There’s hardly anything that can compare to the feeling of seeing an animal up close in the wild. It’s a truly inspiring and breathtaking moment one can never forget, so it’s no wonder that holidays focused on wildlife sightings are becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Observing wildlife is a great way to reconnect with nature and take a break from your everyday life, but with so many options on offer today, picking just one can be a really tricky business. That’s why we have come up with a list of top 5 wildlife holidays you should check out before you head out to conquer the great outdoors next time.
Top 5 wildlife holidays you should check out to conquer the great outdoors!
Cage-Diving with Sharks in Gansbaai
If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping wildlife experience, try jumping into the shark-populated waters of South Africa. Since the ocean is crawling with sharp-toothed predators, you’ll have to do your marine wildlife spotting from inside a cage. There’s nothing to be afraid of, though, as these cages are completely shark-proof. Visiting the small fishing village of Gansbaai and cage-diving into the waters off its shore is a surefire way for you to begin to appreciate the often misunderstood ocean predators as they ought to be respected. May to October is the best time to visit Gansbaai, as the success rate of shark sightings in this period is very high (around 95%).
Searching for Tigers in Ranthambore
RanthamboreNationalPark is one of the last patches of untouched wilderness in India. What used to be a hunting ground for maharajas is now a national park which still holds the ruins of temples and mosques, as well as a fort dating back to the 10th century. What makes RanthamboreNationalPark so special is the number of wild creatures you can see during a tour of the area. Antelopes, crocodiles, langur monkeys, and sambar deer are just some of the animals you can spot during your stay in the park. Still, the main reason why many people decide to visit Ranthambore is the magnificent Royal Bengal tiger. The best time to visit this national park is in March, April, and May.
Observing the Great Migration in the Serengeti
The Great Migration in Serengeti is one of the most dramatic wildlife scenes you’ll ever get a chance to see. It’s a 1,200-mile odyssey of 1.5 million wildebeest moving from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. If you choose the right time for the visit, chances are quite high you’ll get to see a kill by a pride of lions. The best time to witness the Great Migration is February-March, when wildebeest herds come together in Serengeti. If you visit the park in June or July, you’ll get to see the animals crossing the spectacular GrumetiRiver.
Cruising the Waters Around Antarctica
The frozen wonderland of Antarctica is one of the few remaining wild spots that haven’t been spoiled by the human hand. Officially uninhabited, Antarctica is a place of extremes and it’s considered to be the coldest, driest, and windiest location on earth. Despite its harsh climate, though, Antarctica is home to many different wild creatures. Sightings of king penguin and seal colonies are a safe guarantee of an enchanting holiday like you’ve never had before. Besides penguins and seals, you’ll also get a chance to see whales and albatrosses. Due to its accessibility and more moderate climate, the Antarctic Peninsula attracts a huge number of visitors every year. Cruises to Antarctica run from November to late March.
Observing Wildlife in Yellowstone
Yellowstone’s LamarValley is a must-visit area for every wildlife enthusiast. The valley is home to America’s “Big Five” – the strong bison, the proud elk, the awe-inspiring grizzly, the swift cougar, and the solitary wolf. Bison and elk are easy to spot, while it’s much more difficult to make out a cougar hiding in the bushes. If you’re willing to rise early in the morning, you’ll also get an opportunity to see bears and wolves roaming the valley in search of prey. Besides the “Big Five”, you can also see a large number of deer during your tour of the YellowstoneNationalPark. Make sure you pack the right deer cameras before you hit the road if you want to capture a close-up of these amazing creatures on the go.
No matter which of these 5 wildlife destinations you opt for, you’re bound to have a great time. If you’re a hard-core wildlife enthusiast, don’t stop your wildlife explorations there: keep searching for inspiring wildlife destinations once you’ve checked in at these five amazing spots.