If you are like me, then you are an animal lover and want any excuse to interact and observe them. So, why not make a vacation out of it, yea, you can do that. Try visiting one of these incredible national parks and see wildlife in their natural habitats while you have the time of your life. Let’s stop going to zoos, they aren’t good for animals and are usually depressing places. Instead see the beautiful animals in their natural environments with one of these awesome vacations.
A vacation for true animal lovers who also want some beach time, then Sri Lanka is for you. Do you want to see elephants walking around as you cruise an island destination? Then Udawalawe National park in Sri Lanka is your destination of choice. This national park is teaming with big wildlife like leopards, buffalo, sloth bears and of course massive elephants. You can chill on the beach one moment and then take a guided tour and see as much wildlife as your heart desires.
If you want true unspoiled wilderness and the greatest collection of untouched wildlife, then you have to check out The Galapagos National Park in Ecuador. This is the place that Charles Darwin came up with his theory of Evolution because animals on these islands evolved differently than the same species other places. This rough and rugged vacation isn’t for the feint of heart; you’ll be roughing it for sure. The wildlife is second to none here and if you are a true animal lover, you’ll appreciate it.
The home to more Bengal tigers than anywhere in the world is Jim Corbett National Park in India. Located a few hours North of New Delhi, this national park is divided into six regions and only a small amount of tourists are allowed in each region daily. This is done to protect the animals and keep crowds down. Avoid the monsoon season as most of the park is closed and it rains way too much to enjoy your trip. You’ll see tigers, elephants, alligators, and more birds than you have ever seen.
Channel Islands, California
If whale and dolphin watching is more your speed then you have to check out the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, CA. This collection of five islands creates a funnel that all the marine life travels through in a spectacular showing. You’ll see all sorts of whales including Humpbacks, orcas, sperm, pilot and Blues. Great white sharks are also known to cruise the area as it’s on the way to their spawning grounds off the coast of Mexico. The area is also home to sea lions, seals, dolphins, and all other marine life. Marine animal lovers rejoice!
Alaska is the final frontier of untouched wilderness and Denali National Park is the epicenter for wildlife in the region. Just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska is Denali Park where you will find Grizzly Bears, moose, wolves, caribou and lynxes just to name a few. This is the ultimate in rugged road trips, so pack warm and be ready for an adventure
The greatest safari in the world is located in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, where you’ll see big cats, zebras and gazelles. The Serengeti plains are known to host all sorts of large animals and you’ll see them all here. Don’t get too close to the hippos or rhinos they are very territorial. If a photo safari is what you seek, then search no further.