Today, wildlife lovers on specialist tours to Africa delight in tailor-made holidays watching animals from lions to rhinos; elephants to buffalo.
Tourists can see the best of the buffalo in habitats such as South Africa's Kruger National Park, Tanzania's Moyowosi swamp area, Namibia's Zambezi Region and many parts of Kenya.
Holidaymakers on city breaks to South Africa's Johannesburg could have been forgiven for not looking twice at the site of one of its newest, most intriguing attractions a few years ago.
That's because it used to be an old factory, churning out equipment for the mining industry before gradually falling into neglect and turned into a garage for vehicle repairs.
Tibet has unearthed the world's oldest cat species.
Early estimates date the creature at nearly six million years old.
Cambodia has won the undisputed right to one of the East's most celebrated cultural sites.
The UN's International Court of Justice ruled earlier this month that it should have permanent sovereignty over the land around the spectacular Preah Vihear temple complex.
Brazil's naturally breathtaking town of Bonito is the natural destination for outdoor adventurers on energetic group tours.
This assertion has been reinforced by its winning the Best Destination for Responsible Tourism award.
A replica of Tutankhamun's tomb is being opened in a bid to preserve the world famous attraction for future generations of tourists and help attract more British visitors to Egypt.
The opening of the replica tomb, created over several years using high-tech three-dimensional scanners, coincides with Egypt's tourism minister highlighting his country's continuing popularity among British holidaymakers.
There is certainly no shortage of activities to take part in or places to see in India - as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are finding out.
The Royal couple have already visited the holy Hindu city of Rishikesh and attended a gala dinner in Mumbai on their nine-day tour of the country.
Tourism officials are hoping a new promotional campaign, launched at one of the UK's most famous visitor attractions, will help boost visitor numbers to Mexico.
Mexico's Ministry of Tourism and the country's tourism board used the Tower of London as the backdrop for the launch of their new Live It to Believe It campaign.
Ingenious engineers constructed a 43-mile ice road to transport the huge stones needed to build parts of China's Forbidden City in the 15th century, academics believe.
Despite having already had the wheel for 3,000 years, it is thought engineers believed sliding the stones on wooden sledges along the artificial ice path - lubricated with water - was more reliable and safer than using wheeled transport despite higher costs and the need for more manpower.
Art lovers will be flocking to Hong Kong later this month when Bonhams auctions masterpieces by some of Asia's most celebrated artists.
The auction house's first Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art auction is to be staged at the luxurious Island Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong on November 23.
A holy Hindu city in India, which proves popular with backpackers and spiritual travellers alike, is playing host to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
With its hostels, wifi cafes and small, intimate restaurants, Rishikesh was the starting point on Charles and Camilla's nine-day tour of India.
Wildlife-loving tourists on tailor-made holidays should book now to see Africa's magnificent lions - with some areas providing grounds for optimism on the species' future.
The hope comes in the shape of Uganda's Kidepo Valley National Park, which has a growing lion population for holidaymakers on group tours to enjoy in its 1,442 sq km (557 sq mile) area.
Egypt-bound tourists set to view one of the world's most celebrated cultural sites should have their appetites whetted by revelations in a fascinating new TV documentary this weekend.
Many artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun are housed in the Egyptian Museum - a "must-see" destination for holidaymakers on city breaks to Cairo.
City breaks to Russia's capital are booming, thanks partially to a fascination with the country's UNESCO heritage sites.
Moscow expects to be visited by 5.1 million holidaymakers this year, according to tourism officials.
Africa is the proud home of the mountain gorilla; a fascinating species which attracts multitudes of wildlife-loving visitors on tailor-made holidays and group tours every year.
But their numbers have declined to fewer than 800, according to the Gorilla Organisation conservation group.
Flower-loving tourists on city breaks to Da Lat can enjoy one of Vietnam's most colourful festivals and events before 2013 is out.
Da Lat is known as the land of the flowers.
Brazil has been recommended by Lonely Planet as the number one country to visit next year.
Lonely Planet should know, being the world's biggest travel guide publisher.
Egypt's myriad cultural sites have been added to with the discovery of an eminent physician's massive limestone tomb.
Travellers on city breaks to Giza already know all about its existing attractions, including its legendary Great Pyramids in the Giza Necropolis.
Tourists on city breaks to Israel never cease to be entranced by Jerusalem's archaeological abundance.
So the latest find in the Old City should come as no surprise to them - a 1,700-year-old lead tablet with a curse inscribed upon it.
One of Cambodia's most colourful festivals and events literally gets an airing in December.
This ever-resourceful country has taken kite flying and turned it into an art form.