If you love spending time outdoors in nature and in close proximity to wildlife, the best way to experience the world’s astounding natural beauty is by visiting a national park. Here are some beautiful national parks that we would encourage you to visit during your next holiday.
Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa
If you love elephants, you should consider a holiday at Addo Elephant National Park. This scenic national park is situated in the Eastern Cape Province and is sheltered between the Sundays River and the warm Indian Ocean. Addo Elephant Park started as a relatively small section of land where elephants could be rehabilitated, but over the past six years, the park has more than doubled its size. There are at present over 300 African elephants in the park, as well as a variety of other large and small animals.
Banff National Park, Canada
Picture-perfect scenery of lofty peaks, shimmering freshwater lakes and gigantic glaciers make Banff National Park a thrilling park to visit. It is the birthplace of the world’s first national park service and forms part of UNESCO’s Canadian Rocky Mountain World Heritage site.
Besides the awe-inspiring landscape, the national park is also home to numerous North American wildlife species. However, the star of the show is lovely Lake Louise.
The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti National Park is located in the Mara and Simiyu regions of Tanzania and is a 7th world wonder. Several photographers, nature lovers and documentary producers, such as those from National Geographic, have travelled to the Serengeti National Park to witness nature’s biggest marvel – the Great Migration. Few things in the natural world can compare with the thousands of wildebeest, zebra and antelope that risk their lives each year to migrate to greener pastures across the African savannah. Even when the park is quiet, there are still countless opportunities to immerse oneself in African wildlife.
Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Croatia is a country rich in culture, delectable food, and natural beauty. The Plitvice Lakes National Park is a prime example. You may have seen images of this national park on desktop wallpaper sites and you may have wondered at first if those images are real. That’s how surreal this densely forested park is. Nature enthusiasts will delight in ambling along bushy pathways around emerald streams and lakes and pausing to admire waterfalls that cascade down rocky cliffs to show off their rainbows of brilliant colours. Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia.
Triglav National Park, Slovenia
The stunning Triglav is Slovenia’s only national park. It is favoured by nature lovers due to its hiking routes, which lead hikers past tumbling waterfalls and serene glacier lakes. The park’s largest glacial lake is Lake Bohinj, popular among visitors for its exciting water sports, such as kayaking and rafting. Triglav National Park is one of Europe’s oldest national parks.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Kruger National Park is undeniably the most famous national park in South Africa. Visitors who pass through its gates or who land at its airport look forward to seeing Africa’s Big Five, namely lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. The Kruger National Park offers all types of accommodation for visitors ranging from campsites in the heart of the bush, furnished tents, chalets and elegant lodges. There are restaurants where visitors can stop to enjoy a delicious meal or to buy curios after a morning of serious game viewing, and golf enthusiasts can even fit in a round or two if they wish. At Kruger you will have the holiday of a lifetime – without a doubt!