The new series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! is currently underway, but you may not know that other countries have different versions, and are in different regions other than Australia.
Here’s a guide to the most exciting places the rich and famous have been plunged.
Sweden and India: Taman Negara, Malaysia
The term Taman Negara literally translates as ‘national park’ in Malay, but its unimaginative name doesn’t mean it is a dull place. It is an area of natural wonders, with luscious plantlife and rare animals. It attracts many nature lovers and ecotourists every year because it is possible to spot beasts like the rare Malayan Tiger and Sumatran Rhino, or the more common Asian elephant and wild oxen.
The tropical nature of the climate means that flora and trees are in high density and has been left largely untouched for over 130 years. With a great view of the Tenor Rentis river, as well as claims that it is home to the longest canopy in the world, this is surely a must for those looking to do backpacking properly.
Netherlands: Borneo, Indonesia
Borneo, or Kalimantan to its residents, is home to the one of oldest rainforests in the world and is claimed to be over 130 million years old. Amazingly, it remains one of few places where one can still see orangutans in the wild. But that is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are over 400 species of birds and more than 200 mammals available to be seen.
Whilst the rainforest of the island has been dramatically reduced over the decades, there are still more than 15,000 flowers and plants; however, it is still a good idea to see the area now before it decreases any further.
On a lighter note, the Netherlands’ version of I’m A Celebrity is called Bobo’s In The Bush.
Hungary: Kruger National Park, South Africa
With an expanse of 2 million hectares, the Kruger National Park is something that one should not jump into unsupervised. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t deter you from visiting, as it is a sight of unmitigated beauty. In terms of vegetation, there are four main areas: Thorn trees and Red bush-willow veld, Knob-thorn and Marula veld, Red bush-willow and Mopane veld and Shrub mopane veld. Each area has a different terrain consisting of rivers, streams, different types of long grass and a wide variety of trees.
South Africa is of course a hotspot for safari enthusiasts due to the abundance of animals. This includes lions, cheetahs, jackals, ostriches, zebras and elephants.
Remember: some of the region’s animals can be very dangerous, so never venture out into the wilderness without an expert.
France – Serra dos Órgãos national park, Teresópolis, Brazil
Known as ‘the range of the organs’, the park is a mountainous area in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and is estimated to date back over 60 million years. It attracts hundreds of hitchhikers every year, boasting beautiful landscapes and amazing natural sights, like lush waterfalls.
If you are lucky, upon your trails you may be able to see rare and exotic wildlife like the purple-chested parrot, the jararaca snake and pumas.
If you’re looking to divert yourself away form the cities on your gap year, visiting these national parks and rainforests will be an experience like no other, and will probably make you wonder why any celebrity would want to get out of them.