Best Wildlife Vacations: 8 Top Wildlife Destinations in the World

by Jane Sophia
Best Wildlife Vacations

Do you know the 8 Top Wildlife Destinations in the World? Best Wildlife Vacations are as popular as island escapes, weekend destinations, beach cities, and ski resorts.

People with kids should plan a Best Wildlife Vacations at least once in three years exclusively to entertain their children.

In addition, wildlife-watching freebies are announced often by safari operators, bird watching clubs, and guided hiking adventure organizers.

When it comes to Best Wildlife Vacations, African nations and Amazon Rainforests come to our mind immediately as the topmost destinations to see wild animals and exotic birds in their own habitat.

I too always rated Kenya as the best country in the world to go on a wildlife safari followed by Brazil (for watching Amazonian birds) and India for a wide range of forest animals that include:

  • Bengal tiger
  • Asiatic lion

  • Asian elephants
  • Several species of primates
  • Migratory birds
  • Rare reptiles

What if I tell you that Scotland also finds a prestigious place in the list of best 8 countries in the world for Best Wildlife Vacations?

Do you know that the world’s largest eagles (Steller’s Sea Eagle) are found in Korea which is certainly not a popular country in the world for wild animal spotting?

8 Best Wildlife Vacations in the World

Enough of ‘do you know’ and ‘what ifs’. Let us peruse the list of 8 best nations in the world for Best Wildlife Vacations.

The list is only randomly organized and not an official ranking by any organized wildlife authorities such as National Geographic.

  1. Best Wildlife Vacations in Wales

Wales listed as one of the best countries in the world to see wildlife is certainly a surprise and I guess it must be a well thought of addition.

Note: I am only curating the places and listing them, buddy.

Let us explore why Wales finds a place as a favorite for wildlife enthusiasts.

Wales and its own Skomer Island are the ideal habitats for the beautiful Puffins that you don’t see in many places in the world.

Puffins are sea birds.


In addition, here are some very rare sea birds that have chosen to feed in the waters of the Irish Sea, Wales.

  • Razor Bill

Best Wildlife Vacations Razor Bill

  • Kittiwake


  • Cormorant


  • Manx Shearwater

Best Wildlife Vacations Manx Shearwater

Birds that live on the plains of Wales:

  • Ring Ouzel
  • Hen Harrier

If mice interest you, there are a couple of species in Wales but I wonder how can you spend time to spot the elusive and nocturnal mouse? I think it is a waste of time.

Other marine creatures that are spotted off the coast of Wales are:

  • Dolphins
  • Grey Seals
  • Herring
  • Salmon
  • Periwinkles (edible snail)
  • Hake
  • Eel

Remember, Wales has a long coastline and as such is an ideal habitat for aquatic birds.

So, Wales’s wildlife includes the majority of aquatic sea birds and a range of marine life.

  1. Best Wildlife Vacations in China

Of course, China has to be on the list of popular countries for Best Wildlife Vacations.

China’s most lovable animal is the cute ‘Panda’.


Hmm… it is quite large and hence is called ‘Giant Panda’.

Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey

It is endemic to China and is also declared as ‘endangered’.

Binturong-looks like a mixture of cat and a bear


It is not an endemic animal to China. You can find them even in India and Nepal.

Other notable wildlife of China:

  • Sable
  • Chinese Pheasant

Chinese Pheasant Best Wildlife Vacations

OMG! What a beauty! It is a breathtaking bird of China.

  • Pallas cat
  • Dugong
  • Clouded Leopard
  • Tibetan Antelope

It is covered with fur!

  • Pink Dolphin
  • Chow Chow

Chow Chow

Can you believe it is one of the rarest dog breeds?

China hosts most of the mammals that are found in Asian countries such as tigers, elephants, porcupines, and others.

However, I believe China as a popular wildlife safari country justifies its position in the list because of the above-mentioned primates, giant panda, bearcat (Binturong) pheasants, pink dolphin, and the Chow Chow dog breed.

  1. Best Wildlife Vacations in Kenya

Every African nation finds its place as an important animal safari destination. There are no second opinions about that-right?

South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique are some of the best African countries in the world for wildlife watching.

I have inserted Kenya in my list of top 8 countries in the world for Best Wildlife Vacations because of the majestic lions that are freely roaming in the Maasai Mara region in Kenya.

Other beautiful African animals that capture our attention when we go on a forest safari in Kenya are:

  • Giraffe
  • Lesser Kudu
  • Zebra
  • African Buffalo
  • African Elephant
  • Servel
  • Ostrich
  • Flamingo
  • White-faced whistling duck

One of the most colorful ducks in the world is seen in Kenya.

