For many people, shooting wildlife is a highlight of their holiday! Of course, I mean with a camera. So what animal have you always wanted to see in the wild? I’ve listed a few below, with their destinations.
The obvious place for a wildlife holiday is to travel to Africa – safaris to see the Big Five are always popular. Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa are common destinations, but you can also enjoy wildlife destinations in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. But there are many places where one can see and enjoy the wildlife.
Bear watching – best place to see black bears is in North America. Watch for brown bears in Europe – Romania is a good location. Polar Bears – the most accessible place to encounter these magnificent beasts is in Canada, specifically Churchill and best from May to September. Or you could be adventurous and sail the Arctic to see them in more wild places.
Without doubt, an encounter with mountain gorillas in their own habitat is one of the most incredible experiences anyone could have. I can book you a safari to see gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda. You’ll stay in the tropical rainforest.
Whale and dolphin watching holidays – in many destinations, you can take a boat trip to see whales or dolphins in the oceans. From the Azores, Canada, Madiera, Alaska, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, South Africa amongst many.
Also in Sri Lanka, you can visit National Parks to see leopard, elephant, jackal, wild boar, buffalo and deer. One of the highlights here for many is to visit areas where orphaned elephants are cared for. Nepal is a popular destination for those who want to trek and climb the mountains of the Himalayas. However it is also a destination for wildlife – the Chitwan National Park is home to one-horned rhinos, sloth bears and leopards.
India is an incredible place to visit, with monuments and historic cities. But for wildlife, the chance to see Bengal tigers. Ranthambore National Park is the best place to see them, it is home to over 40 tigers.
Would you prefer to search for dragons in the Komodo National Park in Indonesia? Or Asiatic Lions in Gujarat, Western India? Orang-Utans in Borneo?
South and Central America have some fantastic wildlife spotting destinations. Costa Rica is well-known for its rainforests, perfect for spotting howler monkeys and green turtles. The Galapagos Islands have some unique species of animals to discover, which you can do as a cruise on yachts on its own or as part of a longer South American trip. Brazil has the huge area around the Amazon and Pantanal Wildlife Reserve, here you could search for caiman on a night boat trip.
Australia has so many animals, insects and reptiles that could do you serious harm – but they also have cute quokkas, cuddly koalas and penguins with attitude!
Finally, Antarctica is becoming more accessible for tourists – mainly arriving by cruise ship to see the incredible landscapes and animals that call the cold continent home.
Some tours have photography experts on the team so you can really make the most out of every shot you take. It goes without saying, that we only use companies for these tours that have excellent eco-credentials. They use local guides and experts where possible to make sure you learn about the habitat you’re exploring, returning home with a greater understanding of our planet.
If you can’t decide where to go or what to see, get in touch – I’ll help you decide and then book you the perfect holiday.