Friday, October 02, 2009
Ten Destinations Where You're The Prey
Forbes Traveler has an interesting article on their site listing off ten destinations where the animals eat you. The list is designed to give adventurer travelers some new ideas for places to get up close and personal with wildlife and encounter some of the planet's top predators in their natural environments.
Some of the places making the list include Manu National Park in the Peruvian Amazon, which is home to a healthy population of jaguars which silently stalk the jungle. For a completely different experience, head to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, where the hippos rule the roost. As the story notes, the hippo is generally a plant eater, but are extremely aggressive and kill a number of people each year in Africa. Head to Lake Baikal in Russia for a face-to-face showdown with wolves, which prowl the region in sizable numbers. Just don't stray too far from camp or get out of the vehicle. You can be lunch fairly quickly there as well.
Of course, my personal favorite is the Serengeti in Tanzania, which just might be my favorite place in the world. There are plenty of amazing animals to see there of course, but nothing gets the heart pumping faster than spotting a lion in the grass. These giant cats are fun to watch, and amazingly graceful as well. It is the one place that I highly recommend anyone who enjoys wildlife visits.