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10 Epic National Park Adventures Around the World

There is much to be said for visiting national parks, whether at home or abroad. They showcase the best of the best within a region, highlighting endemic wildlife and providing a beautiful outlet for hiking and other activities. They are also a place in which to learn about a nation's human history and native cultures. Read on for 10 can't miss national park experiences around the world.

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National Parks are one of the best ways to achieve a sense of utter bliss and closeness to nature. North America boasts some of the world’s most beautiful National Parks, the perfect outing whether you be solo or with a group.

But when traveling farther afield, sometimes being solo can get a bit more intimidating. A national park tour guide becomes invaluable for help with language and direction, as well as providing a much deeper historical context to the area's cultures and the local natural elements.

Tour guides are not only sources for mountains of information, however, no pun intended. They are also privy to the best secret photo ops, the best hikes for the best views, or that one spot where you are most likely to see a particularly elusive animal.

National Parks around the world are a great way to get up close and personal with local flora, fauna, and people. From the high plains of Patagonia to the sun-baked Serengeti, here are 10 epic national park adventures around the world:

Family Tropical Islands & Jungle tour Family Tropical Islands & Jungle tour

Family Tropical Islands & Jungle

$ 1,630 13-days trip
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Exploring the jungles and rainforest of Thailand are a wonderful way to spend your nature getaway. Khao Sok National Park on Thailand's west coast is home to some of the oldest rainforest in the world. On this 13 day tour, you'll spend a lot of time here, drifting through the ancient trees by canoe and marveling at the beautiful lush canopy.  


Hiking in Patagonia - 16 Days tour Hiking in Patagonia - 16 Days tour

Hiking in Patagonia - 16 Days

$ 3,230 16-days trip
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Patagonia has been on the rise in popularity for travelers, attracting serious trekkers and beginners as well. Its stunning landscapes beckon photographers eager to capture the unusual bright blue ice against the craggy brown cliffs. Torres del Paine is the most well known national park in the area, but on this trip you will also visit Glacier National Park and Tierra del Fuego National park.


Explore Kruger National Park tour Explore Kruger National Park tour

Explore Kruger National Park

$ 1,799 7-days trip
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Kruger National Park is a jewel of South Africa, with private game reserves showcasing some of the most incredible African wildlife. It is also one of Africa’s most extensive and impressive conservation projects. This 7 day journey features classic open vehicle safari drives, during which you’ll have the chance to observe the famed “big 5” of Africa: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, and Buffalo.


Peaks of the Balkans Hike tour Peaks of the Balkans Hike tour

Peaks of the Balkans Hike

$ 2,890 8-days trip
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Ultimate Costa Rica Hiking Adventure tour Ultimate Costa Rica Hiking Adventure tour

Ultimate Costa Rica Hiking Adventure

$ 1,695 9-days trip
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Costa Rica is known for many things, namely adventure and eco travel. Connecting with nature is second-nature for travelers here, as the rainforests reveal their incredible bio-diversity as you walk (or zip-line) through the canopy among thousands of colorful birds and plant life. On this trip, take 9 days exploring deep jungle paths through Corcovado National Park.



Essence of Tanzania Safari tour Essence of Tanzania Safari tour

Essence of Tanzania Safari

$ 6,446 9-days trip
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Africa is so full of national parks, it’s difficult to choose. Experiencing wildlife is nowhere more unique than on an African Safari, and each safari country has their own incredible landscape. In Tanzania you’ll visit the expansive and classic Serengeti National Park, which is the oldest park in the country, and still a benchmark for many wildlife parks in Africa. The Serengeti is famous for the Great Migration which, if you have the chance to, is best seen from the air.


Borneo Wildlife Family Holiday tour Borneo Wildlife Family Holiday tour

Borneo Wildlife Family Holiday

$ 2,149 13-days trip
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The jungles of Borneo have such an esoteric sound and aura, they almost seem made up. But they are very real and very open for visitors. Known most for the unusual faced proboscis monkey, with its uncannily human expression hidden behind a decidedly un human long nose, Borneo is home to many other unique species, which you’re sure to stumble upon as you enjoy this 12 day venture. You’ll also visit Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, which is a bit of a hidden secret for beaches and snorkeling.


Galapagos Unbound tour Galapagos Unbound tour

Galapagos Unbound

$ 4,990 10-days trip
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Lastly, we’d be remiss not to mention the National Park that puts nature first like no other. In the Galapagos there is very much a sense of being a guest in the wildlife’s home. And so unthreatened by humans are these animals that you can get within an unprecedented distance to really observe their behavior and get some unbelievable photographs.

There are many islands in the Galapagos, and this 9 day tour visits three of the main islands for an in depth look at the incredible ecology and wildlife here. Prepare for an energetic and exciting journey to where Charles Darwin was inspired.

 


 

Excited to visit these countries? Browse our destination guides: 

1. Iceland (Thingvellir National Park)

2. Patagonia, Argentina (Torres del Paine National Park)

3. South Africa (Kruger National Park)

4. Montengro, Balkans (Biogradska Gora National Park)

5. Costa Rica (Corcovado National Park)

6. Tanzania, Africa (Serengeti National Park) 

7. Thailand (Khao Sok National Park)

8. Borneo, Indonesia (Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park)

9. New Zealand (Abel Tasman National Park)

10. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (Galapagos National Park)

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