The Bear Park, Switzerland
The brown bears in the Bear Park are a sight to behold. Located in Bern, Switzerland, the bears whom are the name-givers and the symbol of Bern, are indigenous to the area. Visiting the bears, especially with children has been very popular when travelling to Bern and the best part is that there is no entry fee!
If you want to enjoy the best views then you should watch the bears from the designated paths and bridges. These provide some of the best views from the Nydeggbrucke spanning the Aare River.
As is the case with any wildlife reserve, please do not throw food for bears as it is strictly prohibited and you might even get fined for it. The park is open yearly, but since the bears go into hibernation in the winter, one should only go during the warm months.
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
It’s a pretty awesome feeling when you find out that apart from the beaches and the nightlife and the shopping, there are still elephants, tigers, leopards and bears wandering freely in many national parks across Thailand. One such example of where one can experience this is Khao Yai National Park
It is one of the best parks in South East Asia for animal watching.
Post sunset visits to the eerie bat caves is pretty exciting. When clouds of bats fly up into the dusk it's almost like a wave of birds flying by. You can also enjoy a dip in the waterfall, the same one where Leonardo DiCaprio dove during a scene in his movie, The Beach.
It’s worth bringing a pair of binoculars with you, You should also hire a local guide to help you with spotting wildlife.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai
Dubai is not just a hotspot for tourists - it's the destination of choice for millions of migrating birds too. In the wetlands, just away from city, you'll discover the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Located at the entrance of Dubai's Creek, the sanctuary is counted among the few protected urban areas in the world. Pink flamingos are main attraction here in winter apart from the 170 species that are available to see.
If you are visiting Dubai on a budget then this is one of the best things to do. Dubai is in the middle of the desert so this oasis is a refreshing change from the urban jungle. Carry your own binoculars, as the one’s in place are not as effective. Must do for families with little children.
The best way to reach there is to take a cab or car on rent. There is no advance registration requisite for groups of fewer than five people.
Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius
The Black River Gorges is the best place to hangout for nature lovers. This is the largest national park in Mauritius and is famous for its enchanting waterfalls, views and hiking. The gorge lies in the central highlands, making it cooler than other islands. Here you will find many animals and plants, including the Mauritian flying fox and all of the island's common birds such as the Mauritius kestrel and the Mauritius parakeet.
Hiking is the must do activity. You can hike into the heart of the forest which is full of some well kept secrets. On one of our travels, we actually discovered a river where we were able to enjoy a quick swim.
Bring hiking shoes, mosquito repellent, sun cream, spare set of clothes and a mind ready to wander and explore.
The Wetland Park, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Wetland Park is located in the northern part of Tin Shui Wai. The park was made to promote green tourism and learning on environmental conservation and protection of the wetland area. This park is the home to more than 23 different species of reptiles, 20 species of fish, 9 species of amphibians and 11 species of mammals.
Visit the themed exhibition galleries located inside the visitor centre. The best time to visit the park is between October and April.
We strongly recommend you to wear long pants or carry mosquito repellant. It’s a good idea to take sunscreen, sun-glasses and umbrella with you. Make sure to take plenty of water as well as some snacks with you.