Wildlife tourism has been on the rise since the past decade and accounts for 20 to 40 percent of the $1 trillion global tourism industry. With so many enriching cultures and experiences to soak in, you no longer have to sit at home and watch majestic wild animals on TV, wishing you could catch them in person instead. If you don’t mind splurging on an offbeat adventure, pack your bags, get out of your comfort zone and into a safari to experience nature. Confused about where to go? Check out these 4 unique locations for wildlife spotting to make up your mind.
A wildlife heaven, Jim Corbett National Park in India presents to the world the stripped beauties, the Tigers. These endangered animals are habited along the foothills of the Himalayan range. You can spot this amazing animal along with other wildlife such as elephants, bears, leopards and over 600 species of birds.
Namibia provides sanctuary to endangered species such as rhinoceros in its Etosha National Park. It is also home to lions, elephants and other big cats such as the cheetah. The Kalahari Desert in Namibia is ideal for the big cats and meerkats enthusiasts. Be greeted by over 2, 00,000 Cape fur seals living along the Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast, which is a sight you cannot see anywhere else. For hunting enthusiasts looking for diverse wildlife picks, this is an absolute dream.
If discovering new species was a game, Borneo would be winning. With new species being discovered every year, it is already home to the Asian elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, and the endangered orangutans. Borneo, which is the third largest island in the world, hosts over 400 species of birds. Go bird watching or watch sea turtles lay eggs on the Seligan Island.
For those who want to snorkel with whale sharks and capture a once in a lifetime moment of seeing the largest creature on earth, i.e. the blue whale, Mexico should be on top of your list. A designated world heritage site, the Sea of Cortez is full of dolphins, whales, sea lions, shorebirds and other marine life. Mexico is also the home for millions of monarch butterflies. For all nature lovers, Sea of Cortez provides an ocean of opportunities.
If you think adventure is dangerous, being stuck in a routine is lethal. So why not dive in and see the world through a different lens this year?