Search
Close this search box.

Share

5 Most Family-Friendly Wildlife Destinations in the World

Experience the thrill of wildlife encounters and awe-inspiring natural wonders on these extraordinary family destinations

Bengal tiger in its natural habitat
Bengal tiger in its natural habitat

If you’re a family that loves seeing animals and discovering beautiful scenery, you should consider going on an animal-inspired family holiday. There’s something special about seeing animals in their natural habitat, especially if you share that experience with the love of your life. Whether it’s seeing the penguins in Antarctica, the Big 5 in Tanzania, or the fascinating marine life of the Galapagos Islands, there’s a wildlife holiday suitable for everyone. So, here are the top 5 incredible animal-inspired family holidays.

1. Visit the Emperor Penguins in Antarctica

Emperor penguins, Antarctica
Emperor penguins, Antarctica

Emperor penguins are some of the most fascinating creatures on earth. They are the largest of all penguin species and are the only large animals that dwell in Antarctica. Seeing these creatures in Antarctica with the family is such an incredible experience.

One of the mesmerising things about emperor penguins is that they have colourful feathers on their necks and heads, although not as bright as the king penguins. You will find them all around the Antarctic coasts, and they breed during the depths of the Antarctic winter and in some of the coldest and most desolate places on the continent.

There are many tours and expeditions in Antarctica that will take you to the places where emperor penguins live. You can take short voyages onboard helicopters, a more scenic way to discover the continent and its wildlife. 

Snow Hill Island on the Weddell Sea is the most popular spot for seeing emperor penguins in Antarctica. It lies off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and has a colony of about 8,000 emperor penguins.

Learn more about emperor penguins!

2. Visit Panna National Park, India

A gharial crocodile
A gharial crocodile

Families fascinated by big cats should visit Panna National Park in India. It’s a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve established to help preserve and bring back the population of tigers. For a hassle-free holiday, you can book one of those excellent luxury travel experiences to India that includes exciting wildlife itineraries for the whole family. You can customise the itinerary and include Panna National Park.

Book your stay in one of these luxury hotels in India here!

Located in the Madhya Pradesh state of India, Panna National Park occupies an area of over 500 square kilometres. The reserve lies on the side of the Ken River, surrounded by the hills and plateaus of the Chandranagar Range. About 50 adult tigers live in the park, along with other animals, like leopards, sloth bears, Sambar deer, and the Asian palm civet.

A wildlife safari with the family in Panna National Park offers endless excitement and thrills as you see the Bengal tigers in their natural habitat. The park also serves as the breeding and nesting habitat for rare and endangered species, including a gigantic reptile, gharial, only found on the Indian subcontinent. Panna National Park is also a haven for birders, where you can spot over 200 bird species during your visit.

3. Go on safari in Tanzania

Family of elephants in Tanzania
Family of elephants in Tanzania

When taking your family on an African safari, consider Tanzania. It has incredible national parks home to fascinating wildlife, including the Big 5. But what draws many visitors to Tanzania is to witness the Great Migration in Serengeti National Park. During this spectacular phenomenon, millions of wildebeest and zebras will migrate to Kenya’s Masai Mara. The determination and tenacity of these millions of animals are astonishing to witness – an experience you and your kids will never forget!

Zebra couple, Tanzania
Zebra couple, Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Crater.  and its lush grasslands to search for wild animals and encounter a healthy population of rhinos, zebras, lions, and elephants. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see all of the Big 5!

There are plenty of accommodation options when going to Tanzania for a family safari. Most safari camps and lodges offer family suites with adjoining rooms or tents, perfect for when you have older kids who want to sleep separately. Kid activities and family specific safaris are also on offer, making this Afican safari holiday your family wildlife adventure.

Where to go on safari in Tanzania!

4. Witness the unique wildlife in Borneo

Orangutans in Borneo
Orangutans in Borneo

If you’re looking for a unique place to see wildlife, take the family to the island of Borneo in Malaysia.  You and your family will discover incredible animals unique to this part of the world.

Orangutans will be the highlight of your visit, you could also spot other incredible wildlife, including  proboscis monkeys. These are unique creatures with astonishingly long noses reaching up to 18 cm! They are endemic to Borneo and live in Bako National Park. 

Borneo is also a great place to spot spectacled langurs. These endearing creatures have tuffs of grey and brown hair with light patches around their mouth and eyes and look as though they are always surprised. They are vegetarians and spend most of their time grazing on Borneo’s lush jungles.

Plan your family trip to Borneo here!

5. See the marine life around the Galapagos Islands

Iguana, Galapagos Islands
Iguana, Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands’ marine life is unlike anything else in the world. The archipelago’s fish biomass is the largest in the world, averaging 17.5 tons per hectare, which means you’ll find a vast array of fish during your snorkelling or diving adventure.

Aside from the millions of colourful fish, you will also encounter incredible marine creatures, from marine iguanas to sea lions, seals, hammerhead sharks, and sea turtles. Snorkelling is the best way for families to explore the underwater world of the Galapagos. 

Your kids will be in awe of marine iguanas feeding and swimming a few metres away, or sea lions blowing bubbles and pulling their fins. You can also spot playful fish like angelfish, snapper, barracuda, and butterfly fish.

Learn more about the incredible marine creatures of the Galapagos!

Share

998 AU OAWK GIF BANNER R1 300x250px
oawk free ebook ad
OAWK MREC

See Also