8 Of The Best Animal Safari Locations In The World

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There are many animal safari locations around the world where you can have an intimate experience with nature’s most beautiful creations. From majestic predators, such as tigers, lions, crocodiles, to more gentle animals, such as giraffes and zebras, you’ll have an opportunity to see all of these natural wonders up close. There is no better vacation to reconnect you with the beautiful outdoors and wildlife than an animal safari!

Animal Safari in Ranthambore National Park, India

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Rajasthan has been a prime destination for tourism in India for the longest time, with its rich history and jaw-dropping palaces. However, once you add a wildlife conservation zone to the mix, you’ve got yourself one of the most exciting animal safari adventures that India has to offer.

The Ranthambore National Park, located in Rajasthan, is spread across 1,300 square kilometers of land and is home to a dwindling population of Bengal tigers. So you get to see these fantastic beasts in their natural habitat, making the deserts of Ranthambore all the more regal. In addition, there are two nearby sanctuaries, the Mansingh Sanctuary and Kaila Devi Sanctuary.

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Besides tigers, you can also view other animals such as crocodiles, Indian chameleons, Indian flying foxes, jackals, sloth bears, wild boars, monitor lizards, sambars, and over 300 species of birds. Wildlife photography enthusiasts have enjoyed capturing the raw beauty of this animal safari for years! Tourists enjoy staying at the luxury Sher Bagh Hotel, situated on the edge of the Ranthambore National Park. Many guests also choose the neighboring Mughal-inspired Aman-i-Khas luxury tents.

Insider Tip: Many visitors use private jeeps to make trips to the park with experienced guides who can track a tiger from miles away.

African Safari, Oita, Japan

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African Safari is Japan’s largest animal safari park with over 115 hectares of land. It’s home to more than 1,400 animals, including giraffes, bison, deer, bears, lions, cheetahs, elephants, gazelles, camels, and rhinos. The petting zoo has 50 different animals you can feed, including beautiful horses, guinea pigs, and you can also take pictures with lion cubs. Each animal enclosure has a security gate to prevent animals from mixing with other species. 

Many themed restaurants, such as the curry house, Edelweiss and Lavender Restaurant, are found throughout the animal safari park. Guests can view the animals wandering around the park, but they need to do so from the safety of their vehicle. The park also offers rides in their animal-themed buses that can hold up to 27 people.

Insider Tip: Park rangers patrol the park in vans, ensuring you don’t open your car’s windows or doors.

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Africam Safari, Mexico

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Africam Safari is a Mexican animal safari park established in 1972 by Captain Carlos Camacho Espíritu. It’s about 11 miles from Puebla, Mexico. African Safari was founded by Carlos Camacho Espiritu, a pilot, radio host, businessman, and veteran from Valsequillo, Puebla. He created this animal safari/park so animals can develop and reproduce in areas resembling their habitat in the wild. 

Africam Safari opened to the public on April 2, 1972, and people became fascinated with the park and its resemblance to the wild. About 2,500 animals of 350 species roam freely, and the guests can observe them from their cars or the park’s guided tour buses. The African Safari has a variety of habitats, including the Tropical Jungle, Mexican Forest, Tiger Lake, Lion Territory, African Savannah, American Steppes, and walk-through adventure zone. There are warning signs posted around the animal safari to prevent animal attacks, advising visitors to close the window and not disturb the animals.

Interesting Facts: The name Africam comes from Africa, where most of the species in the zoo originate, and Camacho’s last name.

Taman Safari, Indonesia

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A world-class zoo, Taman Safari Indonesia is hailed as one of the best places to preserve many Indonesian animal species for the future. The Taman Safari covers an area of 170 hectares and houses more than 3,000 animals, including Bengal tigers, orangutans, hippos, zebras, giraffes, Sumatran elephants, and Malayan sun bears.

Guests are encouraged to drive through the park, and it is possible to come within touching distance of most of the animals. Some areas allow visitors to feed animals from their cars. However, guests are prohibited from leaving their vehicles and cannot feed tigers and lions. Visitors who don’t have cars may see the animal safari areas from park buses.

