Best National Parks for photographers around the world
Fiordland, New Zealand
Its snow-capped and forested mountains were the setting for much of the Lord of the Rings films, and the park is home to bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
Kruger, South Africa
This park is one of the best places to photograph Africa’s ‘big five’: lions, African elephants, Cape buffalos, leopards and rhinos.
The Rocky Mountains at their best: the dense forests, glaciers and ice fields are home to grizzly bears, elk, moose and bighorn sheep.
An early-morning balloon trip affords a unique view of this surreal landscape with its cave homes and mushroom-like ‘fairy chimneys’.
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Wildlife has evolved in isolation over millions of years on these islands in the eastern Pacific, famed for their giant tortoises.
Dominated by Mount Everest, the park is rugged and steep, and the terrain cut by deep rivers and glaciers. It derives its name from the Nepali words for sky and head.
Torres del Paine, Chile
The Andean peaks of Chilean Patagonia have spectacular lakes and glaciers, while wildlife includes guanacos, pumas and rare birds.
This World Heritage site near Darwin has spectacular waterfalls, rivers and wetlands, and wildlife including saltwater crocodiles.
Iguazú, Argentina/Iguaçu, Brazil
These neighbouring parks are set in subtropical jungle, and meet at the spectacular Iguazú waterfall. Fauna includes jaguar, ocelot and toucan.
Best known for the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, the park offers spectacular game viewing and striking sunsets.
Japan’s most popular national park includes the snowcapped dormant volcano Mount Fuji at its centre, which is often shrouded in cloud in spring and summer.
Dense foliage tops sandstone pillars that are a feature of China’s landscape, and the result of years of erosion caused by expanding ice.
Jim Corbett, India
Named after the hunter who turned conservationist to save the Bengal tiger, India’s oldest national park is also home to Himalayan black bears, leopards and elephants.
The landscape is dominated by rock plateaus, sheer cliffs and waterfalls – including Angel Falls, the world’s highest at 1,002m.
Ao Phang Nga, Thailand
Sheer islands tower above the water in this marine park, one of which, Khao Phing Kan, is popularly known as ‘James Bond Island’.
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