1. Llama trekking, New Zealand
On a trip with Kaikoura Llama Trekking, explore the alpine meadows of the coastal Kaikoura mountain ranges as well as visit a seal colony on the popular half-day Kaikoura Bay and Seal Colony Trek. These furry, friendly companions come from an eco-friendly farm where the animals roam freely.
2. Wildlife spotting cruise, Galapagos
Giant tortoises, iguanas, sea lions and hundreds of bird species soaring overhead – you can expect to have close encounters with some of the world’s most remarkable animals on a naturalist-led cruise around the Galapagos islands with Wildlife Worldwide.
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3. Otter viewing, UK
Paddle down miles of serene tributaries, dykes and streams in rural Norfolk in search of the elusive otter. You’ll be led by The Canoe Man on his beloved 123-year-old cedar wood canoe, Tarka.
4. Husky safari, Finland
Feel the wind in your hair as you embark on a thrilling husky safari with Hetta Huskies in northern Finland, high above the Arctic Circle. You’ll follow picturesque forested tracks before heading out into the open wilderness.
5. Bear viewing boat adventure, Canada
Hop aboard a boat and travel into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia with Spirit Bear Adventures in search of the Kermode bear, also known as the ‘Spirit bear’ – the world’s only white-coated black bear. You might also spy grizzlies and eagles if you’re lucky.
6. Kasanka bat migration trip, Zambia
Ever wondered what it’s like to see 10 million fruit bats fill the sky above you? Join Robin Pope Safaris’ Kasanka Bat Safari and you’ll see just that – a wildlife phenomenon where a blizzard of bats converge upon the Kasanka National Park every November as the fruits of a local tree ripen.
7. Blue whale spotting excursion, Sri Lanka
Come face-to-face with the largest animal that ever lived on a boat excursion off the southern tip of Sri Lanka with Raja and the Whales. Departing from Mirissa, you’ll head in search of the mighty blue whale, as well as fin whales, sperm whales, orcas and dolphins.
8. Wildebeest migration viewing safari, Kenya
Witness one of the world’s most awe-inspiring wildlife spectacles: the annual wildebeest migration. Between July and October, over one million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles make their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River.
9. Turtle nesting tour, Costa Rica
Tortuguero National Park is the most important nesting site of the endangered green turtle in the Western Hemisphere. Watch with a trained guide as the adorable creatures hatch and flop their way towards the sea.
10. Polar bear spotting boat trip, Norway
Travel by boat under the midnight sun (April to September) through the icy landscapes and beautiful fjords of Svalbard with Spitsbergen Travel. You’ll head in search of polar bears as they hunt their favourite prey, the ring seal.
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This article was originally published by Singapore Press Holdings.