Last Updated on November 21, 2018 by Suzy
You don’t have to venture far for an amazing holiday that can bring you closer to nature. Or you could choose to fully immerse yourself in the wildlife and nature of faraway lands. A Nature Trek wildlife holiday could be for you and I’m sure that your family would love to come along as well.
Our wonderful world is full of so many different climates and regions and with that comes such a great variety of wildlife. Sometimes it’s knowing where to go to find the best wildlife that our world can offer. I’m not just talking about animals but to see forests, wildflowers and more. Here is a list of 10 different countries around the world where you can start to look at taking a nature holiday.
In Alphabetical order:
Alaska is full of spectacular scenery and its wildlife can live where many humans simply wouldn’t want to. It is perhaps most famous for not only its Grizzly bears but also its Polar bears. You could take a buggy to try and spot Polar bears and Arctic foxes. Alaska is a mecca for wildlife. During a wildlife holiday to Alaska, you could also expect to see Brown bears and Moose plus glaciers, fjords and a great abundance of bird species.
Did you know that there are 50,000 black bears and 35,000 brown bears living in Alaska’s untamed wilderness? A great way to explore Alaska is by boat and that could also mean spotting puffins, seals, orcas and humpback whales. It is often easy to spot hundreds of harbour seals basking on icebergs. There are also around 40,000 bald eagles in Alaska which should make spotting one easy.
What do you think of when you think of wild animals in Australia? Koalas and Kangaroos? It is estimated that over 34 million Kangaroos live in Australia. So although they may be shy creatures it shouldn’t be too difficult to spot one. Sadly it can be a lot harder to spot a Koala as their population in the wild is estimated at less than 100,000. But Australia isn’t all about the Kangaroos and Koalas.
Australia is also home to the Great Barrier Reef. This is home to whales, porpoises, dolphins, some incredibly colourful fish and so much more. It is one of the most stunning wonders in the world. There are many ways to explore either in the water or on a boat. Other mammals to hopefully see in Australia are wombats, dingos, platypus and wallabies. Plus so many less well-known mammals that you just don’t get to see anywhere else in the world.
Borneo is famous for its magnificent Orang-utans and you could have the opportunity to meet these magnificent creatures in the wild. But be careful as they are a lot stronger and unpredictable than you may think. Borneo is largely covered in rainforests and these are the home to Orang-utans and plenty of plants, animals and birds.
The rainforests, however, are slowly disappearing and this needs to change soon! There are many other types of primates living in Borneo and there are tours available to help you to spot them including gibbons and the proboscis monkey. Did you know that there are gorgeous and small in size elephants living in Borneo? The Pygmy elephants couldn’t be cuter with baby faces, oversized ears, plump bellies and long tails.
Botswana is currently considered one of the safest African countries so it is a perfect destination for seeing animals on Safari. One of the best ways to see the wildlife is on a mobile camping safari. Botswana is home to huge game reserves and national parks with largely bigger herds of animals than anywhere else in Africa. It is also home to the famous Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Animals you could expect to see in Botswana are Zebras, lions, Giraffes, elephants and many more.
Like Alaska, Canada is also another country where you can expect to see Grizzly and brown bears. One of their favourite pastimes is standing at the water’s edge catching salmon and there are boat trips that can take you to see them doing this. Canada has one of the most stable populations of brown and grizzly bears. Whales often migrate through the waters of Canada so the seas around can be a great place to spot some of the world’s biggest whales. Canada has stunning rugged scenery and is a haven for wildlife and wild plants, forests and flowers. If you are looking for a destination packed full of photo opportunities then Canada is the nature holiday for you.
There is nowhere on earth to match the wildlife of the Galapagos. You can expect close encounters with species such as giant tortoises, iguanas, penguins and sea lions, as well as 60 bird species, 28 of which can only be found on the Galapagos islands. The Galapagos are located off the west coast of South America. A great way to explore is by boat and to snorkel amongst the tortoises and sea lions.
The scenery is just as unique as the wildlife with volcanoes (this is how the Galapagos was formed and changes throughout history), lava fields, clear seas and sandy bays. The Iguanas look prehistoric and the Galapagos is home to the only swimming reptile. The red and also blue-footed boobies that visit the islands are also well worth spotting as they are funny yet mesmerising creatures.
Peru is a destination that I know my husband would love to visit one day to see Macaws living wild in the Amazon rainforest. For myself, it would be to visit the stunning abandoned mountaintop Inca town of Machu Picchu. There is actually a tour that combines both of these! Making this a birdwatching and wildlife adventure of a lifetime. Tambopata is home to one of the world’s biggest clay-licks where the Macaws land and eat on the clay which aids with their digestion of food from the rainforest. You could also expect to see Tapir’s and leopards on land plus thousands of seabirds and sea lions out at sea. Peru is so rich and diverse and simply stunning.
When you ask most people what countries spring to mind when they are thinking about wildlife and nature in our great world Romania would rarely be mentioned. However, it is somewhere to consider and is a lot more diverse and interesting than you may think. There are some stunning butterflies in Romania and the country is abundant with them.
Its hot summers and wide ranges of habitats help butterflies to thrive. It lists over 210 different types of butterflies with new species being discovered all the time. Visit at the right time of year and you won’t believe your eyes! You may even have the chance to spot brown bears living in the Carpathians. Or why not take a boat trip through the Danube Delta? A visit to Romania should also include a visit to Bran’s castle the alleged haunt of Count Dracula.
We took our honeymoon in Sri Lanka and we had so many different opportunities to see Asian elephants. We saw them on safari, up close at an orphanage and bathing in rocky river waters. They are memories that I will hold dear forever. We even spotted one in the wild, much to the alarm of our driver. Sri Lanka is a fantastic country for seeing elephants how they should be seen.
But that’s not all that Sri Lanka has to offer. There are many opportunities to see other wild animals such as wild boar, many different species of birds, macaque monkeys, leopards and so much more. Macaque monkeys can be seen in many places, especially at tourist spots and on hotel balconies. Check out our ultimate 2-week family-friendly itinerary for Sri Lanka.
When I think of Uganda I think of Gorillas. These Gorillas live out in the mountains and can be seen on foot by trekking through the forests. It is home to half of the world’s population of gorillas. Uganda is also home to 340 different species of mammal many you will be unlikely to encounter anywhere else on earth. Many other animals you could spot on a nature holiday to Uganda are Lions, Buffalo, African elephants, hippos and chimpanzees. Uganda is also home to over 1,000 species of birds making it a great destination for anyone eager to spot so many unusual types.
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