The word safari, meaning travel, was once a popular way of describing trips to Africa for a big-game hunt. But it actually can mean any long or adventurous journey into the remote and rugged of the planet and is not just about filling wildlife with lead. Today a safari can take you to watch the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, track wolves in Yellowstone National Park, on whale watching expeditions in the Arctic or birding eco tours in Costa Rica.

If there is some way to travel and some way of getting there, someone will have thought of a way to bump you along and charge you for it. Safaris can be done in 4wds, on bicycle, motorbike, riverboat, quad bike, cruise, elephant back or any other means. So switch off the documentaries and come take a ringside seat.