Ever wondered how it would feel to lie on a luxurious bed and watch lions walk past in the wilderness? Or have giraffes poking their heads into your room as you enjoy a hot cuppa?  Then there are many resorts in the world that you should check out. From spotting penguins in the Antarctic to saying hello to Nordic wolves in Scandinavia, these are some of the best wildlife resorts in the world where you should head!

South America


Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Peru
Spread across 17,000 hectares near the Tambopata National Reserve, the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an eco-luxury lodge where one can experience the Amazon Rainforest at its best. Situated on the banks of River Madre de Dios, the property has wooden cabanas and gives one a glimpse into the Ese’Eja culture that’s so exclusive to the Peruvian region of the Amazon. When here, opt for the Anaconda Walk to experience a wondrous ecosystem that’s teeming with life.  


Animals to spot here: Anaconda, giant river otter, around 540 species of birds
Best time to visit: May to September


Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
Around 100 km away from Quito, the bustling capital of Ecuador, lies a green haven that’s brimming with exotic species of flora and fauna. Built using the latest techniques in sustainability, the award-winning Mashpi Lodge Ecuador is a living space that offers its visitors a peek into two types of ecosystems - cloud forest and rainforest and the exotic creatures that call them home.


Animals to spot here: Mantled howler monkey, silky anteater, cock of the rock
Best time to visit: May to September



Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra, Australia
Want to have dinner with the king of the jungle? Or immerse yourself in a bubble bath while looking at tigers? Located on the grounds of the National Zoo and Aquarium, the Jamala Wildlife Lounge in Canberra provides all this and more. All the bookings here include a tour of the zoo and one can also opt for overnight safaris. So, get up, close, and personal with some of the most magnificent creatures in the world and enjoy a luxurious holiday Down Under.


Animals to spot: lion, tiger, cheetah, hyena, giraffe
Best time to visit: September to November


Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Adelaide, Australia 
Located 600 km to the North of Adelaide in the breathtaking Flinders Ranges, the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is home to many natural wonders - spectacular mountains, granite peaks, bottomless gorges, and pristine water bodies. There is a range of lodges, cottages, and campsites available to choose from, where animal lovers can have the time of their lives. 


Animals to see: endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby, Stimpson’s python, red-barred dragon
Best time to visit: April to September 



Tabin Wildlife Resort, Sabah, Malaysia
The largest wildlife reserve in Malaysia, the Tabin Wildlife Reserve spans an area of 3,00,000 acres. Tucked away in this lush greenery is Tabin Wildlife Resort which consists of earthy timber lodges that blend beautifully with the surroundings. One can opt for a range of Borneo safari experiences like birdwatching, night safari, jungle trekking, nature trails, and even customized safaris to see the most exotic flora and fauna of South-East Asia.


Animals to spot: orangutan, clouded leopard, Borneo pygmy elephant
Best time to visit: May to September 


Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp, Chiang Rai, Thailand
One of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp blends the best hospitality and wildlife conservation techniques to present a truly hidden marvel in the breathtaking mountains of Northern Thailand. Overlooking the border with Myanmar and Laos, the resort has transparent Jungle Bubbles that give you a nearly 360-degree view of the gentle giants as they walk past you.


Animals to spot: elephants
Best time to visit: October to April


North America

Sonora Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Off the coast of the Discovery Islands in British Columbia is a picturesque resort that combines luxury and adventure in the truest sense of the word. From a rustic fishing lodge in 1979 to one of the finest nature resorts in Canada and the world, the Sonora Resort in British Columbia provides an uninterrupted view of the pristine blue waters of the Campbell River and the wildlife that comes along. 


Animals to spot: grizzly bears, porpoises, killer whales, Minke whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions, humpback whales, bald eagles
Best time to visit: The resort is open from May 1 to October 15

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort, Florida, United States
Located in the 43-acre wildlife reserve of the Walt Disney World theme park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort offers a slice of Africa in the United States. A safari-themed resort with African-style rooms and suites, the resort has something for all.  


Animals to spot: giraffe, gazelle, zebra, flamingos, and over 30 species of African wildlife  
Best time to visit: spring and autumn 



Wolf Lodge, Norway
As you bask in the scintillating colours of the midnight sun and the spectacular Aurora Borealis, say hello to the friendly wolves that walk around the private property of the Wolf Lodge. Situated above the Arctic Circle in Norway in the wolf enclosure of Polar Park, the northernmost animal park in the world, the Wolf Lodge is your best bet to experience Arctic culture at its best.


Animals to spot: Arctic foxes, wolverines, wolves, bears, lynxes, and reindeer
Best time to visit: late-August to mid-April

Pairi Daiza, Hainaut, Belgium
Voted as Europe’s best zoo several times, Pairi Daiza in Belgium has a resort that allows you to fall asleep with the wolves, wake up near the polar bears and watch the adorable brown bears splash around in the water. Guests can choose from various accommodations like the Full Moon Lodge with a spectacular view of bears and wolves or the Polar Bear House where they can enjoy a tryst with the polar bears.


Animals to spot: Siberian tiger, walrus, raccoon among other 7000 species
Best time to visit: Any time of the year although it can get extremely crowded in the summers



Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Waiter, there’s a giraffe at my table! Well, you are likely to say that if you stay at the Giraffe Manor, located in the forests of the Langata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. Quaint yet luxurious, old-world yet princely, the rustic Giraffe Manor was built in 1932 and is one of the most Instagrammed places in the world. The delightful and exotic Rothschild’s giraffes walk around the private property and poke their long necks into your rooms before they head back to their sanctuary.


Animals to spot: Rothschild’s giraffe
Best time to visit: June to October. Giraffe Manor is usually closed between mid-April and mid-May for maintenance.


Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania
The luxurious Singita Serengeti House has an uninterrupted view of the world-famous Serengiti National Park in Tanzania. Guests here can opt to stay in the deluxe villa or even get private access to the annual wildebeest migration at the 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserve.


Animals to spot: lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo
Best time to visit: June to October



Gould Bay Camp, Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica
Every year, Gould Bay Camp is set up during penguin viewing season and is the best choice if you want to have an up close and personal encounter with the emperor penguins of Antarctica. Campers can observe the majestic creatures in their natural habitat from the camp, which is located near the Ronne Ice Shelf and is one of the most remote camps in the world.


Animals to spot: Adélie penguins, Weddell seals, leopard seals, South Polar skua, snow petrels, and Antarctic petrels
Best time to visit: November to March 


White Desert Hotel, Antarctica
Antarctica’s only luxury camp, White Desert runs three camps in the remote continent and takes your holiday to the next level by offering a range of exciting packages to choose from. You can watch baby penguins taking their first steps or even fly to the South Pole to marvel at thousands of emperor penguins basking in the warm Antarctic sun. 


Animals to spot: emperor penguins
Best time to visit: November to January 

Published on: Dec. 28, 2022, midnight Last modified on: Jan. 16, 2023, 12:17 a.m.
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An independent journalist and content writer with 15 years of experience, I am also a full-time mommy to two little princesses. I love music, reading, yoga and travel in addition to writing. My articles have been published in publications like Times of India, Deccan Herald, Bangalore Mirror, The Week and The National News.