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Top ten national parks around the world

Our favourite national parks have been chosen because they are particularly special; either for their abundance of wildlife, stunning natural scenery or simple 'wow' factor. Take a look at our selection below and see if you agree.

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Only two hours from Phuket airport, a visit to this diverse national park can be combined with a stay at one of Thailand's popular beach resorts. Home to gibbons, hornbills, and the rare Rafflesia, the world's largest flower, the park is made up of mostly virgin rainforest, valleys, lakes and dramatic limestone mountains.

To find out more about visiting the Khao Sok National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 115.

Tadoba National Park, India

Tadoba National Park, India

Tadoba National Park, India

Tadoba National Park is home to Bengal tigers and is one of India's 'Project Tiger' reserves. It also boasts many other large mammals, including leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, striped hyena, jungle cat, antelope and prolific birdlife. It is ideal for those who want to sample a little-known, little-visited, tourist-free national park and tiger reserve.

To find out more about visiting the Tadoba National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 330.

Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia

Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesia

Situated in southwest Kalimantan, Tanjung Puting is one of the more accessible national parks on Kalimanatan island and is home to a rehabilitation centre for orphaned and rescued orang-utans. Navigate through the narrow backwaters, under jungle canopy, by local klotok boat and you will see unspoilt rainforest and have the best chance of spotting primates, crocodiles and birdlife.

To find out more about visiting the Tanjung Puting National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 110.

Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

The Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan

The Dana Nature Reserve is home to wildlife, jawdropping landscapes and thousands of years of history. Situated just north of Petra, it has many trails that can be explored on foot to take in a variety of sights, including canyon scenery, local villages and ancient copper mines.

To find out more about visiting the Dana Nature Reserve in Jordan visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 415.

Lioness, South Luangwa National Park

Lioness, South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Zambia's most famous safari park, South Luangwa is full of game and ideal for walking safaris. Most animals can be found by the river, where herds of elephants and buffalo congregate, crocodiles laze on the sandbanks and hippos graze. Impala, giraffe, leopard, zebra, lion and hyena can also be seen in the park.

To find out more about visiting the South Luangwa National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 505.

Sloth bears, Satpura National Park

Sloth bears, Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park, India

Satpura National Park has beautiful scenery and a wide range of wildlife, including leopard, antelope, bison, wild dog and wild boar. As the park isn't very well known it doesn't get many tourists, you are free to explore the reserve on foot, by canoe or kayak, by elephant, jeep and from carefully sited hides.

To find out more about visiting Satpura National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 330.

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Isolated and remote, this famous national park is hard to reach and demanding to explore, but rewarding with its spectacular scenery. We recommend an afternoon sail on Lago Grey to approach the glacier of the same name, navigating through vivid blue icebergs on the way. The emerald and turquoise lakes, waterfalls and towering peaks will take your breath away.

To find out more about visiting Torres del Paine National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 640.

Yosemite National Park, USA

Yosemite National Park, USA

Yosemite National Park, USA

One of the first wilderness parks in the USA, the park was designated a World Heritage Site in 1984. Best known for its waterfalls, soak in the beauty of this famous national park with its deep valleys, spectacular granite cliffs, lakes, streams and giant sequoia groves.

To find out more about visiting Yosemite National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 755.

Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Mount Cook is the highest mountain in Australasia and the national park is ideal for relaxed walking and more challenging hikes. Trek to the Truman Glacier, the Hooker valley or just meander along some of the shorter walks, you will be surrounded by beautiful scenery.

To find out more about visiting Mount Cook National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 755.

Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Located on the Osa Peninsula, the Corcovado national park has been protected since 1975 and is particularly good for spotting rare, tropical forest mammals, especially margays, ocelots, tapirs and jaguars.

To find out more about visiting Corcovado National Park visit our website or phone our specialists on 01993 838 665.

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