Luxtripper Travel Editor
If you've also been inspired by David Attenborough's Seven Worlds, One Planet, check out these top destinations where you can see animals in the wild!
Kenya is every animal-lover's dream, a breathtaking destination where you can experience the African safari of your dreams. With a landscape of sun-drenched savannahs, vast lakelands and dramatic valleys, Kenya is a visual paradise full of much-loved iconic creatures.
To fully experience Kenya's sweeping savannahs, you must stay at Lewa House, a boutique safari lodge set-amongst 65,000 acres of a wildlife-rich conservancy. As you wake up to the magnificent African sunrise, you'll be able to head off into the wilderness on an early-morning game drive to see Africa's big five - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinos - for the ultimate Kenyan safari. An ancient land, Kenya is best explored on foot; with the ability to experience more inaccessible valleys, you can learn about the history of the African bush and the people who have made this unforgiving landscape their home for millennia with an expert guide.
Borneo's rainforests are some of the most ancient and biodiverse in the world, its vast canopies and jungle thicket home to an extensive range of incredible wildlife from the iconic proboscis monkey to the much-loved orangutan.
In the heart of this rainforest wilderness lies the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, a luxury eco-lodge in Borneo's Malaysian state of Sabah. Located on the banks of the meandering Kinabatangan River, the lodge is the gateway to Borneo's unique wildlife, offering a range of river and land safaris that will allow you to encounter animals in their natural environment. Two and a half hours away by river, the isolation of the lodge will properly immerse you in the rainforest surroundings so that you'll really feel that you're in a David Attenborough documentary! Like a scene from Seven Worlds, One Planet, you'll be able to spot Borneo pygmy elephants walking alongside the river bank and orangutans peering down at you from the trees as you set off in the early morning on a river safari!
With nearly a quarter of its land space comprised of protected rainforest, Costa Rica is a natural haven; it's beaches, jungles and volcanoes are some of the most beautiful on earth!
If you were mesmerised by the dance of the manakin birds in Seven Worlds, One Planet, Costa Rica is the destination for you. At the Oxygen Jungle Villas on Costa Rica's Pacific side, you can hike in the Hacienda Baru National Wildlife Refuge where over 350 bird species have been identified. A 330 hectare reserve of rainforest, mangrove forest and swamp forest, this diverse landscape is home to birds such as the iconic toucan, the vividly-blue honeycreeper and the sweet-singing saltators. As you hike through the reserve with an expert guide, you'll listen to an orchestra of birdsong on your Costa Rica holiday whilst feasting your eyes on the spectacular, lush surroundings.
If you're itching for the ocean, guests to the Oxygen Jungle Villas also have the opportunity to see the Marino Ballena National Park, a protected site popular for whale watching. As you head off into the Pacific, you'll be be able to see humpback and pilot whales if you're lucky, as well as bottle-nosed and spotted dolphins!
Sri Lanka is South Asia's jewel just north of the equator, a large island of tropical landscapes from palm tree-lined sandy beaches to steamy rainforests. With an abundance of exotic creatures, Sri Lanka is a popular destination for safaris; imagine skulking leopards, gentle elephants and slow-moving sloth bears.
For a Sri Lanka safari like no other, Chena Huts by Uga Escapes is the place to go. Located along the untouched beaches of the Yala National Park, this boutique wildlife lodge offers guests the opportunity to be fully immersed in nature and discover the extraordinary wildlife of the Yala National Park. With the option to experience expert-led game drives and bush walks, you can plunge straight into the beautiful landscapes of Yala, encountering creatures native to Sri Lanka such as the Sri Lankan axis deer and the Sri Lankan sloth bear. Perhaps the most coveted is the Sri Lankan leopard; make sure you capture this mesmerising cat on your Sri Lanka safari!
Fiji's relative isolation in the Pacific Ocean has led to the development of a unique island landscape, its rich and exotic flora and fauna akin to an Edenic paradise. With national parks, rainforest reserves and coral reefs abundant in brightly-coloured fish, Fiji's natural environment is perfect for travellers looking to discover spectacular creatures in the wild.
Where to stay? Located just below Fiji's second largest island Vanua Levu is Savasi Island, a natural wonderland with glistening turquoise water and secluded sandy beaches. Staying at the exclusive Savasi Island Resort, you'll be able to discover wildlife-rich untouched landscapes such as jungles and volcanic outcrops, all within easy reach of this 52 acre private island. From kayaking down the mangrove forests of the Qaloqalo River to hiking through the Waisali Rainforest Reserve, you'll have the opportunity to see creatures such as the red shining parrot and the elusive Fiji ground frog on your Fiji holiday. If you wish to see rare and exotic creatures beneath the waves, the Namena Marine Reserve, one of Fiji's best diving spots, can be accessed by the Savasi Island Resort, perfect for an unforgettable snorkelling or scuba diving adventure.
If you're feeling inspired after watching this incredible series, get in touch with one of our Luxury Travel Specialists today to organise your next exotic adventure in nature...