Namibia - There are a number of deserts, national parks and reserves across Namibia that house animals great and small, including the Etosha National Park and the iconic Kalahari Desert. Expect to see meerkats traversing in and out of their burrows; lions, giraffes, elephants and rhinos pacing gracefully along the plains; and, occasionally, cheetahs and leopards hastily crossing the vast sands. Namibia is a go-to for the authentic “safari” experience.
America - Yellowstone National Park. As well as its lush vistas and epic geysers, Yellowstone is home to an array of animals you won’t see anywhere else. Moose, bison, grizzly bears and wolves all wander the large reserve. Seasonal changes affect the chances of seeing the animals, so plan your trip accordingly.
Ecuador - The Galapagos Islands have become a popular tourist destination for wildlife watching, despite its remoteness from human civilisation. The islands are home to a plethora of unique species, such as penguins, iguanas, tortoises, albatrosses and so many more.
Uganda - Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts a number of different ecosystems, such as forests, lakes, volcanic craters, savannah and swamps, all linked by rivers and lagoons. Many African species can be found here, including a few of the big five. Mountain gorillas, lions, elephants, hippos, mongoose, chimpanzees, flamingos and a quarter of Africa’s bird species all call Uganda home.
Antarctica - The largest desert in the world, Antarctica is officially uninhabited by humans, but does have a population of many interesting creatures that are a wonder to see in the wild. Penguins, seals, whales and albatrosses can all be spotted at the South Pole. It’s not to be confused with its Northern counterpart, The Arctic, which is where to go in order to see the great polar bear.
Australia - Just a little way up the coast of Queensland lives the largest coral reef system in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is home to an incredibly diverse range of marine life, including whales, dolphins, porpoises, dugongs, turtles and over 1500 species of fish. There are also over 200 species of birds that live both on the sea and the shore, as well as saltwater crocodiles and living in the mangroves and marshes.