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If u are asked to arrange top 10 national park in the world then what will be on your list...what factors will you include...is it better to get top 10 parks continent/country wise ..because everybody may not have travelled all the parts of the world??

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My list has

 

Serengeti NP

Selous game reserve

Bandhavgarh np

Yellowstone np

Hemis national park

Sundarvans

Etosha np

Okavango

Lake nakuru

Komodoisland park

 

These are based on density and variety of wildlife in different ecosystems

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I'm not sure if I've visited as many as 10 national parks (vs. private reserves). Also the circumstances of the visit (companions, travel style, etc.) tend to color my memories. Yet another factor to consider is that the last place I visited is typically my favorite of all, until I reach my next destination. With those caveats, my list starting with my current favorite, is as follows:

  1. Ruaha (Tanzania)
  2. Yala (Sri Lanka) in a tie with...
  3. Pantanal (Brazil)
  4. Ngorongoro (Tanzania)
  5. Kruger (South Africa)
  6. Kyambura Gorge (Uganda)
  7. Wilpattu (Sri Lanka)
  8. Caprivi (Botswana/Namibia)
  9. Yasuni (Ecuadorian Amazon)
  10. Volcanoes (Rwanda/Uganda)

Wishlist (in no particular order):

  • Tambopata (Peru)
  • Madidi (Bolivia)
  • Sossusvlei (Namibia)
  • Etosha (Namibia)
  • Ibera Wetlands (Argentina)
  • Selous (Tanzania)
  • Mahale (Tanzania)
  • Okavango (Botswana)
  • Rapa Nui (Chile)
  • Iwokrama (Guyana)
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@@gagan what do you like about the Sundarbans?

 

I will be in India next year and can't decide whether to include this park in my itinerary.

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First tell me which part of india you like to visit ..? There are a lot of tiger reserve in india ...the best being bandhavgarh national park...sundarbans are in biggest delta region in asia...so tigers are water loving and reside in thick mangroove forest..which is unique in india...this national park is shared between india and bangladesh...

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The highest probability to encounter with a tiger is in bandhavgarh national park ..also this is most expensive national park in india...

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I think we can have a grouping ...something like below

 

National parks with best arctic /mountain wildlife

National parks with best arid/desert wildlife

National parks with best savanna wildlife

National parks with best waterbody and wildlife combined

National parks with woodland/semiarid wildlife.

National parks with best tropical wildlife.

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Thanks for the quick response...I was wondering what you liked about the Sunderbans?

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Thanks treepol ...sunderbans are very famous in india....the area being in west bengal..so the indian tigers are often called royal bengal tigers...a lot of tiger attacks on people have been recorded here...it is unesco world heritage site..due to illegal tiger poaching the tigers numbers reduced ..so for now they are not at the top..but they give unique encounter with swamp tigers in india...

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@@Treepol which national parks in india are on your list...for next year..?

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Of all the parks/conservation areas that I have visited choosing just ten for the whole world proved too difficult even choosing ten for Africa is a bit of a challenge I could easily add at least another five or more to the following lists which are not necessarily in order.

 

Africa

 

Zakouma NP (Chad)

Ruaha NP (Tanzania)

Serengeti NP (Tanzania)

Katavi NP (Tanzania)

Ivindo NP (Gabon)

Loango NP (Gabon)

Okavango (Botswana)

Central Kalahari GR (Botswana)

Gonarezhou NP (Zimbabwe)

Murchison Falls NP (Uganda)

 

Rest of the world

 

Kahna NP (India)

Kaziranga NP (India)

Yala/Ruhuna NP (Sri Lanka)

Khao Yai NP (Thailand)

Kaeng Krachan NP (Thailand)

Danum Valley Conservation Area (Sabah in Borneo Malaysia)

Taman Negara NP (Malaysia)

Bako NP (Sarawak in Borneo Malaysia)

Parque Estadual Encontro das Águas – Meeting of the Waters State Park, (Porto Jofre Pantanal, Brazil)

Tambopata National Reserve (Peru)

 

 

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In my opinion my 10 best visited parks in Africa:

 

AFRICA

 

