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Where to See the World’s Best Wildlife Up Close

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | August 22, 2016

Where to See the World’s Best Wildlife Up Close

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You don’t have to go to Africa to get up close and personal with exotic and amazing wildlife — sometimes it can be right in your own backyard. Conde Nast Traveler has put together a slideshow of some of the world’s most engaging animal encounters. From the far-flung and exotic to the best in your backyard. 

For obvious reasons (the Big Five), Tanzania and Botswana top the list for their access to the majestic lion. 

“Insider’s tip for lion-spotting: Skip the national parks and head to more remote lodges on private concessions, where off-roading and night driving are permitted, and the number of vehicles is limited to the number of guests on the land,” says writer Paul Rubio.

Head to Rwanda to spot gorillas. 

“Coming face-to-face with a mountain gorilla — a creature that shares 97 percent of our DNA composition — is arguably the ultimate wildlife encounter,” writes Rubio.

While Africa’s wildlife is abundant and the majority of the top places to see wildlife dot the continent, don’t forgot about India’s elusive wild tigers. 

“While the semi-habituated tigers of Ranthambore National Park in northern Indian make for an easy photo shoot, go off the beaten path to Madhya Pradesh in central India to capture the elusive, wild tigers in a more natural setting,” suggests Rubio. 

And right in our own backyard — Massachussets — there’s the chance to see great white sharks. 

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“Now, a partnership between Chatham Bars Inn and Atlantic White Shark Conservancy gives guests the opportunity to shadow shark researchers by day as they tag and identify the great whites,” says Rubio. 

Have your cameras ready and click here for more on these outstanding wildlife destinations. 


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