Environment

Top world-ranked national parks

National parks are places of natural beauty set aside for environment and wildlife conservation. National parks are home to many endemic species and also protect places important to Aboriginal people, and their past culture.

There’re many National Parks around the world that are incredible and worth a spot on your travel bucket list. 

Here is the list of the top world-ranked national parks with stunning landscapes and worthy of a visit.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is located in Maranhão state in northeastern Brazil. The park covers 155,000 ha (380,000-acre) that consists of 70 km (43 mi) of coastline and an interior composed of rolling sand dunes.

The ideal time to visit is from May to September because the rainy season causes gorgeous, crystal clear pools to form in the pockets of the dunes, creating an otherworldly landscape. 

During the rainy season, the valleys among the dunes fill with freshwater lagoons, prevented from draining due to the impermeable rock beneath.

Corcovado National Park,Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park is located on the Osa Peninsula in Osa Canton, southwestern Costa Rica. 

The park conserves the largest primary forest on the American Pacific coastline and is one of the few remaining sizable areas of tropical forests in the world.

The tropical rainforest covers almost half of Costa Rica’s Osa Penninsula. The park is one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet, home to pumas, jaguars, crocodiles, tropical birds, sea turtles, and most exciting: all four of the country’s species of monkeys. 

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Serengeti is one of the most famous parks in Africa synonymous with wildlife and classic African scenery. 

It is Tanzania’s oldest park and a Unesco World Heritage Site. 

The park is synonymous with the spectacular wildebeest migration in July to Maasai mara national park in Kenya. Serengeti offers top-class wildlife viewing throughout the year.

Serengeti’s scenery is renowned for its grassland plains in the southeast more hilly and rocky in the north. 

The park is home to the BIG 5 animals including the wildebeest, gazelles, zebras, and antelopes.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) is located northwest of Rwanda. The park is just a three-hour drive from Kigali International Airport.

The park protects the steep rainforested slopes of the magnificent Virungas mountain range.

It is home to rare mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Roughly half of the world’s wild population of mountain gorillas reside on the Rwandan slopes of the Virungas.

The lush slopes of the volcanoes provide a dramatic natural setting for one of the most thrilling and memorable wildlife experiences; viewing the mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. 

Göreme National Park, Turkey

Göreme National Park is one of the incredibly unique landscapes on the earth. It’s set in a volcanic area in central Turkey covering the spectacular stone pillars and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. 

The park features a rocky, water- and wind-eroded landscape with a network of ancient, interconnecting underground settlements. It consists of plateaus and high hills, dissected by streams and river valleys carved out by the water.

The best way to take in the landscape is by hot air balloon ride you afraid of heights. 

Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, Italy

The national park includes mountain ranges of Alpi Feltrine (Vette di Feltre, Cimonega, Pizzocco, Brendol, Agnelezze), Monti del Sole, Schiara, Talvena, Prampèr, and Spiz di Mezzodì.

It consists of a rugged and rough terrain that offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and meadows.

The national park hosts big alpine biodiversity such as mammals, birds, reptiles, and bats.

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park,Japan 

Fuji-Hakone-Izu is a giant park that comprises Mount Fuji, Fuji Five Lakes, the mountain town of Hakone, and the coastal Izu Peninsula, and the volcanic Izu Islands.

the park is a collection of dispersed tourist sites with a variety of geographic features including natural hot springs, coastlines, mountainous areas, lakes, and more than 1000 volcanic islands. 

Masai mara National Park, Kenya

Masai mara national park is located in the Great Rift Vally southwest of Kenya covering an area of 1,510 square km (583 square miles). The Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s finest wildlife destinations where quintessential safari landscapes of vast acacia-dotted savannas abound with animals.

The park is a land of breathtaking vistas, abundant wildlife, and endless plains.

The Mara reserve is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game, including the more than two million wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes that make up the famous Great Migration from July.

the Masai Mara has wonderful wildlife viewing throughout the year, and sightings of four of the Big Five – leopard, lion, elephant, and buffalo making it a perfect destination. 

Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany

The National Park of Saxon Switzerland in eastern Germany, south-east of Dresden; about three hours from Berlin near the Czech border in the free state of Saxony, and it takes up over 250 miles filled with hiking and biking paths. 

The 93 km region between Pirna and the Czech border is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe.

Some of the most iconic features are its rocky canyons, the Bastei Bridge over the Elbe River, and the remainders of Neurathen Castle. 

Toubkal National Park, Morocco

Toubkal National Park is located in the southwestern-central part of Morocco encompassing an area of 146.7 square miles (380 sq km).

Mount Toubkal is the highlight of the park with the collective High Atlas Mountains attracting hikers and climbers from around the world. 

The mountain is the tallest in North Africa. Only 15% of the park features forest with the majority accounted for by the arid mountains.

The park landscape also presents cliffs, gorges, plateaus, and valleys for visitors to experience and explore. The park also featured prehistoric drawings.

There are 13 species of raptors with the Royal Eagle, Bonelli’s Eagle, Booted Eagle, and Short-toed Eagle being some of the popular species.

Also read,

List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kenya

The 10 Worlds’ Largest Forests

The most extensive forest ecosystems in Africa that hold the continent’s future

The most fascinating tourist sites in Kenya

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