5 Amazing European Horseback Trails You Can Do
January 5, 2017
Here Are 5 Amazing European Horseback Trails You Can Do This Summer
The Ride of Your Life
When you think about holidays and travel, do you picture yourself seeing Europe from the seat of a car, from the train or from a bus, don’t you? What if you also had the option of seeing some beautiful European countries on horseback? You did not know this was a viable choice in this day and age, did you? Then know that if you have some experience riding on horseback, you can make a holiday out of it and get some pretty awesome stories to tell your friends. There are trails made out especially for this type of activity and you have your pick of European countries you can visit this way.
The Loire Valley is known for the beautiful castles tourists can visit. And what is more elegant than to visit Renaissance castles and to spend some time in the company of the people who have owned them for generations? To get there on horseback and feel like a real nobleman or like a lady! You can choose one of many tours available to visitors, for prices around the sum of €2500. The price covers the cost of top accommodations for 6 nights and hot lunch meals or drinks. According to the tour operator you choose, your drinks and entrance fees may or may not be covered. The tour is open to people who have all levels of horseback riding experience.
In Tuscany you get to mix horseback riding with wine and olive oil tasting. What can be more romantic than to ride along the vineyards and the olive groves. The Tuscan countryside seems to have been especially kept intact for this type of activity. The tour includes a visit to the San Gimignano medieval town, a lovely traditional Tuscan lunch, and a lot of detours through family owned farms where you will learn a lot about saffron harvesting and cultivation, beekeeping and honey production.
The horses are the ones offered by the tour operator. Make sure to explain just how good you are at this before being assigned a naughty specimen. The route in itself does not raise any problems, but you still need to make sure your day is not ruined by a nasty fall or you do not spend it being afraid of the animal instead of enjoying the scenery.
The small and winding streets of the villages and the intricate forest pathways of Corfu are best seen from the horse’s saddle. The natural beauties of the Greek island could be lost to you if you try to take it in from the speed of a car and walking for too long is tiring and uncomfortable. But if you have the help of an animal friend, a gentle creature who can carry you anywhere while still allowing you to admire the Hellenic background from its soft waddle, then you have a real holiday right there. You can see white beaches, caves and olive groves, old monasteries and mountain streams. You can enjoy the bright green hills and be thankful for the great idea that brought you here to enjoy this amazing Mediterranean scenery.
What is the biggest advantage of getting to see an area on horseback? You get to really enjoy the rugged, rural setting. It is the case of the Spanish Granada region. And once you are done with the Don Quixote mindset, get ready to discover the sparkly Mediterranean Sea, to explore the mountain peaks of the Sierra Nevada. All of these natural beauties can be connected by your hoofed friend and with some well put together horseback tours.
By taking a horseback riding holiday, you will be continuing a tradition started around 1987, when these types of trip became popular. They are possible all through spring, summer and autumn and they will show you Spain like you only see in the most beautiful postcards: with picturesque traditional villages undisturbed by the hassle of the modern world and quiet terraced farms.
There are so many tours you could be taking of Iceland on horseback that we would need an article dedicated to it. Horse Trekking is very big in Iceland, it is one of the activities preferred by locals, so the people there do not have to wait for tourists to come and create a demand for this wonderful activity. Just a few of the available options include a ride along the Black River in North Iceland, the Viking tour with geothermal wonders and a lunar landscape, the lava tour and the family adventure.
Why do the same thing others do on a European holiday? Everybody takes the plane, everybody rents a car. But if you really want to feel the sophistication and to do things like they used to be done a long, long time ago, then you can see the world from the height of your saddle. You can perfect your horseback riding skills, reach areas you could have only reached by foot and become a part of the really strong European equestrian culture.
Just when you thought you were doomed to spend another holiday just like everyone else, you discovered these 5 countries where you can take exciting horseback tours and put a spin on your holiday.
Here are the Best 7 Safari Destinations in Africa
January 5, 2017
1. Kruger National Park
Considered South Africa’s most exciting safari destination, the Kruger National Park allows you to explore the African wildlife. You can even choose from a variety of tours such as classical tours, honeymoon tours and family holidays. There are lodging options from the most luxurious to the more budget oriented. The trip can be fully planed in due time so when you get there everything is laid out for you just as you imagined it. You can explore the African Big Five: Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo in style.