I am sure the addition of Kenya in this list of the top 8 countries for Best Wildlife Vacations needs no justification-right?

  1. Brazil

Oh, Brazil and its Amazonian birds and reptiles attract the largest number of wildlife enthusiasts in the world.

The range of wildlife in Brazil is so long that you need to spend a minimum of two weeks in Brazil to spot at least half of its enriched Avifauna.

It is impossible to list all the birds (more than 8000 species of Avifauna) of Brazil but I would name a few of them. I think you will be goaded to plan Best Wildlife Vacations in Brazil at the earliest.

  • Toco Toucan

Best Wildlife Vacations Toco Toucan

This is a giant of a South American bird.

  • Antbird


  • Aracari
  • Frilled Coquette

Frilled Coquette

Wow! A breathtakingly beautiful bird of Brazil.

  • Red-couled Cardinal

Red-couled Cardinal Best Wildlife Vacations

  • Lear’s Macaw

Lear's Macaw

  • Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis Best Wildlife Vacations

  • Saffron Finch

Saffron Finch

Have you had enough of Brazil as a top place in the world for wildlife (especially birds) watching?

  1. India

The wildlife of India is as diverse as the country. Mammals, reptiles, birds, marine life; you name them and India has them. From India’s most visited bird-watching paradise of Western Ghats to the endemic birds of Ladakh in the Himalayas, you can have a camera full of beautiful birds’ pictures.

When it comes to encountering the big cats, India has as many as 50 tiger reserves spread all over India. 70% of the world’s tiger population is living in Indian tiger reserves.

India’s Gir Lions attract visitors from all over the world, including Africa, regarded as the lions’ own den.

The one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park is the ultimate destination for seeing the giant beasts in close quarters.

The Indian wild buffalo is a fiery animal.

wild buffalo Best Wildlife Vacations

As many as 500 (five Hundred) wildlife sanctuaries in India make take the country to the top 8 best countries for a Best Wildlife Vacations.

  1. New Zealand

Are you surprised that such a tiny island nation is rated as one of the best 8 countries in the world for wildlife watching?

The beautiful and cute blue penguins are the star attraction of New Zealand’s wildlife.

blue penguins

Oh, aren’t they so sweet?

There are twelve other species of penguins living in New Zealand’s Tasman Sea and the South Pacific Ocean. Among the other species of penguins found in New Zealand’s coast, the ‘yellow-eyed penguin deserves a mention.

  • Chevron Skink

It is an ugly-looking lizard that is endemic to New Zealand.

Best Wildlife Vacations Chevron Skink

Kiwi is a unique bird and endemic New Zealand. Kiwi bird alone attracts thousands of ornithologists and bird watchers.

This appears more of a rat+bird combination. Look at Kiwi’s sharp bristles similar to rats.

  • Kea of New Zealand

Another bird in the list of the wildlife of New Zealand is the beautiful ‘Kea’.


Other wildlife of New Zealand that takes the nation to the list of the best 8 countries in the world for wildlife:

  • Wood Pigeon
  • Tui
  • Morepork-an owl
  • Pied Fantail of New Zealand

  1. Best Wildlife Vacations in Malaysia

Best Wildlife Vacations in Malaysia

That’s the famous ape called ‘Orangutan’. They live in large numbers in the rainforests of Malaysia where the shy hornbills are also seen. It is a loner always-I mean you don’t see them with their spouse.


Malaysian Tiger

Malaysia is home to its own Malaysian tigers and the Indochinese tigers.

Another rare wildlife of Malaysia is the ‘Tapir’.

Bornean Bearded Pigs

Best Wildlife Vacations Bornean Bearded Pigs

This is surely a very rare mammal of Malaysia and is endemic to Borneo, Malaysia.

Here are some rare species of primates that live in Malaysian forests and islands:

  • Mueller’s gibbons,

Best Wildlife Vacations Mueller's gibbons

  • Siamang Gibbon
  • Proboscis
  • Slow Loris

Slow Loris

  • Silver Leaf Monkey

Silver Leaf Monkey

  1. Best Wildlife Vacations in Thailand

The giant and scary-looking pangolins of Thailand are the biggest crowd pullers as far as the wildlife of Thailand is concerned.

Image attached

Thailand’s numerous islands are home to some exotic birds and unseen marine creatures.

Asian elephants are found living in large herds in Thailand’s tropical forests that are also habitats for:

  • Tigers
  • Gecko-a lizard
  • Cobras

That’s the end of round up of the top 8 countries in the world for Best Wildlife Vacations.

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