Posted on Mar 11, 2022 105
THE BEST NATURE PARKS IN THE WORLD
If you’re a fan of wonderful landscapes, unique animals and diverse plant life, you’ll get plenty parks. These national parks preserve special ecosystems while making them accessible to visitors. Find out about the best nature parks in the world, their special features and everything you need to know about these spectacular destinations here.
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
In the north of Tanzania lies the Serengeti National Park. This very special nature park is known far beyond the country’s borders, and rightly so. Covering an area of 14,763 square kilometers, you can observe zebras, gazelles, antelopes and over 1.6 million herbivores in their natural environment. In addition, there are thousands of carnivores such as lions, African golden wolves, jackals or wild dogs. A very special highlight is the herds of elephants and hippos. Crocodiles and pythons also lurk in the water. Many bird species make the scenery perfect.
Especially the annual migration seasons attract visitors to this nature park. The herds set off in search of new feeding and watering places. Between December and July, for example, many wildebeests can be observed. The predators are most active in the months between June and October.
The so-called king among nature parks has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. One reason for this is, of course, the diverse flora and fauna of the steppe. From March/April on, the somewhat barren landscape turns into a fantastic landscape with flowers, grasses and other colorful plants. Especially in the south, there is an extensive grass steppe. In the north of the nature park you can find the Kopjes, a formation of granite mountains. Here you can also see the famous rock paintings of the Maasai. For overnight stays, there are four lodges, four luxury tented camps and various campsites.
GALÁPAGOS NATIONAL PARK
If you travel to South America, more precisely to Ecuador, then a visit to the Galápagos National Park is highly recommended. It was founded back in 1959 and covers an area of 8,000 square kilometers. The special: It is about islands. Unlike the Serengeti Park, here you can enjoy the sight of dream beaches and crystal clear water. In 1978, this natural park was also declared a World Heritage Site.
In the Galápagos National Park, you can find some species that live in no other place on earth - one of the main reasons for visitors to visit the island paradise. By the way, only 5 of the 13 largest islands are inhabited: Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, Floreana, Isabela and the airport island in Baltra. The rest belong entirely to the diverse flora and fauna.
There are 15 different species of turtles here, which are to be protected by strict regulations by locals and tourists. Some parts of the islands are therefore completely off limits to humans. So the famous giant turtles, the sea lions and sea bears and the penguins and sharks can live an undisturbed existence. There is more than enough to see.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
One of the most famous nature parks in the world is Yosemite National Park. It is in California, about 300 kilometers east of San Francisco. The park has an area of 3,080 square kilometers. Visitors can explore elevations between 609 and 3,962 meters - a real highlight among nature parks. It was founded on October 1, 1890, but was not designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site until over a hundred years later.
Visitors especially want to see the giant sequoias that have been growing here for many centuries. There are three groves of giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in the park. The largest grove is the Mariposa Grove with 200 trees, followed by the Tuolumne Grove with 25 trees and the Merced Grove with 20 trees. Giant sequoias are considered the most massive tree species in the world. But the granite boulders are also impressive, towering many meters into the sky. They are also among the absolute sights. The most famous rock was christened “El Capitan”.
Besides the flora of this nature park, the fauna also has a lot to offer, such as black bears, coyotes, many rodents and co. In spring, visitors can observe the blossoming flora and the proud mothers with their young.
FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK
Fiordland National Park is definitely one of the largest nature parks. The area in New Zealand is characterized by fjords, forests and high granite mountains - it covers twelve square kilometers. The waterfalls offer a true natural spectacle and immediately captivate visitors. It can take a good 4 hours from Te Anau to reach the famous Milford Sound, the most famous river in the area. You only have to cover 120 kilometers, but the many viewpoints invite you to linger.
Once at the fjord, you can take a boat tour to explore the waters. It is not uncommon to meet the resident seal colony. Other inhabitants of New Zealand also await you, such as various species of bats, parrots, albatrosses, penguins, sea lions, frogs, reptiles and skinks.
IGUAZÚ NATIONAL PARK.
Everyone knows Niagara Falls, but Iguazú Falls is also worth a trip. Along the way, you can visit one of the best natural parks in the world, Iguazú National Park in northern Argentina. It was founded in 1934 and is over 555 square kilometers in size. The nearest major city is Puerto Iguazú, and it is on the border of Brazil.
If you are a novice hiker, you need not fear overly complicated routes. There are hardly any elevations in the jungle-like area. This makes the sight of the waterfalls even more impressive. They are between 60 and 82 meters high and were declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. You want to get a closer look at the waterfalls? Then will book a boat or helicopter tour.
As in other nature parks, there are a lot of flora and fauna to admire in the Iguazú National Park. Among others, jaguars, tapirs, anteaters, rooms, raccoons and otters live here. In addition, there are 400 species of birds and 250 species of butterflies.
Conclusion: The best nature parks in the world are in exotic places and present an extraordinary variety of species. But not only the different animals impress, also waterfalls, fjords or rock formations invite you to take pictures and stay. It is important that you adhere to the respective park regulations during your forays. Otherwise you will not only endanger yourself but also the sensitive ecosystem.