Today is World Wildlife Day, a day created by the UN to raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. To help travellers get closer to nature and have awesome encounters with some of the planet’s most incredible wildlife, Booking.com has selected a round-up of the best destinations to stay in, ranging from luxurious safaris to Alaskan expeditions.
Ideal for families and small groups who want stylish private accommodation, the sunset-facing Safari Suites are set in a natural bush environment on the edge of Zambezi National Park in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Here you may spot the Big Five: elephants, lions, buffalos, leopards and white rhinoceros. Also, you’ll find the epic Victoria Falls, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World,’ located just 2.5 miles away.
Located less than 40 miles from Anchorage, Hotel Alyeska is in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. Guests staying at the resort can easily observe exciting wildlife, such as grizzly bears, moose or reindeer. You can also take a ride on the hotel’s tramway, which takes you to the top of the mountains so you can enjoy unrivalled views of the surrounding area.
Eliyanth Udawalawe is located less than 6 miles from Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka and can cater for the most adventurous guests. Seen as a major eco-tourist spot, the Udawalawe National Park boasts herds of elephants, wild buffalo, leopards and deer. A must-see visit for nature lovers, flocks of birds also inhabit the park including herons, peacocks, parrots and eagles.
Costa Rica is well-known for its sloth population, with a number of sanctuaries dedicated to protecting this unusual species. Just a four minute walk from the beach and a short drive from the Jaguar Rescue Centre which looks after injured or orphaned sloths, the Relax Natural Village is located in the Cocles region. This bed and breakfast also offers bike hire so you can explore the area to your heart’s content.
This property in Ecuador is a one-minute walk from the beach, so you can wake up to a view of pelicans, herons, mockingbirds and finches each morning. It is located close to the Puerto Ayora National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Centre, which are popular attractions on the Galápagos islands. The nearby Academy Bay is also a great spot to see golden rays, iguanas, Galápagos sea lions and an array of fish.
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