The majesty of the animal kingdom is a sight to behold. Whether it’s exotic flora and fauna, the tender chirping of small birds, or the ferocity of predators on the hunt, wildlife photography is a way to capture these moments of beauty, power, and grace and share them with the world.
Wildlife photography gives you a different perspective on the world. It lets you see the tenderness, the enchantment, and the magic of nature without human influence. Whether you’re photographing antelopes thundering past or squirrels chasing each other through the oak trees, wildlife photography will teach you to play with your lenses and your views.
The best places for wildlife photography
Capturing gorgeous wildlife photographs doesn’t have to mean traveling to far-flung locations, but there are some locations that have to be seen to be believed. These locations have some of the most exotic or unique wildlife that you can capture on camera, which is why we consider them the top six places that every wildlife photographer should visit.
1. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
One of the greatest wildlife reserves, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a must visit for any wildlife photographer. Masai Lions, African leopards, Tanzanian cheetahs, and Thomson’s gazelles roam this stunning reserve. The Masai Mara National Reserve is also home to the Great Migration, a famed wildebeest migration that will allow you to capture thousands fo thundering wildebeest as they churn up dust, feed, and drink at the Mara River.
2. Pantanal, Brazil
The Pantanal region of Brazil encompasses the world’s largest tropical wetland area and it is chockful of colorful birds and more. Capybaras and Caimans roam the region, as well as the elusive jaguar. If you visit this incredible area, the best time to spot animals is in the dry winter season. When the water recedes, the animals come out to cluster around the watering holes.
3. Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska
The vivid and stark beauty of the Glacier Bay National and Preserve is home to some impressive wildlife. No point of land is further than 30 miles from the coast and all the wildlife there depends on the biologically rich waters. Here you will find humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, and harbor seals. On land, moose and mountain goats roam and Glacier Bay bears can be seen hunting the shores.
4. Kruger National Park, South Africa
Full of legend and history, the Kruger National Park in South Africa is home to the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos. If that isn’t enough to draw you, Kruger National Park also has diverse and beautiful landscapes and great accommodations with all-inclusive vacation packages at gorgeous resorts.
5. Galapagos Island, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands is such a majestic and unique location that it inspired Charles Darwin theory of evolution, so there’s little chance it won’t inspire you. Its waters are filled with unusual marine life and many of the species of plants and animals on the island are found nowhere else in the world.
6. The Amazon Basin, Brazil
The Amazon Rainforest is home to an unbelievable array of wildlife. Macaws and toucans fill the trees while capybaras, tapirs, red howler monkeys, and jaguars roam the rainforest. If you want to get your lens on a lower level, you will also find an incredible assortment of fascinating insects in the rainforest.