It is believed that this universe hides some of the most beautiful and refreshing secrets in her bosom which can enchant its inhabitants with a diverse landscape and the vast variety of flora and fauna. There are numerous wildlife destinations and some of them are blessed with treks which provide the visitors with some adrenaline rush along with the bliss of watching a wild animal in its natural habitat. One can also revive their inner photographer and capture some amazing wildlife pictures like a herd of elephants moving in the jungle, etc. These are the best locations for wildlife photography.
With urbanization, we are losing our greens and in the daily juggling work and home, we forget to connect with nature and wildlife. Wildlife holidays are a great way to escape from this day to day hustle bustle and get back to nature. Watching the animals in their natural inhabitant enables us to see them expressing and behaving naturally which can be a really exhilarating, uplifting, and educational experience. But every place has its own style of working and its rules and restrictions. Your trip must promote good wildlife management and support animal conservation and must not encourage animal abuse and wildlife snatching.
So here is the list of 10 famous places where one can have a rendezvous with wildlife and dabble into the awesomeness of wildlife photography.
1. Jim Corbett National Park
Established in 1936, The Jim Corbett National Park is Asia’s first national park and it is situated in the districts of Nainital and Garhwal in Uttarakhand, India. It covers an area of 520 square kilometers of which 75% of the area is covered with sal Forests and it is home to more than 400 species of flora and fauna. It is famous for being the habitat of predators like the Bengal Tiger, leopard, jungle cat, fishing cat, and leopard cat and other dominant inhabitants are Sloth Bear, Himalayan Goral, Elephant, and Hyena. It was earlier known as Hailey National Park in 1936 but it was renamed as Ramganga National Park in 1955 and then again in 1957 it was finally renamed to Jim Corbett National Park in the honor of the legendary hunter Jim Corbett. Corbett National Park offers many options to explore wildlife such as Elephant Safari, jeep safari, and canter safari for the tourists. These are perfect settings for wildlife photography.
The Best Time to Visit Corbett National Park is from Mid-November to Mid-June when the weather is quite moderate. During monsoon, the park is closed due to heavy rainfall.
The charge of safaris varies from INR 500 to INR 3600 per person depending on the mode of transportation.
2. Kalahari Desert
Located in Southern Africa, The Kalahari Desert, also known as Botswana is a sandy savannah extending 900,000 square kilometers and stretches across 7 countries. The Kalahari is home leopards, cheetahs, caracals, gemsbok, meerkats, and the Kalahari lion as the bush and grass of the Kalahari Desert provide perfect ambush cover for these animals. The Kalahari Desert is covered with trees and has a variety of plant and animal life. It receives regular rainfalls as compared to other deserts which allow trees like shepherd’s tree, blackthorn, and silver cluster-leaf to grow. The Kalahari Desert has many surprising features such as Dragon’s Breath Cave discovered in 1986, is an underground cave acting as the home to the largest non-sub-glacial underground lake in the world. It provides a rewarding safari destination with the true essence of southern Africa.
The Kalahari Desert safari tours can cost INR 77000 to INR 106807 (excluding flights) depending on the number of people and facilities used during the tour.
3. Sundarbans National Park
Famous for being the home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, The Sundarbans National Park in West Bengal, India is also a famous UNESCO World Heritage site where tourists enjoy the delight of watching the Royal Bengal tigers crossing them while they take boat rides to enjoy the beauty of Sundarbans. The National park is also known for the richness of the mangrove ecosystem. The Sundarbans National Park is spread across an area of 40000 sq. km of which 60% is in Bangladesh and the rest of it is in India. The forests can be toured via boat which lets its tourists absorb the scenic beauty of the forests through the inner channels of the forest. One can see many species of reptiles, mammals, and birds. The waters of Sundarbans are very dangerous because it is home to saltwater crocodiles and therefore tourists are advised to visit under the guidance of a government-approved tour operator.
The best time to visit the Sundarbans national park is from December to February in cooler months or April to June when animals come out in search of water in summer, perfect timing to capture in your camera and share in your wildlife photography album on social media or your online portfolio.
The charge of visiting the Sundarbans forests can vary from INR 60 to INR 200.
