To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles ~ Mary Davis
Nature-based destinations are topping the bucket list of travellers. A holiday exploring the forests, caves, mountains, volcanoes and lakes make for an unforgettable vacation.
It’s time to get back to your roots. Spotting exotic marine animals, photographing wild flowers in the forests, observing wildlife in their natural habitat and forest bathing will get you close to nature.
1. Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Japan
This national park encompasses Mount Hakkōda, Oirase River Valley and Lake Towada. In Japan, the Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy aka Forest Bathing is quite popular wherein you stay in the forest and take in the forest atmosphere. This type of break in the forests helps to lower blood glucose levels, stress hormones and blood pressure. Visit the Towada-Hachimantai National Park and treat your eyes to beautiful oak, cedar, cherry, and maple trees. You can relax, take in the fresh air and observe the forest surroundings.
2. Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
If marine life excites you, then the Lembeh Strait is for you. A popular diving spot, the Lembeh Strait is well-known for its abundant and colourful marine life. Here, you can get up close and personal with interesting fishes which include the black hairy frogfish, pygmy seahorses and mimic octopus which are capable of imitating the shape of another species to avoid predators. Underwater photographers flock to this haven as the black sand enhances the picture quality by providing a good contrast and background for the images.
3. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Uganda is home to amazing wildlife which includes more than 1,000 species of birds. One of the top birding destinations, Uganda attracts travellers from across the globe. You can visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park, a popular spot among wildlife seekers. On your visit to this park, catch a glimpse of lions, leopards, Cape buffalo, hippopotamus, elephants, black-headed gonolek and Nile crocodiles.
4. Postberg Wildflower Reserve, South Africa
Nestled in South Africa, the Postberg Flower Reserve is only open between August and September, the wildflower season. You’ll fall in love with the beautiful landscape which transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours. Book your flight tickets to South Africa and experience the wilderness in bloom. From lachenalia and maartblom to butterfly lily and magriet, you’ll find all kinds of flowers in this reserve.
5. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Spread over an area of 669,984 acres on the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai Fjords National Park is a famous spot for whale-watching. On your trip to Alaska, you can spot various species of whale which include gray whale, humpback whale, minke whale, orca aka killer whale, and the beluga whale. Amidst the surrounding glaciers, you can also catch a glimpse of other marine life like sea otters, porpoises, sea lions and harbour seals.
Author : Vijaylaxmi Thakur