Wildlife Holidays

Best places for wildlife holidays with family

Best wildlife holidays

Seeing nature’s own creation – the glistening wild animals, on a wildlife holiday is perhaps the best time out for yourself. In fact, not just for you. Wildlife holidays also give your family and your children an opportunity to see and interact with animals they otherwise see only on television or in wildlife books.

Everybody loves wildlife holidays – starting from the two-year-old who can’t even talk to the 100-year-old who will need help getting into the safari jeep. Besides, it is said and believed that wildlife holidays in which we see the magnificent flora and fauna brings us closer to nature.

Coming closer to nature through a wildlife holiday is believed to bring about a change in our behavior or interaction with our Mother Earth. As a parent, we all want our children to experience great wildlife holidays so they become environmentally responsible.

The other reason we believe in wildlife holidays is that it helps people who take care of wildlife for us, make money for a living. In short, responsible wildlife travel is important to inculcate the habit of conservation.

Best places for wildlife holidays with family

Having said that, please check out what we have for you below – a list prepared by our wildlife experts after extensive research on the best wildlife destinations all over the World.

1. Belize

Spider monkey in Belize
One of the beautiful things you will observe during your wildlife holiday in Belize is the way the local treat their wildlife – with utmost respect. In this pic you see a spider monkey perched on a branch. Jack_photo / Shutterstock.com

Belize is a small country but it has a large variety of wildlife living in various habitats. Belize’s savannas and lowlands play host to rare waterfowl, its mountainous regions are full of jaguars and other beautiful cats, and its forests are filled with tapirs, and pumas.

Belize also has a lot of tropical birds, which is a beautiful sight for any wildlife lover. Belize has more than 500 species of rare and beautiful birds thriving, which makes it a bird photographer’s paradise.

It has a lot of wilderness areas accessible to people, it has protected parks with wildlife in it, it has coastal areas where marine life can also be seen.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is best place to check out wildlife, and it is two and a half hours drive from Belize City.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles, Mature
Suitable for Photography: Yes

2. Everglades, USA

If you live in USA this may perhaps be your best and cheapest wildlife holiday. Everglades National Park is a wetland wonderland within 45-minute drive from Miami. This wetland is full of wild birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects.

This national park is known as one of the great biological wonders of the world and can make for a quick wildlife getaway.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles, Mature
Suitable for Photography: Yes, just don’t drop your camera in the crocodile pits

3. Costa Rica

Scarlet Macaw in Costa Rica
Costa Rica supports a wide variety of wildlife due to its geographic position between the North and South American continents. In this pic you can see a lot of Scarlet Macaws. Jeep5d / Shutterstock.com

If you choose Costa Rica as your wildlife holiday destination, you are sure to see an amazing display of pure wildlife. Here is the range of wildlife one can expect here: monkeys, sloths, lizards, crocodiles, poison-dart frogs, sea turtles, jungle cats, and a huge number of exotic birds and butterflies.

The most iconic wildlife of Costa Rica are red-eyed tree frogs, white-faced monkeys, and scarlet macaws. Costa Rica supports an enormous variety of wildlife because of its geographic position – right in between North and South American continents.

It is believed that Costa Rica’s wildlife consists of more than 500,000 species, with 300,000 of them being insects.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles
Suitable for Photography: Yes, especially zoom-in photography to capture the 300,000+ small insects

4. Kenya

Kenya has an amazing array of wildlife for the discerning traveler. So much so, wildlife travelers feel 15 days of a wildlife holiday isn’t enough to see the whole of Kenya.

Safari is the best mode of transport for Kenyan wildlife exploration.

The big five of Kenyan wildlife are – Leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo. This country of diverse, rich habitat has broadleaf forests along the coast as well, which give it character.

The biggest wildlife spectacle in the world is the annual animal migration which happens between June and September. In the animal migration over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

In the path of this migration is Mara river which is infested with crocodiles which will prey on these migrating animals. It is the best wildlife spectacle in the World.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles, Mature
Suitable for Photography: Yes, great for all kinds of photographs. Don’t forget your super zooms.

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5. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Marine life in Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef is breathtakingly beautiful and one of the wonders of the natural world. If Australia is a nearby destination, we suggest your next wildlife holiday be to the Great Barrier Reef. Vlad61 / Shutterstock.com

Great Barrier Reef is the world’s richest area of diversity, supporting amazingly colourful corals, sponges, anemones & worms not to mention the numerous species of tropical fish, mammals, reptiles and birds.

