On almost every bucket list across
the world, people desire to check off seeing their favorite animal in its
natural element. Nature-based tourism has always been a hit no matter your age
or background. With that in mind, here are some of the top wildlife experiences
found around the world.
Luckily these tuxedo-clad birds can
be found in multiple locations around the world. Do you prefer the chilly and
otherworldly experience of Antarctica? Or would you like to see them while
getting your tango fix in Argentina? Other locations include South Africa,
Ecuador, Australia, or New Zealand. From beaches to icebergs, regardless of
where you see them, they top the list of many “must see” lists.
Adventure travelers and nature
watchers from around the world jump on any opportunity to go whale watching.
The Baja Peninsula in Mexico is one of the biggest whale hot spots in the world
hosting over 20 different kinds including Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, and
Blue Whales. From December to March you can see hundreds of new mothers and
their calves during the yearly migrations. Other big whale watching locations
include Iceland, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and most of the west coast
of the United States.
Image source: Cailin O'Neil
These cute and cuddly creatures can
be found in the rainforest canopies of Central and South America. Bring a pair
of binoculars when searching for these guys as they do tend to make their home
on some of the highest branches. Consider investing in a rainforest guide as
their eyes are trained to detect the smallest details of the forest.
Part of the “Big Five” in Africa,
this regal cat is on everyone’s safari bucket lists. Most often seen in South
Africa, they can be seen as far north as the Gir Forest in India. Before
booking your next safari, make sure to contact the lodge and ask them about
seasonal migrations and the likelihood of seeing them during different times of
Another one of the “Big Five”,
elephants are some of the most beloved mammals in the animal kingdom. Whether
they are seen in the African jungles, or while volunteering with rescued
elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, seeing one of these big
beasts will take your breath away.
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Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.Follow Erica on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google Plus.
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