2. Maasai Mara National Reserve
Another luxurious destination that allows you to discover the wildlife of Africa in the comfort of an incredible resort is the Maasai Mara National Reserve. What can you do here? You can go on a specialized big cats safari, you can watch rhinos and elephants, you can feed a giraffe and you can play with a baby elephant. Other activities include a hot air balloon ride, sky diving, a trip to the Maasai cultural village or even golf.
3. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti National Park is a very popular safari destination with over 1.5 million wildebeests and 250,000 zebras migrating through every year. Lions and crocodiles are a regular sighting in this vast and beautiful park. Many tourists flocking here just to see the great migration must pay attention to their location because the park is so big that if they get it wrong, they risk not even catching a glimpse.
4. Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
The Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe occupies roughly around 14,500 square kilometers. It became a national park in 1929 and it presents a wide selection of over 100 species of mammals and over 400 species of birds. A safari in Hwange National Park is a very exciting adventure. But one with all the facilities of modern life such as comfortable accommodations, facilities such as stores, oil stations, restaurants and camping sites.
5. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park has a very big wildlife concentration. The park has 9095 square kilometers and it is the first place where the notion of “walking safari” was invented. What is more, the scenery can be experienced in different seasons. There are 60 different animal species and 400 bird species to be seen in the park. The vegetation alone is another reason to book a trip right away. Here you can see the mopane, the leadwood, the baobab in different specimens and the tamarind tree among others.
6. Chobe National Park, Botswana
A trip to the Chobe National Park will take you to Bostwana. There you will be pampered and prepared for the ride of your life. There are four areas to be visited: Ngwenzumba Pans, Linyanti, Savute and the Chobe Riverfront. The accommodations and the experience may seem out of this world and they could trigger your appetite for such holidays.
7. Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambezi
What beautiful scenery can you enjoy in the Lower Zambezi Valley? How about lush vegetation, white old meanders and oxbow lakes, tall leadwoods, ebonies, acacia and fig trees. There is a full range of activities for visitors to do during a regular day in the park. There are walking safaris accompanied by a qualified guide and an armed ranger, boa trips to explore the Zambezi river, canoe rides, elephant, buffalo and lions can be watched from a safe distance in a comfortable and safe guided safari.
If before you did not know there were so many options for safaris in Africa, now you do. But if you opened this article because you are interested in going to as many as possible, we hope we did not disappoint in only choosing a few. There are an awful lot of natural adventures you can have in the wild on the African continent, of course, with the proper guide and equipment. And we have made a selection of the 7 most popular and exciting ones. It is up to you to make a list of your favorite ones.
Not sure that to do this holiday but you are looking for something different from a city break or lounging on the beach? Why not go on a safari? Here are 7 of the coolest African ones!
11 Bird Watching Heavens to Visit
January 5, 2017
Every passion needs to be nurtured. And things go double when your passion takes you to the great outdoors and pushes you to admire beautiful and amazing birds. Cute or majestic, these winged fellow creatures should not be caged. This is why bird watcher paradises are so popular for the people who truly appreciate nature, life and the wellbeing of the animals they claim they care for. And the great news is that, apart from getting to observe birds in their natural environment, there are a lot of great places to visit just for this purpose. We have made a short list of only 11 heavens. Let’s see where they are.
1. Papua New Guinea
What a colorful and exciting experience this will be! Papua New Guinea offers tremendous opportunities for bird watching and there are a lot of special tours organized for this, with or without guides, for the amateurs and for the experienced birdwatchers. Catching a glimpse of the elusive Beck’s Petrel or of the Victoria Crowned Pigeon are the main goals. But you can also see the Raggiana, the Blue Bird and the Fire maned Bowerbird.
2. Kruger Natural Park, South Africa
The best times to visit this park are in October and March when the bird population swells to approximately 200 species. People here say that even if you are not an avid bird watcher, once you come to Kruger you become one. What is more, no two trips to the park are similar, so you can never actually say that you have “been there, done that”.
3. Alaska, USA
Sure, it’s cold, windy and wet. Yet there is something about this place that draws bird watchers like a magnet. What can you see here? The Red Knots, the Rock and Sandpipers, the Willow Ptarmigans, the Aleutian Tern and the Arctic Loon. Taking a bird watching tour in Alaska may be an experience you have not yet considered, but one you might enjoy more than you expect.
4. Cape May, USA
Cape May County is a place with a large variety of habitats for migrating birds. We are talking about salt marshes, swamps, wet woods, pine forests, saltwater, open fields and grasslands among others. What is more, if you are planning a really educational trip, there is also the bird observatory where you can get all the bird information you need.
