Seeing animals in the wild is a sublime experience. Whether in the Canadian Rockies, on the expansive plains of Africa, or in the serene waters of New Zealand, as guests in their homes, we are reminded of how glorious life is in all of its forms. Out in nature, connected to the same world, we witness the similarities between animals and mankind. Bears can make us laugh when they itch a scratch with a tree. Cats of all kinds spark our curiosity as to what they are up to next. Meanwhile the playfulness of dolphins makes us want to swim and go for a ride.
Whether you have time for another adventure this year or want to start planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip for next year, take a peek at these luxury recommendations to bring you closer to the world through some of nature’s best wildlife.
British Columbia, Canada – Bear Watching
Getting up close with nature doesn’t get any better than a bear-watching trip to BC Canada. This is one of the world’s best places to witness not only black bears and grizzlies, but also a bear unique to BC called the Kermode bear, which has cream fur. The ideal time to go for a boat safari or walking tour to see bears is in the fall. During the autumn months, the bears along with eagles and wolves will be feasting on salmon preparing for a long winter and hibernation. Get your cameras ready for some remarkable bear photos. To recharge after a day of wildlife adventures, why not try the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, British Colombia.
Ahhh, this vacation is just right
New Zealand – Swim with Dolphins
Swimming will never be the same after a wildlife adventure to the warm waters of the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand. With its protected bay as well as many secluded coves, dolphins call this area home and playground all year round. Whether you choose to watch the dolphins’ aerobatics or join in the fun, you will have a new appreciation of their strength, grace, and speed. With marine life stories to write home about, return to your home away from home, the Paihia Beach Resort and Spa in the Bay of Islands and indulge in a glass of crisp, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Swim with dolphins in the open sea
Kenya – Witness the Big 5
There aren’t many moments in life that match the thrill of encounters with the Big 5: elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, and buffalo. Experience love, fear, and amazement all at once when you catch a glimpse of nature’s powerful works of art. With the help of your own professional wildlife tracker, you can explore the African bush in an open-air vehicle, capturing beautiful photos and spectacular memories. Although January is the driest month, you can experience Kenya year round. If you’re ready for a YOLO luxury safari experience, treat yourself and your loved ones to a stay at Keekorok Lodge Masai Mara.
A close encounter
In 2017, Americans were reminded of nature’s beauty with the Great American Eclipse. There is no doubt that the most memorable masterpieces are not in museums. They are outdoors with Mother Nature’s signature. This year why not wander and connect to the world in a different way.