The increase of technology in our lives makes it much harder to turn it all off for some time spent getting close to nature. Fortunately, OROGOLD has gathered together some of the best nature and wildlife attractions around the world, giving you the inspiration and motivation needed to go out and further explore the many natural wonders of our planet.
Bimini, The Bahamas
The turquoise waters surrounding the island of Bimini is one of the best places in the world to swim with wild dolphins. WildQuest offer dolphin swimming vacations, where you can spend plenty of time interacting with the dolphins in their own environment. Their resident photographer captures all of your experiences on camera, providing you with a compilation of the best images when you leave. On shore, you can make the most of delicious organic food, and optional yoga and meditation sessions, designed to center you so that you can better communicate with the dolphins when they come to greet you the next day.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Not only does Uganda have some of the best wildlife in East Africa, but it also has fewer tourists than some of the other more famous safari parks. The Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a rare mix of terrain, with volcanic craters, dense forests, magnificent lakes and swamps with lagoons and rivers. There are plenty of lodges for accommodation, and many also opt to camp out under the stars. Safaris will take you closer to nature, either in a 4×4, a canoe or on foot, and you will be able to see some of the amazing wildlife, including tree-climbing lions, elephants, chimpanzees, hippos and much more. From the park, there is easy access into the highlands, where you can take a gorilla watching tour to go up into the mountains to see the wild mountain gorillas.
Bifengxia Panda Base, China
The Bifengxia Panda Base in China, a three-hour drive from Chengdu, is the largest panda base in the world. With dense forests, plenty of waterfalls, and breathtaking scenery, the area is absolutely stunning, and has become a paradise for many giant pandas. Tailor made tours of the grounds are possible, but the best experience comes from volunteering with the base for a couple of days, where you can help to look after the pandas, carrying out tasks such as feeding and bathing them. In addition to meeting the pandas, the area has the largest Buddha statue in the world, which you can climb to enjoy breathtaking views of your surroundings.
With everything that is changing in the world, it is always good for the mind, body and soul to take some time to get close to nature. If you aren’t able to travel to one of OROGOLD’s favorite wildlife attractions but want to spend some time with animals, have a look at what there is around you. Most towns have an animal refuge center that you can help out at, as well as different nature conservation projects that are always looking for an extra hand.