5. Otago Peninsula, New Zealand
The most of the Otago peninsula is maintained as a sanctuary for wildlife. Guided tours are a year-round opportunity. The abundant food source explains the diversity of wildlife. There is a catch among bird avid watchers, though: the rare sightings of Stewart Island Shag nests are the main prize.
6. Danube Delta, Romania
The Danube Delta is a paradise by anyone’s understanding and not only by that of bird watching enthusiasts. While traveling by slow boat through water canals of willows, thatch and oaks, visitors can see up to 3,000 species of birds, including cormorants, white tailed eagles and glossy ibises.
7. Manu National Park, Peru
The Manu National Park in Peru is one of the best places in the world for bird watching. There are over 1,025 registered species from a variety of ecosystems. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the small hummingbirds to the condors and the eagles.
8. Pichincha, Ecuador
Only imagine the kind of birds you could see in the Ecuador since this is a place where you can start your day among the snowcaps of the Andean valley, continue to a highland rain forest and get to a subtropical rainforest by noon. Now only imagine the kind of birds you would get the chance to see in such settings.
9. South of Spain
The whole region of the south of Spain is good for bird watching. You can choose between the Donana National Park, the Odiel Marshes Biosphere Reserve and the Extremadura area. The Ebro Delta, the Pyrenees and the Balearic Islands are other such places. They all come with different types of ecosystems, and different types of birds to see.
Borneo is a tropical paradise that offers you once in a lifetime chances to see certain types of birds. You can take a tour in the Kinabalu Park, of the Poring Hot Springs in Danau, or of the Danum Valley Conservation Area and Tabin Wildfire Reserve in Lahad Datu among other amazing places.
11. Rift Valley, Kenya
The Rift Valley Kenyan Park offers you the chance for a very relaxing bird watching experience. The area is prepared for tourists and you can simply walk alongside well prepared and competent bird guides, instead of being taken everywhere on a bus. The facilities of the park are great and the tours can be customized to make sure you make the best of this experience.
You can visit a place especially for the bird watching opportunity, or you can simply try out this hobby just because you made it all the way over there and you want to experience everything. Whatever your reasons for bird watching are, we know for sure you will enjoy the places in our list. They offer amazing scenery and a great diversity of birds. Who knows? You might just discover a new passion for it and you might want to explore some other places in our list. Give it a try and see how it feels.
6 of the Biggest Animal Sanctuaries You Should Visit
January 5, 2017
You do not have to see animals only in zoos. Many of these places keep them in inhumane conditions. Therefore, if you are an animal lover and you enjoy looking at other living things yet do not like to see then caged, trapped and miserable, then maybe the animal sanctuaries are more of an option for you. These places offer shelter to animals and take good care of them. Many animals that have been mistreated end up here and lead happy lives being well cared for. This is a heartwarming and enriching experience you will surely enjoy.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Australia
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is situated in Brisbane, Australia. It was opened in 1927 and it is now home to 130 koalas. What can you do here? You can cuddle, hold and feed the koalas, which is pretty awesome. Other animals you can see at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary are the dingo, the golden brush-tail possum, the wombat, the echidna, the platypus, the kangaroo and the Tasmanian devil among many species of birds and lizards. The place offers a full experience. It goes without saying that this is a great learning opportunity and we do not only mean for the kids.
Donkey Sanctuary, Devon, UK
This is a pretty remarkable place where people can come and see the donkeys, contribute to the cause, hold events as the sanctuary also operates as a wedding venue, and even take part in therapy sessions assisted by the gentle creatures. All efforts to keep the center up and running have been made. You can make a donation, volunteer, visit, hold an event here or simply help them raise awareness about the need to take action and protect these animals. The center has been operational for 40 years and it is a great success.
Chengdu Moonbear Rescue Center, China
The people at the Chengdu Moon Bear Rescue Center in China have their work cut out for them with over 120 on site residents they need to look after. Many of these bears are sick and in need of treatment, which means having to raise considerable funds for the “bear” necessities. And since we are talking about animals you cannot really walk up to and pet, the sanctuary is not really open to public visits. However, on account of a high number of requests, organized guided tours are held especially for the sanctuary supporters. This makes it safe, educational and it shows the people who donate just how much is done with their money.
Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Borneo
The Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary was founded in 1964 and it set out to care for orphaned baby orangutans. It is located at the edge of the Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve in Borneo. These animals were being kept as pets, they were being hunted or were left without homes on account of intense logging. The sanctuary is spread across 10,610 acres and it is a place where the young animals are trained to take their place back in the wild. It is open for visitation and it is very well organized with tourist facilities and a visiting program that allows tourists to attend baby orangutan feeding time.
Noah’s Ark, Georgia, USA
Noah’s Ark is a non-profit organization that operates as an Educational Sanctuary for exotic and farm animals. There are over 1,500 animals in the rehabilitation project, animals that benefit from food, medical care, and a full rehabilitation process to allow them to be adopted. The place offers three different types of tours for visitors. You can take the self-guided tour on your own, which is free. There is also the guided WOW Tour that costs $75. But for those who wish to be as involved as possible, there is the $500 Keeper of the Day Tour, a full day in which the generous visitor will be given the full insights of life on the ark and how things are done. Normally, all the money goes to the operation of the Sanctuary where medical bills alone sum up to $33,000 a month.
The Vervet Monkey Foundation, South Africa
The Vervet Monkey Foundation is home to over 500 primates that were injured, orphaned, abused, abandoned by former owners or used as laboratory animals. The sanctuary is based in Tzaneen, in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. If you are interested in a visit, know that you can do much more like volunteer and help out the people working very hard to rehabilitate these animals.
Has it even occurred to you to go to a zoo looking for a fun day with animals and to end up being depressed and displeased with the conditions in which the animals were kept? Then why not switch to going to sanctuaries and not risk ruining your mood over the holidays. There are a lot of such places all over the world and they even offer a high degree of interaction with the gentler species. So make sure you keep our list in mind next time you leave home for the holidays and drop by some of these places. And if you are traveling with kids, this might just be the highlight of their vacation.
Here are 6 of the biggest animal sanctuaries in the world. You should consider visiting these places next time you are traveling and you want a chance to interact with the local animals.
7 of the Most Visited Natural Parks in the US
January 5, 2017
There are about 59 natural parks and reserves in the US. They are all breathtakingly beautiful and worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. Every trip is worth the time and the money put into it. However, since both time and money are limited resources, we have prepared for you a list of the most visited parks just to give you an idea of what the other people prefer. The list has been drafted according to the number of visitors, best reviews and recommendations. Some of them may be your top of mind options too, but we just want to make sure you have all your top choices in one place.
I. Yosemite, California
The Yosemite National Park in California is visited by about 4 million people every year. It spreads across 747,956 acres and it is internationally recognized for its waterfalls, cliffs, clear streams, sequoia trees, lakes and for the biodiversity. While the park as a whole is so vast, most of the visitors spend their time in the Yosemite Valley, which is an area of around seven square miles. There are about 7,000 species of plants in the park, of which 160 are rare.
II. Acadia, Maine
The beauty and the biodiversity of the Acadia Maine National Park are things of awe for all of its visitors. This is the oldest American national park east of the Mississippi River. Over 40 species of mammals can be observed living in the park, squirrels, chipmunks, hares, white-tailed deer, beavers, porcupines, minks and others among them. Bird watchers can see various species of eagles, including the bald eagle, hawks and a protected species of peregrine falcons.
III. Yellowstone, Wyoming
The Yellowstone National Park is spread across three states: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. A visit to this park brings you the most chances to see a moose, an elk, a bison or even a bear with your own eyes. This is a park that truly lets you experience nature in all its glory. Want more excitement? Here you can visit the Old Faithful Geyser you have heard so much about, like how it is the first geyser in the park to be named and it is known as the most predictable, erupting once every 44 to 125 minutes.
IV. Grand Canyon, Arizona
It goes without saying that if you love to be in awe with nature’s beauty, you simply cannot skip on a visit to the Grand Canyon. It has been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 and its central feature is a gorge of the Colorado River considered by some one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Most people go there especially to see a sunset from the Lipan Point. One small heads-up, though: do not expect to be alone and have a movie-like moment at the most popular locations. There will the others around, so it is best to know this rather than to be disillusioned.
V. Olympic, Washington
If you want a real rainforest experience, this is the wettest of them! There is an average rainfall of up to 170in. You will feel like in the Lord of the Rings books with the luxurious greenery of mosses, lichens and ferns. What is more, this dense foliage stops the light from going too deep, creating lighting similar to the perpetual low light of dusk. There are three distinct ecosystems in this park: sub-alpine forest, wildflower meadow and temperate forest and Pacific Shore. It has been a World Heritage Site since 1981.
