6 holiday ideas to see strange animals

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Victoria's Secret model, Irina Shayk, recently instagrammed a pic of herself swimming with pigs. That's right, swimming pigs. With this in mind, here's 6 places to visit with weird and wonderful animals.

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With the summer fast approaching, we're in need of a few off-the-wall travel destination ideas.

If you're an avid animal lover like we are, what could be better than a holiday seeing exotic creatures in their natural habitats?

Here's our top 6 places to visit to see wonderful wildlife.

Swim with wild pigs in Exuma, The Bahamas


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Pigs still can't fly but they can swim.

Victoria's Secret model, Irina Shayk, instagrammed a pic of herself swimming with pigs in Bahamas.

Off the Bahamian archipelago of Exuma, Big Major Cay is home to the wild pigs who were originally captured by sailors a long, long time ago.

They adapted to island lifestyle pretty quickly (why are we not surprised), where they roam free on land and water.

It's a pig's life.

Watch orangutans in Sarawak, Borneo


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Fancy getting close and personal with a beautiful Orangutan? Well, don't go anywhere else.

Borneo's Orangutan sanctuaries at the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Sarawak are the perfect place to see these amazing creatures.

Over 20 live in the nature reserve and you can see them coming down from the trees for their free meals, so on arrival head to the feeding area.

Walk with Gorillas at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda


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Rwanda isn't exactly a tourist hotspot, but in recent years its Volcanoes National Park has become well known as the place to see silver-back gorillas.

Make your way up the cloud shrouded mountains with your guide to see these spectacular creatures in their natural habitat.

Prepare for a trek and a long day but you'll be rewarded with a truly epic experience with your new furry friends.

Marvel at Sloths in Aviaros del Caribe Sanctuary, Costa Rica


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The lush island of Costa Rica is home to monkeys, crocodiles, countless lizards, frogs and exotic birds, insects and butterflies.

But let's not forget sloths.

It's life in the fast lane for these guys and at this Aviaros Sloth Sanctuary, home to hundreds of abandoned animals, who've fallen from trees, have been separated from their mums or been victims of dog attacks.

You'll be totally awestruck when you meet these fascinating animals as they're among the eco-friendliest, laziest and cutest animals on the planet.

You may be lucky enough to hold one too.

Experience Safari in Okavango Delta, Botswana


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About 35% of the Botswana is designated as protected areas for wildlife so there are plenty of places to put yourself in the presence of lions, hippos, elephants, zebras, giraffes and antelope.

Prepare to see vast flood waters, pretty water lilies, reed beds, pristine wilderness and a vast array of amazing wildlife.

Plus, there's plenty of great places to stay.

Dive into the depths at The Great Barrier Reef, Australia


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The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the world and you'll see why when you dive into the depths.

The vibrant colours and amazing animals will leave you breathless.

Spanning 200km with the most extensive reef system on earth, it sustains a vast array of marine species, including turtles, sharks, fish and corals.

After seeing this, you'll not want to come up for air.

Any suggestions to add to the list? Tweet us @handbag.com

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