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Top ten wildlife ideas
The wildlife in Canada is abundant in all regions, and visitors may encounter moose, wolves, black and grizzly bears, beavers and herds of caribou. Wildlife lovers are particularly drawn to Churchill, where tundra, taiga, and boreal forest meet on the shores of Hudson Bay, and in the summer months beluga whales and migratory birds gather in their thousands. Polar bears converge here in the autumn as the seas freeze over.
The Galapagos Islands will always be famed for the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s "On The Origin Of The Species," and this isolated volcanic archipelago can rightly be regarded as one of the world’s great wildlife experiences. Visit today and you will still see marine iguanas, giant tortoises, fearless birds and other staggering marine life - and you are sure to be as entranced as Darwin.
The Amazon rainforest covers many countries in which we operate including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Audley can offer the following wildlife-related highlights:
- Embark on a journey to the Manu Biosphere Reserve in southern Peru, the ultimate destination for wildlife watching anywhere in the Amazon.
- Explore lesser visited and remote parts of the Amazon in Colombia and Bolivia.
- Visit the most accessible parts of pristine rainforest and wildlife in Guyana.
- Stay at award-winning eco lodges in the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.
- Cruise the northern Peruvian Amazon to the Pacaya Samiria Reserve in comfort from Iquitos.
- Enjoy a comfortable rainforest experience in the most accessible Amazon area, the Tambopata Reserve in southern Peru.
Mountain gorillas are Rwanda’s most famous creatures and a trip here wouldn’t be complete without spending some time with them, but there is a great deal more wildlife to be seen. In the Volcanoes National Park the bamboo slopes make an ideal habitat for golden monkeys, who live alongside the gorillas. Elephant and buffalo are frequently seen grazing on lower ground. Nyungwe Forest National Park in the south of the country is a great place to track chimpanzees and also has a further 12 types of primate, while Akagera has plenty of antelope, hippo, crocodiles and a few big cats.
South Africa has a huge network of expertly managed national parks and conservation areas, including the most famous: Kruger National Park. One of the advantages South Africa has over other African countries is that many of its reserves and parks are malaria free, meaning it's ideal if you plan to take children. There is more to the country than just the archetypal safari-type game however, with the coast offering some of the best whale-watching and shark cage diving in the world.
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India’s diverse landscapes and varied climate are reflected in the many national parks that support a range of indigenous and migratory species. The elusive tiger is top of most people’s spotting list but there are many other mammals, reptiles and vivid birds for the wildlife enthusiast. You can view game from a coracle, watch crocodiles, take a night drive, view prey and predator from elephant back, or watch birds from a cycle rickshaw.
In comparison with many other African countries, Kenya ranks high in the numbers game with staggering concentrations of wildlife. There are millions of wildebeest, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle and thousands of buffalo, eland, topi, giraffe, gerenuk and kudu. Kenya has large elephant populations and both black and white rhino. Its big cats are renowned, with many made famous through Big Cat Diary, a series produced by the BBC.
Borneo is arguably southeast Asia’s most diverse wildlife destination. It is one of the few places left in which you can see wild Asian elephants, clouded leopards, proboscis monkeys, rhinoceros hornbills, green and hawksbill turtles and most famously, orang-utans.
The Great Barrier Reef, although made up of over 2,000 individual reefs, can be regarded as the largest living organism in the world - and one which can clearly be seen from space. With over 1,500 species of fish and 460 varieties of coral, the Great Barrier Reef offers a huge variety of marine life. Diving or snorkelling are the best ways to appreciate the reef and will reveal tame reef sharks, giant wrasse, huge cod, inquisitive moray eels and giant clam gardens.
Viewing the abundant wildlife of Antarctica, often in close proximity, is one of the highlights of a trip to this spectacular area and is truly unforgettable. Birds such as the albatross, fulmar, petrel and shearwater are frequently seen, but perhaps the most spectacular wildlife that all visitors get excited about are the penguins, seals and whales.