As we contemplate where to travel next, some of you might be looking for an ‘away from it all’ wildlife experience as part of your plans. A safari is the obvious choice to see many of the world’s iconic animals but here are other wildlife biggies that you could tick off your bucket list.
Brown Bears – Alaska is the best place in the world to see brown bears. Travel between June and August as it’s the salmon running season so bears are out in force as they are guaranteed a good feed. Katmai National Park on the Alaskan Peninsula boasts the highest concentration of Brown Bears in Alaska.
Whales –Alaska and the Russian Far East are great places to spot Humpback Whales and June and July the best months to travel. Grey Whales are also abundant in the Bering Sea and Antarctica is another great destination to see whales of all different kinds, including the infamous Killer Whale. They travel there with their young to feed on krill generally between mid-November and March.
Orangutans – There are two world famous places to see Orangutans – Sandakan in Borneo, Malaysia and Kumai Camp Leaky in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.
Polar Bears – A cruise through Arctic waters, particularly the area around Svalbard, is the place to spot polar bears. June to August is the best time to catch them as it’s the only time when the weather and ice allows cruise lines to operate in the Arctic. Polar Bears are up and about during this season, actively feeding and fattening up for a cold winter.
Penguins – Visit South Georgia Island and Antarctica from Mid-November to beginning of March, our Southern hemisphere summer, which is the warmest time of the year there and you’ll see penguins aplenty. In the winter all the wildlife retreats to the open seas, as everything freezes there for miles and miles during the winter.
Waved Albatross (aka Galapagos Albatross ) -If you’re counting on seeing these beautiful birds on a visit to the Galapagos then make sure you choose a North-Central itinerary. Espanola Island is the only place where they nest. You’ll be disappointed if you travel between December and March as you won’t see any! After the chick fledges they leave for the open ocean and only come back to nest. Theoretically, one can see the albatross bird on the Galapagos from April to December, but it is during the dry season (June to November) that the birds are in their reproductive season.
Giant Tortoise – Aldabra Island in the Seychelles has the highest population of Giant Tortoises. The population there is much larger and denser than even on the Galapagos. They also roam around freely in their natural habitat.
Tropical reef fish – drift snorkelling on Aldabra Island in Seychelles as well as unspoiled reefs of Papua New Guinea, Solomons, Vanuatu and Western Papua are some of the best places for keen snorkelers and divers.
So if you’re inspired and want to tick off whatever is on your own wildlife bucket list then speak to our team of travel experts today and let us recommend a travel experience that’s right for you. Call us on 0191 285 9321, email firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment.