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Top Ecological Travel Destinations for Nature Lovers Around the World

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

This quote beautifully reiterates the profound impact nature has on the understanding of the world. Drawing on the scientific side of why reconnecting with nature is important for our physical and mental well-being. Mainly, studies reveal that children are healthier, happier, and perhaps even smarter and more creative when they have a connection to nature. Additionally, our fast-paced lives have left us feeling a need to recharge, unplug and change our surroundings. Being a nature lover is a necessity to ensure optimal functioning.

Not only that, but the physical and mental benefits of being a nature lover are also profound. But there are ways to up your productivity as well. According to reports, being in nature increases your capacity to process information at an 11% faster rate than others. A little fact to convince you to take a nature-oriented vacation wherever you are in the world. Although the pandemic has flipped our summer travel plans into staying at home to remain safe. There isn’t any reason for you to not enjoy and plan your future vacations to the top travel destinations for nature lovers in the world.

Firstly, we will explore the Cape Point Natural Reserve in South Africa, which offers breathtaking scenery for nature lovers. Secondly, we will dive into the land of fire and ice, also known as Iceland. Thirdly, we will take in the wonders of nature residing in the expansive countryside of Australia. We will also say Aloha to the island of Hawaii and the astonishing sights of Switzerland. This makes up some of the world’s top ecological travel destinations in the world for the nature lovers out there.

South Africa

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South Africa is a country located on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Mainly, its inland safari destination, Kruger National Park, is a sight for sore eyes. The Western Cape has beaches, lush winelands to take a sip of the finest wine that South Africa has to offer. Whereas around the areas of Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope are worth exploring. Additionally, the forest and lagoons along the Garden Route are a nature lover’s paradise. The city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain, is home to rich biodiversity.

There is a diverse number of natural attractions in South Africa which should definitely be on your bucket list.

Natural Attractions in South Africa

Firstly, Coffee Bay offers effortless sandy coves, steep green hillsides, cliffs, wild aloes, thatch-roofed mud huts. And the notable hole-in-the-wall is an unbeatable combination on the Wild Coast, between East London and Port Edward. In the land of hippies, surfers, hikers, and the Xhosa people, an incredible beachside landscape is present for you.

The Cederberg may have earned its name from the Cedar tree, but it is the red sandstone rock formations that are its most distinguishing feature. It has weathered over time into a series of surreal shapes and memorable natural features. They dominate over 250 km of hiking trails, offering the opportunity for hikers to explore the area.

At the northeastern tip of the Drakensberg, you can experience misty mornings, green hills, forests draped in tree ferns, moss, fungi, liana, and tangled tree matter of the indigenous forests. Additionally, the plantations of the ‘land of the Silver Mist’ are a sight to behold.

A series of wetlands characterized by wild and untouched beaches, unmatched birdlife lies in the wetlands of the Elephant Coast. Accompanying scuba diving, sea turtle tracking, hiking, walking, and other outdoor activities lie in the northern reaches of KwaZulu-Natal.

The Sabie waterfalls route of Mpumalanga is meant to be explored with Horseshoe, Lone Creek, Bridal Veil, Mac Mac, Lisbon, and Berlin Falls. This is a waterfall junction where there are more waterfalls here than anywhere else in the country. Additionally, there is an ethereal beauty to the river canyons, mountains, and bush for which the province is famous.

Iceland, the land of fire and ice

Aurora Borealis,Iceland
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Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields. Its massive glaciers are protected by Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull national parks. Most of the population lives in the capital, Reykjavik, which runs on geothermal power and is home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.

This country’s many geological wonders have brought a tourism boom, with most first-time visitors driving the Golden Circle Route through the southwest. But lively Reykjavik has plenty of man-made attractions, too, including the majestic Hallgrimskirkja church and a music scene that doesn’t quit. Geothermal baths are also a major draw, such as the mineral-rich Blue Lagoon, where you can soak your worries away for nature lovers.

Natural Attractions in Iceland

In a magnificent black-lava field, the cyan Blue Lagoon spa is fed water from the futuristic Svartsengi geothermal plant. Along with its silver towers, roiling clouds of steam, and people daubed in white silica mud, it’s an otherworldly place. The superheated water (70% sea water, 30% fresh water, at a perfect 38°C) is rich in blue-green algae, mineral salts, and fine silica mud, which condition and exfoliate the skin – sounds like advertising speak, but you really do come out as soft as a baby’s bum. The water is hottest near the vents where it emerges, and the surface is several degrees warmer than the bottom.

Húsavík, Iceland’s whale-watching capital, has become a firm favorite on travelers’ itineraries – and with its colorful houses, unique museums, and stunning snowcapped peaks across the bay, it’s easily the northeast’s prettiest fishing town.

An easy 50-minute drive from Reykjavik, Strokkur Geysir (after which all geysers are named) is the most popular fountain geyser in the country and famed throughout the world. This highly active hot spring area lies southwest of Iceland. Besides the Hvítá River, and is a favorite stop along what’s known as the Golden Circle. Additionally, boiling mud pits and around 100 other smaller exploding geysers are waiting to be explored here. Every few minutes, Strokkur shoots water 30 meters into the air.

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are among the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Auroras are linked to the solar wind, a flow of ions radiating from the sun. These particles become ensnared in the earth’s magnetic field and collide with atmospheric molecules, causing bursts of energy, which appear as large circles around the poles. This spectacular natural light show is best admired in remote places and is particularly impressive at times of increased solar activity.

