There's always a new country that you can add to your bucket list of places to visit. Here, you'll come across five that are specifically recommended for a nature trip. If you love to see wildlife, animals, mountains, and forests, there are some countries that will satisfy this longing quite well. With this kind of adventure, you'll also give yourself relief from the usual touristy crowds of cities and other busy travel destinations. In a nature trip, you get to relax and simply enjoy the Earth as it is – beauty, rawness, and all.
With the recent clamor for environmentalism, it's often hard to believe that there are still countries that are very much well-preserved. Plastic use, for instance, has wreaked havoc on oceans and other wildlife, with 8 million tons of plastic found all over the world. Thankfully, there are countries that are still immune to this damage. These are countries where you can enjoy nature at its best, and also help preserve the environment. Just be sure that when out in the great outdoors, you do your part also to preserve the condition of these reserves. Avoid plastic and other unsustainable materials, and camp responsibly. Don’t be like everyone else who is included in the statistics of how an average person uses 156 plastic bottles each year. As you travel, do so sustainably as well.
That said, here are some of the best countries to visit, to satisfy your desire for nature adventures:
First on this list is every nature lover's dream country, South Africa. It's a country that everyone should strive to go to, at least once in their lifetime. Everywhere you go, there's just breathtaking scenery for you to enjoy. Whether you're traveling with your kids, friends, by yourself or with your significant other, there's so much to enjoy for every kind of traveler.
In South Africa, your eyes aren't just opened up to the great outdoors, but you also have an opportunity to experience and bask in a new and diverse culture. To start with, here are some important details to remember when planning a nature trip to South Africa:
With these basic tips in mind, now it's time to head on to the best places in South Africa to visit so that you can make the most out of your nature sojourn. South Africa is huge, so you don't want to miss any of it, as your time may be limited. Given its abundance of wildlife and nature reserves, the entire country deserves to be explored.
However, to help you narrow down your options, here are some of every nature lovers' top picks:
Now going up North to Scandinavia, there's more to discover here than just learning about their Viking history. In Norway, nature lovers will also enjoy the different and unique landscape that the country has to offer. In particular, do visit Bergen, Norway. Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City, where walking around feels like being in a real-life fairytale. Apart from the old, wooden houses that are remarkably well-preserved, a walk through the cobblestones will also allow you to bask in nature's beauty, with flowers everywhere.
That said, here are other exciting things to do while in Bergen:
Following the second destination above, third on the list is also a country from Europe. Nicknamed as the Land of Fire and Ice, there's so much that nature lovers can enjoy in Iceland. From waterfalls to lagoons and craters, lava fields and icebergs, there's so much to see and do in Iceland.
Here's a list of some of the most beautiful nature destinations that you can visit in Iceland:
Now moving on to a warmer country, in Azores, Portugal, you'll see and experience that wilderness isn't a luxury; it's for everyone to enjoy. Because it's not yet a very well known group of islands, there are not many tourists coming in regularly at present. One of Europe's secret nature gems, it's a volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. When you arrive at the Azores, you'll realize that it would be the very first time in your life that you've seen so much greenery.
Here are great reasons for you to visit the Azores:
No nature trip is complete without basking in the most breathtaking landscapes. In the whole continent of Africa, one of the countries that stands out in this aspect is Namibia. This is the dream of every nature lover, especially that of photographers. Here, you'll come across 100 mammal species, 700 species of birds, and a landscape that stretches out as far as your eyes can see.
That said, here are other great reasons why traveling to Namibia will always be worth it:
There are more reasons that nature lovers go on holiday rather than just to see the place. They wish to unplug, and feel and experience nature at its best. When you come to think of it, there's so much to see of the world in all its raw beauty. Remove the fancy lights, tall skyscrapers, shopping malls here and there, and there's so much more satisfaction that a holiday in a natural setting can bring. With so many incredible places for nature lovers to explore, the list can go on and on. But these five can form the beginning of your new list to work towards. Now all that's left for you to do is to get on to planning the nature trip of a lifetime.