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This website showcases some of my favourite nature & wildlife areas around the word. Scan the navigation column on the left for an alphabetical list of regions and lodges to visit. The COUNTRIES are in capital letters. The most important recommended spots are listed, but not every page/place is mentioned in the column, so click on the country pages to get extra information and links to smaller pages. And below are some suggestions of wildlife you might be looking for, and where it is best to see them...

some suggestions...

Dusky Dolphin somersaulting, Kaikoura (image by Damon Ramsey)want to see flipping dolphins?

Dolphins turn up anywhere there is non-polluted oceans and rivers. The most fun dolphins are 'Spinners' and 'Dusky Dolphins'. The former are seen across the tropical Indo-Pacific such as Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The latter (pictured above) are most easily watched in Kaikoura, New Zealand.


want to peer into the huge eyes of a Tarsier?

These tiny primates are endemic only to a few regions, but can be seen at Tangkoko, (Sulawesi) and in Bohol (Philippines).


Everyone loves Hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds can be seen around flowers anywhere in the tropical Americas, such as around lodge in national parks, such as Hotel Pantanal Mato Grosso or Pousa Alegre in the Pantanal of Brazil. Of course even better is to go to a lodge with hummingbird feeders. The busiest and most diverse ones tend to be in the cloud forest of the mountains, at lodges such as Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge, and WildSumaco Lodge of the Ecuador highlands.


how about swimming with jellyfish?

Jellyfish lakes are pretty amazing places, and there are not many of them around the world. My favourite so far is on Kakaban Island.


displaying bird-of-paradise

Where to see and watch birds of paradise in display? Chambers Lodge has Victoria's Riflebird. Gam Island has the restricted 'Red Bird of Paradise'.


a Royal and a King

Want to watch penguins? You can see Little penguins, Fiordland Penguins and Yellow-crested Penguins in New Zealand, and Humboldt and Magellanic Penguins in Chile, but the best place for thousands of penguins is Macquarie Island.


want to stalk tigers?

Tigers are best seen at Kanha National Park in India.


beautiful butterflies

places to see butterflies? Papua New Guinea, Satonda Island (Indonesia), Khao Sok, (Thailand), and Iguazu Falls (Brazil) are all great spots. The former is the epicentre for Birdwings, the biggest of all the butterflies.


Want to see giant spiders? what do you mean "no"?

Damawewe Caves in Papua New Guinea is great for the 'bird-eating spiders'. Most lodges in South America, particularly around the Amazon, have guides that can find tarantulas. I found big spiders easiest to find at night at Wildsumaco Lodge.


want to find carnivorous Pitcher Plants?

 Bako National Park in Malaysian Borneo is a great place to see several species of pitcher plants. Mesilau, also in Malaysian Borneo, is the place to see the largest species; the Rajah Pitcher Plant.


Want to find Komodo Dragons?

Visit Komodo Island, or Rinca Island to see the biggest lizards in the world!


want to come face to face with the most dangerous bird in the world?

The best place to find cassowaries? I find Etty Bay to be the most reliable.


redheads are cute

Where to find orang-utans? The Sumatran species is most easily seen at Bukit Lawang National Park. The Bornean species can be seen in various places in the wild in Kalimantan (the Kumai River) and Sabah (the Kinabatangan River), as well as in feeding areas at Camp Leakey, Semengoh and Sepilok.


how about exploring active volcanoes?

Get close to active volcanoes, such as Yasur on Tanna Island in Vanuatu (above)                                          or White island in New Zealand.


want to try and find the bizarre but cute Tree Kangaroo?

 I have seen them (every now and then) at Hypipamee Crater and Possum Valley (this is where I took the photo).


Want to swim with whale sharks?

Donsol in the Philippines is a good place, and very cheap.


one of the 'funky monkeys'

places to watch monkeys? monkeys are everywhere! Special places and species include Yakushima (Japan) Bukit Lawang National Park (Sumatra, Indonesia) and Labuk Bay (Malaysia).


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