One of the best ways to fully appreciate the beauty of our planet is by going on a jungle safari. The simple beauty of the rich bio-diversity that is present deep in the jungle is breathtaking and deeply humbling. We have tracked down five travel destinations that offer some of the very best jungle safari experiences in the world.
Tanzania is renowned for being a paradise for bird lovers as it is home to a large number of unusual and endemic bird species. There are actually over 1,000 bird species that live in Tanzania in areas such as Lake Manyara and Rubondo Island National Park. Numerous tours are available and are guided by top local bird guides. You will spot a wide range of water, forest, and savannah birds. Just a few of the hundreds of types of birds that can be spotted in beautiful Tanzania include the kingfisher, goliath heron, African skimmer, ostrich, parrot, woodpecker, crested crane, hopee, fish eagle, and crowned crane.
The Amazon Basin, especially in Manaus, is the largest and most dense area of tropical rainforest in the world and is chock-full of amazing and beautiful flora and fauna. Excursions and hikes deep into the forest will reveal medicinal plants, over 2,000 species of fish, 250 species of reptiles and amphibians, and loads more tropical animals like monkeys, sloths, and wild boars. Some excursions made available to you include ones that last for several days and nights. On these intense treks you will meet native inhabitants and learn their ways, canoe through rivers and creeks, enjoy bird watching, fish for rare species of fish, and spot dozens of species of jungle animals, including caiman.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of Rift Valley and is known for its misty hillsides and biologically diverse rainforests that are at least 25,000 years old. This area is also known for its famous inhabitants – 320 majestic and gentle mountain gorillas. The park is home to 120 mammal species, including baboons and chimpanzees, and 350 species of birds.
Periyar Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekkady, India
Periyar Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is an area of 925 square kilometers that forms the watershed of the Periyar and Pamba River systems and lies on the banks of Periyar Lake. Numerous rare, endangered, and endemic types of flora and fauna make their home in this area of dense evergreen and deciduous forest. Some animals you will see on your journey include elephants, tigers, wild boar, and macaque monkeys. 49 species of mammals, 265 species of birds, 48 species of reptiles and amphibians, 25 species of fish, and even 160 species of butterfly live in the reserve!
A sanctuary was established in 1975 to care for endangered orangutans that are unable to survive on their own in the wild. In fact, the very last wild orangutans in the world live in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Visitors to the sanctuary get rare and spectacular glimpses of these magnificent animals in their natural environment, swinging from tree to tree and enjoying feeding time. Here you can take jungle hikes and experience the exotic plants and jungle animals the area is known for, including the most majestic of them all – the orangutan.