Think the only ‘real’ place to see wildlife is in Africa? Think again. From flamingos bathing in shimmering salt flats in Bolivia to kangaroos jumping through the Australian Outback, these are the lesser-known destinations for coming up close with some of the world’s most unforgettable animals.
Costa Rica’s Cloud Forests provide the perfect destination for exploration and getting up close and personal with Costa Rica’s famous animals. Meet hundreds of species as you wander national parks and forests. You can even visit one of the country’s wildlife sanctuaries to help care for the animals.
2. Galapagos Islands
The world-renowned Galapagos Islands are known for their incredible biodiversity. The best part is that the animals here aren’t scared of humans, so you’ll be able to wander freely among them. The legendary giant tortoise can be found here, along with the marine iguanas that became even more famous last year thanks to David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II.
There’s no image more closely-associated with Australia than that of a kangaroo jumping through the Outback or a koala gazing lazily out of a eucalyptus tree. Australia’s diverse landscapes of jungle, coastline, and sun-scorched desert are bursting with wildlife. Our recommendation? Take a scuba diving or snorkelling trip on the Great Barrier Reef.
4. Sri Lanka
Meet the famous Sri Lankan elephants in one of the country’s sanctuaries where you can feed, bathe and play with them. Go on a guided safari and see the monkeys swinging in the trees above you as you explore the Sri Lankan culture that so many people come here to enjoy.
For the past six months, it’s seemed as if the whole world has become obsessed with flamingos: cushions, lamps, accessories. We can tell you from personal experience that nothing compares to seeing them in the wild spread across the vast Uyuni Salt Desert. If that’s not enough to convince you, perhaps you’ll be tempted by Bolivia’s resident llama population?
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