Travel might be a fantastic opportunity to see jaw dropping vistas to experience cultures that you might otherwise zero exposure to. But it’s important to remember who we share this Earth with as we globe-trot, as well. For that reason, we’re going to take a look at some of the single best countries in the world to visit for wildlife vacations.
Though it has a comedic reputation for having some incredibly dangerous critters, Australia is one of the most ecology unique countries in the world. Cut off from migratory animals from other continents for a long time, it still retains a lot of distinct character. But perhaps the best chance to get up close and personal with the local fauna is swimming with the sharks off the east coast.
When you think of wildlife trips, what is your first thought? For most people, it is going to be the safari. African safari trips offer some of the richest opportunities to see the most diverse of creatures. Tanzania, South Africa, and Botswana all deserve to be on this list. However, if we had to choose one African safari location, and we’re going to limit ourselves to one, the nit has to go to the sweeping valley of Masai Mara, where some of the largest migrations in the world happen, all visible from a hot air balloon.
If you want to get really isolated, then how about visiting a chain of islands where there are fewer than 30,000 people? Since their discovery, they have been an ecological marvel with a wide list of unique species. With giant tortoises, colorful birds, numerous iguanas, and all other sorts of creatures that simply cannot be seen anywhere else in the world, it is a must-see destination for anyone who considers themselves a zoological enthusiast.
While Kuala Lumpur is fast becoming one of the crowning jewels of the booming southeast tourism industry, it is just as rich as countries like South Africa when it comes to unique wildlife. Malaysian tigers, Asian elephants, mousedeer and tapirs are easy to find thanks to places like the Tabin Wildlife Reserve. The country only recently passed an act guaranteed greater conservation efforts, so supporting the fight by visiting is more important than ever.
The US is a huge country and thus it’s going to have a huge eco-diversity. The best place to visit in the US for a wildlife holiday, in a lot of peoples’ opinions, is Yellowstone National Park. Beyond being the largest National Park and one of the most volcanically active places in the whole world, it’s a great place for tours that bring you close to grizzly bears, wild wolf packs, bison, elk, otters, and much more.
Many wildlife vacations are more than a booming part of the tourist industry worldwide. A lot of them, especially those run in National Parks, are important parts of our conservation efforts and the money made from tourism can also help protect the very creatures we marvel at. If you want to be a conscientious traveler, choose conscientious wildlife adventures, too.
Okay. Here is my itinerary in yahoo weather widgets. Towards the end my packing dilemma will be revealed.
First stop, Vienna. Fly into Frankfurt Saturday with Malaysian Airlines, then hop straight onto an Air Berlin flight to Vienna. Were supposed to be meeting friends there, but they’ve pulled out… plans to date: apple strudel (for Rish), music, horses. For all locations, suggestions welcome. We probably won’t stay in Vienna the whole time we’re in Austria, likely to venture out a little :) (more…)
Just on a month until Rish and I fly out to Germany… 25 days away, planning to visit Vienna also, and will spend a few days in Malaysia on the way home, you know, to eat and to see his extended family, oh and to take advantage of having a free Stopover there with Malaysia Airlines (MH122 and MH6 there, MH123 and MH5 on return, for my airline nerdlings ;).
I trust that the backlog of volcano passengers will be cleared and we won’t have to deal with them (or have full planes, I hope not!). Of course, I bought my travel insurance as soon as our flights were paid for! Can’t leave home without that! Still have a few things to sort out, but getting there.
Still unsure of my plans for my time there… Trains will be in order.
Any tips for places between Frankfurt and Vienna that I must go?