Some of us are obsessed with wildlife, but sometimes the zoo just doesn't cut it. We want to go out into the world and experience these magnificent creatures first hand, rather than from behind bars. This desire might be the only thing guiding our travel plans as we look into places with the best wildlife.
This list has some of the best places for you to go out and see wildlife for yourself. There is something for every taste, as well as nature preserves where you are guaranteed to see some of your favorite wild beasts. Keep reading to learn about the ten best countries to see wildlife!
10 10. Brazil
There are so many creatures you can see during your Brazilian travels if you know where to look. You can witness jaguars, ocelots, foxes, anteaters, otters, and so much more. You can even watch turtle hatchlings at some of their beaches or spot Caiman alligators in the Amazon. It is a good idea to take a tour to ensure your safety from some of the more dangerous species, but the sights are amazing and it will give you a new appreciation for the wildlife and their homes.
9 9. Australia
A journey down under to Australia will leave you with plenty of wildlife memories. You could fill albums of selfies with a cute little quokka, or maybe you hope to see a family of kangaroos. No matter where you go there will be something for you to see that will make your entire trip well worth it.
Visitors can venture into Daintree Rainforest to catch a glimpse of some saltwater crocodiles, or visit Phillip Island to see a few penguins. There is something for everyone, and a trip based upon finding these animals will be well worth your troubles.
8 8. Wales
Wales has a good mix of everything from birds to underwater mammals. Most people recommend you head to Skomer Island to see some adorable puffins or witness several nesting ospreys at the Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve.
You could head to the shore and look for dolphins, and if your lucky, you might see some grey seals basking on Ramsey Island. This is the dream vacation of any birder, but it is also something everyone would enjoy as you immerse yourselves into the natural world around you.
7 7. South Africa
South Africa is full of wildlife preserves, as well as endangered species you won't see anywhere else. The best animals to see are the African elephant, buffalo, lion, rhinoceros, and leopard. There are several tours available which come highly recommended if you want to see these animals in the wild.
You can also visit one of their national parks or nature preserves, such as Addo Elephant Park or Pilanesberg National Park, which are known to house hundreds of animals to protect them from poachers. A picture doesn't do them justice as you have the opportunity to witness first-hand how they react in their natural habitats.
6 6. United States
The United States is so amazing because depending on where you go, you will see different forms of Wildlife. You can head to Utah to see some herds of bison or travel into Alaska to watch grizzly bears meander through the forest. A bald eagle is always a popular favorite, as well as its population of lynx and muskrat.
Wherever you are in the United States there is always something to see, but the types of animals will be dependent upon where you plan on staying. A short drive from most cities will immerse you into the natural landscape and give you the opportunity to see some pretty amazing things.
5 5. Scotland
Scotland may not be at the top of your list, but it is as the top of ours for the best places to see wildlife. You can witness a wide array of magnificent creatures from large birds of prey, like golden eagles and red kites, to ocean mammals, like the basking shark and minke whale.
There is plenty to see and do in the countryside as well as tours and nature preserves that will give you the lay of the landscape. One of the best places to spot some wildlife is at Cairngorms National Park, where you have the opportunity to see these creatures on your own terms.
4 4. China
When you think of China you think of the giant panda, which is exactly what you will see when you travel to the Conservation & Research Centre for the Giant Panda near Chengdu. You can learn all about their conservation efforts as well as witness some of these beasts in the wild.
If mountains are your thing you can take to the trails to try and spot the endangered Yunnan snub-nosed monkey near the Tiger Leaping Gorge. A trip to South China might allow you to see some tigers, but that is definitely one beast you will want to observe from a safe distance via a professional tourist organization.
3 3. India
India is home to the Kanha Tiger Reserve, where you can take a tour to see these magnificently striped predators at work in the wild. Tigers aren't the only thing to see in this beautiful country as variations of some of your favorite South African species can be found here.
You can see Asiatic lions, Indian elephants, Indian rhinoceros, Indian leopards, and so much more. It is guaranteed you will see something amazing with a short drive into the countryside and the memories you make will stick with you for a lifetime.
2 2. Botswana
Botswana is north of South Africa, and it gives its visitors a completely different experience than the one they might find there. Chobe National Park is filled with elephants that will open your eyes to a new and more wonderful world.
You also have a good chance of seeing some cape buffalo, and if you're lucky you will catch a glimpse of some endangered species like the African Wild Dog or a rhinoceros. They have predators that you have to keep an eye out for because no one would enjoy being eaten by a tree-climbing leopard or a black-maned lion.
1 1. Thailand
Thailand is overflowing with beautiful creatures as its unique climate allows for several different species to call this country home. You can see some standard beasts like bears and tigers, but they have some more interesting characters like the binturong and pangolin.
You won't find these critters anywhere else on the planet which is what makes this place such a high valued spot for environmentalists. There is wildlife around every corner and plenty of tours to show you what you want to see, which is why no place is better for wildlife than this country.