12 Of The Best Places for Wildlife Photography Around The World
If you love nothing more than to venture out into the great unknown, and capture wonderful images of the wildlife that graces our planet, then don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’ve handpicked our favourite wildlife hotspots where you can photograph some of the world’s most amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Here are 12 of the best places to photograph incredible wildlife around the world.
1. Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park, Rwanda
Virunga is Africa’s oldest national park, made up of 7,800 square kilometres, and it’s also a World Heritage Site. It’s one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet, making it the perfect place to photograph an extensive selection of wildlife.
The famous Mountain Gorillas of Virunga National Park have faced many troubles, including poaching, political unrest and violence. There are only 880 mountain gorillas left and one quarter of them live in Virunga National Park, so if you want to snap a shot of this majestic animal, Virunga is the place to be.
2. Wolves in Central Sweden
If you want to head out exploring and stumble upon magical woodland creatures, then book a trip to the densely forested region of Bergslagen. It’s one of the top places to go wildlife-watching in Sweden, which makes there will be plenty of opportunities to take incredible pictures.
As well as ever illusive and awe-inspiring wolves, if you’re lucky, you may be able to take some sneaky shots of roe deer, red foxes, moose and adorable beavers. Find out more about a trip to see the wildlife of central Sweden here.
3. Bears and wolverines in Finland
Bears are most definitely at the top of most wildlife photographer’s lists. Head out on a wilderness adventure in the depths of Finland’s forests, where you just might stumble upon animals such as lynx, reindeer, bears and wolverines. It’s here, amongst the rich pine forest and tranquil lakes that you might come face to face with animals that look like they have stepped straight out a fairytale.
4. Wildlife and geysers in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is a wonder to behold. It’s not just the animals you will want to photograph, but the mesmerising scenery too. With access to the alpine rivers, thick forests, bursting geysers and vast canyons, you won’t fail to get an incredible shot, hopefully with some wildlife in the background. The park is home to animals such as bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
5. Bengal Tigers in Kerala, India
There’s nothing more striking than an image of one of the world’s most treasured wild cats, the tiger. An image of a tiger should be at the top of your photography bucket list. Kerala was rated by National Geographic Traveller as one of the world’s top 50 ‘must-see destinations’. Bengal tigers and Indian Elephants reside within the beautiful lands of this region, so you are guaranteed to get some images of some impressive animals. Apparently, The Wild Western Ghats is one of the eight hottest biodiversity hotspots in the world.
6. Snow leopards and golden langurs, the Himalayas
Book a trip out to the infamous Himalayan mountain range, where you will find an endless selection of wonderful wildlife to photograph. Perhaps one of the most fascinating animals you can find here is the snow leopard. But this area is home to numerous other threatened species (163 to be precise) including one horned rhinos, golden langurs and Bengal tigers.
7. Baby turtles trying to make it to the sea, Malaysia
Many wildlife programmes, including Planet Earth have featured the amazing spectacle of baby turtles making their treacherous journey to the safety of the sea. This is definitely a wildlife phenomenon that’s worth capturing on camera.
Book your place on the perhentian turtle project, and you can witness this for yourself. Plus, some of the photos you take in the water will be used to identify individual turtles and help track their movements around the islands. So you can get your shots whilst also doing a whole lotta good.
8. Safari in Kenya, Africa
If it’s a mixture of African wildlife you are after, book a trip to go on a wilderness safari, a great place to go to would be in Eastern Africa. This offers the chance to photograph animals such as Rhinos, Zebra, Giraffe and Baboons, as long as you, and your camera, are prepared to get out in the open Savanna!
9. Marine life in the Maldives
A wildlife photography bucket list wouldn’t be complete without some marine life. If you are prepared to get in the water, you just might snap the perfect shot of a beautiful whale shark swimming along. Don’t worry, they are gentle giants. One of the best places to photograph whale sharks is in the Maldives. Also found in these waters are elegant manta rays, dolphins, turtles and whitetip reef sharks.
10. Darwin’s wildlife, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America
This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Darwin’s Galapagos Islands. If it’s weird and wonderful creatures you are after, this is the place to go. The animals here are unique to the islands, and have developed odd and colourful adaptations, like the blue-footed booby birds, which have blue feet. Snap some shots aboard The Beagle Galapagos Cruise.
11. The Amazon Rainforest, Peru
We’ve covered marine worlds, parks, mountain ranges and untouched wilderness, so it’s only fair that we feature a rainforest. Did you know that the Amazon Rainforest is home to 16,000 species of trees and one-tenth of all known animal species? Therefore, you shouldn’t fail to get some jaw-dropping wildlife shots.
12. Small mammals in the Yorkshire Dales
Last but not least we have the Yorkshire Dales. Often we are so busy trekking around the world in search of new wonders, that we forget what’s on our doorstep. In the stunning Yorkshire Dales you will not only come across some of the most picturesque countryside the UK has to offer, but small mammals like the gorgeous red squirrel, otters, badgers and hedgehogs. It’s also an ideal spot for birdwatchers as there’s plenty of wild birds to photography. For more information about animals found in the Dales, click here.