4. Yellowstone National Park
Situated in the United States, Yellowstone National Park is a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve, home to more than five dozen species of mammals and More than 300 different species of birds which attract more than 4 million visitors every year. The park also has a wide species of plants and majority of the area is forested with lodgepole pines. The park is spread across an area of 2.2 million acres providing a large area to explore to its visitors. Yellowstone National Park has other attractions such as hot springs and terraces, geysers, etc.
April to May and between September and November are best times to visit Yellowstone National Park. The trip to Yellow National Park depends on many factors such as Lodging, travel, Gate fee, etc. The entrance fee at the gate varies depending on the mode of transportation used in exploring the park. If one wishes to use Private, the non-commercial vehicle then it would cost INR 2432 ($35) whereas by foot, bicycle, ski, etc would cost INR 1390 ($20).
5. Ranthambore National Park
The Ranthambore National Park is a major wildlife tourist attraction located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, famous for the biggest tiger populations in India. The vegetation of the Ranthambore and 270 different species of birds have pulled the attention of wildlife lover and photographers. Other principal attractions of the area are ruins and Fort such as Ranthambore Fort, Jogi Mahal, etc.
Types of safaris available in Ranthambore National Park Are Jeep Safari and canter Safari. The Park is closed during monsoon and therefore the best time to enjoy sightseeing in the park is November to March. The entry fee varies according to the mode of transportation used to explore, it varies from INR 562 to INR 1539.
6. Canaima National Park
Canaima National Park was established in 1962 and is famous for its amazing natural wonders. Located in Bolivar State, Venezuela Canaima National Park is a land of savannas and rainforests and is home to many endangered species of animals such as the giant armadillo, the ocelot, the jaguar and many more. It has many other attractions such as Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world.
The advisable time to visit Canaima National Park is months of October and November. One can reach the park only via plane where a nominal fee is charged and checked for Yellow fever and if anyone doesn’t have the vaccination for yellow fever then he/she is given vaccination on arrival at the airport. It’s worth visiting this national park for amazing wildlife photography experience.
7. Kaziranga National Park
Located in Assam, Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and widely known for being one of the oldest wildlife conservancy reserves of India. It is spread across an area of 430 square kilometers and famous for being home to the largest population of One Horned Rhinoceros in the world. It also has a wide variety of flora and fauna, which is a boon for wildlife photography.
Summers are the best time to visit Kaziranga National Park and the park remains closed during monsoon. Tourists can explore the park via elephant safari or jeep safari managed by the forest department. The entry fees are different for Indians and foreigners. Indians are charged INR 100 per person whereas foreigners are charged INR 900 per person. The safari charges are based on distance traveled.
8. The Danum Valley
The Danum Valley is home to rare and endangered species and is famous for orangutans. located in Malaysia, The Danum Valley is a jungle paradise which offers awe-inspiring fauna and flora and is recognised as one of the world’s most complex ecosystems. It provides jungle safaris, walking trails and a research center which attracts conservation scientists from all over the world.
A trip to Danum valley can be challenging and to get to Danum Valley one must reach Lahad Datu in Eastern Sabah and to reach the valley there are many Forms of transportation are available.
9. Pench National Park
Pench National Park is located on the boundary of Seoni and Chhindwara districts of Madhya Pradesh and is popular to habitat a large number of endangered species and is very rich in fauna. The beauty of the park inspired the famous book “Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. It is considered as India’s finest sanctuary and entices a large number of visitors every year and offers many activities like nature trails, elephant safaris, boating, bonfires, and many more to enhances your trip.
February to June is the best time to visit Pench National Park because the chances to spot animals increases in summers. The entry fees at the gate are INR 15 per person for Indians and INR 150 per person for foreigners. The fees for the minibus is INR 150 per person.
10. Queen Elizabeth National Park
Founded in 1952, Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated southwestern Uganda is spread across an area of 764 square miles and is home to 606 different birds and 100 types of mammal including several types of antelopes, leopards, lions, elephants, hippopotamuses and many more. It is the most popular tourist attraction of Uganda and hs a diverse ecosystem and offers its fascinating cultural history, storytelling, dance, music and more. A great destination for wildlife photography indeed.
One can get there from Kampala via public transport and the entrance fees at the park is INR 2780 per person including activities you do there.
So what are you waiting for pack your bags, charge your camera and wake up the adventure junkie in you. Go and make some of the best memories of your life with nature and its beast and share them with your friends and family.