For some of us, there is no better experience that a great wildlife encounter with wild animals in their natural habitat. There is something special between that encounter that can live with use forever. For me, I have been lucky and some of my best experiences around the world have been just that.
Here are some of them.
African Wildlife Safaris
Africa has a myriad of wild beasts and lots of them. Eastern Africa has an abundance of some of the largest animals on Earth. The elephant, giraffe, lion, hippo, leopard, buffalo, antelope, etc. Some of the best game parks of Eastern Africa are Masai Mara/Serengeti, Ngoro Ngoro Crater, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha. Then there are the game reserves in South Africa and Namibia that also offer lots of animals.
Tiger Safaris in India
Tiger Safaris in India offer a unique opportunity to get close to these majestic beasts in the back of a jeep. There are about 50 protected parks throughout India and India is home to 80% of the world’s tigers. Coming close to the world’s 3rd largest land predator is certainly a thrill. Watching them disappear effortlessly into their surroundings with their unique camouflage is equally awe inspiring.
Swimming with Sea Lions in The Galapagos Islands
I had the pleasure (and it was an absolute pleasure) to play and swim with the sea lions in the Galapagos Islands (also known as the Enchanted Islands).
Shaking hands with a wild Lemur in Madagascar
Kayaking with Humpback Whales and Penguins
Walking with Wild Kangaroos and Wombats
After all of the above wildlife encounters, I created my own business to take people to see our very special wildlife in Australia. See Walking with Wild Kangaroos and a href=”https://www.sydney-tours.com.au/wombats-tour/” rel=”nofollow”>Walking with Wild Wombats
Following the One Horned Rhino of Assam, India
Many may have heard of the black and the white rhinos. However, India’s Assam region in the foothills of the Himalayas, has its own rhino – the one horned rhino. We took a tour by jeep and another by elephant back to try and catch a glimpse of these rare beings. Fortunately, we managed. Whilst they were not concerned with the elephants, they certainly disliked the jeep. At one point our driver was speeding away as the rhino was trying to charge us. What an experience! but possibly not for the driver who was charged with keeping us safe.
Watching baboons swimming in Nigeria
In little known Yankari Game Reserve in Nigeria, there is a hot spring. Here the local population of baboons, climb a tree, dive into the water, swim across the river and climb out of the water. I had never seen any primates (apart from humans) swim so it was a delight to watch.
Encountering Elk by the road in Banff
It was boxing day and I was walking from the top of the hill just outside of Banff when I encountered a few Elk just to the side of the road. With antlers that spread out from the heads, they could easily have done serious damage to me, a solitary walker descending the hill.
Macaws and Monkeys in the jungle of Bolivia
After descending Death Highway, a road that had 1000ft of cliff going up on one side and 1000ft of cliff going down on the other side and barely enough space to pass or overtake it was an interesting experience getting to the jungle of Rurrenabaque. Once there, I joined a group to visit the jungle. Our guide was a native and knew the ways of extracting antiseptic from the local plants. He expertly wielded a machete and at times cleared vegetation so that we could see the flocks of macaws or spider monkeys in the canopy.