled Group Wildlife Tours – our scheduled group tours depart on fixed dates annually. They are comprised of a group of people booking their own places on the trip. The majority of people do not know each other and areaccompanied by at least one expert naturalist. Our groups average 6-8 participants (with a maximum of 12) and some groups as small as 4 people. The average age range of our clients is 30 to 80+. We have roughly 50/50 split between male and female clients and many people booking on our group tours are solo travellers. Most important of all, we feel, is the complete mix of interests, and varied level of natural history experience and interest amongst the members of each group. We are proud of the happy and relaxed atmosphere that accompanies our holidays.
At Royle Safaris we are specialists in helping you find your perfect wildlife watching holiday. Our friendly staff offer unbeatable, flexible and expert service and have in-depth knowledge of the trips, wildlife and countries that we visit.
Royle Safaris Tour Leaders & Guides
Nearly all of our guides have long backgrounds working with the wildlife, habitat or country they are taking you to see. We pride ourselves in having the best guides in the world all of which massively enhance the trip experience.
Some of our guides and tour leader are specialists in one particualr field of natural history, while others are excellent all-round naturalists. We pick the guide based on the overall or specialist nature of the trip.
Whilst all of our tours are run in English we have many guides who speak a vareity of languages (over 20 different languages) and so if English is not your first language we can create pruvate tours for you in your chosen language. Providingguides who either speak your language or translators where needed.
Along with helping to find and indentify wildlife they will also provide information on the natural histpry of the wildlife or region as well the ongoing conservation work in that region. Their passion for their subject and destination will make your holiday a lot of fun, too.
Your safety & security
There are some inevitiable risks to your safety and security when travelling internationally. The most accurate and best advice on such risks can be found on the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. In order to assess and protect against any risks in your chosen destination, it is recommended that you refer to the Foreign Office website – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or by telephoning 0870 6060290 prior to travel.
It is a condition of joining one of our holidays anywhere in the world that you must be insured against medical and personal liability risks, including our 24-hour medical emergency assistance cover for the duration of the trip you book. We strongly recommend that you ensure the cancellation cover under your policy insures the full value of your holiday.
Our recommended travel insurance specialists are Insure&Go and Campbell Irvine.
To arrange cover or to obtain a quotation from these companies please contact Insure&Go direct online or contact Campbell Irvine direct on 01702 427236 or apply online or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Royle Safaris are proud to showcase the amazing animals and natural wonders that we come across during all our wildlife watching tours and safaris around the world. For some of our best wildlife photography visit our Wildlife Gallery.
Royle Safari Reviews
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Martin Royle – Director / Guide
Since graduation from The Victoria University of Manchester with a degree in Zoology Martin has been fortunate enough to spend most of his adult life travelling the world and working in a plethora of wildlife projects. With a life long passion for the natural world and thirst to learn and experience as much as possible he has set this company up with the overall aim of highlighting some of the most endangered animals and ecosystems in the world with a view to helping raise awareness of these animals and ecosystems; not just to the people who enjoy our tours but the local people we help by employing and educating as a long term commitment to help the sustainable development of eco-tourism around the world.
Although Martin would admit that elasmobranchs (Sharks and Rays) are his overall passion, he has worked on a great range of projects all over the world with many different kinds of animals including:
During this time he was involved in the conservation of various endangered reptiles and amphibians which has lead him to want to track down and find some of the overlooked of all animals; namely the reptiles and amphibians of the world. Our tours to Australia and specifically the Wild Western Coast and Extreme Territory are excellent places to find some of the cutest and charismatic of all reptiles and amphibians. Such as this bobtail skink which was picked up and removed from a busy highway in Western Australia. This reptiles are known to mate for life and show immense devotion to their partners including waiting by the body of their dead partner until they starve themselves; showing what some scientist believe is as close to grief as any reptile has every shown.
FAGASA Eco-Training near Kruger National Park
During this time Martin was trained comprehensively in field guiding techniques used in Southern Africa; including animal tracking, 4×4 driving, weapons handling, approaching dangerous game, identification of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. This is among the most important training and experience Martin has received and is evident in the way he conducts each and every safari.
The Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit with Bottlenose dolphins, Minke whales and Harbour porpoises: http://www.crru.org.uk/
During this time Martin gained his first experience working on the sea, this gave him the thirst for marine life and he has vast knowledge of cetaceans (whales, porpoises and dolphins) and elasmobranches (sharks and rays) which feature heavily in many tours we offer. Including watching minke whales and basking sharks off east and west Scotland.
The Andean Bear Project with Spectacled bears: http://www.andeanbear.org/ During this period Martin learned valuable skills in long distance tracking and identifying wildlife. Working high the Andean Mountains he has visited some of the most remote and beautiful areas of South America which he now wants to showcase to people in the search for the elusive and highly endangered Spectacled bear.
The University of Cape Town on a pHD project regarding the predator evasion behaviours shown by Cape fur seals when being predated by Great White sharks.
During this time Martin fulfilled a life long ambition and got up close and personal with Great White Sharks as well as other species including the pictured Bronze Whaler which was caught in a net and released by Martin after being tagged and measured with the data being sent to the Oceanic Research Institute.
Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project with Tiger sharks, sea turtles, sea snakes, stingrays and more marine life: http://www2.fiu.edu/~heithaus/SBERP/
This time was incredibly insightful to Martin as he gained first hand experience working with a vast range of animals and plants from sea grass, benthic invertebrates, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals such as sea snakes, sharks, rays, dolphins and sea turtles. This also showed Martin a huge area of Western Australia which is rarely on itineraries of other British Wildlife holiday companies.
SeaWatch South West on a pHD project regarding the presence of Basking sharks and plankton concentrations during the British summer/autumn: http://www.seawatch-sw.org/
During this, the most recent time spent on a research project, Martin has learned more about birding and the means of identifying birds at distance than on any other project. This is a valuable skill for the birding holidays we offer.
During all these projects and years spent travelling the world and going into many national parks he has developed a real sense of what is required to find, observe and understand wildlife in the field. Never being able to stop he is currently working on a number of private projects including writing A Field Guide to Batoids of the World (Skates and Rays) and an ambitious plan to have an international database for fellow wildlife enthusiast which will hopefully make finding animals in the field easier.
Most of our tours are conducted in the presence of Martin which ensures a number of things, firstly that the director of the company has a direct influence on the quality of the holiday and you gain is wealth of experience and knowledge to accompany you on the tour.
If you are yourself conducting field research and feel like Martin would be a help to your project in terms of data collection please get in contact and we will see if we can come to some arrangement.
Since establishing Royle Safaris Martin Royle has also been involved in various conservation initiatives and ecotourism principles such as helping to establish Sri Lanka’s responsible whale and dolphin watching protocols, establishing ecotourism in locations such as the Russian Far East, Ujung Kulon and far eastern Nepal as well as contributing to research of Siberian Tigers, Tapirs and Mandrills around the world.
Martin is also the vice-president of a non-profit organisation Trees for Tigers which is helping to reforest large areas of the Russian Far East tiger habitat as well as funding their ongoing research and educational programs in the regions north of Khabarovsk.