Visit the World’s Greatest Wildlife Destinations

 

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Nothing compares to the once-in-a-lifetime moments you get to experience on a safari, wildlife cruise or National Park Hike. These moments, like watching a leopard stalk prey in Botswana or photographing a gaggle of penguins swimming in Antarctica, used to be nearly impossible (and expensive), since the areas were widely unchartered and remote. However, now, with more cruises and tours exploring these hidden wonders worldwide, there’s more chances than ever to watch wildlife dwell in their natural habitats. For the best viewing, visit one of these breathtaking destinations.

Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Located on the rugged shores of Hudson Bay in Northern Manitoba, Churchill is one of the few human settlements in the world that is also home to polar bears. Since they spend most of their summer hunting for food, the best time to view them is during the fall. The optimal way to experience the beauty of these bears is with a custom tundra buggy, which offers once in a lifetime chances to get up close and personal, while still remaining safe.

Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa
Chobe National Park in Botswana offers truly unspoilt views of Africa’s famed wildlife. On a game drive here, you won’t be met with other jeeps, but instead with views of warthogs, bushbucks, monkeys, lions, leopards and hyenas. A cruise along the breathtaking Chobe river offers a chance to see the marine mammals, like hippos and crocodiles.

Antarctica Peninsula
Although it may be void of any human life, Antarctica is home to one of the largest populations of penguins, with over 40 million spread across the continent. Once unchartered, Antarctica is growing in popularity, and more cruise lines are adding the snow-capped glacial peaks and emperor penguin colonies to their itineraries.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This tiny archipelago off the coast of Ecuador has been an iconic destination for wildlife viewing for over 200 years. Thanks to more cruise lines charting the South American Coast, it’s much easier for anyone to view its many inhabitants, like the island iguanas, Blue-footed Boobies, giant green sea turtles, sea lions and more.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Stretching over 1,616 miles off the coast of Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, comprised of 3,000 individual reefs, 900 islands and thousands of species of marine creatures, is one of the world’s greatest wonders. See the sharks, turtles, fishes and vibrant coral up close with a snorkel or dive.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States
Aside from spewing geysers, gradient canyons and rushing waterfalls, Wyoming’s crowned jewel is also home to some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife. From black bears to bald eagles to bison and coyotes, this area is rich with a vast array of animals.

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7 reasons why the Great Migration will be your #1 wildlife thrill

If you’re keen to experience the biggest wildlife spectacle on the planet, three words will suffice: The Great Migration.

The world is filled with plenty of amazing wildlife phenomena. But there’s simply none that compares in scope and scale to this annual event that takes place on the savannas of East Africa, as millions of hoofed animals thunder over the plains with predators in pursuit… And you can be among the select few to witness it up close with Natural Habitat Adventures!

7 reasons why the Great Migration will be your #1 wildlife thrill:

1) The world’s largest land migration
We’re talking 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle! Herds follow rain patterns that have guided them for millennia.

2) Exciting predator-prey action
Lion, cheetah and hyena stalk the herds, seizing the weak and young, while crocodiles lie in wait at river crossings.

3) New babies abound
Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest drop their calves when green grass is abundant on the southern Serengeti Plains.

4) Observe fascinating animal behavior
The decisions of a few individuals to run or elude predators drive the rest of the herds into group action through “swarm intelligence.”

5) Fabulous photo ops
Dark skies shift above green plains for a vivid contrast…while the clouds and dust kicked up by thousands of hooves create spectacular sunsets.

6) Hot air ballooning
There’s nothing like a perspective from the air to appreciate the migration’s scope as you float over the massive herds that darken the plains.

7) Mobile camps follow the herds
You get to be in the thick of the action, no matter what the season!

Many companies claim to offer “migration safaris,” though they follow the same circuit year-round regardless of animal movements, staying at crowded lodges away from the herds. Not so with Natural Habitat Adventures! They plan their routes to be in the optimal place at the best time. Small groups will enjoy secluded close-up wildlife encounters, away from tourist crowds.

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Zambia- Off The African Beaten Track

Because most tourists choose Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania to visit, Zambia has remained a well kept secret. Although, thought of as being “rustic” in the past, that is no longer the case. They have exquisite lodgings that offer all the commodities a person could wish for.

Canoe Safari & The Chongwe River House, Zambia

Canoe Safari & The Chongwe River House, Zambia

Zambia is home to the walking safari, not to be mistaken for mobile safaris. Walking safaris offer an extremely up close and personal approach to getting out into the bush and seeing wildlife firsthand. Groups walk to each camp, allowing for sightings that may have been missed if driven. The guests travel with rangers and are very protected while in commute. The overall experience of a walking safari allows for the authentic African experience.

Want another fun way to safari? Check out canoe safaris! Zambia is known as The African Waterhole and those that know about nature know that where there is water, there is wildlife! So, these canoe safaris make for an excellent way to see animals drinking, swimming and sunbathing!

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

Because of Zambia’s abundance of waterways, they have one of the most unique eco-systems in all of Africa. For example, leopards, that are at times difficult to spot in other locations, seem to be everywhere you look in Zambia. And speaking of leopards, there is a fabulous night tour that allows guests to see these massive cats in their most active hours! Very cool!

Bird watching is very common in Zambia as well. My favorite to spot is the elegant Crested Crane. And you are sure to wake up every morning to the call of the Fish Eagle, the national bird of Zambia. Oh and don’t forget about the endless pods of hippos and herds of elephants!

lazy leopard

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Must See National Parks In Zambia: Luangwa National Park, Lower Zambezi National Parks, Kafue National park

Zambia is truly a magnificent place! Take advantage of seeing its unlimited game!

Sonja Nash, Cruise & Travel Masters
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