Dzanga Sangha (Central Africa Republic)

 

North Luangwa (Zambia)

 

Mahale (Tanzania)

 

Ruaha(Tanzania)

 

Virunga NP (RD Congo)

 

Odzala NP (Congo Brazaville)

 

Okavango (Bostwana)

 

Etosha (Namibia)

 

Ankarana (Madagascar)

 

South Luangwa (Zambia)

 

 

REST OF THE WORLD

 

 

Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

 

Kronotsky Nature Reserve - Kamchatka - (Russia)

 

Jasper NP (Canada)

 

Gobi Desert Area (Mongolia)

 

Rathanbore NP (India)

 

Chitwan NP (Nepal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My ten for Africa (amongst those visited)

 

Zakouma NP (Chad)

Kidepo Valley NP (Uganda)

Meru NP (Kenya)

Serengeti NP (Tanzania)

Katavi NP (Tanzania)

North Luangwa NP (Zambia)

Mana Pools NP (Zimbabwe)

Gonarezhou NP (Zimbabwe)

Okavango/Moremi WR (Botswana)

 

The last one is probably a toss up between Murchison Falls NP (Uganda) and Palmwag concession in northern Damaraland (Namibia)

 

Close to make it: Shaba NR (Kenya), Gorongosa NP (Mozambique)

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My ten for Africa (amongst those visited)

 

Zakouma NP (Chad)

Kidepo Valley NP (Uganda)

Meru NP (Kenya)

Serengeti NP (Tanzania)

Katavi NP (Tanzania)

North Luangwa NP (Zambia)

Mana Pools NP (Zimbabwe)

Gonarezhou NP (Zimbabwe)

Okavango/Moremi WR (Botswana)

 

The last one is probably a toss up between Murchison Falls NP (Uganda) and Palmwag concession in northern Damaraland (Namibia)

 

Close to make it: Shaba NR (Kenya), Gorongosa NP (Mozambique)

 

~ @Paolo:

 

The presence of Meru National Park on your list is heartening.

My two all-too-brief visits there — October, 2014 and January, 2015 — were both highly satisfying experiences.

The graceful landscape, elegant vegetation, wealth of birds, numerous butterflies and dragonflies all enhanced my pleasure in being there.

Along with Masai Mara, it is one of only two locations in Kenya where I've observed and photographed the Big Five.

Each game drive in Meru was a jewel, with sharply faceted memories unmarred by visitors or inclement weather.

I'm so pleased that you also like Meru. I hope that someday I might visit Shaba.

Tom K.

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I'm not sure that I have been to ten in Africa, but by writing this list, it will probably surprise me.....

 

South luangwa NP, Zambia

Mana pools NP, Zimbabwe

Lower Zambezi NP, Zambia

Kgalagadi transfrontier park, RSA

Kruger NP, RSA

Hwange NP, Zimbabwe

Ruaha NP, Tanzania

Matusadona NP, Zimbabwe

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi NP, RSA

Etosha NP, Namibia

 

Ha! So I have been to 10!!!! To be honest, the top 4 are all tied and 6-10 are pretty even also

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I have not been to that many parks -

 

So Will stick to my top 5

 

1.) Kwando Concession, Botswana

2.) Okavango delta, Bots

3.) Masai Mara, Kenya

4.) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Bots

5.) Bandhavgarh NP, Madhya Pradesh

 

Places on my wish list -

 

1.) Alaska

2.) Mana Pools

3.) Pantanal

4.) Churchill for Polar Bears

5.) Ruaha/Katavi/Rwanda gorilla Trekking/Meru (East Africa)

6.) Corbett, Gir, Kutch, Kaziranga (India)

7.) Valparai, Tamil Nadu (To photograph a black panther - not kidding)

8.) Skeleton coast, namibia

9.) Bhutan

10.)Galapagos

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I'm not sure that I have been to ten in Africa, but by writing this list, it will probably surprise me.....

