Restrictions and quarantines may be limiting most of us in our travel plans right now, but for the intrepid, and patient, traveller there are opportunities to discover and photograph incredible wildlife all over the world.
Wildlife photographer, Paul Goldstein, recently listed the top six places he wants to return to in 2021. Paul’s picks take in top wildlife spots including South Georgia, Baffin Island and Pantanal, Brazil. His list includes seeing animals such as king penguins, polar bears and humpback whales.
A renowned photographer, presenter and guide, over the last 20 years Paul has proved himself to be a devoted conservation campaigner, dedicating his time to initiatives to protect tigers, such as Worth More Alive X.
For those of you longing to see astounding wildlife and get out there on some adventure holidays, we have rounded up four locations for the best wildlife photography opportunities across the world.
Observe orangutans in Sabah, Borneo
Head to the banks of the Kinabatangan river in Sabah, Borneo, for a good chance to see orangutans in the wild; take a 4-day river tour to maximise your chances of seeing orangutangs in their natural habitat. The tropical climate and dense rainforest provide the perfect backdrop for the picturesque primates. You may be lucky and catch a glimpse of endangered pigmy elephants and proboscis monkeys too.
Capture the big five in South Africa
Check the “big five” off your photography bucket list and venture into Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Take a safari through the park to capture cape buffalo, elephants, rhino, lions and leopards; the five African mammals most difficult to find on foot.
Behold the Bengal tiger at Ranthambore National Park, India
Trek through Ranthambore National Park, a former royal hunting ground, in search of its most regal resident, the Bengal tiger. Protected from poachers within the park’s limits, Ranthambore is one of the best places in world to take a snap of this majestic big cat.
Take a guided tiger safari through the park and head straight to the best spots for tiger sightings. Alternatively, enlist the help of a private guide and navigate the dense jungle in privacy.
Meet rainforest residents deep in Costa Rica
See sleepy sloths and technicoloured toucans deep in the rainforest of Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park. Named as one of the world’s “most biologically intense places on earth” by National Geographic, the park covers nearly half of the Osa Peninsula and is home to the Baird’s tapir, harpy eagle and jaguar.
Prepare to hike across the rugged terrain as there are no roads in the park, creating the ideal environment for wildlife to flourish in the lowland tropical rainforest.
Make the most of your spare time now and plan ahead for an unforgettable adventure and double-check the latest travel advice before you book your trip.