Published on March 5, 2014
From wild zebras in Africa to tigers in India and wolves in Quebec, here are great places to get your fill of nature for adventure tour.
Serengeti National Park-Tanzania Northern Tanzania provides more opportunities to see large numbers of animals in the wild than possibly any other spot in the world. Both Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area are famous for spotting the lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards and rhinoceros. These five animals are the most difficult in Africa to hunt on foot, but now they refer to the animals visitors most want to witness on a safari tour. The Serengeti area also provides a unique opportunity to watch animal migration in action. It is one of the last great migratory systems intact and there are few opportunities to see over a million of any species, let alone just two, roam together.
Bandhavgarh National Park-Madhya Pradesh, India Tigers are an animal many travelers would love to see, but unfortunately, the endangered species is increasingly rare. According to the WWF, there are only approximately 3,200 wild tigers with the largest population, the Bengal tiger, found primarily in India. Since 1993, the park has been considered a tiger reserve so it has the highest density of tigers in India, making it likely you’ll spot one during your visit. A safari tour at the park can be experienced one of two ways: via jeep or on the back of an elephant. It should also be noted that the best time to visit is from mid-November to June.
Kangaroo IslandSouth Australia Only 15 kilometres off the South Australian mainland, Kangaroo Island is a great site for seeing all kinds of animals, but two species in particular: kangaroos and seals. One spot not to miss is Seal Bay Conservation Park, located on the island’s southern shore, where visitors can observe Australian sea lions via the selfguided boardwalk or opt for beach access for adventure tour.
Katmai National Park and PreserveSouthwestern Alaska, United States One of the greatest locations in the Northern hemisphere to observe animals is in the Alaskan wilderness. While there are a great variety of animals to be found in the Southwest area of Alaska, visitors to Katmai National Park and Preserve are usually on the lookout for brown bears. Since there is no road access to the King Salmon (the park headquarters), visitors must fly into the park. In addition to hiking tours, kayaking, and observing the wildlife, Katmai National Park is a very popular spot for sport fishing.
Parc OmegaMontebello, Quebec, Canada Canada’s landscape provides ample wildlife viewing, the park is located in Montebello, about 132 km from Montreal and only 81 km from Ottawa, making it a great stop for visitors to either region who’d like to see some Canadian wildlife. From the safety of a vehicle, visitors will see bison, elk, black bears, red deer, and both timber and arctic wolves. The park also provides walking and hiking trails that are protected and only contain non-aggressive animals.
Volcans National Park-Rwanda With only 850 mountain gorillas presently inhabiting the world, it’s amazing that 300 of them live in a country as small as the state of Maryland. High in the mountains of Volcans National Park in Rwanda, 18 mountain gorilla groups reside, 10 of which can be visited by tourists. Another thing to take into consideration: since groups range in their location, visiting one group might only take a short walk through a forest, but another group might be saddled with an hour and a half trek through dense growth.
Osa Peninsula & Tortuguero National Park-Costa Rica Few places are both accessible and filled with tropical wildlife, so Costa Rica is an easy bet for some great wildlife sightings, especially if you are traveling from North or South America. The Osa Peninsula, located on the Pacific side of the country, is one of the few places to spot the Scarlet Macaw in the wild. Bordering the Caribbean Sea, Tortuguero National Park is located near Costa Rica’s northeast border with Nicaragua. Members described exploring the canals into the park by boat, from which they were able to spot toucans, monkeys, sloths and other animals. Another recommendation is to take a guided walking tour at night.
Punta TomboChubut Province, Argentina Along with the majestic nature that visitors can experience while visiting Patagonia, there are some unique opportunities to see animals. Punta Tombo, located on the Argentine Sea in Chubut Province, is the best place to see Magellan Penguins within continental Patagonia. With more than a million and a half Magellan Penguins arriving to Punta Tombo every year to breed, you are bound to see quite a few! Though the first penguins arrive in September and stay at Punta Tombo until midMarch, the recommended time to visit for optimal viewing is after November once the babies are born.
Kruger National Park-South Africa Encompassing 2-million hectares and straddling two different regions of South Africa, Kruger National Park is one of the most famous places in the world to see wildlife tour. It is also one of the best locales for spotting the “Big Five:” lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros. One unique aspect of Kruger National Park is that it’s a self-drive game park, meaning visitors can pick up clearly illustrated maps at every entrance to the park and navigate for themselves, taking their time and stopping whenever they want. However, if you want a guided tour, there are game walks and drives, hikes, and even mountain bike routes for exploring the park.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve-Near Ambergris Caye, Belize Only a short 20-minute boat ride from Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the best places to snorkel in all of the Caribbean. Numerous snorkel and scuba aficionados remark that it is incredibly rare to see such a variety of wild fish in such shallow water, since most of the reserve is only 6 to 10 feet deep. Groupers, angelfish, and even eagle rays can be spotted regularly in this area. Within Hol Chan Marine Reserve there is an area called Shark Ray Alley famous for its number of nurse sharks in the shallow 8-foot water.
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