You know what the best part of a wildlife safari is? Apart from the diverse flora and fauna which makes it a top priority on the list of adventure-seeking travellers, it’s the uncertainty!
And, all those who love to unwind in the lap of nature, find solace in this uncertainty, and undertake various safari excursions, here’s a huge shoutout to you!
As we mention safari, most of your minds must have already wandered in time to some African country and rejoiced in its charm. Well, let me stop you right there! Because why not look beyond this time, and experience the best of Asia.
The forests in Asia boast of an exquisite variety of flora and fauna alongside being a home to some of the last species of endangered animals. And, you surely would not want to miss a chance to spot any of these, would you?
But, which destination in gargantuan Asia? Don’t you worry about it because we have got you covered! To help save your time and efforts, we have prepared a list of the best safaris in Asia which are sure to fulfil the needs of your adventurous soul. Have a look.
Night Safari, Singapore
This already sounds exciting, right? Yes, it does but it is even more thrilling to experience.
Being the world’s first and only nighttime wildlife safari makes it an adventure not be missed at any cost. Get set to head on a tram ride in the evening which is your chance to get a bit closer to the different species of animals. The nocturnal behaviour of the Gir lions, pigs, elephants, sloth bears, and other such animals is sure to attract you a lot. While you’re busy admiring them, an experienced guide tells you interesting facts and stories about each of these creatures.
Fond of walking? This Singapore night safari also has walking trails where can spot foxes, fishing cats, and wallabies. Head to Singapore in April as it is the most favourable time of the year to visit the night safari.
Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia
The Cardamom mountains are surrounded by one of the thickest rainforests of Southeast Asia. hence, you can just imagine the diverse range of species which will leave you awestruck!
Be prepared to come across some Indochinese tigers, black bears, Asian elephants, Leopards, and many more. If you’re lucky enough, you might even spot one of the most unique species of birds, i.e. the Yellow-bellied Warbler. In total, the rainforest boasts of 450 different species of birds.
The best time to go is from October to February when the weather is not too hot and humidity manageable.
Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Delectable cuisines, white sandy beaches, and breathtaking waterfalls, there’s much more to Indonesia!
Komodo National Park is yet another addition to this list. The park includes three large islands namely Komodo, Padar, and Rinca. Founded in 1980 to save the Komodo dragon, it has become a UNESCO world heritage site now.
While the main attraction of this national park is, of course, its Komodo dragon but you may also come across some other interesting species too. These include Water Buffalo, Wild Boar, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Russen’s viper, Javan spitting cobra, and others such.
Not only this, the park is rich in marine biodiversity too and you can come across it if you sign up for scuba diving! Enjoy the beauty of all these creatures in the months of July and August.
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
The Yala national park is partly a nature reserve and partly a national park, with a section of it being opened to explore for the public. A maximum of 200 safari jeeps are allowed per day in the park. Seek out for Leopards as you drive your way through the grasslands. Did you know that the highest density of Leopards in the entire world is present here?
With over 215 different species of birds, you can also expect to see Elephants and Deer during your visit. The park is also home to numerous reptiles so you may encounter Lizards, Sea turtles, Crocodiles (both mugger and saltwater).
Go anytime between the dry season, i.e. from February to April if you want to spot the maximum number of animals!
Jim Corbett National Park, India
Established in 1936 as a project to protect the endangered Bengal Tiger, Jim Corbett national park is the oldest one. The park boasts of its abundant flora and fauna that makes it just perfect for wildlife safaris. When on your safari excursion, you can catch sight of animals like Black bears, Sloth bears, Royal Bengal Tiger, Deer, and more.
From November to February, all zones in the park are open for tourists, so it is an ideal time to visit as you can spot maximum number of animals.
Hasn’t this list got you excited?
So, what are you waiting for? Start preparing for your next trip and make it a point to visit these wildlife safaris of Asia. However, ensure to wear proper clothing. For better protection from the cold conditions and open forests, wear covered clothes like a full sleeves top and 5.11 tactical pants. And, if they have an animal print on it then you are ready to set the vibe of the safari!
Alongside, don’t forget to carry an additional layer like a jacket as it can get cold in the open forests.
Happy travelling and a safe safari!