There is an increasing amount of wildlife viewing trips advertised to locations all over the planet, driving an increased interest in nature travel. For many people, viewing wildlife in their natural environment is among the most rewarding and uplifting travel experiences available.
Here is my top ten wildlife viewing travel checklist available to normal travelers.
Among the most memorable experiences in many people’s lives is spending an hour with a group of mountain gorillas, only available in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
Spending time watching the terrific wildlife of Africa’s rift valley is a memorable experience a lot more real than watching it on Discovery Channel.
3. Polar Wildlife from the Antarctic Peninsula
View the renowned polar fauna of whales, seals, penguins and other bird-life (especially the soaring albatrosses) in the least available and emptiest of the seven continents using a comfortable cruise on an ice-breaker. Most depart from the southern tip of South America.
See black and brown bears fatten up for the approaching winter sleep, gorging on spawning salmon at the cascading rivers of Canada and Alaska.
5. Galapagos Islands
View the location of Charles Darwin’s famous study into evolution in a living laboratory of volcanic islands. See the famed giant tortoises, extensive and unusual bird-life and the various other creatures that have adapted to the requirements of the Galapagos Islands.
6. Whale Sharks in Australia
Snorkel and watch the largest living creature on the planet cruise sedately through the warm waters of Ningaloo Reef off the west coast of Australia.
8. Bengal Tigers in India
Though elusive, the elegant Bengal Tigers can be found in a number of reservations across India. Once hunted by the maharajahs and their guests almost to extinction, they are currently protected.
9. Orang-Utans of Borneo
At the east of the island of Borneo, experience the creature that many scientists believe the most intelligent of all of our wildlife.
10. Lemurs and Chameleons of Madagascar
Geologically separate as an island for so long, Madagascar provides a selection of unique and unusual animals highlighted by the variety of lively lemurs and colorful chameleons.
Seeing wildlife in their natural habitat is one of the great privileges of travel. Love and learn about these majestic animals and birds in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.