There’s an increasing amount of wildlife viewing trips advertised to locations throughout the world, driving a heightened interest in nature traveling. For many people, viewing wildlife in their natural environment is among the most rewarding and uplifting travel experiences out there.
This is my top ten wildlife viewing travel checklist available to ordinary travelers.
1. Mountain Gorillas of Central Africa
Among the most memorable adventures in many people’s lives is spending an hour with a bunch of mountain gorillas, only accessible in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
Spending time watching the great wildlife of Africa’s rift valley is a memorable experience a lot more real than watching it on Discovery Channel.
3. Polar Wildlife in the Antarctic Peninsula
View the famous polar fauna of whales, seals, penguins and other bird-life (especially the towering albatrosses) at the least available and emptiest of the seven continents via a comfortable cruise on an ice-breaker. Most depart from the southern tip of South America.
4. Bears and the Salmon Run in Canada and Alaska
See brown and black bears fatten up for the winter sleep, gorging on spawning salmon in the cascading rivers of Canada and Alaska.
5. Galapagos Islands
View the location of Charles Darwin’s famous study into evolution in a living laboratory of volcanic islands. See the famed giant tortoises, unusual and extensive bird-life and the various other animals that have adapted to the demands of the Galapagos Islands.
6. Whale Sharks in Australia
Snorkel and observe the largest living creature on our planet cruise sedately through the warm waters of Ningaloo Reef off the west coast of Australia.
Becoming endangered with our warming world, visit the antics of our largest land carnivores and their kids await the freezing of the sea ice off Churchill in north-eastern Canada.
8. Bengal Tigers in India
Though elusive, the elegant Bengal Tigers can be seen in several of reservations across India. Once hunted by the maharajahs and their guests almost to extinction, they are currently protected.
9. Orang-Utans of Borneo
In the east of the island of Borneo, experience the monster that many scientists consider the smartest of all our wildlife.
Geologically separate as an island for so long, Madagascar provides a choice of unique and unusual animals highlighted by the assortment of lively lemurs and colorful chameleons.
Viewing wildlife in their natural habitat is one of the wonderful privileges of travel. Enjoy and learn about these majestic animals and birds in some of the most gorgeous locations on earth.