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Flinders Ranges, South Australia

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South Australia’s Flinders Ranges offers one of the best outback experiences in the country with its weathered peaks and rocky gorges. A notable feature of the region is its untamed and diverse terrain, concentrated primarily within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, where you’ll also find the immense amphitheater of saw-toothed mountains known as Wilpena Pound.

This animal safari is a four-day adventure on foot referred to as The Arkaba Walk located at Arkaba Station. The immersive and demanding expedition is an all-inclusive, fully hosted trip with a maximum of ten participants. Guests have the option of swag camping or staying in a lodge. Either way, Arkaba Station or Arkaba is a journey into a sprawling private estate spread across 60,000 acres. You’ll jump into a landscape home to red kangaroos, emus, dozens of reptile species, bearded dragons, echidnas, and plenty more untamed wildlife. 

Insider Tip: The best time to visit Flinders Ranges is from April to October when it is cooler. The mild temperatures make it a pleasant bushwalking experience.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa

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The breathtaking Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site that offers some of the best wildlife viewings in Africa. With an abundance of wildlife, with more than 2 million ungulates, 4,000 lions, 1,000 leopards, 550 cheetahs, countless hyenas, jackals, & bat-eared foxes, and some 500 bird species inhabiting an area of more than 15,000 square kilometers. In Tanzania, you have a greater chance of seeing the great migration during more months of the year. A Tanzania animal safari is an expensive experience, which means only a few large hotels and resorts are available. Therefore, lodges and camps quickly fill up over peak season.

The vehicles used for animal safari drives in game reserves are closed vehicles. Tanzania is home to the most impressive natural landmarks, including Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Beaches, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and The Great Rift Valley Escarpment.

Insider Tip: Make reservations at one of Singita’s Grumeti camps for a front-row seat amidst a private but vast 350,000-acre estate. Four properties mean that when you are not in a jeep, you can play billiards, archery, or relax in the rejuvenating spa. In addition, Singita Explore offers mobile camps that pop up in remote areas to provide a unique game viewing experience for those whose ultimate goal is to watch the migration.

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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park, Gazipur

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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park is an animal safari park in Gazipur, Bangladesh. This animal safari park is spread over 3,810 acres of Sal Forest, making it one of the largest animal safari parks in the world and the largest in Asia.  It’s located about 40 km north of Dhaka near the Dhaka Mymensingh Highway. It was inaugurated on October 31, 2013, and the safari park is divided into five major sections. They are the Core Safari, Safari Kingdom, Biodiversity Park, Extensive Asian Safari Park, and Bangabandhu Square.

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Patagonia Chile, South America

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This customizable 7-day Patagonia Wildlife Safari begins in either Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. The Patagonian animal adventure encompasses everything from mountainous peaks, enchanted woodlands, and mirrored lakes. 

 This animal safari starts in Punta Arenas early morning, either at your hotel or airport. Guests are picked up from Punta Arenas and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. The fantastic animal safari is very scenic, with abundant wildlife, including flamingos, condors, and ñandus. The safari ends with an overnight stay at the rustic EcoCamp. During summer, there’s plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos, Austral Parakeet, Chilean Flamingo, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Andean Puma, Flightless Steamer-Duck, and the endangered Magellanic Plover, and guests can also enjoy the snow-peaked mountain horizon. Patagonia Wildlife Safari adventure is outdoor recreation at its best!

Insider Tip: On the way, stop at Puerto Natales, a small but lively town on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza, “Last Hope Sound,” to enjoy a hearty lunch with delicious local food.

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If you’re looking for a novel vacation idea that will bring many thrills and long-lasting memories, then look no further than an animal safari! The sites listed above are unique animal safari experiences that will shock you and leave you with a new appreciation for our natural world. So if you’re looking for the next great adventure that will leave you speechless, check out any of these animal safari vacations!

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