4 PLACES FOR REST IN WILDLIFE
Meet the sunset in a tent camp in Botswana, take a walk among the forests and lakes of the last ice age in Finland, visit the hard-to-reach region of India where a large population of snow leopards lives, and see animals from all over the world in Dubai – GEO’s guide to national and safari parks
Two thirds of Botswana’s territory is occupied by the Kalahari, the hottest desert in Africa. And surprisingly, one of the greenest and most biologically diverse regions of the planet, the Okavango Delta, adjoins it.
Stationary tent camps here are opened infrequently – it’s not so easy to get permission to build in a conservation area. Therefore, each new camp is a big event. Especially if the project is supported by such famous naturalists as Derek and Beverly Jouber, the main experts on big African cats who shot about ten documentaries about them.
Important bonus: Jouber not only own the Duba Plains Camp, but also accompany the guests of the camp during the safari – as experts on local flora and fauna.
Hossa National Park, Finland
For the centenary of independence, Finland made itself a royal gift: in June 2017, a new Hossa National Park was opened in the east of the country.
The local forests, lakes and sandy ridges have been preserved since the last ice age, and in comparison with them, rock carvings near Lake Värikallio may seem quite recent.
These images of people, animals and fantastic creatures are about 4000 years old. A special path leads to the complex. Well, those who prefer breathing to inanimate nature will see numerous birds, deer in Hoss, and if they are lucky, they will also find a lynx.
The reserved Indian state in the Himalayas, bordering Nepal and Bhutan, is one of the most inaccessible regions of Asia: no planes fly here or trains go, and the traveler, in addition to his Indian visa, needs to get a special permit to Delhi. But the transport situation will improve soon: the first in the state of the airport “Pakyong” promise to open in early 2018.
True, in the absence of tourists, Sikkim did not miss: in 2016, Kanchenjunga National Park, in which one of the largest populations of snow leopards on Earth is located, was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and in 2017 the state completely switched to organic farming – the first in India.
The new safari park in Dubai is home to 2500 animals from all over the world – rhinos, bears, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, crocodiles … For each of the 250 species, a natural habitat was recreated.
The park is built without harm to the environment, it uses solar energy, even moving here on environmentally friendly cars. After all, the main task of the park is to preserve endangered animal species.
The territory of the park is divided thematically into African, Asian, Arab and open villages, where you can get acquainted with the traditions and way of life of people from different cultures.