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5 Wonderful Wildlife Breaks to Try in 2016

Sitting in your cubicle or office at work it is easy to forget that there is a great big world outside with magnificent creatures living in it. Make 2016 the year that you get in touch with your wild side, rediscover nature, and visit some animals in their natural habitat.  So, step away from your [...]

Sitting in your cubicle or office at work it is easy to forget that there is a great big world outside with magnificent creatures living in it. Make 2016 the year that you get in touch with your wild side, rediscover nature, and visit some animals in their natural habitat.  So, step away from your computer, forget about work for a while and take a walk on the wild side.

Bear watching in Italy is a fantastic experience. Travel to the mountains of Abruzzo, a three-hour drive from Rome, to experience the Marsican Brown Bears in their natural habitat. Conservationists have worked very hard to help this species that have survived in this area for hundred if not thousands of years but their numbers are still threatened. Italy also offers a number of fantastic accommodation options, such as boutique hotels and private luxury holiday villas. Tour with a guide, learn more about this wondrous creature, and help raise awareness of this endangered animal.

Travel to South East Asia and take part in whale watching in Sri Lanka. Mirissa is a great place to stay and from here you can easily head by boat to Dondra Point, on the south coast, to catch a glimpse of majestic humpback whales and blue whales. After you have seen these leviathans of the deep be sure to head to the northwest coast of Kalpitiya to see the dolphins frolicking in the sea.

Experience the great migration in Africa. Take part in a luxury safari and travel through the Serengeti in Tanzania to watch the Zebra and Wildebeest on their annual migration.  Watch as thousands of animals on their annual trip thunder past you in search of food, water, and mating grounds. Catch a glimpse of the predators, and other animals that follow them as well. You will be truly awe inspired by the sheer number of animals. The exact migration dates vary each year and it depends on when the rainy season ends.  Early spring is usually a safe bet to plan your trip though.

Travel up north to see the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada in the Hudson Bay. Ride out on tundra truck equipped with 5.5 foot tall wheels and watch the bears walk buy from your safe and secure seat above them. Sometimes the bears will stand upright to get a glimpse of who has come to view them. You can fly into Winnipeg and then take a train trip up north to this exciting spectacle in the fall. You should be able to get a glimpse of the majestic northern lights at night as well.

Dust off your diving gear and experience swimming with whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish, off the coast of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. The whale sharks flock here every summer which creates ideal conditions for divers wishing to swim with these gentle giants. These fish are harmless to humans, with very small teeth, and a diet of plankton and krill. You can swim next to these graceful creatures as they glide through the water.

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