Some people want nothing more than a relaxing break away beside a pool or the sea; others might look for more exhilarating adventure. But if you are a lover of wildlife, then the world gives you an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with some amazing creatures. Wherever you are on the planet, there are wildlife experiences that you will treasure forever, but we’ve put on our thinking caps and come up with a list of some of the best. Let’s take a closer look at some incredible vacation destinations for wildlife lovers.
The Big Five bush walk in Zambia
Africa is one of the best countries in the world for wildlife, but if you are feeling super intrepid, the only way to see it is in Zambia. The Bush walks on offer there aim to take you out and see the Big Five – lions, elephants, black rhinos, buffalos, and leopards. Throw in a few hippos, zebras, and hyenas, and you can understand why many people brave stepping out of their safety cars for the Zambian bush walk – it’s an incredible, visceral experience second to none.
The wetlands of Pantanal
Brazil is an incredible country to visit, and many people struggle to choose between the Amazon and Pantanal. The former is the world’s largest rainforest, while the latter is the world’s biggest wetland. Tough choices, of course, but if it’s wildlife you are after, checking out Pantanal vacation packages is the only way to go. In short, it’s a paradise for wildlife and adventure, in stunning scenery. Sure, there is plenty of wildlife in the Amazon, but the truth is it can be incredibly tricky to spot – you’ll only hear the vast majority of it. In the Pantanal, however, you’ll see giant otters, monkeys, jaguars, and anacondas with a lot more ease.
The apes of Borneo
Orangutans and gibbons are always a big draw for tourists, and the only place to see them is in Borneo. For many people, seeing an orangutan for the first time is a life-changing experience – especially if you are lucky enough to make eye contact. But apes and marsupials aren’t all that’s on offer in Borneo. Clouded leopards, the endangered Sumatran rhino, and many more species all call it home, too.
The polar bears of the Arctic
Fancy a trip with a difference? Few people will contemplate taking a trip out to the Arctic, but those that do will never forget it. Polar bears are an increasingly endangered – and iconic – species that need to be seen in the wild to be believed. There are no guarantees you will spot one, but for those that take an Arctic cruise and see a mother polar bear and cubs, it’s nothing short of a spiritual experience. Just make sure you bring plenty of cold weather gear – and a long distance lens for your camera.
The evolution of the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are famous for being the place that inspired Charles Darwin to start forming his theory of evolution. It’s a unique place, where the wildlife is completely cut off from other lands. Because of this, you will see lots of weird and wonderful wildlife that you won’t see anywhere else.