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5 best wildlife safaris

06 December 2019 08:16

Take in wildlife in its natural habitat

Take in wildlife in its natural habitat

Whether you're in a Jeep, dug-out canoe or on horseback, a glimpse of the world's most spectacular creatures is always worth the effort. Read on for five of our favourite safari destinations...

1. Ranthambore National Park, India

India is home to the world's largest tiger population and Ranthambore is the country's largest tiger reserve. In the national park of the same name, Bengal tigers can be spotted lazing in the intense Rajasthan heat, on top of 1,000-year-old ruins. Visit in the summer months between April and June, as plants shrivel in the blistering heat and the big cats, deer and crocodiles of the park are found cooling down by shallow watering holes.

2. Okavango Delta, Botswana

Expect over 530 species of birds, 160 species of mammals and 150 species of reptiles at Okavango, a region that earns its place on the list thanks to the diversity of its wildlife. The riverside retreat is an oasis in a region dominated by drought and the final destination of thousands of migrations.

3. Borneo, Malaysia

If a diverse habitat is what you're looking for, Borneo's jungles are difficult to beat. Over 40 unique mammal species can be found in the canopies and crevices of this lush vegetation. Pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and the most sought-after of them all, the orangutan, call this corner of Asia home. Look out for their distinctive reddish hair while taking a river boat excursion in the Kinabatangan region.

4. Kakadu National Park, Australia

The Australian bush is best experienced in the country's Top End region. Here lies the Kakadu National Park and its most famous resident, the saltwater crocodile. The park is found at the crossroads of the outback and tropics, and is well known for crashing waterfalls, monsoonal rivers and steep, rocky slopes. Visit towards the tail end of the May-October dry season, for the Top End's most awe-inspiring spectacle, the migration of tens of thousands of waterfowl to the Mamukala wetlands.

5. Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda

A departure from the usual African affair of Jeeps and horses, a Rwandan safari will see you trekking through thick jungle in the hope of sighting troops of mountain gorillas. Be warned, trekking these remarkable animals requires a lot of hiking and hacking. The nearby Akagera National Park offers the chance to stay at Bisate Lodge, a luxury dwelling found in the eroded crater of a volcano – the perfect spot to search for elephants, giraffes and hippos.

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