VI. Glacier, Montana
The Glacier National Park in Montana is situated at the border of the United States with Canada. The great thing about this park is that you can still see here most of the original native plants and animals. Among the large mammals one can encounter there are grizzly bears, moose, mountain goats and wolverines. Of course, we start from the premise that you are aware of what visiting a national park means and that the experience of natural encounters is not similar to that at the zoo. For example, meeting the grizzly bear is nothing to be recommended and in natural parks, it is your job to steer clear of the animal’s path. After all, these places are among the last they have to call home and where they can roam unhindered.
VII. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The Rocky Mountain National Park is located within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains mountain chain and in 2015 alone it was visited by over 4 million people. In 1976, UNESCO designated it as one of the first World Biosphere Reserves. The park has 5 main regions, the third one being recognized as being best suited for wilderness escapes.
If you are the kind of person who loves to spend time in the great outdoors, then you will have no more excuses not to check these 7 natural parks off the list of places you have been to in this lifetime. We also encourage you to start your own list. You can do so by visiting these places or some of them at least, and continue with parks that offer similar experiences to the ones you enjoyed from our list. You might develop a taste for a specific type of holiday. Who knows?
No nature lover can go without ever visiting at least one of the most popular 7 national parks in the United States of America. Check out this list and don’t delay in making travel plans.
Top 8 Wildlife Volunteer Holidays for Real Animal Lovers
January 5, 2017
It may sometimes come as a shock for many animal lovers the very large number of animals in need of help in the world. And the threats are always created by us, the humans. Animals are either poached or simply hunted down senselessly, they are used in zoos and in violent means of entertainment or they are driven out of their habitats. These animals have found shelter in many sanctuaries where people have dedicated their time and money to keeping them safe. But more is still needed. So, this year, instead of lounging on the beach, why not take a holiday that will mean something to you and to others?
The Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
There are many things you can do to help the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. The best of them is to lend a hand. The place is located in Chiang Mai, a province in Northern Thailand and it is home to dozens of distressed elephants and other animals such as dogs, cats, buffaloes. It was founded in the 1990s and it has taken on the mission of educating and of raising awareness about the importance of treating these animals with dignity and care. By the way, did you know that there are only 30,000 Asian elephants left on the planet?
Lion Park in South Africa
How better to get a taste of the wildlife in South Africa if not by volunteering at a lion park? You could go on a safari, but this experience is prone to whimsy and it is brief. By comparison, you could spend a couple of weeks tending to lion cubs, a chance you would not likely get anywhere else. The volunteer program is open to everyone and we guarantee that there is always a lot to do around these places.
The Libearty Zarnesti Bear Sanctuary in Romania
95 bears have been rescued from miserable lives of being kept in inhumane conditions and are now living peacefully in the Zarnesti bear sanctuary. The place was built in 2005 and it follows strict specifications of European law regarding the care and conditions offered to animals in such situations. It is a good place to learn a lot about the European brown bear in its own habitat, as well as to learn about the effects of animal captivity.
Na’an Ku Se Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
Will you be getting your hands dirty? You should hope so. Will you be spending your days in the sound of roaring lions and among animals you could only see on TV or behind the grey bars of a zoo? You bet! Will you be making friends among people who love animals and are just as involved as you are? Sure! So what else is there to say about the Na’an Ku Se Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia? Oh, that it also has a great medical volunteering program for training veterinaries.
Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Reserve in Costa Rica
This is a collection of rainforests and wetland habitats with the full and beautiful flora and fauna of Costa Rica. As a volunteer here, you would assist the park rangers and would lend a hand when it comes to tourist management. Trail management and clean up would be among the main tasks and it would ensure a safe space for the animals in their natural habitat. As a volunteer, you would also be making sure that the visitors do not leave their mark on the place too much by straying off the paths or by doing things that are forbidden in the park.
Xi’an Panda Center, China
Why did we not mention this sooner? Because we knew you would all go flocking there and because there are other animals in need of help, too. Anyway, if you have a thing for the cute and silly pandas, the Xi’an Panda Center is the place to go. There is also the choice of the Chengdu base that is closer to their natural habitat.
Eco centre Caput Insulae Beli, on the island of Cres in Croatia
We have included in our list a place for the bird lovers. And this is it. In Croatia you can volunteer and help care for sick, injured vultures and other species of birds. It is all done in the Rehabilitation Center for White Headed Vultures.
