If, like us, you’re in search of more mindful travel in 2020, look no further. A journey to one of the world’s conserved National Parks is not only educational but will allow you to enjoy your destination’s true essence. Here is how to experience our five favourites with Luxury Gold.
Kruger National Park, Africa
Head out in search of the Big Five, as you embark on a three-day safari at Kruger National Park. At more than 2 million hectares, the park is the same size as Belgium and one of the world’s largest game reserves.
You’ll stay at the luxurious Lion Sands Lodge on the banks of the Sabie River. The reserve itself is famous for holding the largest concentration of wild animals in the Southern Hemisphere.
Plitvice National Park, Croatia
Explore the 16 pristine lakes of Plitvice National Park, one of Croatia’s oldest and largest National Parks. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll be taken aback by its stunning cascades and primeval forest.
Travel by boat and on foot as you follow your Local Expert through the blue-green beauty and across zig-zagging timber footbridges. Visit Korana Canyon to see the 70-metre-high falls and enjoy panoramic vistas of the park.
Ranthambore National Park, India
One of the most acclaimed National Parks in Northern India, Ranthambore is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan.
Once the former hunting ground of the Maharajas of Jaipur, venture inside and enjoy two game safaris with a naturalist as you go in search of the elusive tiger. More commonly seen in the dry, deciduous forest are the wild boars, monkeys, spotted deer and antelopes, but if you are ever going to witness tigers in their natural habitat, this is the place.
Besides the wildlife, there are also lakes, ruins of palaces, traditional Chhatri, old fortifications and the majestic 10th-century Ranthambore Fort.
Jasper National Park, Canada
With its crystal-clear lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and forest, Jasper National Park is postcard ready. You will enter on board your GoldLeaf ride, where you will have the opportunity to take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach.
You will stay within the park at the luxury Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, before embarking on a narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for the native wildlife that roams the park. These include bears, bighorn sheep, moose and elk.
Iguassu National Park, Brazil/Argentina
Venture to the Argentinian side of Iguassu National Park, to see Iguassu Falls’ breathtaking Devil’s Throat. You’ll stay at the only hotel inside the park’s Brazilian side, where you’ll choose from a selection of traditional Brazilian barbecue or international cuisine.
Join a Local Expert for a walk on the Brazilian side of the falls, where you’ll witness panoramic views of San Martin Island and visit incredible Bird Park, which provides shelter for over a thousand birds, butterflies and reptiles from across South America.