Walk on the wild side in Abu Dhabi with a visit to Sir Bani Yas Island, the renowned nature reserve that has earned the emirate wide acclaim. Visitors can also choose to reside in a stylish spa resort Abu Dhabi features on this unique island, with the Anantara Al Yamm offering some of the finest luxury villas in Abu Dhabi. The hotel, amongst a few others on the island, will offer wildlife tours that will take you to the farthest corners of this unique island-nature park. Whilst roaming the Serengeti-like landscape, you will come across the elegant Arabian oryx (previously extinct, but now a herd of more than 400 freely roam on the island), sambar deer, and gazelles, as well as the lofty giraffe and playful dolphins and sea turtles frolicking off shore. Make sure you bring your trust binoculars and keep your optics peeled for signs of more than a hundred bird species that are wild and native to the island. To fully round out this live rendition of the Lion King, you will also encounter predators and scavengers in the form of the elusive leopard and the effervescent hyena.

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday. Google+