The official name for ‘water unicorns’ is narwhal, and while they are more wales than magical horse, they are no less extraordinary to see up close and personal.
This is just one of the ridiculously incredible safari experiences on offer from Natural World Safaris, who have just launched a Nature’s Events collection of safaris around the world to witness some of the world’s coolest natural occurrences.
As much as we love watching the Discovery Channel and David Attenborough narrating Planet Earth, you now have the opportunity to live the amazing events you see on TV.
Welcome newborn polar bear cubs into the world
Where: Arctic Canada, Churchill
Why: Mother polar bears spend months buried in a den, giving birth and nursing their cubs so they can at least walk on their own. When the time is right, the weary mother leads the cubs out into the world for the first time. They spend a few weeks around the den so the cubs get used to walking in the snow, and they head to the coast to hunt.
Photo by: Michelle Valberg
Gather with elephants
Where: North Central Province of Sri Lanka
When: August to September
Why: 300 elephants of all ages and sizes gather in watering holes in the Minneriya National Park to socialize and stay hydrated during the dry season. It’s believed to be the largest meeting of Asian elephants in the world.
Photo via: Natural World Safaris
Witness a sunset bat migration
Where: Zambia, Africa
When: Mid-October to mid-December
Why: This is the world’s largest mammal migration on the planet, as 8 million bats fly en masse to consume nearly 6,000 tons of fruit and plants. They play a pivotal role in the regeneration of the forest, since their guano acts as fertilizer to plants and the foliage they eat makes room for new plants to grow.
Photo via: Kasanka Trust
Swim with blue whales
Where: The Indian Ocean off the coast of Sri Lanka
Why: The blue whales are the largest living mammals on the planet, and swimming along these massive animals is daunting yet safe. The specialists you travel with are a research team who photograph and follow the whale’s migratory patterns, which are not completely understood except for the fact they travel extraordinary distances every year.
Photo by: Patrick Dystra
March with the Emperor Penguins
Where: Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea
When: November to December
Why: The remote location of the Emperor penguin nesting grounds mean they are not used to humans, and so are not threatened by the sight of people trying to get some photos.
Swim with narwhal
Where: Arctic Canada
Why: The Narwhal prefer to live and hunt in deep waters, making it a surreal experience to swim around them as they squeak and play in the ocean. Their horn comes from a protruding canine tooth. Plus, they just look amazing!
Photo via: Eric Baccega.
See baby ringtail lemurs
Why: From two weeks to five months old, baby lemurs spend their lives on their mother’s back, getting food directly from their mother and randomly jumping on and off depending on how adventurous they are feeling. The surrounding landscape is enough of a reason to visit Madagascar, but the lemurs are so unique and cute you’re going to want to check them out too.