Do you love nature and wildlife? You love exploring beauties of the dark forest, vast grasslands, swamps and aquatic ecosystem? National Parks are one such place where you can enjoy all this. These parks are created in order to provide proper habitat for breeding and favourable conditions for wildlife especially, many endangered species. Nowadays, it has also become a very prominent hotspot for tourists which has opened vast opportunities for this sector of the economy.
There are many such parks in the world and today, in this article, we will be discussing the top ten national parks in the world which you can visit and you won’t be disappointed.
Top 10 National Parks in The World
Yellowstone National Park
This is the first one in our list of top 10 National Parks in the world. Located in the United States, it was created in 1872 and is the oldest in America. Grizzly bears, geysers and the most important- old faithful are the major attractions here. It is also a great place for activities like bird watching and witnessing steaming pools, hot springs and other wildlife.
Corcovado National Park
It is the largest one in Costa Rica and also, National Geographic has regarded this National Park for being the most diverse in terms of biodiversity. Spread over an area of around 164 square miles, it has mangrove swamps, mountain forests, prairies and a diverse wildlife ecosystem. You can observe a few rare species like Jaguar and Harpy Eagles. Baird’s Tapir is another unique species located here along with many other beautiful species of Crocodile, sloths, anteaters, caiman, poison dart frogs, etc. You can also experience scuba diving and snorkelling if you visit this place.
Grand Canyon National Park
Spread over an area of 1900 square miles, this is the second most famous National Park in the USA. Around 5 million people come to this place every year and it is also among the seven ‘wonders of the world’ and has stored millions of years of geological history in its colours. You can find hot deserts and also, the green forest here and vivid wildlife including Elk of California, condors and black bears.
Galapagos National Park
Situated in Ecuador, in 1978, this was the first to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. This National Park has almost everything for you. The famous Santa Cruz islands which are full of greeneries to the lava erupting fields of Bartolome. You can witness a few unique species which are specific to this place like Marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies and Galapagos tortoises. Beautiful birds like flightless Cormorant and Waved Albatross are also located here.
Great Barrier Reef National Park
Famous for its coral reef, this National Park is another must-visit National Park in the world. Situated in Australia, it is amongst the UNESCO World Heritage sites and home to many species of frogs and saltwater crocodile. Spread over 1,33,000 square miles, this place is home to more than 215 species of birds along with 1500 fish species, various sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and around 30 species of cetaceans.
Kruger National Park
It is the oldest in South Africa which is spread over 7500 square miles and includes areas of Savannah grassland. It has many birds, mammals, reptiles and also rare animals including black Rhinos and African wild dogs. There are about 3,000 lions, 17,000 zebras, 5000 Giraffes, 11,000 elephants, 3000 hippos, 27,000 buffaloes, 1,50,000 Impalas and 6,000 Rhinos.
You can also plan a full one-week trip as it’s very large and has many things to explore which can’t be done properly in a day.
Jim Corbett National Park
One of the oldest in India, it was specifically established for the conservation of rare Bengal tigers. It started operating in 1936 and it is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This Park has much beautiful landscape in store for you like rivers, grassland, hills, marsh including a beautiful lake. More than three fourth of the total area which is about 201 square miles, is covered with dense forest where 110 different species of trees, 580 species of birds, 25 reptile species and around 50 species of mammals are located. Apart from Bengal Tiger, this place also provides protection to some other endangered species like the Indian rhinoceros and the Asian elephants
Manú National Park
Do you like bird watching? If your answer is yes, then this National Park which is located in Peru is one of the best options for you to visit. Apart from this, you can also witness some other exotic animals species like spectacled bears, Capybaras, Giant Otter, Puma, Jaguar, Brazilian tapir, sloths and monkeys. It covers an area of about 1,18,000 square miles and it is in the list of world UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Tikal National Park
Apart from wildlife, there is another reason for you to visit this National Park which is located in Guatemala as it has been part of Mayan Civilization. In 1979, this place got a spot in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has many old temples, pyramids, Royal Palace and the park region includes several birds and mammals like pumas, jaguars and anteaters and monkeys.
Tarangire National Park
This is the last National Park in our list of top ten National Parks. It is the sixth-largest one in Tanzania which is spread over an area of 1100 square miles. You can see dozens of elephants along with 550 species of birds, tree-climbing lions, termite mounds and dark mongooses. It also has many giant Baobab trees.
There are so many National Parks that it is really very hard to tell which are the top 10 but, all the parks that we have mentioned here will definitely be worth visiting. You can visit them with your friend and family and gather some good memories.
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