Take A Wild Ride On One Of These Non-African Safari Trips
By Kelsey Marie
Going on a safari is an incredible experience. Most people think that safaris can only be done in countries on the African continent but surprisingly, that’s not true. Yes, going on a game drive in South Africa and seeing lions, elephants, giraffe and zebra is incredible but you can also experience safaris globally and beyond Africa.
Enjoy these safari trips not located in Africa:
Panna National Park – Madhya Pradesh, India
India is known for the Taj Mahal but there is so much more to explore there. Eric Hrubant, president and chief travel-planning officer for CIRE Travel says: “Aside from that all-important picture in front of the Taj Mahal, take a trip off the tourist path and visit one of India’s many national parks. One of the lesser-known favorites is Panna National Park, where they have a tiger reintroduction program. This park offers off-beat experiences and you can see the wildlife by Jeep or boat!”
Bamurru Plains – Northern Territory, Australia
There are over 100 square miles of wetlands, melaleuca forest, savannah woodlands and riverine in this area of Australia. You will be able to explore unique wildlife viewing unlike anywhere else in the world. This area can be explored by plane, safari drive, quad bikes or simply on foot. Visit Mary River catchment to see over 236 species of birds.
If you want to learn more about the various species of birds, arrange an experience with an ornithologist who specializes in that specific region in Australia.
Churchill Wild Polar Bear Tour – Manitoba, Canada
Safaris aren’t only desserts and tropical climates. Elizabeth Fuller, marketing director for Black Tomato says: “Ruled by the mighty King of the Arctic, the polar bear is best spotted on foot via walking safari. Check off two picturesque bucket list items and you gaze in awe as they frolic in the snow, relax on rocks and cuddle their cubs, all with the dazzling Aurora Borealis as the backdrop.”
Great Ocean Road – Torquay to Allansford, Australia
If you prefer less structured sightseeing, take a road trip along the southern coast of Australia. Amy Brueckner, CIRE’s chief of staff says: “It’s an easy and beautiful drive with amazing vistas and so much wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies, koala, emus, seals, dolphin, whales…and incredible birds! You can go out at your own pace and stay at local inns or rent a camper van — just watch out for kangaroo crossings!”
Keep in mind that the seasons are opposite to our seasons in the U.S. which means when it’s summer here, it’s winter there and vice versa.
Leopard Trails in Yala National Park – Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Leopards aren’t the only animals you’ll see on this trail. Take a trail excursion and you’ll be amongst Asian elephants, sloth bears, sambar, butterflies, monkeys and more. This is the perfect safari for the traveler who craves rich culture and amazing wildlife.
Elephant Hills (Elephant and Rainforest Camp) – Khao Sok National Park, Southern Thailand
There are two parks located in Khao Sok National Park (the largest stretch of rainforest in Southern Thailand): The Elephant Camp and the floating Rainforest Camp.
Head to the Elephant Camp, which is located at the border of the rainforest, and you’ll be able to stay in one of their luxurious tailor-made tents. The Rainforest camp has 20 luxury tends which allows you to explore the tropical rainforest in Southern Thailand.
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.