Return to Freedom, Horses, USA
And we could not have a full list without some of the most majestic animals on Earth, the beautiful horses. This place, the Return to Freedom horse Sanctuary in California, heavily relies on volunteer work, roughly around 3,000 hours of work a year being done by volunteers to be more precise.
There is so much work to do and so little time for all of us. So it could be both fun as well as useful if you dedicate your holiday time. You will certainly enjoy the time spent with the animals, you will learn a lot about the place you visit. No matter where you come from you will still find a place that is exotic with such a wide list of choices. And you will feel good about finally contributing with something, like you always said you wanted to do. So pick a destination and jump aboard the holiday volunteering train to whichever destination calls out to you. The animals will appreciate it!
Take a look at these amazing holiday volunteering destinations. You have 8 options with different types of animals, in different areas of the world and with all kinds of fun and useful activities for you to do.
Here are 6 of the Most Beautiful such Locations
January 5, 2017
1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England
Founded in 1840, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Park, located in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, UK, spreads across 320 acres and is the world’s biggest botanic garden. It is home to the world’s largest collection of living plants, with over 30,000 kinds, and of the world’s largest herbarium with over 7 million preserved specimens. There are tropical glass houses, lakes and waterlily pools, art galleries and the Davies Alpine House to visit. To get a full view of the park you can take the train or take a walk on the soaring treetop walkway. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, Africa
The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa opened its gates to the public in 1913. Located at the foot of Table Mountain, this 89 acres garden had the purpose to preserve the country’s flora, being one of the few such places in the world where only indigenous plants are cultivated. The park’s most famous planr is a yellow version of the Crane Flower, named Mandela’s Gold. There are eight other botanic gardens in South Africa, but only this one has five of the six biomes as it includes a large conservatory with plants from the savanna, karoo, fynbos and other regions. A walk through the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is more than just a relaxing day spent outdoors. It is a chance to understand the spectacular local flora.
3. Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden was founded in 1808 and it was opened to the public a couple of years later in 1820. It is located at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain and the neighborhood that grew around it got its name. It covers 345 acres of land, holds 6500 species and it is a UNESCO designated biosphere. Indigenous as well as foreign plants are cultivated here and the experience of the garden is fantastic. In the midst of a very busy city there is this oasis which anyone can enjoy. Maybe this contrast is one of the things that make it one of the most appreciated botanic gardens in the world.
4. Singapore Botanic Garden
What to visit in the Singapore Botanic Garden? Well, in this 183 acres garden opened in 1859 and with a reputation of being one of the best botanic gardens in the world, you have a variety of choices. Its main attractions include the Rainforest, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Tanglin Gate, there are about three lakes and there is the Tembusu tree (a national symbol you can also see on the Singapore five-dollar bill). It has a collection of more than 1,000 species of orchids and 2,000 hybrids and it is open from 5 am to 12 am every day. You can consider the monkeys a nice bonus for those who feel like the luxuriant greenery is not enough of a distraction.
5. Montreal Botanic Garden
The Montreal Botanical Garden in Canada is probably one of the most popular and best known of its kind. It was founded in 1931 and offers the option of both indoor as well as outdoor visiting areas. It occupies over 190 acres of land with its thematic gardens and greenhouses. Its biggest ones are the Chinese Garden – the largest of its kind outside of China, the Japanese Garden, the First Nations Garden – which includes Canadian plants, and the Alpine Garden. A cool indoor activity you can do at the Botanic Garden is to visit the Insectarium or the Butterflies Go Free exhibit in which thousands of butterflies are released into the glasshouses to the delight of the visitors.
6. Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Chonburi Province, Thailand
Probably the newest Botanical Garden on our list, the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in the Chonburi Province of Thailand was opened in 1980. It covers 500 acres of botanical garden. It includes a European garden, a Cactus & Succulent Garden, an ant tower, a butterfly hill and a major scientific center dedicated to Cycads. It also has a Cycad gene bank.
The great thing about going to a botanic garden while you are traveling is that is offers an enriching outdoor experience to anyone. You do not have to be a botanic expert and notice every type of flower, but you can still enjoy the walk through a park made up like something of a fairy tale. If you ever wondered how it felt like to be Alice in the Wonderland rose maze, there sure are places that offer similar experiences. Also, if you are traveling with children and you want to make your visit educational as well as relaxing, this is a great learning opportunity.
Here are 6 of the most delightful botanical gardens in the world. Make sure you visit at least some of them and plan your next travels so as to include these amazing places in your itinerary.