What is all this about?

The Wildlife Diaries is mostly a wildlife travel blog with occasional forays into cultural destinations. Here you will find detailed wildlife watching destination guides, affordable itineraries for nature adventures and wildlife holidays, wildlife guides, and tips on where to find particular species of wildlife. The culture trips section covers cities or regions that are too spectacular to miss on wildlife-watching expeditions.

Wildlife Travel Destinations

There aren’t many travel experiences more rewarding than seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. Explore the best wildlife travel destinations and get inspired by the beauty of the incredible creatures with whom we share our planet.

Culture Trips

Some cultural and historical destinations are just too spectacular to miss, even on wildlife-watching expeditions. I was lucky to have one of my PhD field sites in Spain, which gave me the opportunity to explore the country. My other cultural destinations include Brazil, Istanbul, Prague, New York, and Moscow.

On the Trail of the Wild Cats

A few years ago, I set myself on an ambitious quest to see all 40 species of wild cats in their natural habitat. For me, felids, the members of the wild cat family Felidae, are nature’s Greatest Hits. This quest is likely to take a lifetime – some wild cats are so elusive that they are hardly ever seen. So far, I have managed to track down 18 cat species. In the Wild Cats category, I offer tips on the best tours and destinations for anyone wishing to follow in my footsteps of watching wild cats in their element.

Nature Adventures from Sydney

When not travelling, I am based in Sydney, Australia. Surrounded by National Parks and the Pacific Ocean, Sydney is superbly positioned for outdoor exploration. You can watch the epic migration of Humpback whales, spot iconic Australian wildlife or immerse yourself in the vastness of the ancient mountains or sweeping coastal landscapes, all within easy reach from the city. Or take a road trip up the central coast or down the south coast to explore the wider region.


About Me

My name is Margarita and I am a Russian-born wanderer currently settled in Australia. I travel mostly in search of wildlife encounters with occasional culture trips in between.

My background is in wildlife conservation, but today, I wear many hats: a travel writer, a wildlife photographer and as of 2020, a postgraduate researcher exploring human-felid coexistence.

Read my Travel CV in Sydney Sun Herald’s Escape section to get a sense of the adventures that wildlife travel entails.

Margarita Steinhardt

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