Best Travel Destinations for Wildlife Lovers

July 17, 2018



There are all sorts of motives that encourage people to head abroad. Some seek sun, sea, sand, and relaxation. They’ll book package holidays where they can relax by the pool, unhassled, with a cocktail in hand. Others want to visit cultural attractions. They’re likely to take city breaks where they can visit various museums and art galleries. Then there are the people who want to party. They’ll visit locations renowned for their nightlife, bars, and clubs. However, surprisingly few people consider that they could travel the world in order to see some of the wildlife that other continents and countries have to offer! Sure, you could go to the zoo or a safari park back home. But that would be cruel and unfair to the animals spending their entire lives in confined spaces for the sake of entertainment. Instead, you could head to various creatures’ native lands and see them occupying their natural habitats. Not only is this a more moral way of seeing stunning creatures, but you’ll get to see all sorts of new landscapes, experience different climates, try new food, hear unfamiliar languages, and open your eyes to the world along the way. What more could you ask for? So, if you’re a wildlife lover who’s thinking of heading around the globe on a wild adventure, here are a few destinations that you might want to take into consideration!




Indonesia is an extremely diverse archipelago. It’s home to all sorts of cultures, religions, languages, cuisines, and demographics. So it’s not all too surprising that it has extremely diverse wildlife to offer too! Now, seeking wildlife out in Indonesia tends to involve straying away from the beaten track and engaging with extensive and energetic days out, so you’ll want to make sure you book comfortable accommodation through This will ensure that you have somewhere to rest your weary head at the end of long days out and that you can recuperate for the next day. Once you’re organised and settled, here are a few different native species to track down!


Komodo Dragons


Wildlife lovers visiting Indonesia are likely to want to catch a glimpse of the majestic and fearsome Komodo Dragon. Why? Well, this is the world’s largest lizard - reaching an average 2.5 metres in length and weighing in at around 70 kilograms - so they are something to brag about encountering and really are a sight to behold in the wild. They tend to inhabit small islands lying off the coast of Flores, however, they do have a venomous bite, so it’s highly recommended that you don’t seek them out alone. Instead, engage with professionals who will be able to point them out from a safe distance.




The Cassowary is an extremely eye catching bird, standing over six feet tall with bold orange and blue colouring to the face. These magnificent creatures tend to inhabit Papua New Guinea, which remains relatively unmapped for tourists, so seeking them out truly is an adventure for the brave at heart.


Sumatran Tiger


Now, we don’t tend to place Indonesia and tigers hand in hand. But there are indeed tigers inhabiting the island of Sumatra. Unfortunately, hunting and habitat destruction led to the Bali Tiger and Javan Tiger to become extinct. However, there are still around 500 Sumatran Tigers inhabiting the island. Seeing as there are such few numbers (and that they can be extremely dangerous creatures), seek out sights from a distance accompanied by professionals.




Australia features pretty highly in a huge number of people’s travel bucket lists. But with over 25,000 kilometres of coastline, it can be pretty difficult to decide what path your trip should take. So, exploring the land on the premise of seeing as much of the country’s wildlife as possible could prove to be a pretty good way to organise your trip. Now, you’ll often find people saying that the majority of wildlife in Australia is extremely dangerous. Now, there are various species living in the country that could prove deadly if you come into contact with them under the wrong circumstances. However, it’s important to remember that as long as you are sensible, don’t provoke any wildlife, and keep a respectful distance, you should be fine. If you see a spider, snake, or scorpion - leave it well alone. The same goes for larger predators like Alligators and Crocodiles. For now, here are a few safer species to check out with respect and supervision.






Featured on the Australian national coat of arms, this is the only place in the world where you can see the unusual mammal that is the Kangaroo. While people tend to assume that you will see kangaroos hopping about any area of Australia, the reality is that you aren’t going to find any wild roos in the cities. An obvious place to start your search is Kangaroo Island, where one-third of which is protected land filled with national parks, conservation parks, and reserves.




Affectionately referred to as “Koala Bears”, these cuddly creatures aren’t actually bears at all. Like the aforementioned Kangaroo, they are actually a marsupial, carrying their young in pouches. It is estimated that there are around 80,000 koalas in Australia. However, they are relatively difficult to come across in the wild. If possible, avoid visiting these gentle animals in zoos. They belong in the wild, not in captivity, and even though a photograph holding one may seem appealing, and something that you’d love to place on your social media feeds, they’d much rather be up in the trees chewing on Eucalyptus leaves! For an organic encounter with koalas, try visiting Port Stephens National Park, or Raymond Island in Victoria.




Turtles are generally found in the warm waters off Australia’s coast year-round, so no matter when you visit, you’ve got a good chance of being able to spot them if you put in the effort. Chances are that you’ll have a better chance of seeing them lazily floating through the waters than on the shores, so you’re going to have to take to the sea if you want a close encounter. Of course, one of the best spots to catch sight of these bizarre creatures is the Great Barrier Reef. Alongside a vast ecosystem of beautiful fish and corals, you can hope to spot Green Turtles and Loggerhead Turtles!


These are just two different travel destinations that the world has to offer the wildlife lover. The best part about all of this? Each is home to a whole lot more species than we’ve been able to list in this one article. There’s plenty more fauna nestled away within the borders of each and chances are that you’ll root some of it out during your journey. Hopefully, visiting either of these places will also spark your taste for extended travel and you’ll continue on to a whole host of other adventures as a result! Think of these destinations as a springboard to your newfound passion!


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