Once in a Lifetime Wildlife Destinations

Once in a Lifetime Wildlife Destinations

One of my favourite reasons to travel is to see wildlife and I am fortunate to say that I have some incredible once in a lifetime wildlife experiences. So if you are looking for once in a lifetime wildlife destinations then you need look no further than our list! 

Once in a Lifetime Wildlife Destination: Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Nothing says once in a lifetime wildlife experience like gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda! You have to book early as there are only 25 permits a day to see them for the gorillas wellbeing! It’s worth it though! There is nothing like and quite frankly words can not do justice to that moment you look into a silverbacks eyes. It is an almosft human connection and is the best once in a lifetime wildlife experience I have ever had

Why it won’t be once in a lifetime: having felt that connection with such a majestic creature I can’t deny my daughter this experience. We will take her as soon as she is fifteen (the age limit) and can take anti malarial tablets.

Thinking of going gorilla trekking check out our photography guide and guide on what to wear gorilla trekking

Would like to go gorilla trekking but worried you can’t do it in luxury? Check out our guide to the most luxury lodges in Uganda? 

Once in a Lifetime Wildlife Destination: Seeing tree climbing lions in Ishasha

Once in a lifetime wildlife experience - Tree Climbing lions

There is only one part of the word you can see tree climbing lions and that is in ishasha! Think of the awe seeing a wild lion strikes and then imagine seeing them mere feet above you in a tree!

Why it won’t be once in a lifetime: Uganda is such a unique place for wildlife! Between chimps, gorillas and lions it is simply a place I must return to!

Once in a Lifetime Wildlife Destination: Seeing the worlds smallest dolphins in Akaroa

Akaroa is a wildlife hotspot! Home to the worlds smallest dolphins, Hectors Dolphins, and worlds smallest penguins it offers unique and once in a lifetime wildlife experiences! It is so easy to see the worlds smallest dolphins in Akaroa and you can even swim with dolphins in Akaroa!

Why it won’t be once in a lifetime: an all time dream of mine is to swim with dolphins but I don’t agree with it in captivity. The curiosity of the H dolphins means interaction and swimming with dolphins in the wild is easy in Akaroa and is conservationally controlled. A win for everyone and something great to do in New Zealand with kids! I’ll return to get in the water with them with my little girl when she is a bit older!

Once in a Lifetime Wildlife Destination: Seeing platypus Tasmania, Fernglade Reserve

The platypus is unique to Australia and is an animal I was keen to meet in our recent trip. A hike through Fernglade Tasmania offers a chance to spot this unwise creature in the wild along with other uniquely Australian mammals such as wallabies!

Fernglade Tasmania

Why it won’t be once in a lifetime: We unfortunately didn’t see platypus only wallabies! It just gives us an excuse to return and try again

Once in a Lifetime Wildlife Destination: Whale watching in Alaska

Alaska is unique landscape and has lots of wildlife on offer but my favourite has to be watching blue whales and orcas

Why it won’t be once in a lifetime: I fell in love with whales on our trip and can’t wait to see them again with my little!

What is your favourite once in a lifetime wildlife experience

10 Comments

  1. February 1, 2018 / 10:10 am

    I would LOVE to do gorilla trekking – it is on my bucket list since I can remember. It must be really unforgettable experience to see those amazing animals in their natural environment.

  2. February 1, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Alaska would be incredible, so remote and unspoilt the sea life must be amazing. The North Sea isn’t bad on a sailing trip, but that’s another level!!

  3. February 1, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    What amazing animals you got to see! Your post is kinda similar to mine in that I think my ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences won’t actually be… as I will definitely return to the ones I love most again!

  4. February 1, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I am obsessed with the gorilla trek and hope to make that a reality within a few years. Amazing nature experiences on your list!

  5. February 1, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    I would love to go gorilla trekking and am still waiting to see the famous Mola Mola on a scuba dive. Quite a few of my once in a lifetime experiences were incredible wildlife encounters, whale sharks in Mexico were a special highlight.

  6. February 2, 2018 / 9:16 am

    what amazing experiences! I haven’t done any wildlife adventures yet, since I’m more of a city traveller but I’d love to see the lions and dolphins and other animals.. #travellinkup

  7. February 2, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    I’ve bookmarked this because baby Sunshine is obsessed with animals and I’ve vowed to have a wildlife element to every trip we make from now on!

  8. February 7, 2018 / 6:28 am

    Great list and I have to admit to adding this places to my wish list after reading it! I would like to capture wildlife through my own camera and definitely, i will explore this place

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