Some people love to centre their holidays on seeing the natural world, and for animal lovers the best way to do that is to share accommodation with them! There are many places you can stay around the world where you’ll be living right alongside the wild animals that naturally roam the area. Here are some of the best examples to look into if you’re considering this kind of trip!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort – Orlando, Florida
Among the many great family hotels in Orlando is the amazing Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort. It’s a part of the local Disney empire, but you’ll be meeting the real inspirations behind the famous characters from films like The Jungle Book and The Lion King. With over 200 animals and birds from 30 different species living in the park, you’ll see a wide range of incredible African animals including giraffes, flamingos and zebras.
Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya
If you’re a fan of giraffes, this hotel was literally built for you! Although the original building dates back to the early 1930s, it was converted into a sanctuary for giraffes a few decades later, and now offers guests the opportunity to meet its incredible animal residents. The money raised through the hotel all goes to charity and directly supports the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife.
Sea Lion Island – The Falkland Islands
An island specialising in sea lions? Actually, not quite. Penguins roam freely right nearby Sea Lion Lodge, and the hotel is very popular with people hoping to meet these waddling birds. It’s not that far from the icy Antarctic, so it’s no surprise the penguins tend to visit the island on their little own holiday trips.
Makanyane Safari Lodge – South Africa
This resort is right on top of the Makanyane Game Reserve, a stunning area that’s full of native species to see up close. Elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinos and leopards all roam the area, and with huge glass windows lining every room in the lodge, you’ve got a great chance of meeting them all! The natural watering hole is right nearby, so all the local animals will be regular visitors during your stay.