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10 breathtaking nature reserves around the world you must visit at least once

A special type of travellers exists in the world, one where instead of urban attractions, natural splendour is what attracts them. These group of travellers are called eco-travellers. One of the best places for these eco-travellers to experience nature are National Parks – protected areas teeming with flora and fauna adored for its beauty and diversity. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best and most beautiful National Parks in the world.

1. Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park is one of the most well-known of National Parks. It is located in Wyoming and it plays host to the famous natural formation – the geyser named Old Faithful. Yellowstone is as American as it gets featuring high-standing cliffs,  canyons, bears, wolves and bison among others.

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2. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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At first glance, this arid-looking National Park looks inhospitable and harsh with its red and dusty terrain and almost dry surface, but a closer look reveals a teeming wildlife filled with flora and fauna that has evolved over the years to be unique to that location. Some examples of which include the Thorny Dragon and the Brushtail Possum. The most famous denizen of this national park is the sandstone monolith – the Ayers Rock.

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3. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

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Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park boasts many of the beautiful sights and features that Japan has to offer. This National Park is made up of Mount Fuji, the Fuji Five Lakes, the Izu Peninsula, the Izu Islands and Hakone. It is a National Park of a distinctly Japanese flavour with snow-capped mountains, trees covered in colourful leaves and flowers, and expansive serene lakes. One of the most enjoyable things to do there is to indulge in one of the many hot springs present.


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4. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a protected area. Front and centre of its protection efforts are the preservation of the world’s largest concentration of natural coral reef – the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef makes for one of the best diving spots in the world due to a large number of underwater flora and fauna present. It is simply teeming with life of every colour, shape and size.

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5. Rago National Park

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If you’re looking for a rugged yet relaxing adventure out in the wild then the Rago National Park is for you. Filled with rock formations coupled with the Scandinavian sky, it presents an almost other-worldly feel. One of the features to catch in this National Park is the Litlverivassforsen Waterfall.

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6. Northeast Greenland National Park

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The Northeast Greenland National Park is the world’s most northerly located National Park in the world. This National Park boasts an impressive array of arctic wildlife such as the polar bears, walruses, arctic foxes, musk ox, snowy owls, various species of seals, narwhal and the beluga whale.

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7. Galapagos Marine Reserve

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Owing to its isolated island nature, the Galapagos Island and its surrounding waters house some of the most diverse and unique range of flora and fauna in the world. This also makes it one of the most delicate and vulnerable ecosystems in the world. The number of visitors to the island is strictly controlled but if you manage to be a visitor there be sure to enjoy the unique wildlife by hiking on marked paths or even better go diving in the surrounding waters.

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8. Bandhavgarh National Park

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If you are a big fan of tigers, then perhaps a visit to the tiger-spotting capital of the world would interest you. The Bandhavgarh National Park in India has one of the densest population of tigers in the world. Also, in the park are a large breeding population of leopards and deer, but tigers take the centre stage in this National Park.

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9. Kinabalu Nature Park

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We head a somewhere a little closer to home this time to Sabah and into one of the most famous and important National Parks in the region and maybe also the world – Kinabalu Nature Park. Mount Kinabalu Nature Park home to the iconic Mount Kinabalu, houses one of the most diverse range of wildlife and plants in the world across 4 climate zones.

10. Serengeti National Park

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A list about the world’s best National Parks is never complete without the legendary Serengeti National Park making an entry. The Serengeti plains are where everything happens: big cats, day safari, night safari and best of all, the great migration of over a million lumbering wildebeest – which is one of the most magnificent natural sights to behold.

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