For animal lovers, no vacation can be complete unless they’ve had a close encounter of the third kind with wildlife. The thrill of seeing animals beyond the enclosed space of a zoo, roaming free in their own habitat, is not something that can be described in words.
If you’re that big an enthusiast, why step out of your hotel to go on a safari? Let the critters come to you at these exotic wildlife resorts where you could end up making quite a few friends with visitors from the wild!
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Too many times have you stood outside glass windows looking in at the animals. Let’s reverse the roles, shall we? The resident herd of Rothschild giraffes at Giraffe Manor roam the property as it belongs to them. They are also known to stick their ever so long necks gracefully through the windows to politely ask for treats. Can you imagine sharing breakfast with these gentle souls? At Giraffe Manor you won’t have to, because it’s a very likely possibility.
Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, Costa Rica
Spread over 1,000 acres of rain forest, the Lapa Rios Eco Lodge is a natural reserve that has abundant wildlife. This means that, in addition to fellow travelers, you could also run into macaws, toucans, and white-faced capuchin. It’s a great location for bird-watching enthusiasts as well.
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, Costa Rica
Getting to Tortuga Lodge is an adventure in itself because it’s only accessible by a boat or a small plane. Once there, you can shack up in one of the rooms with stunning views of the river. Even better is the turtle nesting and watching experience that the lodge offers you. From July to October, you can see turtles lumbering up to the shore, digging a nest to lay eggs in them, and returning to the water. If you want to see the babies hatch, plan for another holiday between late August and November. Now that’s not something you’d forget in a long, long time.
Sanctuary Makanyane, Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Each of the luxury suites at this resort has glass walls in the bedroom, which might not be so great for privacy, but if you get to see lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, and other wild animals taking a stroll outside, you won’t mind a bit, will you?
Underwater Room at Manta Resort
A beach vacation is special for many reasons, but when you’re at the Underwater Room, the aquatic experience goes up several notches. This glass-enclosed room gives you a 360-degree view of the Indian Ocean. As you lounge on your bed, you can see a shoal of fish swimming by. At night, the waters turn almost luminescent, creating a magical atmosphere within the room. But don’t you dare nod off, because you could see more exotic creatures like squids and octopus.