Top 10 Dream Destinations for Wildlife Lovers [Slideshow]
There’s something incredibly exciting about waiting to spot rare and exotic wildlife. From lions in Africa to a seahorse colony on the Great Barrier Reef, watching magnificent creatures in their natural habitats creates holiday memories that last a life time.
Planning a wildlife holiday is simple, given that there’s a wide variety of package deals and tours to take advantage of.
Especially if you’re going on a family holiday, look for deals that include flights, accommodation and a wildlife adventure, such as diving, a safari or hiking tour. This way, everything will be taken care of, you’ll likely receive discounts for booking an all-inclusive package – and you can get on with your love of discovering animals.
So, where in the world will you choose to go? Get inspired with a slideshow of some of the world’s dream destinations for wildlife.
Madagascar’s national parks are world-renowned for wildlife, even without the movie of the same same. Parc National d’Andasibe is home to the indri, the largest of the lemur species. Go whale watching at Ile Sainte from July to September and discover sea turtles around Nosy Tanikely.
With a mysterious lack of natural predators, the Galapagos Islands are a true haven for wildlife. This may very well be one of the last places on earth where you can get up-close and personal with animals that aren’t scared of people. Look forward to seeing gigantic tortoises, sea lions, iguanas, colourful birds and rare butterflies. Cruises are a great option, to visit a number of unique islands.
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Take advantage of 12 campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park, to increase your chances of spotting incredible wildlife. On a backdrop of natural beauty, with waterfalls, wildflowers and famous geysers, you could spot bears, wolves, deer, moose, bison, badges and otters.
If you’ve always wanted to go ‘on safari’, the Serengeti is the place to do it. Home to a number of national parks, here is where you’ll see huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles, crocodiles, cheetahs and, if you’re very lucky, maybe even a mother with her offspring.
The Amazon Rainforest
The largest rainforest on earth is famous for the anaconda and the colourful Toucan. Monkeys, giant insects, jaguars, dolphins and macaws join a wealth of species in the lush depths of the forest. The best bases for joining a tour, are in Brazil, Peru and Ecuador.
Though the mighty Rhinoceros population has been culled by poachers over the years, Namibia has provided some sanctuary for them. Etosha National Park is a wildlife reserve where you can also see lions, giraffes, elephants, leopards and cheetahs.
When you truly want to get into the ‘wild’ Antarctica’s harsh, white-washed landscape makes for a thrilling adventure, via cruise ship. You’ll see abundant bird life, dolphins, killer whales, penguins and seals on a backdrop of icebergs and glassy waters.
Tree frogs, scarlet macaws, anteaters, bats, butterflies and lizards are among the stella lineup of creatures, in Costa Rica. Visit Corcovado National Park for monkeys and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for the famous sloth.
Borneo is home to those unique species you only ever dream of seeing, including pygmy elephants, flying squirrels and the proboscis monkey. Visit Orangutan rehabilitation centres, hike through Kinabalu National Park and traverse the mangroves along Kinabatangan River.
The Great Barrier Reef
Base yourself in the holiday hotspot of Cairns, to make the most of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Coral reefs, sea snakes, octupus, dolphins, whales, sharks, turtles, sting rays, marine birds – whatever under water species you’d like to discover diving or snorkelling, chances are you’ll tick it off your bucket list here.