5 Family-Friendly Countries for Unforgettable Wildlife Holidays


Being out in nature can provide you with many benefits. If you are planning to take a break from your hectic schedule and spend quality time with your family you can look out for wildlife and nature holidays that would offer you the right experiences. Choosing wildlife holidays not only allows you to explore the terrain and the plant life, animals, birds and marine life around you but also a lot more. With the right wildlife holiday, you also get the opportunity to spend time with your loved ones and bond the right way.

Zebra in Ngorongoro Crater National Park in Tanzania

However, choosing the right wildlife destinations is critical because not all destinations offer the same experiences. Knowing what you want is essential to choosing the right wildlife holiday destinations. If you are not good at making those decisions or have little time to make your itinerary Naturetrek can help you create lasting memories with your family.

Here are 5 family-friendly countries you can choose for an unforgettable wildlife holiday experience.


With plenty of natural landscapes and wildlife, India is one of the top choices for those looking to spend time with family. Over the years, India has become one of the best wildlife destinations in Asia and the world. Hence, you can look out for holidays that allow you to discover nature and wildlife in India. If you are passionate about big cats like tigers, India has half of the world’s population of tigers.

With more than 100 national parks and more than 50 tiger reserves, you can have a great time in India traversing the jungle landscape and following tigers. Also, you can find animals like deer, elephants, one-horned rhinoceros, monkeys and many other mammals. In the region of Kerala in South India you will also find Indian bisons. The vast country is also a great destination choice for bird watchers. You can see many resident and migrant birds in bird sanctuaries.

The best part about visiting India with your family is that you have easy accessibility, better connectivity, excellent choice of accommodations, a diverse range of cuisines and plenty of shopping options as well. This makes India a complete comprehensive package for those who want to enjoy wildlife holidays with their family.

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South Africa

If you are interested in seeing Africa’s Big Five, South Africa seems to be the best place where you can take your family. With its better connectivity, a variety of accommodations, excellent food and wine choices and plenty of outdoor activities South Africa is a gem to discover. While you are in South Africa you can hop through various national parks in South Africa including the globally popular Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve. These national parks also offer you a playground for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, rock climbing – and of course they are prime destinations for safari.

South Africa is also good for those who want to explore resident and migrant birds and even butterflies and plants. If you are in the right season, you can also head out for whale-watching sessions and explore the marine life in and around South Africa. You can have excellent local food and wine which adds to the overall experience when you are touring with your family.

Lions in Ngorongoro Crater National Park in Tanzania

Costa Rica

If you are interested in a tropical destination that allows you to do a lot more than just exploring wildlife you should choose Costa Rica. It is easily one of the best Latin American countries that you can visit with kids. With its amazing biodiversity, you can have a great time in Costa Rica exploring plants, animals and birds.

While you are traveling to Costa Rica with kids you can look out for various guides that focus on what to eat and where to stay. This can make the entire holiday experience better. Also, Costa Rica has 29 national parks where you can explore the local flora and fauna. You can spot many tropical birds and animals in their natural habitat which would enhance your holiday experiences.

When you are done with that, you can spend time with your loved ones on pristine beaches where you can idle around or do some adventure activities. Costa Rica also has excellent food and cuisine and therefore you can enjoy your holidays the way you prefer.


Considered one of the best places on the planet to explore wildlife, the United States of America would be a great holiday spot especially when you are touring with your family. The USA can provide you with a wide range of animals, birds and plant life that you can find across various states. The United States has 63 national parks which offer you the opportunity to explore local wildlife and nature. You can visit some of the popular ones like Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Acadia National Park, Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park.

These national parks also provide you with the opportunity to do more outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, kayaking, cycling and even salmon fishing in Alaska. Some places are perfect for stargazing activity at night. Hence, you would want to make sure that you know what kind of activities you prefer before you choose what state you want to visit. In terms of food and accommodation, most USA national parks offer choices that you can choose from. While you are in the USA you can also do some shopping when you are done exploring wildlife.

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Kangaroos are the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of wildlife in Australia. However, Australia has a lot more to offer especially when you are flying to the Land Down Under with your family. One of the main reasons why you should fly to Australia is that 80 per cent of the animals, birds and plant life here are endemic. This means that you cannot find them anywhere else on the planet.

Apart from kangaroos, you can also discover and see wombats, koalas, platypus, emus, wallabies, dingos and echidna here. Australia is also an ideal place for bird watchers and therefore you can head to places where you can find them in their natural habitat. Australia has a huge list of national parks that you can explore. These parks offer you an opportunity to head out into the wilderness and explore nature and wildlife at your own pace. Also, if you are looking for adventure you can head to various Australian outback where you can camp overnight.

If you are interested in marine animals, Australia can provide you with various locations where you can go underwater and explore them. You can find various spots where you can snorkel and scuba dive in Australia or look out for helicopter rides that can allow you to explore these spots from higher ground. Australia is also good in terms of food and accommodation and therefore an ideal destination for family wildlife holidays.

Fraser Island, Champagne Pools, QLD, Australia

Photo by Elijah Parry

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