Australia, a nature lover’s paradise

The Great Barrier Reef
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In Australia, you’ll find an incredible bounty of jaw-dropping natural wonders. Ranging from peculiar rock formations, bubble-gum pink lakes, idyllic waterfalls, and crystal-clear ocean vistas. There are some impressive Australian natural wonders to add to your Pinterest travel board and get you dreaming of your next great adventure, especially for all nature lovers.

Natural Attractions in Australia

The Pinnacles is a mammoth collection of giant limestone pillars, some standing as high as five meters (16.4 feet) tall. It is located in the Nambung National Park and astonishingly formed 25,00 to 30,000 years ago. Throughout the centuries, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements. The majestic natural site will make you reevaluate your existence in the vast world.

We love how nature can mess with us and create spectacular oddities like a pink lake! The location lies on Middle Island near Esperance. Whereas Lake Hillier is known for its baffling painting-like pink hue. Although it’s not the only pink lake in Australia, it’s often the most vibrant. Its pink color is accentuated when looked at from above, but it is less visible from the surface level. However, unlike other pink lakes around the world, its water is still distinctively magically pink even when viewed from a glass.

The crystal clear waters of Ningaloo Reef are home to the world’s largest fringing reef, a 260-kilometer (162-mile) long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales, and the elusive whale shark.

Litchfield National Park presents itself within stunning waterfalls and waterholes that are among monsoonal vine forests. The most popular place to take a dip is the majestic Wangi Falls, a nature lover’s dream.

The Great Barrier Reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland. There are several locations from which you can reach the reef, including Cairns, Port Douglas, Airlie Beach, and Bundaberg. The magnificent Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and home to the most amazing and diverse marine life. It is surrounded by picturesque tropical islands with some of the world’s most beautiful sun-soaked beaches.

Say Aloha to Hawaii, nature lover’s

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A visit to Hawaii begs the question: what isn’t a natural wonder? Just about any of our stunning beaches and emerald-green mountains could qualify, but there are a few special places that stand above the rest. On your next visit, take some time to explore these amazing Hawaiian treasures, a delight for nature lovers everywhere.

Natural Attractions in Hawaii

The Napali Coast, Kauai, offers emerald-green pinnacles, hidden beaches, and cascading waterfalls are just a few of the natural wonders you’ll see along this spectacular shoreline on Kauai’s North Coast. For unbeatable vistas, book a boat tour and explore the many secret sea caves. Or, make an epic approach by air with an adrenaline-pumping helicopter ride.

The Waimea Canyon, Kauai is also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Astonishingly, the Waimea Canyon stretches 14 miles long and plunges 3,600 feet deep. Additionally, it provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags, and other geologic features of Kauai’s dramatic interior. Its neighboring Kokee State Park offers another 45 miles of incredible hiking trails, plus an informative natural history museum.

The Leahi (Diamond Head), Oahu, is a state monument that has become an iconic symbol of Hawaii, and the backdrop for countless photos snapped on Waikiki Beach. Dubbed “Diamond Head” by 19th-century British sailors who mistook glittering calcite crystals for diamonds on the crater’s slopes, Leahi is also an accessible day-hiking destination with some of the best views on Oahu for nature lovers.

The Puu Pehe, Lanai lies 80 feet from the ocean at the meeting place of Manele Bay and Hulopoe Bay. This unusual rock formation is in the Hawaiian lore of a lovesick god for nature lovers.

Switzerland

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For such a small country, Switzerland, a land of mountains, is spoiled by its spectacular natural scenery. Whereas, in almost any part of the country, you’ll be able to witness a sight that will take your breath away, and leave an ever-lasting memory for nature lovers.

Natural Attractions in Switzerland

The Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall, is a wall of frothing white foam that thunders from afar as hundreds of cubic feet of water flow over it every single second. Furthermore, the more impressive are the rocks at its center, which have somehow withstood its erosive power for centuries.

Other lakes may be larger, but few challenge the Oeschinensee in terms of beauty. Like a mirror, it reflects the surrounding mountain walls that surround it, making it perhaps the most photogenic lake in the Alps.

This ancient glacial valley is 3 kilometers deep! Its distinctive U-shape makes it easy to imagine the massive glaciers that carved it from the surrounding mountains. Not to mention, a staggering 72 waterfalls line the valley.

Among the many waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley are the Staubbach Falls, the highest free-falling waterfall in Europe, where the water cascades from 300 meters high.

Interestingly, the four-armed Lake Lucerne is a picturesque, if not complicated, lake. In Germany, it is commonly the “Lake of the Four Forested Elements”, which explains quite well its unusual shape, full of sharp bends and a width that spans four valleys.

The largest lake in Switzerland, and in the Alps, Lac Léman (also known as Lake Geneva) curves for 73 kilometers from Geneva. From the western border with France, all the way along to the resort town of Montreux. Interestingly, it towers above the Alps, making for dramatic views along with the breadth of the water’s edge.

Mainly, Europe’s most expansive underground lake is in Switzerland, along the Rhone valley. Whereas on a boat ride, you can explore its eerily calm waters.

Conclusion

There are a number of ecological wonders of the world that you can experience on Earth. Maybe you have already been to some destinations. Let me know which destinations are on your bucket list. Perhaps, which destination was your favorite to visit? What did you feel when you visited some of the destinations you visited?  Let me know your thoughts, feelings, and future travel plans in the comment section down below.

The wonders of the top ecological sites are present on the planet to witness. Furthermore, to enjoy the sites and bask in their magnificence. Mainly, to conserve them, protect them as well as preserve them for future destinations to understand the natural beauty.

So, let us take an oath of responsible travel that ensures our enjoyment and also protects the ecological wonders of the world.

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