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  • Nicole Connolly | July 7, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    6 of the Best Places on the Planet to Experience Wildlife

    6 of the Best Places on the Planet to Experience Wildlife

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    For us, exploring nature is part of what globetrotting is all about. If you have been hankering to find some of the best spots for wildlife, then we have you covered. What follows are some of the best spots on the planet for observing wildlife. Along with some well-known staples, there are a few surprises. Pack your bags and have fun — the wild is calling, it's time for you to answer.


    Perhaps the biggest thing going for Bolivia is its sheer lack of human population. This dearth of people coupled with the lack of commercial development makes it one of the best places on the planet to watch wildlife. Bolivia’s national parks in particular are home to some incredible species of Amazonian wildlife, new world mammals, and tropical amphibians.

    For your best chances of seeing something wild, be sure to visit during Bolivia’s dry season, which runs from May to October.


    When you think of what it means to view animals in the wild, your thoughts most likely match the experiences offered in this African nation. Safaris are pretty epic in Botswana, and you can see everything from elephants, zebras, giraffes, antelope, lions, and hippos. There are also tons of opportunities to see more diminutive creatures like dung beetles or sand lizards that dance in a captivating manner.

    You can choose to have your safari by elephant, automobile, or canoe. The only restriction is the amount of baggage. Be sure you are prepared to travel light, but don't forget your camera, because you will certainly want to snap some amazing pics.

    Great Barrier Reef

    This natural wonder of the world located in Australia is home to turtles, many different species of fish, coral, and, of course, sharks. Most of the dive excursions are based out of the northern part of Queensland with boats and shuttles transporting snorkelers and divers out to the reef. If you want to see turtles up close and personal, visit during February turtle nesting season. The vast array of colors and the expanse of the reef alone are worth a visit. It is truly amazing.


    This is a more wild and untamed adventure, not for the faint of heart. Diving here requires a guide, but allows you to get up close and personal with sharks and stingrays. If you prefer to journey on land, takes a 2 1/2 hour drive out from Belize City to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you can view China guinea pigs known as pacas, as well as something a bit more dangerous … jaguars.


    Iconic images come to mind when you think of going on safari in Kenya. Such excursions are the most common way to view wildlife, and for good reason — the country is teeming with wildlife. On any given safari you are just about guaranteed to see what they affectionately dubbed the ‘big five.’ These are leopards, lions, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants.

    However, the trip can be a bit crowded as scores of other tourists and wildlife watchers are constantly in tow. Be sure to plan ahead and book smart so you don't have to fight the crowds while you are sailing across the plains, on a quest for wildlife!


    Home to some of the most famous national parks in the world, Madagascar is a wildlife seeker’s paradise. Of course, people flock to see the many different varieties of lemur that are numerous on the island, but there are also a myriad of other creatures such as the chameleon, so keep your eyes peeled.

    Tours are a private enterprise and often take you through the island’s national parks, which are quite mountainous. Just be sure to plan ahead and you are guaranteed to see some spectacular fauna as well as unique vegetation that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

    Now you know where to go to satisfy your need to get up close and personal with something wild. Each spot one offers something unique, guaranteeing you will come home with some spectacular stories, and pictures to prove it!


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Nicole Connolly Suitcase Stories' Luxe Life Travel Tales and Tips

Nicole Connolly Nicole, along with her husband Michael, left her ordinary life behind for a life of extraordinary travel. The couple left Australia in March 2012 and have been traveling ever since. Nicole has a penchant for all things luxury and this shows in their lifestyle. They may live the life of a gypsy but they certainly know how to do it in style. Their goal is to share their experiences and show others how a life of luxury is possible without the big bank account. Follow their adventures at
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