Looking for the best wildlife experiences in the world? Want to get up-close-and-personal with saltwater crocs, wild orang-utans or pink dolphins?

Here are 7 amazing wildlife encounters to add to your bucket list in 2016!

1. Cage diving with a great White Sharks

There is no greater thrill than seeing Great White sharks just metres from your face. See video of our cage diving experience near Dyer Island in South Africa. The shark breaches the water and smashes her tail into the cage! Best. Day. Ever.

Cage diving with Great White Sharks - Epic wildlife experiences - PICTURE - Fabulous Travel Guide

2. Spot wild orang-utans in Borneo

Orang-utans are engendered and seeing them in Borneo’s wilderness is becoming increasingly difficult. We recommend a 3-day/2-night river safari with Nature Lodge Kinabatangan. Great guides and accommodation.

3. Dive with whale sharks in the Philippines

Wow, wow, wow. If you love diving, please try this. We did it in Donsol, in southern Luzon. There’s no guarantee you’ll see whalesharks but there’s a very good chance. We saw two swimming right above our head! Visit Fun Dive Asia on Pio Duran Road, Donsol. Read more about our whale shark experience here>>

4. Spot lions on safari in South Africa

Whether lions, giraffes or elephants are your thing, Schotia Game Reserve in South Africa is sure to deliver. We were lucky enough to see a family of lions walk right past our truck! Hair-raising to say the least!

Spot lions on safari in South Africa - 6 epic wildlife experiences for your bucket list - PHOTO - Fabulous Travel Guide

5. Witness ‘jumping saltwater crocs’ in Australia

This one’s not for the faint hearted! Witness huge saltwater crocs leaping out of the Adelaide River in Australia. Book 1-hour river cruises with Adelaide River Queen Cruises for an experience you’ll never forget!

6. Wake up with meerkats in the wild

This is beyond cute and a truly memorable experience! See pics and find out how to organise your very own Meerkat Mannor experience in South Africa with Meerkat Adventures.

Meerkats waking up in Oudtshoorn, South Africa - Pictures of meerkats in the wild - Fabulous Travel Guide

7. Swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon

Swimming in the Amazon probably isn’t top of your list. BUT, if you are brave enough, it’s an opportunity to get up close and personal with pink dolphins (and all the other things lurking in the water). See video of our experience>>