Situated in the south-east of the country alongside the Indian Ocean, this park has a protected area of 130,000 hectares, which is divided into five blocks, two of which are open to the public.
Yala is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka and is home to 215 species of bird and 44 vibrant varieties of mammal – including the highest density of leopards anywhere in the world.
As well as leopards, during your safari you will have the chance come face-to-face with elephants, sloth bears, spotted deer and crocodiles.
Hire a safari jeep and trekker to guide you around the park and visit between February and July, at either 6am or 4pm, for the best chance to see the wildlife.
Located just north of Kathmandu, Langtang national park remains unspoiled and is one of the richest, most awe-inspiring areas in the country.
This national park is vast and plays host to two of Nepal’s largest river systems, which only add to this thriving area of natural beauty.
Three of the most attractive, must-visit areas in this park are the Langtang Valley, the holy lakes of Gosainkunda and the forested hillsides above the village of Helambu.
In the lower Langtang Valley, if you’re lucky, you’ll have the chance to see red pandas, wild boar, Himalayan black bears, grey langur monkeys and leopards.
This national park has to be explored by foot and there are several trails to choose from. The best time to visit is during Autumn when the weather is warm, although all seasons offer differing, but equally beautiful, scenery.
Bird Paradise National Park is a must-visit for bird lovers. It’s location in the Marmara Region sits right on the migration route for many of our feathered friends. Here, you’ll get the chance to see up to 246 species of colourful migrating birds up close as they stop to feed on their journey.
Lake Manyas sits within the national park and is another example of thriving wildlife. Willows and tamarisk trees border the lake, while grasses and flowering plants dot the marshlands. The lake itself is home to more than 20 species of fish, including bass, pike, mullet and carp, as well as fresh water lobster and several species of frog.
The best time to see some of the three million birds that pass through this park in Turkey is during April, May or June.
Kilimanjaro National Park covers a vast area of Tanzania, and at 5896m above sea level it’s also home to both the largest volcano in the world and highest mountain in Africa.
Mount Kilimanjaro has three main snow-capped volcanic peaks and five zones - the lower slopes, montane forest, heath and moorland, alpine desert and summit. In this rich, varied landscape, you’ll be able to spot a range of wildlife from elephants and leopards to buffalo and antelope.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is an experience in itself as the climate shifts from the tropics to the Arctic. But, once at the top, the views are spectacular – across Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Maasai Steppe. However, there’s also plenty to explore within the protected national park that surrounds the volcano if you don’t fancy making your way to the top.
Enter through Pomena or Polace and make your way down the forest paths, bringing you out by the Great Lake and the Small Lake.
This park is beautiful all year round and is best explored either on foot or by bike. If you wish, you can also have a guide with you.
Make sure you head up to Montokuc for views over the entire park, the South Adriatic sea and out to the little isle of St. Mary in the Great Lake.
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