OK Travel-blazers, this week’s article comes packed with the beauty and glory of some of the finest offspring Mother Nature has to offer! We’re sure you know about these animals, and you’ve probably seen heaps of photographs of them across the web, you might even have watched them on a National Geographic documentary or two or ten!
But to fully experience these creatures in their fullest and most awesome-est glory, nothing beats an upfront, in close and personal experience of seeing them in their natural habitat! And what better way to do that than by going on safari or visiting the rainforests of Borneo?
And if you were to do that with us… we’re ready to some champagne and toast with you! And while some bubbly may be refreshing for your palate, few things will be as refreshing for your soul as seeing these majestic creatures on your travel journey.
Aren’t they adorable? Pygmy elephants are found in both Africa and Asia, and Borneo is well known as a hot spot for them. By going on a river safari on the Kinabatangan River, you will not only get to search for wild pygmy elephants, but also crocodiles, hornbills, kingfishers, and much more! The Kinabatangan River is a unique and rich ecosystem that is widely acknowledged by experts to be the most varied and easily accessible in all of Southeast Asia so that’s nothing to scoff at. The variety of wildlife here is almost second to none!
One of the major highlights of our Borneo tours is the chance to watch the orangutan up close in their natural habitat. The world famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which, by the way, is the first official orangutan sanctuary and rehabilitation centre in the world, welcomes orphaned and injured orangutans for rehabilitation before returning them to forest life. Did you know? Orangutans are endemic to Borneo, and Borneo is one of only two places in the world where you can still see them in the wild. If that’s not a unique experience we don’t know what is.
Proboscis monkeys are just one of the more than 100 animal species that are endemic to Borneo, which means you won’t get to see these animals in the wild anywhere else in the world! They’re pretty special, aren’t they? Other amazing animals that are endemic to Borneo – and that you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of while you are on a river safari – include Bornean clouded leopards and Bornean rhinos.
This is no ordinary bear… Thanks to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Malayan sun bears have a fighting chance of surviving. This conservation centre, which is conveniently located next to the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, is a wildlife conservation and research centre dedicated to improving animal welfare and the rehabilitation of the Malayan sun bear. You won’t see a great many of these in the wild, so don’t lose this opportunity!
Have you ever witnessed a green turtle laying her eggs? These animals might not seem like anything special to some people, but wait till you see up close how beautiful they really are! The Turtle Island National Park in Borneo is a must visit for turtle lovers – you’ll get to watch green turtles lay their eggs and also release newborn baby turtles into the sea.
The majestic king of the jungle is called that for good reason – despite all the images that we have seen, the experience of seeing lions in the wild is still one that takes our breath away. (Cue ‘Circle of Life’ from The Lion King…) One of the most sought-after animals on safaris, lions can be difficult to spot as they mainly hunt at dawn or dusk so keep your fingers and toes crossed. Some of the best places to see lions on safari include Tanzania and South Africa.
Another amazing animal that you might be lucky enough to see in Tanzania and South Africa is the leopard. Believe it or not, these magnificent and powerful cats are actually really shy and nocturnal, often spending most of their days hiding away in the canopy of large trees, so you’ll have to look closely to spot one. Good luck!
Sadly, wide scale poaching has left rhinos in a very precarious position so count yourself very fortunate indeed if you spot one! These powerful creatures have been wandering the plains of Africa for millions of years and have no natural animal predators in the wild – besides humans, of course. They have very poor eyesight but a superb sense of smell so you’ll have to keep down-wind of them if you want to get close.
Wildebeest travel in huge herds, and the sight of them running across wide-open plains and grasslands is enough to stop everyone in their tracks! The largest concentration of wildebeest is found in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara eco-systems in Tanzania and Kenya, where one of the world’s greatest wildlife migrations take place every year. These annual events, which you might have seen video footage or photos of, also include thousands of zebra and antelope, all of which are followed by very large numbers of predators! No wonder this is one of the most remarkable wildlife viewing experiences in the world!
Have you secretly wanted to be the star of your own version of Gorillas in the Mist? Gorillas are shy, gentle animals, only attacking if they feel that they or their family is being threatened. They are also one of the most endearing primates to see, and it’s sad to think that there are only 900 mountain gorillas left in the wild today, no thanks to the loss of their habitat and poaching. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the few precious opportunities left to gorilla lovers, so if that’s you, be sure not to miss out.
So here you have it, some of nature’s most beautiful and amazing creatures. While hardly definitive, this is a good list to start with if you’re an animal lover, and what better way to experience them than by coming on tour with us? If you can’t wait any longer, my travel-enthusiast, to find out more and see these sublime creatures in person, get in touch with me today. That bottle of champagne is crying out to be uncorked!
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