Imagine coming upon a pride of lions striding in their majestic way or the fierce eyes of a tiger watching you from behind the bushes or even a gazelle speeding past you – all in real life. So pick up your camera and visit these destinations to get acquainted with the other half of the world’s population.
- Watch the annual migration of the wildebeest during July and August at Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. This moving sea of herbivores crosses over open savannahs and river in millions – a sight to see from a distance. The animals return to Serengati in October or November after feasting on the Masai Mara grass.
Masai Mara is bursting with other animals like leopards, gazelles, zebra, lions, hyena, cheetah, jackal, giraffe, impala, bat-eared foxes and rare sights of the shy black rhino. You can feast your eyes on these collections at ease if you are here during the yearly wildebeest migration.
- The “walking safari” at the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia may leave you gasping for more such heart fluttering experiences. The vehicle safaris will take you past swamps filled with hippos, crowned cranes swooping low over the grassland, antelopes grazing languidly, baboons taking cover and large herds of elephants noiselessly walking by. This place is believed to be populated by more than 60 species of animals and about 400 kinds of different birds – quite a concentration of wildlife in one area.
- The snow leopard is a rare carnivore to be found in the high altitudes of Ladakh in India. The distinct alpine atmosphere of Ladakh houses some more rare animals, birds and flowers. Patience and some trekking can reward you with sightings of ibex, wild yak, blue sheep, and bharal and at a lower height you may even come across the musk deer. If you are a bird watcher you are in the right place because here you may never want to put down your binoculars. Watch out for the Bactrian magpies, grey tits, kite, kestrel, Turkoman rock pigeon, finches, larks, desert wheateaters and black necked crane, bar-headed geese and ducks near the lakes.
- Ranthambore National Park in India is an extensive wildlife sanctuary. Tigers are its most popular inhabitants and often sighted even during the day time. It is not rare to see a mother tiger tending to her young ones out in the open or stalking her prey silently. Since tigers are hunting you will get to see many smaller mammals roaming the green stretches of this park; and don’t forget to look up into the trees for a variety of colorful birds.
- For marine wildlife close to the shore come to the Peninsula Valdes in Argentina, a world heritage site. The shoreline has gulfs, rocky cliffs, shallow bays and lagoons. You will also find sandy dunes, small islands and pebbled beaches. The southern elephant seal has the highest population here compared to the rest of the world and it is increasing. The southern right whales have found these shores to be the safest for mating and giving birth. You can watch the southern sea lions in great numbers over here, as they too find this spot safe for breeding. Watch the local orcas hunting the young sea lions and elephant seals by snatching them off the shallow surf. The Magellan penguins live here in large numbers as well.
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