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Travel: 4 Best Itineraries for the Nature Lover

By    |   Tuesday, 05 Sep 2017 11:28 AM

Nature lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to planning their itineraries for beautifully scenic vacations.

Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned globetrotter, there will always be something new for nature lovers to see and do.

Here’s a look at some of the best itineraries for taking in the great outdoors:

1. Experience the “greatest destination on earth” in Bali — Bali, in Indonesia, was recently voted the top destination in the world in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveler’s Choice Awards. With its picturesque beaches and dense jungles, it’s easy to see why.

In an article for inBali, Kate McKee writes that Bali is the best place to experience nature at its best. She suggests visitors see Gunung Agung, a 3124 meter tall Mountain, and also an active volcano, that will take you about six hours to climb. At 5,633 feet tall, Gunung Batukaru is Bali’s second tallest mountain. From its summit you’ll be able to see the Jatiluwih rice terraces and Pura Luhur Batukan, one of the island’s holiest temples.

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The island is also home to two botanical gardens, namely the Bali Botanic Garden and Botanic Garden Ubud, which is home to the Bird Village of Petulu. Both gardens offer education on the traditional uses of Balinese plants.

If you’d rather chase waterfalls, Bali has plenty to choose from. Gitgit Waterfall in North Bali is easily accessible by car or bike. The area around the site is protected by the local inhabitants so you’ll get to see the tropical forest in all its glory.

2. Explore the Galápagos with National Geographic — Isolated from the mainland and left untouched for thousands of years, the Galápagos Archipelago is a treasure trove of rare and obscure wildlife.

National Geographic offers two expeditions to the Archipelago. The 10-day trip focuses on the Galápagos alone and gives visitors the chance to explore some of the islands by foot, swimming, snorkeling, and interactions with animals in their natural habitat. The tour also includes a visit to the Darwin Research Centre where endangered endemic species are bred.

A slightly longer 16-day trip includes a visit to Peru to see the Inca ruins and Machu Picchu.

While you’re in the area, you may also want to see the Amazon Rainforest. According to Stride Travel, the wetlands are the best place to see wildlife, but the more adventurous may enjoy a trek through the rainforest itself.

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3. Brave the Alaskan cold for the view of a lifetime — Alaska is fast becoming a popular cruise destination where there’s as much to see on land as there is on the water.

According to Cruise Critic, you’ll get to see exotic birdlife, aquatic mammals, grizzly bears, and calving glaciers.

Winter visitors can enjoy skiing and dogsledding, but other adventurous activities include ziplining and kayaking.

Alaska also offers great biking and hiking trails along with plenty of opportunities for fishing.

Its real attraction though, are the Northern Lights. Alaska is the best place in the world to view the aurora borealis, which turns the night sky into a colorful display of green, white, red, and blue. It's the beautiful result of supercharged solar particles crashing into the earth’s atmosphere. The best time to view the Northern Lights is between August and April, according to Travel Alaska.

4. Safari in South Africa — Ever heard of the Big Five? South Africa is home to lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, and leopards and the best place to see them is one of the country’s pristine game reserves.

Here you’ll fall asleep to the sound of screeching hyenas and wake up to the soft warble of birds around your bush camp.

Any classic safari will include game drives and guided walks, giving you the best chance to see Africa’s wildlife in its natural habitat. 

Days will be filled with animal spotting while nighttime provides ample time for stargazing.

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