Wildlife viewing is one of the most enjoyable aspects of travel. Seeing nature in it’s natural environment, un-touched by man, is truly a never forget it moment. Never before have so many destinations been available for us as travellers to view wildlife in it’s natural surroundings. Here are 5 of the top spots to view wildlife this year.
The Galapagos Islands are famous for a variety of unusual creatures, from marine iguanas to blue-footed boobies, and you’ll get closer to the wildlife than you would anywhere else in the world. Today, there are over 58 species of birds residing in the Galapagos, making this one of the worlds top destinations for bird watchers. A little to tame for you? Then snorkeling with sea lions might be right up your alley. The adolescent sea lions love to play! They will pester you to chase them, they imitate you underwater, and when they see a camera, they’ll come flying right at you and zip right around making for some amazing moments.
Costa Rica is home to more than 500,000 species, which represents nearly 4% of the total species estimated worldwide, making Costa Rica one of the 20 countries with the highest biodiversity in the world. With about 1,251 species of butterflies, 175 species of amphibians, 250 species of mammal and 894 bird species, it is almost impossible not to see wildlife in this eco-tourist’s dream.
Although Belize is a relatively small country, it has an amazing variety of wildlife living in a wide range of habitats. There are roughly 145 species of mammals living in Belize. There are 139 species of reptiles and amphibians that have so far been identified in Belize, including 56+ species of snakes. Belize is also a birder’s paradise, with over 500 species of rare and beautiful birds thriving in its many distinct habitats. Belize Barrier Reef is a must for marine wildlife with several types of reef sharks such as the Caribbean reef shark and the Blacktip shark.
Located in north Tanzania and extending to south-western Kenya, the Serengeti hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. The Serengeti is home to millions of large herbivores, with more than 35 species of plains-dwelling mammals, as well as the accompanying carnivores and prolific birdlife. When on tour, try spotting the “Big Five”—lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Believe me, this ain’t no zoo. It’s the real thing!
Borneo is the third largest island in the world. The Borneo rainforest is 130 million years old, making it the oldest rainforest in the world. According to WWF, the island is estimated have at least 222 species of mammals (44 of which are endemic), 420 resident birds (37 endemic), 100 amphibians, 394 fish (19 endemic), and 15,000 plants (6,000 endemic) — more than 400 of which have been discovered in surveys since 1994. Get to Borneo before the tourists do. This is one place one of the least explored areas on the planet.