Going for wildlife safari? Roaming around 5 hrs and still not able to see the wildlife you wanted to see? You may be in the wrong place! What could be more paradisiacal than going for wildlife safari in one of the best wildlife destinations? While going for a wildlife safari, first be sure of the type of animals you are willing to see. You definitely don’t want to go to see the same species again and again in a different country, if you have already seen that particular species in some other countries. Things to consider while selecting your next ideal wildlife destination that is best is whether there are some unique animals you haven’t seen before. For instance, you may want to see endangered orangutans and other primates. Then you should go, without any doubt, to Indonesia. There are many wild animals, birds, reptiles, marine animals inhabited in a different part of the world. You may spot the same animal in different countries. But you should give a thought while choosing the destination because you could spot that particular animal without any difficulties in some countries while you may have to rely on your luck in other countries. Some species are exclusively found in some parts of the planet only. Here comes the list of the best wildlife destinations in the world.
If you want to have ultimate wildlife experience on earth, then Tanzania is the ideal destination for observing wildlife just a few feet away from. Watching ‘Great wildebeest migration’ can be your mesmerizing and unforgettable experience.
Wildlife Highlights: Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Wild Dogs, Hippos, Wildebeests, Zebras, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Gazelles, Crocodiles, Flamingos, Black Rhinos (endangered), etc.
Depending on your travel location within Botswana, you are going to enjoy the plenitude of wildlife. Highest bird species diversity can be found here. Because of its vast wilderness and diverse wildlife, Botswana is a country worth exploring.
Wildlife Highlights: Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Wild Dogs, Hippos, Wildebeests, Zebras, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Crocodiles, Black and white Rhinos (endangered), etc.
3. South Africa
The diverse landscapes of South Africa are home to thousands of species. However, The Big Five are the star attractions in South Africa.
Wildlife Highlights: Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Wildebeests, Zebras, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Crocodiles, Black and White rhinos (endangered), Baboons, Pythons, Cape Cobras, Scorpions Pygmy Shrews, Blue Whales, Great White Shark, African Penguins, Ostrich, and Over 850 species of birds.
4. Brazil (The Amazon Basin)
Amazon basin is home to a huge diversity of flora and fauna. Roughly 60% of the Amazon rainforest lies within Brazil. There are over 10,000 species and subspecies of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates.
Wildlife Highlights: Piranha, Capybara, Jaguar, Giant Otter, Giant Anteater, Golden Lion Tamarin, Black Caiman, Poison Dart Frog, Keel-Billed Toucan, Sloth, etc.
5. Indonesia, Malaysia (Borneo)
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and is divided among three countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei). Known for its rich biodiversity, Borneo rainforests are home to unique and most endangered species.
Wildlife Highlights: Asian Elephants, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Orangutans, Gibbons, Proboscis Monkey, Pythons, 400 spp. of birds, Sea turtles, etc.
Because of its diverse landscapes, Madagascar is home to the vast array of wildlife. Most of the species that inhabit here are found nowhere else in the world.
Wildlife Highlights: Different species of Lemur, Fossa, Comet Moth, Aye-ayes, Panther Chameleon, Gecko, Tomato Frog, Lowland Streaked Tenrec, Painted Mantilla, Madagascar Fody, Madagascar Owl, Humpback Whale, etc.
Being a geographically diverse country with stunning landscapes, Nepal is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. There are numerous national parks and wildlife reserves that offer the privilege of watching most stunning wild animals. Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park are two of the world heritage listed sites popular among travelers.
Wildlife Highlights: Bengal Tigers, Asiatic Elephants, One-horned Rhinoceros, Clouded Leopards, Snow Leopards, Pangolin, Fox, Marbled Cats, Tibetan Wolves, Monkeys, Jackals, Antelopes, Wild Boar, Sloth Bears, Spotted Deer, Blackbucks, Swamp Deer, Musk Deer, Wild Buffaloes, Yaks, Crocodiles, and over 900 species of bird.
Due to the diverse ecosystems and habitats, Mexico is home to vast arrays of reptiles, mammals, rodents, etc. If you are desperate for watching marine life, then the Sea of Cortez is the perfect spot for your wildlife tour.
Wildlife Highlights: Spider Monkey, Mexican Prairie Dog, Coati, Ocelot, Mexican Grey Wolf, Mexican Rattlesnake, Greater Grison, Mexican Iguana, Opossum, Tamandua, Anteater, Howler, Albatross, Flamingo, Shorebirds, Crocodile, 10 species of Whales, Shark, Dolphin, Sea Turtle, Sea Lion, Manta Rays, etc.
Nowhere will you find the greatest untamed lands that you will find in Canada. You will be very much surprised at Canada’s richness in terrestrial wildlife as well as marine life.
Wildlife Highlights: American Bison, Arctic Hare, Beaver, Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Badger, Canada Lynx, Reindeer, Red Fox, Wolf, Mountain lion, Deer, Porcupine, Prairie Dog, Moose, Polar Bear, Beluga Whales, Killer Whales, and many bird species.
Not only the change in geographical events but also the climatic events have led to the evolution of unique species of flora and fauna in Australia. It will be your mesmerizing wildlife journey observing those weird animals in their natural habitat.
Wildlife Highlights: Kangaroos, Koala, Echidna, Platypus, Wombat, Wallaby, Tiger Quoll, Cane Toad, Tasmanian Devil, Australian Goannas, Dingo, Crocodiles, Whales, Sharks, Mata rays, etc.
11. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Being one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet, you can see the most unique and myriad species of fauna- both on land and water.
Wildlife Highlights: Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Land Iguanas, Giant Tortoises, Green Turtles, Finches, Blue-footed Boobys, Sea Lions, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Lightfoot Crabs, etc.
Note: If you want to see fur seals, then head towards Namibia. If you want to see penguins, then head towards Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. If you want to see gorillas, then head towards Rwanda and Uganda.
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