It is the largest collection of corals on Earth making it the only living thing visible from space. This reef spans 200km and is composed entirely of living organisms – aquatic wildlife.

When you go on your aquatic wildlife holiday, you will find along the Queensland coast a large number of boats to shuttle divers and snorkelers to the reef so you can experience nature’s best aquatic wildlife display.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles, Mature, Romantics
Suitable for Photography: Great for underwater photography

6. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

Galapagos Islands are home to unique wildlife. For instance, the giant tortoises called Galápagos, from whom the island derives its name are the largest tortoises in the world. Their potential lifespan is around 200 years.

It was Charles Darwin who popularized Galapagos Islands. He would have never guessed that one day it would end up being one of the finest wildlife holiday spots of the World.

Here you can also take a cruise of the volcanic islands.

Some of the rare animals visible only at Galapagos islands are: Marine iguana, Flightless cormorant, Galapagos finches, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos fur seal, Blue-footed boobies, and lava lizards – a wildlife lover’s dream.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles
Suitable for Photography: Yes, you can take photos you can’t take anywhere else in the World

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7. Botswana

Rhinos in Botswana
Botswana’s vast wilderness offers the most diverse wildlife viewing in Africa. It is most popular for the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and buffalo. JMx Images / Shutterstock.com

The best of Botswana’s wild and pristine parks can be accessed on a Safari Jeep. On a safari trip amongst rest of the wildlife of Botswana you can also see the star attractions such as lions, hippos, elephants, zebras, giraffes and antelopes.

The flatlands of Botswana provide any wildlife traveler amazing landscape views. More than three-fourths of the country is Kalahari Desert with the Okavango Delta (a wetland) bang in the middle of the desert.

Three national parks and seven game reserves that are wildlife shelters occupy 17% of the land. The three national parks are the Chobe National Park, the Nxai Pan and Makgadikgadi National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and at least seven-game reserves to choose from for your wildlife jaunt.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles
Suitable for Photography: Yes, especially for wild angle photography

8. Madagascar

Located off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is the world’s fifth largest island. Since Madagascar has been in isolation for the last 90 million years, it is home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.

The popularity of the movie called “Madagascar” has also popularized this wildlife destination amongst children. Lemurs are everywhere – there are about 50 different types of Lemurs in Madagascar.

Of the 200,000 species plants and animals found on Madagascar, about 150,000 are not found anywhere else in the world – so a unique wildlife experience, if you will.

Some of the unique wildlife to be found here are: Flat-Tailed Geckos, Comet Moths, Tomato Frogs, Panther Chameleons, Madagascar Pochards and Malagasy Leaf-Nosed Snakes.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles
Suitable for Photography: Yes

9. Bolivia

llamas in Bolivia
40% of the earth’s animal and plant life can be found in Bolivia’s well preserved national parks. This makes Bolivia one of the best countries for a wildlife holiday. The animal in this pic is Alpaca, a close cousin of Llama. Gary Yim / Shutterstock.com

Bolivia’s varying landscapes makes it such a nice wildlife holiday destination. Bolivian wildlife is so huge that new species of plants and animals (and insects) are discovered every year.

At the same time, many of the thousands of species of birds, animals, reptiles, fish, and amphibians are vanishing at an alarming rate thus disabling the wildlife ecosystem. This is a huge cause for concern.

The first wildlife place worth visiting is Bolivia Wildlife Sanctuary, which is near the town of Coroico, around 100km from La Paz. Once the haven of illegal traffickers of wildlife products, the poaching has been controlled nowadays and peace has been brought back to the wilderness of Bolivia.

The second wildlife destination of Bolivia is Parque Nacional Madidi, one of the best wildlife holiday destinations of South America. Parque Nacional Madidi has an incredible variety of Amazonian wildlife, which will make your wildlife vacation worthwhile.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Singles
Suitable for Photography: Yes

10. Borneo, Malaysia

Majority of Malaysia is covered in rainforest, because of which it is host to a lot of interesting wildlife. Malaysia also has a large marine territory, which means your wildlife holiday can also involve watching aquatic wildlife.

The biodiversity is so intense in the country that it is believed Malaysia contains 20% of the world’s animal species. Some of the best places to visit are: Bako National Park, where you can see the rare proboscis monkey and the common macaques.

If you want to see Borneo’s orangutan sanctuaries, you should try out Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak and the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in Sabah.

Wildlife holiday suitable for: Family & children, Mature
Suitable for Photography: Yes, even underwater photography

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