Nestled beside the banks of Lake Wakatipu’s crystal clear waters and the scenic The Remarkables mountains, Queenstown, New Zealand is one of the most popular four-season tourist destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the southwestern corner of New Zealand’s south island, the city is home to just over 30,000 residents. Although the population may seem a bit small, don’t let that fool you. According to the city’s official tourism website, Queenstown plays host to about 1.9 million visitors each year. From downhill skiing to golf, art museums to nightlife, there is something for everybody in Queenstown.
Although the size of the park alone is impressive, Kruger National Park’s biggest draw is that it is home to Africa’s “Big 5” – the lion, African elephant, rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and the leopard. The term Big 5 was coined by big game hunters, as these 5 animals are the most difficult to hunt via foot. Rather than hunting these creatures, you can enroll in any number of safari tours and see them from the comfort (and relative safety) of a jeep. If you are a little more adventurous, you also have the option of getting up close and personal with the second largest land mammal in the world by taking a walking rhinocerous tour. [Read more…]