Imagine seemingly endless African plains overtaken by grazing zebras and antelope, with packs of lions basking in the distant shade. Baby elephants play with their parents while giraffes pick leaves from the peaks of trees. You are led through this wondrous sight by a confident and knowledgeable tour guide in a green jeep who stops to give you a wildlife closeup. You grin as you position your camera knowing today you will rule the world of social media.

Safaris are on many bucket lists (and have been checked off of many others) for obvious reasons. The sense of adventure and opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat is one of the greatest experiences one can have. Though Africa offers many of the world’s best wildlife safari experiences there are other countries worth travelling to, for an unforgettable peek into the life of truly wild animals. Let’s trek the world to some of the other world-class wildlife quests.

Ranthambore National Park, India

While most safaris highlight the king of the jungle, tigers take centre stage in the wildlife safaris in India. Considering more than half of the world’s tiger population calls India home, it would only be fitting for them to be the star and for travellers to see them in their natural habitat. Ranthambore Park brings awareness to the diminishing number of tigers, as well as an appreciation for these fascinating felines.

Visitors can also expect to see a host of other mammals, reptiles, and avian species during their tour. Sightseers can load up in a 20-seater canter or keep things a bit more personal in a six-seater jeep for a morning or evening safari for approximately €25 EUR – €30 EUR.

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Eco-tourists will appreciate this safari as the park is committed to the care and respect of the animals and their environment. Journey to Yala National Park for a safari into leopard country where the “Leopard is Lord.” Endemic to Sri Lanka and the largest in the leopard family, Panthera pardus kotiya – leopards are abundant, and an up-close and personal encounter is to be expected.

It is recommended that travellers bring their own high-ground transportation or hire a jeep for their expedition, which will cost approximately 70 EUR. Entrance into the park for two people will run you approximately €82 EUR, which is a small price to pay for a rare visit with this majestic animal.

The Pantanal Wetlands, Brazil

The only thing better than a one-day wildlife safari is a seven-day jaguar safari in the world’s largest wetlands. Known for sexy people, the lively Carnival, and sumptuous food, Brazil aims to please travellers of all types, including flora and fauna lovers.

For less than €4,000 EUR, tourists can spend a week in the Amazon jungles of Brazil learning from an expert about the more than 2.5 million species to be explored, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, insects, and plants. Visitors to this South American gem wanting to get within an adrenaline-rising distance of the exclusive jaguars are encouraged to visit between June and November as the weather is drier, bringing the mysterious felines out of hiding and to the water. This tour is not for the faint of heart as witnessing the circle of life first-hand is not uncommon.

Kakadu National Park, Australia

For those looking for an out-of-the-ordinary wildlife safari experience, travel to the lush landscapes of Australia where wildlife is plentiful. Forego the traditional jeep excursion and wildcat experience and instead hop on a boat safari through these wetlands. With over one-third of Australia’s birds inhabiting Kakadu and over 60 other species calling it home, bird enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike will appreciate this water safari.

Eagles diving for prey, magpie geese congregating, and jabirus enjoying the midday sun are only a few wonders one can expect to see on their tour. There is no better place to see crocodiles in their natural habitat prowling the water and buffalo roaming the floodplains than in at Kakadu National Park. Check the safari availability for pricing information.

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Animals are meant to be in the wild; however, we are rarely able to see them in their own environment, which can lead to a misunderstanding of their behaviour. Wildlife safaris are a reminder that nature had a plan and a system in place before we began implementing our own plans. Through safaris, we are able to understand why animals respond the way they do.

Regardless of where you choose to go, participating in such a unique opportunity is worth putting on – and then checking off – your own bucket list.