Comprising some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness, South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks and a magnet to outstanding wildlife, particularly leopard. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic oxbow lagoons.
Canada has 25% of the world’s wetlands, so it is no surprise that The Hudson Bay Lowlands are a wetland. An area of transition between boreal forest and tundra, Hudson Bay is host to a large diversity of wildlife, the greatest occurring in the spring, with the arrival of migrating birds and newborn animals.
Part of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve, this park is home to rhesus macaque, Indian giant, and flying squirrel which are all endemic to this region, as well as tiger, black buck and four-horned antelope. The area is also a real paradise for bird enthusiasts, with numerous raptors residing here.
A relatively unknown part of the Southern Carpathians, the Tarcu Mountains are a region of untouched landscape virtually devoid of permanent settlement. Its pristine ecosystems display remarkable biodiversity, and in 2014 witnessed the exciting reintroduction of the European bison.
The Parc National de la Gaspésie is home to the highest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains in Québec, the only caribou herd south of the Saint Lawrence, a large moose population, arctic-alpine flora and spectacular scenery on every side! Over 150 species of bird are found here.
Although small, this park is nevertheless magnificent and was made world famous by British researcher Jane Goodall for her work on its primates. The main attraction is around 100 habituated chimpanzees, and there are also large numbers of olive baboons. In the absence of roads, all wildlife-viewing is done on foot.
Formed as a not-for-profit organisation, the Mara North Conservancy represents the heart of one of the world's most important wildlife habitats. Its partnership between 11 camps and over 800 Masai landowners aims to create a world-class conservancy and exclusive safari experience in the Masai Mara ecosystem.
The vast, marshy wetland of the Camargue – one of Western Europe’s most important birding areas – lies at the heart of the delta of the river Rhône. Straddling the migration route from North Africa, it offers a safe haven for many migrants, and a nesting site for large numbers of greater flamingos.
The mountains of the Pyrenees form the natural border between France and Spain. Stretching for 491 kilometres from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean, the range separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe, offering great opportunities to see wildlife and various outdoor activities.
Named after the first Governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip, the island’s southern and western coasts are an Important Bird Area, with significant populations of little penguins, short-tailed shearwaters and Pacific gulls. At the western end of the island, Seal Rocks is home to Australia’s largest colony of fur seals.
The vast Table Mountain National Park, a UNESCO Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site, stretches from north of Cape Town down the Cape Peninsula to Africa’s south-western extremity, the Cape of Good Hope. It is home to Silvermine Nature Reserve, Boulders beach penguin colony and Table Mountain.
Destination: South Africa
Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park is a true wilderness, dominated by high serrated peaks and glaciers, and densely forested valleys featuring attractive lakes and lush wetlands. Its extensive undeveloped landscape provides critical habitat for a number of wildlife species including grizzlies and rare mountain caribou.
Gluepot Reserve is one of South Australia’s best regions for spotting resident and migrant birdlife. It is the largest expanse of protected mallee scrubland in the country and supports many nationally threatened bird species as well as an astonishing variety of wildlife and flora.
Located at the north end of the South Island is Abel Tasman National Park. Despite being New Zealand’s smallest national park, Abel Tasman offers turquoise seas, golden beaches framed by rocky headlands where fur seals can be found, and rich green native forests filled with native birdlife.