The World’s most remote national parks…

If you’ve always wanted a quiet wildlife holiday now’s your chance to really get away from it all! take a look at some of the worlds most remote parks perfect for those travelers who want some adventure as well as peace and quiet…

Qomolangma National Park, Tibet 

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The Qomolangma National Park is located at the border of China and Nepal with a total area of 78,000 square kilometres. It is also the world’s highest national park with 5 of its mountain peaks reaching altitudes of over 8,000 metres, that’s 7 times bigger than Ben Nevis! As well as the mountains there are also snow coated forests and hot springs to enjoy. The park is also home to rare and endangered animals including the snow leopard, the clouded leopard and the ghoral mountain goat.

Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Russia

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The nature reserve contains 4,000 miles of icy roadless tundra, active volcanoes and forests of Siberian Dwarf Pine. Kronotsky also has an unusual protective status in Russia ‘zapovednik’ meaning Kronotsky Nature Reserve has restricted access apart from the study and protection of flora, fauna and wildlife. They allow scientists entry for research and only 3,000 other visitors per year for one day. The only way to get to the reserve is a 5 hour helicopter ride. This is probably one of the most restricted National Park in the world.

Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska 

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Located in Northern Alaska, this park is the second largest in the USA covering 8.5 million acres. There are no roads or trails but visitors can explore wild rivers, glacier carved valleys and witness Caribou migrating across the landscape. In winter aurora lit skies decorate the park. The park only receives 10,000 visitors per year due to its remote location and only being able to access the park via bush plane.

Central Island National Park, Kenya 

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A volcanic island off Nairobi. You can reach the park by either taking a 560mile drive from Nairobi or a 2.5 hour flight to one of the two airstrips within the park. Home to gazelles, kudu, zebras and the largest population of Nile crocodiles, the park also contains three saline lakes and an active volcano. Temperatures on the island can often reach 48°C making the park hot as well as remote.

Darien National Park, Panama

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One of the largest and most protected areas in Central America. Darien National Park is 1,400,000 acres and is situated in the eastern part of the country, bordering on Colombia and made up of rocky coasts, sandy beaches, tropical rainforests, swamps and a variety of wildlife. Two Indian tribes also inhabit the park. Bush dogs, spider monkeys and jaguars are just a few of the animals that inhabit this region. Despite the natural wonders this park has to offer, it remains largely unvisited by tourists. The small village of El Real can be accessed by boat or plane but most of the park is hard to navigate through. People are also put off by the drug smugglers and paramilitary groups in the area!

Rapi Nui National Park, Easter Island

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A protected Chilean wildlife area and one of the most remote inhabited islands on the planet. The park is famous for its 887 moai statues carved from yellow-brown lava tuff using simple hard basalt picks (Toki) they represent the ancestors of the island. The island is full of archaeological sites made up of 900 statues, 300 ceremonial platforms and many structures relating to housing, production and funeral rites.

Wapusk National Park, Canada

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The park is made up of 2,836,000 acres lying on a flat limestone plain sloping towards Hudson Bay. One of the prominent features of the park is the beach ridges created as a result of the retreat of the last continental glaciers. Water covers most of the park with half of its land surface covered in lakes, bogs, fens, streams and rivers. Black bears, lynx, timber wolf, mink, otter, beavers and red and arctic foxes roam the area as well as a large amount of polar bears. Wapusk National Park is one of the few places in the world where, in late February, visitors can watch tiny, three-month-old bear cubs.

Pulu Keeling National Park

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This national park is a tiny island in the Indian Ocean 1,200 miles off Australia’s west coast. Visitors will need to catch a flight to the Coco Islands and then take a 1.5 hour boat trip to the park. Much of the coral reefs are protected and delicate so visitors will have to swim the remaining length of the journey. Visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times as the park is a breeding ground for endangered turtles and sea birds.

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