 

South luangwa NP, Zambia

Mana pools NP, Zimbabwe

Lower Zambezi NP, Zambia

Kgalagadi transfrontier park, RSA

Kruger NP, RSA

Hwange NP, Zimbabwe

Ruaha NP, Tanzania

Matusadona NP, Zimbabwe

Hluhluwe-Umfolozi NP, RSA

Etosha NP, Namibia

 

Ha! So I have been to 10!!!! To be honest, the top 4 are all tied and 6-10 are pretty even also

 

~ @Tdgraves:

 

Your list and the others posted here are invaluable to me, as they collectively suggest where the quality areas are.

With a large number of safari destinations touted as being worthwhile, the newbie with limited experience and a thin wallet hesitates, hoping for an optimal experience.

Reading what others have felt to be their finest experiences turns me towards certain parks in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa which I might otherwise overlook strictly due to my ignorance and lack of perspective.

Your top 4 keep cropping up on the lists of others — they must truly be special places.

Thanks for listing them.

Tom K.

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I have not been to that many parks -

 

So Will stick to my top 5

 

1.) Kwando Concession, Botswana

2.) Okavango delta, Bots

3.) Masai Mara, Kenya

4.) Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Bots

5.) Bandhavgarh NP, Madhya Pradesh

 

Places on my wish list -

 

1.) Alaska

2.) Mana Pools

3.) Pantanal

4.) Churchill for Polar Bears

5.) Ruaha/Katavi/Rwanda gorilla Trekking/Meru (East Africa)

6.) Corbett, Gir, Kutch, Kaziranga (India)

7.) Valparai, Tamil Nadu (To photograph a black panther - not kidding)

8.) Skeleton coast, namibia

9.) Bhutan

10.)Galapagos

 

~ @madaboutcheetah:

 

As I replied to @@Tdgraves, these lists are very helpful to the novice safari goer, for their collective wisdom sorts out the excellent from among a larger set of fine game-viewing parks.

Your top 5 do sound interesting.

As a young man I worked in Alaska in the seafood industry in order to save funds for graduate school expenses.

Living way out in the Bering Sea in the Aleutian islands — Chignik — was a tough life but oh, what views of purest nature.

Flying home via the Alaska Peninsula to Port Heiden and King Salmon took me over Aniakchak, one of the most stunning sights anywhere.

By all means, whenever circumstances warrant, do visit Alaska. The grandeur and clarity of the landscape serves as a fine setting for the wildlife there.

One might add that Meru National Park is indeed a gem. A lovely setting with wildlife hidden everywhere and comparatively few other visitors.

There are two more safaris planned for this year — late July and early October. It's certain that Meru will be visited for a 3rd time in one of those safaris.

Thank you for sharing your list.

Tom K.

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Thank you @@gagan for starting this thread. I have only been to a few NPs having been bitten by the bug only recently. It would be interesting to have a matrix on the lines you have suggested along with countries so that people like me could plan visits based on countries being visited.

I normally travel with my wife and occasionally with my entire family and hence my planning does need to incorporate some attractions for the others in the family too.

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Thank you @@Earthian for your appreciation. ..it is extremely difficult to find best national parks in africa..because mostly all of them are unique and good...those who have travelled a lot in africa can surely contribute their experiences in this post...after all we rely on others experiences which can help plan our trips..

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Posted (edited)

Just compiled the list of all our members who shared

 

we could program it to show most popular like GW has done with photography equipment @@Game Warden This would then give us at a glance which parks have been most visited and other stats.

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Posted (edited)

oops!

excel formatting error!

compiled the list of all members who have contributed till now in excel but am not able to load it in ST

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USA today ( is this a credible publication as far as wildlife is concerned?) list the following on the basis of a poll ( again-a question of sample size and target audience)

The top destinations in the ‘Best Place for Wildlife’ contest category are:

  • Galapagos Islands
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peruvian Amazon
  • Costa Rica
  • The Pantanal, Brazil
  • Katmai National Park, Alaska
  • Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Churchill, Manitoba
  • Yellowstone National Park, USA
  • Serengeti/Maasai Mara, Tanzania & Kenya
  • Ranthambore National Park, India
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Are american national parks rewarding??... I mean ..the density and variety of wildlife. ..and is it easier to spot the animals?? Really wish to visit yellowstone. .

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