Here at Unusual Expedition, nature has a special place in our hearts. From the rolling, sun-drenched hills of Tuscany to the raw wilderness of Patagonia, landscape photography is kind of our ‘thing’. But we don’t forget our animal friends either because we love the challenge of wildlife photography and the opportunity to see them in natural habitat. Embrace your wild side with us and check out these 5 photography tours that celebrate the diversity of the animal kingdom.
Tanzania: The Great Migration
We kick off our list with probably the most awe-inspiring of all our tours: witnessing the great migration in the land of safaris, Tanzania. The Serengeti National Park is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, with nearly 1.5million of these creatures on the move. Seeking new pastures, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles, and Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes. Serengeti also has the highest concentration of large mammals on this planet and is famous for its 2,500 lions, the highest concentration found anywhere in the world. It is truly a sight to behold, and definitely one for the bucket list.
Kamchatka: Russian Wildlife
Home to not just some of the most spectacular scenery in the Russian Far East, Kamchatka is also known for a congregation of brown bears around Lake Kuril. The lake is home to one of Europe’s largest location of salmon spawning and during the mating season, this population can swell to nearly 6 million! Naturally, this attracts the brown bears and it is not uncommon to be able to see up to 20 gathered around the lake’s shore fishing for their next meal. This tour also takes us to Avacha Bay, one of the most beautiful spots in Kamchatka. With 2 rivers that flow into the bay, numerous seabirds and seals also call this area home, and a cruise is our favourite way to spot these creatures.
India: Pushkar Camel Fair
Held in November at the time of the full moon, the Pushkar Camel Fair is one of India’s most highly-rated travel experiences, a spectacular event that attracts over 400,000 people over a period of 5 days. An astonishing 10,000 camels come together from all over the country to the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, to not only buy and sell livestock, but also take part in competitions such as the “longest mustache”, “bridal competition” and many more. In the recent years, the fair has expanded to include and exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and teams of random foreign tourists. This is the annual event and it is a great opportunity to witness an old and traditional Indian festival.
Mongolia: Eagle Hunters
Here’s a one in a lifetime chance to live amongst the famed nomads of Mongolia and experience a way of life that most city-dwellers can’t even begin to fathom. From the majestic eagle hunters mounted on horseback to the humble herders in their gers, witness a unique harmony between man and animal as we explore their lands. In the heart of winter, where temperatures drop to -30 degrees celcius, way of life as you know it changes drastically, and the battle for survival is very real.
Antarctica: Creatures of the Ice
At the ends of the world is where you’ll have the chance to see the largest mammal on earth – the summers in Antarctica is peak time to watch whales. As per reports, around 8 species of whales come to this part of the world during the summers to feast on krill. The view of massive whales swimming across the ocean is astounding, and is definitely a once in a life time opportunity. As we cruise through sheets of ice and massive glaciers, we’ll also have the chance to see the approximated 20 million penguins that live in Antarctica. Rare seabirds and seals are also part of this unique population that thrives in these frozen lands.