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The Best Wildlife Safari Destinations

The best wildlife safari destinations are great opportunities to experience and photograph wildlife in their natural habitat.

These destinations identify the best opportunities to not only see a wide variety of wildlife but also specific species of wildlife found in a particular region.

Wildlife safari

The enjoyment of a safari is usually gauged by the number of animals you've seen and in getting up close to both view their actions and for that great photo opportunity.

Visiting a national wildlife park or a game reserve is often best done with an experienced guide who can be adept at knowing how to locate the wildlife. An experienced guide also provides the benefit of his knowledge about the wildlife, habitat, and fauna.

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The World's Top Wildlife Safari Destinations

Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park, Pench National Park, India
This National Park is compact and full of wildlife. The density of the Tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also White Tiger country. Nestled between the picturesque Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges, Bandhavgarh features an awesome mixture of dense green valleys and rocky hills. The season runs from February to June, although the cool season is much more comfortable and still very good for wildlife. The park is closed from July 1 to September 30 because of the monsoon season.
&Beyond India offers 17-day Royal Tiger Safari tour through Bandhavgarh, Pench, and Kanha National Parks.
&Beyond India
3rd Floor, Shalimar House, # 5
Community Centre
Saket, New Delhi 110017 India
+ 91 11 46269000.

Where to Stay
Junglemantra
Bandhavgarh National Park, India
A lodge for those who love wildlife and wish to stay with like minded people. With just 8 cottages, the lodge has an intimate atmosphere. Spread over 32 acres, of which only 2 acres has human impact.


Katmai National Park, Alaska
Katmai is located across from Kodiak Island on the Alaska Peninsula and is known for its large brown bear population and the salmon which attract both bears and people. Katmai contains the world's largest protected brown bear population, estimated to number in excess of 2,000. Bears are especially likely to congregate at the Brooks Falls viewing platform when the salmon are spawning. The park and preserve are open year-round. At Brooks Camp, National Park Service and concessionary services are offered from June 1 through September 17. Prime bear viewing months at Brooks Camp are July and September, although a few bears may be in the area at any time between late May and December.

Where To Stay
Brooks Lodge
Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
A great place to stay to be surrounded by wildlife and bears. They are close by on the trails, in the falls, in the lakes, and on the beach. There have private, stand-alone cabins and cabins that are connected to a row house of other rooms. The lodge can be accessed by plane on Katmai Air.


Kenya, Africa
The top wildlife regions in Kenya are Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Samburu. There is no other region in the world with dramatic contrasts and extraordinary wildlife on display in uncrowded and pristine landscapes of great beauty and variety of both big game wildlife including lion, wildebeest, hippos, rhinos, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, and elephants.
A & K, a top luxury safari operator offers a variety of 9- 15 day safari's with lodging and tent camping accommodations.
Abercrombie & Kent
888-611-4711

Where To Stay
Fairview Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya
This 120 room luxury hotel is set in five acres of beautiful gardens. It's a great place to begin or end your Kenya, Safari.


Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kruger offers visitors fantastic Big Five sightings, as well as viewing of endangered game such as the African wild dog and bird watching of over 507 bird species. Within the Kruger lies Ngala Private Game Reserve, the first private game reserve to be incorporated into this famous park.

Siyabona Africa offers a variety of self-guided and guided Kruger Park safari packages including self-catering family bungalows to luxury private game lodges with all the amenities.

Siyabona Africa
+27.214241037

Where To Stay
Toro Yaka Bush Lodge
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The lodge is located in the heart of the Balule Nature Reserve, which is part of Kruger National Park. The lodge has a modern elegant style with a relaxed atmosphere. They offer six tranquil, en-suite double rooms. The Olifants River, which flows year round through the Balule, is home to many hippos and crocodiles.


Tanzania, Africa
Tanzania is a rich, diverse landscapes of abundant wildlife. The vast open plain of Serengeti has the largest concentration of wildlife in the world and is known for the annual Serengeti wildebeest migration. Every October and November, more than a million wildebeest and about 220,000 zebras travel south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short tropical rains, and then journey west and north after the long rains in April to June.

Abacus African Vacations offers a variety of tour packages in the Serengeti.

Abacus African Vacations
Kampala, Uganda
+256-414 232 657
+256-772 331 332


Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, one of the most popular parks in the United States, is in a class by itself with it's awesome variety of wildlife. The Northern Range to Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park offers the greatest concentration of wildlife with the largest concentration elk herd in the world, gray wolves, grizzly bears, antelope, moose, black bears, bison, mule deer, big horn sheep, coyotes, red fox, osprey, bald eagles, and more.

Where To Stay
Old Faithful Inn
Yellowstone National Park, WY
This 327 room historic national park lodge is the ideal setting to sit back on the porch and watch the hourly eruptions the the Old faithful geyser.


Orca Whale Watching The San Juan Islands
Orca whale watching in the San Juan Islands is the center of whale watching in the Pacific Northwest. The best time of the year for the Orca whale watching season is from mid-April through mid-October when the resident pods of Orca whales prowl the ocean for marine food sources.

Where To Stay
The Wild Iris Inn
La Conner, WA
Located a 20 minute drive from the Anacortes ferry terminal serving the San Juan Islands, this 18 room charming inn offers suites with jetted spa tubs, king beds, fireplaces, and outdoor decks/patios with fabulous views of the Cascade Mountains.

Autumn Leaves Bed & Breakfast
Anacortes, WA
If you're into antiques, comfort, quiet and wonderful breakfasts, this is the place for you. The hosts do everything they can think of for your enjoyment. You will love the gas fireplace in your room, your 2-person jetted tub and beautiful views. In summer the trees and flowers are spectacular.


Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are a model for eco-tourism and one of the most unique, scientifically important, and biologically outstanding areas on earth. You don't have to be an evolutionary biologist or an ornithologist to appreciate the significance of the Galapagos Islands and it being a biological laboratory used to help formulate the theory of evolution.

Where To Stay
Most of the visitors to the Galapagos Islands stay overnight on board small ship cruises anchored off the islands. There are just four Inhabited islands: Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal, and Floreana, that have land accommodations for visitors who wish to remain on the islands.

Iguana Crossing
Isabella Island
Located across the street from the beach, with access to the Mangrove trail, and close to town. Iguana Crossing offers an oceanfront swimming pool, Jacuzzi, 12 fully equipped rooms and a master suite.

Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge
Santa Cruz island
Offers a great view of view of Puerto Ayora's bay. The lodge has a unique architecture design which blends with mangrove forest and seafront. Its location is ideal to observe the mangrove ecosystem. 14 guest rooms divided in 2 areas, seaside, or inside the mangrove, all equipped with a/c, cable TV, private bathroom and hot water. Sea side restaurant with choice of Japanese or Galapagos fusion cuisine.


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