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An exciting wildlife encounter is one of life’s most memorable moments and a fixture on most bucket lists. There is nothing as thrilling as scouting for wildlife – the vibrant skies, the aroma of the vegetation, the call of the wind and the utter beauty of seeing animals in their natural habitat – but deciding on where to go next following an extraordinary trip can be tricky. Based on your interests or previous experiences, we’ve paired some unmissable wildlife encounters from around the world that we think you’ll love.
Kenya is the Africa of your imagination, offering fantastic game viewing and the opportunity to witness the glorious sight of the Great Migration over the Masai Mara. If you’ve visited this wildlife-rich park and are eager to embark on a safari once more, Botswana is widely recognised as presenting the most exclusive and impressive safari experiences in Africa. Home to the Big Five and many rare species of antelope, it is also one of the best places for wild dog and meerkat sightings.
Known for its abundance of flora and fauna, stunning scenery of cloud forests, rivers and volcanoes, Costa Rica may be first to tick off your list as somewhere you can enjoy adventure, wildlife viewing and relaxation. But if you’ve returned from Costa Rica and are eager to plan your next jungle trip, we think you’ll love searching for the iconic orangutans or proboscis monkeys among Borneo’s emerald rainforests. Described by David Attenborough as one of the planet’s ‘richest treasure-houses’, this is a wildlife haven not to be missed.
Perhaps the most noble creatures that roam our planet, spotting whales in the wild is a truly unforgettable experience. If you’ve already been to South Africa to spot the migrating southern right whales arrive in Hermanus en masse in what is one of the planet’s greatest natural performances, then we think you’d also relish a trip to Baja California in Mexico. Here you can embrace some unforgettable encounters with a number of fascinating species including the blue, grey and humpback whales.
Home to vast national parks, crystal-clear lakes and rugged mountains, a trip to Canada in search of its famed grizzly bear is a popular trip. But for a country that offers such diverse climate, landscapes and wildlife sightings, just one trip to Canada hardly makes a dent. If you loved watching grizzly bears congregate for the annual salmon run, then you’ll love a trip to the Canadian Arctic where you can spot the mystical polar bear roam in its natural habitat.
If you enjoyed the small-scale cruising and epic wildlife sightings on a trip around the spectacular Galapagos Islands, then a cruise to Antarctica should be next on your list. Similarly to the Galapagos, Antarctica will open your eyes to fragile and pristine ecosystems where every day is a surprise. Whether watching the endearing performance of the penguins, seals hobbling across the ice or floating alongside playful whales, wildlife encounters are memorable while exploring this hauntingly picturesque landscape.
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