If you love animals, you may consider the most fun vacation as one centered around unique wildlife. There are amazing places worldwide, with all climates, where animals abound. Fascinating creatures live in all different environments. Here are a few of the most loved travel destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. You would be hard-pressed to travel to all these destinations, but visiting any of them would make for an unforgettable adventure.
- Swim with Friendly Pigs
Do you feel like swimming with pigs? This question may sound outlandish, but not if you are at Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. It has crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and friendly pigs who have called this paradise home. Cruises from Miami can make this island a reality for you. The Bahamas also offers a shark tour where you can swim with tiger sharks or tamer nurse sharks.
- Witness Cold Climate Wildlife
In Svalbard, Norway’s frigid climate, you can see a lot of unique wildlife that you can’t experience in most other places or that you may only see in zoos. Auk penguins call the cliffs of Svalbard home. It is also home to a large polar bear population and many other marine mammal species, foxes and reindeer.
- Visit an Abundance of Animals
The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador are a must-visit if you have the chance. You can typically get closer to much more wildlife than in other parts of the world. Some animal residents, like giant tortoises, have lived there for millions of years. Because of very few natural predators, there is little fear. In addition to giant tortoises, look for other reptiles like marine iguanas. Also, watch for waved albatrosses and even tropical penguins.
- Care for Ill-treated Elephants
The Elephant Nature Park is in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is an eco-friendly sanctuary providing a safe space for elephants who have suffered abuse or other types of mistreatment. These gentle giants will capture your heart during your visit. The park is also home to other animal species, so you are sure to enjoy experiencing this fantastic adventure.
- Go On a Safari
Kenya, East Africa, is the place to go if you’ve always wanted to go on a safari. Here you should witness Africa’s Big Five: buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos. There’s a good chance you’ll also see crocodiles, hippos, gazelles, antelopes, chimpanzees, giraffes and zebras. Safaris are offered in several types, including driving, horse riding, hot air ballooning and walking.
- See a Plethora of Primates
The Borneo rainforest is home to a seemingly unlimited number of animals, but visitors always enjoy seeing the orangutans that inhabit the trees. You can also witness the Borneo elephant, which has a unique appearance to the other elephants you are used to seeing. Go to the Kinabatangan Wildlife Reserve to see many other primate species, along with the Malayan sun bear, the smallest variety of bear.
- Hang Out With Beach Kangaroos
Undoubtedly, Australia offers a vast population of unique wildlife not found anywhere else on the planet. Koalas, wallabies, dingos, Tasmanian devils and kangaroos are just a few of the fascinating animals you could see on your visit to Cape Le Grand National Park in Western Australia. You can even hang out with kangaroos at the beach!
- See a Tremendous Variety of Wildlife
Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful nature reserve bursting with free-roaming wildlife in their natural habitat. When you go, you never know what you will glimpse; look out for gray wolves, elk, bison, grizzly bears, moose and sheep. Some of the lesser-seen animals are mountain goats, wolverines and lynxes. Whatever wildlife you see, your trip to Yellowstone should be well worth the visit.
Are you ready to head out on your next adventure? Begin today planning your vacation to visit some of these incredible destinations. You’ll indeed have the time of your life seeing or even interacting with the animals. These are definitely bucket-list-worthy adventures.