Best Safaris Around the World3 min read
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! If you’re looking for wild adventures when traveling around the world, going on a safari might just be perfect for you.
So what’s healthy about a safari? Despite what you see on TV, many safaris are traveled by foot with a guide, rather than riding in a caravan. Don’t worry, you won’t be running for your life, you’ll just be doing a lot of hiking and trekking while taking in the awe-inspiring sights.
Here are some the best safaris the world has to offer.
This African country isn’t as well known for its safaris, but its gorilla population makes it an incredible destination. Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park consists of mist-covered hillsides and one of the country’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests. This forest is the home of an estimated 320 mountain gorillas, which is roughly half of the world’s population. In addition to gorillas, several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants, antelopes and around 350 species of birds call this place home.
This destination is located in the far northern region of India, on the Indian side of the Himalayas. In this high-altitude desert, a guide not only introduces you to the town, but he also takes you on a trek to look for snow leopards. During this overnight trip, you get to explore the mountains looking for wildlife while learning the area’s local folklore, customs and traditions from your guide. In addition to spotting snow leopards, you may also catch a glimpse of golden hawks, brown bears, and blue sheep.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
This globally renowned tourism destination in Thekkady, India, is one of the country’s 27 tiger reserves. At the Periyar Tiger Reserve, you have the opportunity to hike the tiger trail through the rainforest and grasslands, taking in the endangered flora and fauna. You can also go bamboo rafting with the chance of spotting wild elephants, bison, boar and deer.
Africa is known for its safaris, but there are so many safaris offered all over the country, which one do you choose? Well, the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya is touted as one the country’s best wildlife reserves. It’s one of the most popular destinations for safaris in Africa due to its abundance of big cats, including lions, leopards and cheetahs. This reserve has one of the highest lion densities in the world and is the spot where more than two million wildebeests, zebras and Thomson’s Gazelles migrate every year.
While you could take a traditional caravan safari here, we recommend you literally take a walk on the wild side with a walking tour led by a specially trained guide, who will share their vast wildlife knowledge with you.
You just can’t talk about safaris across the globe without mentioning South Africa. That’s because it is the best place to see the “Big Five” – buffalos, elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos. The best place to see all of these animals is Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. Similar to in Kenya, you can take a guided drive through this park, but there are guided walks as well.
Walking tour safaris are definitely the route to take for serious adventurers. Not only will you be exercising by hiking and climbing, you will reap the benefit of being able to see nature and wildlife up close.
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