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Wildlife

Get up close and personal with animals of all kinds in this selection of destinations, from marine parks to nature reserves!

 

Daintree Rainforest, Australia

The Daintree Rainforest, in Tropical Far North Queensland Australia, is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of mother nature in the world. It is home to the largest range of plants and animals on earth, and all are found within the largest chunk of rainforest in Australia - an area spanning approximately 1200 sq kilometers. See Daintree by booking hostels in Cairns

 

Amazon Jungle, Peru

Iquitos is the Amazon Basin's largest settlement without road links - accessible only by air and river. With a population of 350,000, this jungle city is a fantastic starting point for excursions to some of the most wild-life packed rain-forest in the world. Expect to see many species of monkeys, birds and giant insects...as well as plenty of mosquitoes! Discover the Amazon; book hostels in Iquitos

 

Pantanal, Bolivia

The Pantanal is world’s largest wetland - larger than Greece at 140,000 sq. km - and spans the border between Brazil, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Home to the New World's largest concentration of large animals; from Giant River Otter and Tapir to the elusive Jaguar, there are also plenty of reptiles and bird life. And if you like snakes you're in for a treat, with Boa Constrictors and Anacondas common sightings. Visit Pantanal from  hostels in Santa Cruz De La Sierra

 

Sepilok, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu is a great base for exploring the virgin rainforests of northern Borneo. Nearby Sepliok is home to the 43 sq. km Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, enabling visitors to come in close contact with the remarkable Orangutan.

The centre rehabilitates young orphaned or captive Orangutans in the semi wild, before releasing them into the forest. Whilst hiking through the transitional lowland rain forest you may also have the opportunity to see the highly endangered Sumatran Rhinos, and the occasional Elephant. Book hostels in Kota Kinabalu

 

Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

On Argentina's Patagonian coast, Peninsula Valdes natural reserve was created in 1983. The peninsula gives shelter to land and marine mammals alike - Southern Right Whales, Elephant Seals, Sea Lions, Dolphins and hordes of Magellan’s Penguins hug the shore, and are hunted by Killer Whales. On the land you'll see plenty of Grey Foxes, Tucu Tucus, Armadillos and Rheas. See the Peninsula Valdes from  hostels in Puerto Madryn

 

Everglades, USA

The Everglades National Park is both the largest subtropical wilderness in the USA and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is made up of a patchwork of grass marshes, mangrove forests and jungle-like tropical hardwood hammocks, and boasts many rare and endangered species such as the American Crocodile, Florida Panther, and West Indian Manatee. With no place more than eight feet above sea level, boat trips are the order of the day! Book hostels in Miami Beach for trips to the Everglades.

 

Ranthambore National Park, India

The Ranthambore National Park got its name from 10th century Ranthambore Fort, sitting on a rocky outcrop in the heart of the park. For the wildlife savvy, Ranthambore offers an intense diversity of flora and fauna, though most come to see Tigers in the wild. Apart from these beautiful creatures there are large numbers of Gazelle, Boars, Mongoose, Indian Hares and Monitor Lizards. Book hostels in Ranthambore

 

Hiidenportti National Park, Finland

Bordering with Russia, Finland's Hiidenportti National Park is Europe's last true wilderness. The park is known for its long, narrow, steep-sided gorge and its ancient forests dating back to the last ice age. With almost 30km of marked trails, Hiidenportti offers great opportunities to spot Bears, Wolves and Lynx. Book hostels in Joensuu for Hiidenportti National Park.

 

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