There is something undeniably special about getting up close to wildlife and witnessing creatures in their natural habitat; especially ones that can’t be found on your doorstep. Wildlife holidays offer the chance to experience just this.
Africa is a continent known for its incredible wildlife and diverse landscapes, and of course, the safari. Kenya, with its snow-capped equatorial mountains and signature acacia trees silhouetted on the savannah plains, has long been a popular destination for seeking out ‘the big five’ – the lion, African elephant, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.
In Botswana, seasonal floods turn the Okavango Delta into lush animal habitat, and the Kalahari Game Reserve is one of the greatest in the world. Tanzania – home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria, and the Serengeti National Park – has an abundance of wildlife in some stunning settings; and South Africa boasts incredibly well-preserved native flora and fauna. Then there are Zambia’s famous leopards, and the majestic gorillas found in the jungles of Rwanda, Uganada and Congo. Wherever you end up, you can be sure to enjoy top facilities in the company of excellent local guides.
Situated 1000km off the coast of Ecuador, the ancient Galapagos Islands have made a name for themselves as one of the world’s best destinations for wildlife viewing and were inspiration for Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The impressive array of native plant and animal species means that much of what you see here can be found nowhere else on earth, such as the prehistoric giant tortoise and land iguana. Galapagos tourism revolves around the natural sights so there are many tours to choose from – both on land and by boat, or a mix of the two.
Venturing to the world’s southernmost continent is not something many people get to do in their lifetime. No place on earth compares to the vast expanse of ice and water inhabited by droves of penguins, whales and seals – not to mention the volcanos, glaciers and hot springs. Covering an area of 14 million square kilometres, but with a human population of just over 1,000 (most of which are scientists based at research stations), this is one place that will show you nature in all its beautiful, brutal glory.
Orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra
While there are many great species that have sadly become endangered, one of the most iconic that is now close to extinction, is the orangutan. Seeing these incredible creatures in their home lands of Borneo and Sumatra is something that may not be possible for much longer because of drastic deforestation. But responsible tourism can help towards their conservation, whilst raising awareness of their plight. These islands are also home to tigers, rhinos and elephants and some of the most magical looking birds you’ve ever seen.