Nothing compares to the feeling you get when seeing a wild animals in its natural habitat, especially if it comes as a surprise. Now that travel is becoming more and more eco-conscious, an increasing number of people opt for wildlife vacations that allow them to get in touch with nature and get away from the hubbub of the city. If you’re curious what it’s like to see elephants, gorillas or whales off the TV screen, now it’s easier than ever to embark on a breaht-taking, life-changing adventure that will surely give you a different outlook on wild animals. Here are some of the best wildlife watching destinations in the world, where you get the chance to meet a few of the most fascinating species on the planet.
Bwindi Imprenetrable National Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable is not quite as inaccessible as its name might suggest, but it is a remote corner of Uganda that can only be reached after a long and strenuous trip, and the park itself can only be explored on foot. Little human intervention was made in the park, which is just as well considering that Bwindi has one of the riches ecosystems in all of Africa. Among the species you might meet in the park are the elusive and severely endangered mountain gorillas – the park is home to one half of the mountains gorilla population in the world.
Galapagos is a corner of paradise for naturalists and animal lovers, but since it is one of the most diverse places on the planet it is well protected and quite inaccessible, and few people are given permission to explore the island, and even then in the company of a certified guide. But you don’t need to step foot on the islands to enjoy their natural diversity, as there are many yacht and boat operators that take tourists to see some of the best wildlife watching sites on the archipelago.
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Kangaroo Island is fairly isolated from the mainland and it is an oasis of rich wildlife and vegetation. If you want to see most of the iconic species of Australia, then your best chances are on KI. You get to see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and echidnas along with other lesser known (but just as fascinating species). Book a guided tour, or rent a car and explore the island on your own.
Hudson Bay, Canada
The small town of Churchill in Hudson Bay is nicknamed the ‘polar bear capital of the world’, and it is said that there are more polar bears than people in the area. This might actually be true during the migration season, when polar bears come fro inland to the shores of Hudson Bay. You can see the bears from a safe distance from a tundra buggy. Don’t miss your chance to see beluga whales in July and August.
Komodo and Rinca Islands, Indonesia
The most famous (as well as dangerous) resident of Komodo and Rinca is the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on the planet. These meat-loving 70 kilo lizards don’t care too much about humans, but still it’s better to keep your distance. The islands have other interesting a rare species to the wildlife a