5 bucket list nature experiences

    5 bucket list nature experiences

    According to a Tibetan proverb, "travel is a return to the essential".

    PONANT invites you to Admire the peacefulness of undisturbed expanses, observe the richness of animal life, sense the power of the mountains or taste the sweet beauty of snowy landscapes. Travel invites us to rediscover the wealth and diversity of nature.

    Reconnect with your adventurous soul and quest for authenticity with five larger-than-life nature trips that PONANT offers on pré or post cruise extensions.


    1. VENTURE INTO THE BIGGEST ANIMAL RESERVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

    Between South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe lies one of the largest national parks on the African continent: the incredible Kruger National Park!
    This biosphere reserve is home to an unmatched assembly of wildlife. As you move deeper into the sanctuary, over 300 bird species, 120 reptile species and 150 mammal species (including lions, elephants and leopards) reveal themselves. Though reputed to be timid, some of them will actually let you get quite close.

    Whether you choose early morning, late afternoon or sunset, Kruger National Park serves up unique vistas at every hour of the day to guarantee a sublime visit. And to cap off your safari in style, the Jock Lodge will host you in five-star comfort: a spa, swimming pool and observation deck await adventurers looking for a well-deserved bit of relaxation.

    PONANT invites you to experience this enchanting place before or after your cruise along the African coast.


    2. WEND THROUGH THE TEA PLANTATIONS OF PERADENIYA ON A TRADITIONAL SRI LANKAN TRAIN

    Head deep into Sri Lanka, where an extraordinary journey awaits you! Among the vestiges of English colonialism are locomotives from the last century that criss-cross this legendary island and promise authentic adventures in pursuit of the country's many treasures. From Peradeniya, a train traverses the highlands of Sri Lanka to take you further south to the city of Nanu Oya. As the leaves of banana trees caress the train cars and mist-shrouded mountains and picturesque waterfalls fly by, the sweet smells of the tea plantations waft up from the foothills to intoxicate guests.

    Come soak in the variety of these colorful, natural vistas as a prelude to your cruise from Sri Lanka to Singapore.


    3. EXPERIENCE AWE INSIDE THE IMMENSE TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

    Located in southern Chile between the cordillera of the Andes and the steppes of Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park gets its name from the three peaks called "Los Torres" ("The Towers") gathered in the Paine massif.
    Inside this natural wonder, large lakes, gigantic glaciers, century-old forests and sumptuous valleys coexist in perfect harmony.
    Torres del Paine, which is also a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve, is distinctive for its truly grandiose natural spaces that render speechless the rare visitors who come to recharge their batteries. If guests are not overwhelmed by the infinite depths of Grey Lake, it's the glacier eponymous that captures their full attention.
    More importantly, the park's riches are not limited to the beauty of its landscapes: guanacos, foxes, pumas and myriad birds further enhance the magical aura of this one-of-a-kind place.

    Set out to discover this stretch of untamed nature as part of a fascinating, varied itinerary in Patagonia before your Antarctic cruise.


    4. ESCAPE TO AWE-INSPIRING COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK IN ECUADOR

    The impressive Cotopaxi National Park lies in northern Ecuador. It is undoubtedly beloved by hikers because they approach it via the famous and magnificent Avenue of the Volcanoes. Among the many fiery giants is the colossal Cotopaxi, one of the most active high volcanoes in the world, which soars to 19,347 feet in altitude!

    Make your way to Limpiopungo Lagoon to contemplate its majestic summit. Birds, foxes, condors and legendary wild horses will add extra charm to any ramble through this timeless destination.

    You can extend your Latin American cruise to delve into this fantastical natural setting where the mountains outdo one another in grandeur.


    5. FEEL UTTERLY ALIVE IN THE WILD LANDSCAPES OF ROUTEBURN, NEW ZEALAND

    The Routeburn Track is a mythical road in New Zealand that connects Mount Aspiring National Park to Fiordland National Park.
    This long track, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has become one of the most popular hiking trails within the forests and mountains of New Zealand. This veritable paradise for hiking enthusiasts is exceptional for the beauty of the mountainous peaks all around the trail, the endless valleys that abut it and the lakes and waterfalls that expand on the unworldly charms.

    Crossing an amazing suspension bridge over a transparent river and forging deep into a spectacular forest are just the first stages of our adventure.

    Experience a short segment of the Routeburn Track before or after your New Zealand cruise.


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