The world's best wildlife walks

Mail Online | 4/27/2019 | Lizzie Pook For The Mail On Sunday
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Observing wildlife in its natural habitat is one of the most exhilarating experiences, especially if you’re on foot.

Grab your walking boots and a pair of binoculars and you could spot some of the world's most majestic animals, from a rhino to a snow leopard.

Thrill - Trips

If you want to experience the thrill, here are seven of the very best trips available.

Pumas in Chile

Wildlife - Paine - Chilean - Patagonia - Guanaco

Wildlife wow: Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia is home to the llama-like guanaco and the Andean puma.

Close encounter: Sightings likely to be at a distance.

Fitness - Factor - Altitude - Terrain

Fitness factor: High altitude across rough terrain.

Best time to go: March and April.

Wildlife - Slovakia - Mountains - Home - Population

Wildlife wow: Slovakia’s Carpathian Mountains are home to almost half the European population of brown bears. Follow tracks with park rangers.

Close encounter: Bears should be observed from a safe distance but just a glimpse through binoculars is pulse-raising.

Fitness - Factor - Hikes - Hours - Day

Fitness factor: Hikes are seven to nine hours a day, so a good level of fitness is required.

Best time to go: May, June and September.

Caribou - Arctic - Canada

Caribou in Arctic Canada

Wildlife wow: Deep in the Arctic tundra you’ll find the 350,000-strong herd of Qamanirjuaq caribou – and there’s also a chance to spot wolves, grizzly and black bears and golden eagles.

Feet - Herd

Close encounter: You can walk within feet of the herd.

Fitness factor: A mix of short walks and longer hikes.

Time - September

Best time to go: September.

Wildlife wow: Hidden in the frosty crags of the Himalayas, you’ll find one of the planet’s most majestic creatures – the snow leopard. Travel...
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