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3 of the best vacation destinations for animal lovers

3 of the best vacation destinations for animal lovers

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We all choose holiday destinations for a whole host of reasons. Whether it’s for historical landmarks, stunning landscapes or incredible wildlife, our interests shape the places we explore.

If you’re someone who’s hoping to tick some animals off the bucket list on holiday, there are plenty of destinations that showcase jaw-dropping wildlife in mesmerizing locations. Here are just a few that you might want to consider for your next vacation.


Located in the southernmost tip of South America, Patagonia is a playground for wildlife you won’t see elsewhere in the world. Thanks to the country’s varied landscapes, you can enjoy seclusion and peace in the mountains whilst looking out for the elusive puma.

It’s unlikely that you’ll see one if you don’t have a trekking guide with you. Most frequently found in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, they are masters of camouflage, making it all the more special when you see one.

Galapagos Islands

600 miles off the coast of Ecuador lie the Galapagos Islands. Where crystal clear waters lap on white sandy shores, these islands are the epitome of tropical bliss. It’s also a sanctuary for some of the most intriguing animals in the world, many of which can only be found here.

Prepare your camera for iguanas, sea lions, sharks, and penguins. With so many animals to snap, you’re going to be busy. Make sure you get to see them all by going on a wildlife tour that’ll take you to otherwise inaccessible places so you can take a good look at these marvelous beasts.

And whilst you’re there, enjoy the Galapagos to the full by snorkeling for hours on end, hiking up inactive volcanoes and taking in the sun on the red sand beaches.


Known the world over for their once-in-a-lifetime safari experience, Africa has some of the biggest national parks in the world. By far the country’s most famous residents are the Big Five: the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo.

They can be spotted in national parks all over Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia, all of which have their own unique landscapes and animals that they are known for. If you time your trip right, you might even see the Great Migration where millions of wildebeest and zebra walk thousands of miles to the Masai Mari.