Without wanting to start off on a maudlin note, there are a few things that most people want to do at least once before they die. Getting married and having children sit fairly close to the top of the so-called ‘bucket’ lists, but after that, people’s minds tend to turn to travel. Our world may feel like it’s getting smaller every day thanks to faster travel and high-speed internet connections, but there’s nothing like seeing something with your own eyes. That’s why once-in-a-lifetime vacations are a steady source of income for many package vacation providers.
Of all the different types of vacation that most people have in mind as a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience, safaris are the most popular. There’s something about going on safari that captures the imagination as no other experience can. It’s the reason why nature documentaries are so popular on television. It’s the reason that mobile slots casinos and their sister sites contain not just one safari-themed mobile slots game, but several. Mobile slots like ‘Africa Goes Wild,’ ‘Hot Safari,’ and ‘Safari King’ prove that not only is there a strong enough interest in the world’s most exotic animals that mobile slots developers return to them repeatedly as a theme, but that the interest is strong enough to persuade people to spend money on it – even when they’re just playing a mobile slots game which uses the animals as scenery rather than seeing the animals with their own eyes.
When people think ‘safari,’ they tend to think Africa. That’s not without reason – Africa is home to many of the most wondrous creatures on Earth, and African safari vacations are incredible. If you’d prefer to go on a safari vacation to Africa than consider alternatives, we’re not trying to stand in your way. It is, after all, the home continent of the famous African ‘big 5.’ Africa isn’t the only place you can spend your safari dollars though, and many people don’t realize that. In this article, we’re going to explore ways for you to scratch your safari itch in countries you may not have known it was possible to do so.
When we move the parameters of a safari away from Africa, we have to accept that we’re going to see different kinds of wildlife than we would on the African continent. Don’t look at that as a negative, though – it can very much become a positive. That’s why we’re starting with taking a safari vacation to the Amazon as it flows through Peru, where you’ll find pink dolphins. Correctly known as the Amazon river dolphin, the beautiful and endangered dolphins can only be found in this part of the world, where special cruise tours are available to allow you to get up close and personal with them. That includes getting in the waters of the Amazon, and swimming alongside them. The biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest is one of nature’s finest creations. You may not find anything the size of an elephant or a giraffe here, but nor can you pet a baby manatee in Uganda, so there are pros and cons on both sides! Safaris in Peru are conducted in the evening, so you have plenty of time to explore this often-overlooked South American country during the day.
Alaska is part of the United States of America, but doesn’t have much in common with the rest of the US mainland. It’s out on a limb, and it has a wildlife scene that’s like nothing else on Earth. If you’re not a hot weather person – and not everyone is- then a cold-weather safari might be exactly what you’re looking for. Alaska would be only too happy to oblige! The dramatic landscape alone is worth traveling miles to see, but Alaska is also home to brown bears, caribou, and grizzlies on land. We say ‘on land’ because there’s even more at sea, including sea lions and walruses in their natural environment. Taking a trip out on a kayak to see the wales is something you’ll likely remember for the rest of your life.
The Philippines isn’t a natural home for exotic creatures, but there’s one island which is different from all the others, and that’s Calauit Island. During the 1970s, the island had a slightly eccentric President who decided that the best way to bring tourism into his region was to set up his own safari park. To that end, he had zebras, antelopes, and giraffes brought to the Philippines to make Calauit Island their own. The enormous safari park is the pride and joy of the island, and has a whole tourism industry built around it. The fact that Calauit is routinely voted as one of the most beautiful places on Earth is a pleasant bonus! All of the major hotels in the area are accustomed to dealing with safari tourists, and so many of them offer their own guided tours. The native antelopes have accepted their African guests, and so the species roam freely among each other.
If you’ve ever wondered what might happen if humanity ended tomorrow, and the animals took over, Sri Lanka is probably the closest approximation. There’s plenty of life in Sri Lanka, but where the animals roam you’ll find nothing but ruins. The residents long since abandoned vast areas of land on this island – which is just south of India – to the animals, and the result is that herds of wild creatures have made homes out of the falling-down buildings. Yala National Park contains more leopards than you’ll find anywhere else on the planet. If you can find safe passage into the rainforests, you might find monkeys playing next to the waterfalls, and Asian elephants taking a bath in the water far beneath them. When you’re done with your sightseeing in the forest or the national park, consider spending a day at the beach and looking out to sea. Your reward for doing so might be a sighting of some of the dolphins, sperm whales, and blue whales which frequently pass close to the shore. Just don’t get tempted to dive in and swim with the latter!
You’ll find beautiful creatures anywhere you go on our planet. If you don’t mind making a trip to see just one type of animal, then we can recommend Indonesia for orangutans. You can walk with lions in Mauritius – if you dare! Animals of all shapes and sizes are available in the UAE (although the ethical question of how they got there may be a difficult one to address for some travelers). You only have one life, so why limit yourself? Go and see these creatures while you still have the chance. And remember to take your camera!