Taking a safari in South Africa is a common way to get close to wildlife when travelling. The thought of coming up close to lions, zebras, giraffes and elephants in the vast African plains is a charming one. That said, there are many other unique locations to see wildlife when travelling, from all across our planet.
Pakistan is an extremely mountainous country – this is where you can find some of the world’s tallest mountains such as K2, which is 8,611 meters high. The terrain is a challenging one to trek on, and the animals that you’ll find there – the blue sheep and the Himalayan ibex, for example – are extremely adept at running across rugged paths. Do go with a guide who will be able to point you to the hidden habitats of these elusive animals.
2. Wrangel Island
Ask any palaeontologist about Wrangel Island and they will immediately tell you that this is where it is thought the last woolly mammoths lived before they finally went extinct. You would certainly need to be woolly to live on Alaska’s Wrangel Island full time – temperatures can drop to minus 23oC in winter, so before you go you’ll need to find the best cold weather clothes you can to ensure you are safe and comfortable. Although the woolly mammoth is long gone, the musk ox, a distant relative, still lives on Wrangel Island.
There’s much wildlife to see in Australia. Apart from the well-known koala and kangeroo, The continent is teeming with all sorts of other fauna, such as birds, reptiles and amphibians. There’s a nature park to be found at all corners of the continent. Do visit them and support Australia’s conservation efforts. Australian zoos are worth checking out to – they’re home to a diverse selection of animals from around the world, such as the red panda.
*This is a contributed article.