safari: Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
This game park covers about one third of the Okavango Delta, with habitats ranging
from woodland through floodplains and swamps to lagoons.
is usually by small boat and all the usual big animals are present.
Moremi is an excellent location for viewing migratory birds too,
(Birds November -March). But it's costly! Best July-October. (tho'near freezing
The 4,000sq mile Chobe National Park is also famous for massive
herds of elephant.
wildlife: Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay, NW Australia
Swim and snorkel with whalesharks, bottle-nosed dolphins, manta
rays, humpback whales, and dugongs. It's OK all year round but best in
April/early May. See the Australia
wildlife in the Pantanal, Brazil, South
A huge swamp swarming with animals, especially birds ranging from
emus to macaws, plus monster snakes, crocs, iguanas, some jaguars,
anteaters. It's better than the Amazon for wildlife sightings.
Safari by truck, foot, small
boat, or horseback. Primitive accommodation.
The Amazon is not included
here because it's density makes travel and animal viewing difficult,
though the general ambience is gripping.
Best April-September. Avoid
November-March (endless rain , humidity and heat). See the Brazil
Orangutan (orang-utan) in Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve (a part of Borneo island), Malaysia. Not easy to reach so don't hurry and stay in the area a few days, ideally somewhere within walking distance of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve (such as Sepilok Nature Resort) so you can take wildlife walks or watch feeding time for the semi-wild orange beasties in the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, though that can get extremely crowded, with 100-200 visitors.
Best July-October. See Malaysia
map or pictures.
Also Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesia's Kalimantan (2/3 of Borneo) is excellent for orangutan safaris. More about orangutan.
Churchill, Hudson Bay, Northern Canada.
animal scenes - polar bears, caribou, wolves, huge number and diversity
of whales (especially beluga) and seabirds. It's also great place to observe
Aurora Borealis (Northern lights).
For observing polar bears Churchill is best
in October/November, otherwise March - November. Avoid the rest (dark, cold and
horizontallly moving snow).
See the Arctic
map or Canada tours.
world's best dive sites for quantity and colour of marine wildlife
Sipadan island, off Sabah (Borneo island), Malaysia. The
oldest reef community in the world, with incredibly rich ocean life
- huge schools of jacks, barracuda, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks,
turtles and another 2,000 species of fish.
A moderate and tolerant
Muslim community is discreetly 'protected' by well equipped Special
Forces troops, as are all Malaysian resorts.
Get to the dive base
of Tawau via Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. And go for an Orang-utan walk
when you've had enough diving.
Belize, Central America,
with the world's second largest barrier reef, few divers and less
The Red Sea, Egypt.
Classic clear, warm seas packed with all kinds of marine life in
a coral encrusted world. See Egypt
map or Egypt tours.
Papua New Guinea,
lots of great wreck dives as well as all the usual fishies and coral. See PNG
map or PNG pictures.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Swimming with iguanas, penguins and seals makes a change. See Galapagos
map or tours.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Somewhat over-dived and over-used, but BIG. How long can it survive? See the Australia
7) Maldives Islands, tough to get to, seriously expensive and strong currents but famously good sights, especially the manta rays. Maldives Dive Pictures.
8) Excellent Caribbean Diving at Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Tobago, Curaçao, Turks and Caicos, Florida Keys, Cozumel (Mexico). See Caribbean Map and Caribbean Best Budget Islands.
and South Georgia cruises.
Around 2 rough days from Ushuiaia (Argentina) or Punta
Arenas (Chile). Or about a week sailing from Hobart (Tasmania, Australia)
or Lyttelton (New Zealand).
Also possibly from South Shetlands and
the Falklands. Some Antarctic safaris go to South Georgia island
(just outside the Antarctic circle) rather than the continent of
Antarctica - which is 1,000 miles to the south. There's a huge concentration
of polar wildlife in the frozen blue valleys of South Georgia
- 2 million fur seals, 5 million penguins, elephant seals, royal
albatross. Plus whales and dolphins but no polar bears.
OK November, February, March. See the Antarctic
map, or Antarctic tours.
Bimini island, Bahamas, Caribbean.
Just 50 miles off the Florida coast and only 7 miles long, Bimini
has aquired a reputation as a place to swim with wild spotted
dolphins that have taken up residence about an hour offshore. 80%
Best May-July but winter with wetsuits is OK.
Game safari, on foot: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
A huge country with 18 massive game parks and wide variety of animals,
but underdeveloped as yet.
The South Luangwa National Park specialises
in walking safaris where you see animals and events that would be
impossible from a 4WD, but also the big five - elephants, lions,
etc. and lots of birds. Not a lot of cultural activities available.
Also Kafue National Park. Take $ cash for spending. Best October,
good July - September. and June for bird watching. Avoid November - April
Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park and Budongo Forest or Tanzania,
Gombe Stream NP and Mahale Mountains NP
chimpanzee tracking. Best June - September. Avoid March-May, October, November.
Tiger safari: Kanha National Park, India.
The setting for Kipling's 'Jungle Book', this 750 sq. mile park
is your best chance to see a tiger in the wild, though the chance
is small. However, the elephant back safaris are fun and apart from
looking for tigers, also chance upon leopards, rhinoceros, jackals,
bison, boar, sambar deer and monkeys by the barrel load.
but best February - April. See India
and tigers: Royal Chitwan Park, Nepal.
Pleasant elephant back expeditions in search of big cats, but it's
very rare to see one. Rhinos, on the other hand, are definitely
Best November-April. See Nepal
Babine River, British Columbia, Canada
(grizzly bears fishing for salmon, July-August); Hwange National Park,
Zimbabwe (big game, self-drive safaris July-October); Christmas Island,
Indian Ocean (120 million crabs migrate in November; Komodo, Indonesia
(Komodo dragons, May-June, October); Michoacan, Mexico
( millions of monarch butterflies hang out in the forests, November
- February); Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia ( 3 million
bats leave the Deer Cave every evening); Hortobagy National Park,
Hungary ( skies fill with common cranes in early October).
Wildlife by month
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December
South Africa Self Drive.
• Canada Polar Bears Safari, from Churchill.
• Alaska Wildlife especially bears.
• Namibia, Etosha Self Drive.
• Tanzania Wildlife Safaris
• Madagascar Berenty, Lemurs and Chameleons.
Africa, Kenya, Masai Mara.
• Gorilla Trekking,
Zaire, Virunga National Park.