The start of the year brings new adventures and lots to look forward to. Wildlife escapes will guide you to Africa’s diverse landscapes, looking for huge herds of wildebeest, massive primates and, towards the end of world, you can get up close and personal with the penguins and their chicks in Antarctica.
Top Wildlife Tip:
Go to Antarctica as it is the perfect time in January, and you can benefit from the long daylight hours. It is also prime penguin-hatching season. This is when the chicks have grey fluffy feathers and take their first steps on the snow and ice. You will see Adelie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo chicks vying for food from their parents, huddling up close on their feet for some much-needed warmth, and shelter, from the icy-cold winds.
Best January destinations for wildlife watching
- Noisy emperor penguins and chicks, Antarctica.
- Wolves in Yellowstone National Park, USA.
- Macaws in Tambopata, Peru.
- Calving wildebeest in the southern Serengeti, Tanzania.
- Pink parades of Flamingos in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
- Whales and dolphins in Baja California, Mexico.
- Snow monkeys in Yamanouchi, Japan.
- Bison, wolves and Lynx in Bialowieza Forest, Poland.
- Robins in mid- flight, UK.
- Galápagos (see what is happening month by month on the islands).
- Africa (see what is happening month by month on this continent).