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Wild Life Safaris Around the World That Kids Will Love to Go On

As kids, we were always enthralled by wildlife in general – the mystery, the energy, the electricity in the atmosphere is all too intriguing. When it comes to experiencing the great open wild first hand, there’s no better way than a wildlife safari. The excitement and the adventure associated with experiencing a wildlife safari with all the exotic, beautiful animals just inches away from you, brings with it a different type of thrill altogether. Apart from the fun and frolic, research shows that exposure to wildlife safaris are a great way to get your kids educated and involved with nature. Interesting, fun and highly informative, safaris are a good way to inculcate sensitivity and awareness about the lives of animals and the ecosystem as well. Here’s a list of some of the best wildlife safaris around the world that you should plan a trip to with your entire family.

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Ranthambore National Park

Located in Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places for a wildlife safari in India. Spreading across 1,334 square kilometres, Ranthambore is known for its tigers and the scenic nature of the park which makes it a great place for some wildlife photography. During the safari, tourists are taken around the grounds in a secure jeep while the big cats are allowed to interact and prance around freely, giving your kids the pleasure of seeing them as close to their natural habitat as possible. Apart from Tigers, you will come across various other animals like Sloth Bears, Wild Boars, Sambar and so on. While the park remains open from October to June, the best time to go see the tigers are from March to May.

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Jim Corbett National Park

With its inception in 1936, Jim Corbett Nation Park in Uttarakhand was declared to be Asia’s first National Park following which in 1974 it was established as the first tiger reserve under Project Tiger…and the rest is history. Host to tourists across the globe, this National Park is where you ought to go if you want to catch a glimpse of one of the most elegant and ferocious members of the big cat family – the Tiger.  Besides these magnificent beasts, Jim Corbett is the home to various other species like Serow, Goral, Himalayan Tahr among others. Jim Corbett is best visited around the time of mid-November to End-June and like Ranthambore, the best time for tiger sighting is from March to May.

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Kanha National Park

If your kid is a fan of The Jungle Book and Mowgli, then Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh is the place for you to go. Inspiration behind Rudyard Kipling’s masterpiece, the author literally constructed each and every character in his beloved children’s novel from creatures inhabiting the Kanha National Park. The main attraction at Kanha, once again, are the Tigers from the big cat’s family and you can get real up close and personal with them through the guided tour. Kanha is best visited sometime between October to June and around March to May, if you’re particularly interested in seeing the big cats.

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Kaziranga National Park

If you’re interests lies more in herbivores than carnivores, then Kaziranga Nation Park is the place where you can catch a glimpse of the exotic one horned Rhino. Highly vulnerable and endangered, the one horned rhino is breath-taking when you manage to catch a glimpse of it. Secluded and far away from human habitation, Kaziranga has been voted the as one of the most famous world heritage sites on UNESCO. Apart from the great rhinos, Kaziranga hosts Elephants, Bears, Panthers and various pretty birds as well. November to end of April is the best time to visit this National Park.

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Gir National Park

We’ve done Tigers, now it’s time to bring the focus on another great cat – the Lion. Gir National Park in Gujarat is definitely one of the hidden treasures of Gujarat and is the only home to the magnificent Asiatic Lion. The Asiatic Lion has been listed as an endangered species and can be found only in the National Park in Gujrat. Apart from the Lion, the park hosts over 30 species of mammals, 300 species of birds and 2 species of reptile and is rich and brimming with biodiversity. October to May is considered to be the best time of the year to visit Gir National Park.

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Maasai Mara National Reserve

One of the most popular and well known safari wildlife holidays to exist in the world, Maasai Mara National Reserve, in Kenya, is one of the places where you can witness wildlife at its natural best. For tourists, the best time to visit this place is in July which is when you can catch the Wildebeest migration that will leave you reeling with awe. From the majestic Big Cats to the magnanimous Elephants, from the elegant Giraffes to the frolicking Zebras, you’ll get to witness them all here. With expert guides taking you through the Serengeti, the reserve provides you with an experience that you’ll never forget.

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Kruger National Park

This wonderful family destination is yet another place that you ought to go to if taking your kid to a wildlife safari is on your agenda. It is one of South Africa’s most exciting safari destinations and is steeped in wildlife, biodiversity, legend as well as history. From luxurious private safaris to affordable group safaris, Kruger has everything to offer you and your family. At the Kruger National Park, you will be able to witness the famous “Big 5” of Africa which comprises the Elephant, the Lion, The Rhino, the Leopard and the Buffalo.

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Karisia Walking Safaris

In Kenya, Africa, the Karisia walking safari charts out a great trail for you to come inches of giraffes, zebras and many more. Guided by Masai and Samaburu trackers, the Karisia safari team of camels and experts take you through the breath-taking country side of Laikipa for a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t worry, they keep you and your kid far away from the carnivores.

Educating the next generation about wildlife, nature and how they can help in the greater scheme of things is always good, and with wildlife safaris you achieve that to a large extent. So, can you hear the jungle drums beating?!

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