herd of elephants in Africa

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know that I truly believe that creating a bucket list can help you live a fuller life.

Having a list of the destinations you want to visit, the things you want to see, and the adventures you want to experience gives you something to look forward to.

This is especially the case when it comes to exploring the world around us; whether that involves becoming one with nature or grabbing your binoculars to spot wildlife.

If you’re a wildlife lover and need some inspiration for your bucket list, look no further!


Rio Aguajitas
Beautiful Rio Aguajitas | Source

Around a quarter of Costa Rica is made up of protected jungle, which is filled to the brim with some genuinely beautiful animals and birds.

It is thought that that are more than 500,000 different species to be found in this one country, including some truly exotic finds.

From the white-headed Capuchin monkey to the adorable ocelot, you’ll have a difficult time choosing which to see first when visiting Costa Rica.

When you’ve finished exploring the dense jungle, head over to Playa Cativo on the coastline for dolphin and whale watching trips.



A tower of giraffes in Tanzania
A tower of giraffes at Arusha National Park | Source

There’s no denying that Africa is one of the best continents in the world for wildlife lovers, especially as there are so many different countries offering safari experiences.However, the top of your bucket list should definitely be Tanzania.

This little slice of paradise combines stunning wildlife adventures with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.

After a long day spotting lions, elephants, and giraffes on the Serengeti plains, you can take your towel down to the beach and soak up some of that famous African sunshine. Tanzania is pure bliss!


The coastline along The Galapogos Islands | Source

This archipelago of volcanic islands can be found off the coast of Ecuador and you’ll find this destination on pretty much any wildlife lover’s bucket list.

The remote Galapagos Islands is a haven for wildlife and has barely been touched by humans, which makes it very special indeed. In fact, this is where Charles Darwin is thought to have made discoveries that led to his theory of evolution!

Here you’ll find animals, birds and even plants that cannot be found anywhere else on earth.

Snorkeling is the number one activity here, especially if you want to get up close and personal with sea lions, turtles, and plenty of rainbow fish.


The 'sangam' meaning confluence of Zanskar and Sindu rivers in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, India
The confluence of Zanskar & Sindu rivers in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir, India | Source

Snow leopards are some of the most beautiful-but-elusive big cats in the whole world. Catching a glimpse of these enigmatic cats is something that definitely should be on your bucket list, especially if you’re a wildlife lover.

One of the best places to spot snow leopards is in Ladakh, India during the winter months. Snow leopards make their way down from the Himalayas in the winter months, on the hunt for food.

You may also be able to spot other high-altitude wildlife and tucked away Buddhist communities on your way to Ladakh.


Ancient ruins in Cambodia
Ancient ruins in Cambodia | Source

This Southeast Asian country is home to a diverse variety of wildlife, including many that are endangered or classed as ‘at-risk’

By visiting Cambodia, you’ll not only be ticking something off your bucket list but you’ll also be helping protect endangered animals in the process.

The country has several initiatives running to try and prevent dwindling populations from completely dying out, so you can support their efforts by paying a visit! 

Look out for the critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphin, the shy clouded leopard, and the super-rare sun bear.


These are just some of the very best destinations that wildlife lovers should definitely add to their bucket list.

Have I forgotten any?  Let me know what I missed by sharing your suggestions in the Comments below. ⇓


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