The Kruger National Park lies in the north-east of South Africa. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is one of the world's great wildlife areas. It covers over 19,000 km2, with savanna, bush, plains, woodlands and wetlands. Kruger is home to the so-called Big Five mammals - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Of course, there are many other animals, too, including a rich birdlife. The park has several camps, of quite high standard, and excursions can be arranged from these to see the key species. One can also self-drive the park on good, marked routes, but in most areas it is not allowed to leave vehicles.
The Doi Pha Hom Pok is the northernmost national park in Thailand. It lies right on the border with Myanmar and is mountainous and mostly forested. It is a popular destination for birders and bird photographers. Indeed, so much so that the latter are asked to adhere to a few rules! Species birds here include Himalayan Cutia, Long-tailed Sibia, Red-tailed Laughingthrush, Black-throated Bushtit, Mrs Hume's Pheasant and Giant Nuthatch. Access is from the settlements of Fang and Thaton (where there are various kinds of accommodation and restaurants, which the NP lacks), both of which are around 3 hours drive from the city of Chiang Mai.
Before joining any wildlife watching or birding tour, wherever in the world, try to establish if the travel company you are considering booking with operates in an environmentally friendly, responsible manner.