7 Dangerous Forests in the World

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7 Dangerous Forests in the World

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There are several forests in the world that environmentalists and adventurous people can visit at their own risks. These are known to be the habitat for unique, nearly extinct, and dangerous creatures. Aside from the natural threats, some of these forests are also known for being the hideout for criminals. Proceed with caution.


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1. Epping Forest, England

According to Worth Seeing, a website that provides listicles about traveling, art, and weird things on the internet, the Epping Forest found in Essex, England is known for being once the hideout of Dick Turpin and his gang, which were notorious highwaymen in the 1700s. It is said that the dense forest is an effective hiding spot for criminals even today. 


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2. Jog Falls Forest, India

This forest is known to be dangerous because of its huge waterfalls. Although tourists are welcome to visit this place, the locals refrain from going there during the monsoon season. This is because most of the pathways are inaccessible and accident-prone. Lonely Planet, a website that provides informative and inspiring content, stated in an article that this forest also has the second-highest waterfalls in the country, Jog Falls, which has a height of 253 meters. India’s tallest waterfalls is the Raja, which measures 293 meters. 


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3. Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania

It is known as the “Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania” due to its reputation as one of the most haunted and dangerous forests because of the reported sightings of supernatural creatures. Incidentally, it is named after the missing shepherd who disappeared in the forest together with his herd of 200 sheep, according to Humans Are Free, a website that provides news articles about interesting news.


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4. Jiuzhaigou Forest, China

For people who can get lost easily, they should think twice before visiting this forest. The scenic view can distract tourists easily that they can get lost in this very dense forest. But don’t be discouraged in making a visit to this forest because it offers very rich wildlife that is worth to see, just make sure you have a local guide to walk you through it. 


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5. Tsingy Forest, Madagascar

This place is also known as the “Forest of Knives” because it is surrounded by sharp limestone rocks, some reaching up to 70 meters high. Curiosity, a website that creates and curates engaging topics, mentioned in their article that “Tsingy” means “where no one cannot walk barefoot.” The word also refers to the tall, thin, and needle-like rock formations prevalent in Madagascar. 


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6. Aokigahara, Japan

This is also known as the “Suicide Forest” because it is where a lot of people have committed suicide. The forest, which rests at the foot of Mount Fuji, is densely populated with thick, leafy trees which makes all external noise muffled. Because of this, a lot of hikers have gotten lost. 

It is nevertheless a beautiful place with its ice caves and a stunning view of Japan’s most famous mountain. Even though the forest is filled with dense and luscious trees, there are no wild animals that live in Aokigahara. Ranker, an online portal for listicles, explained that because of the denseness of the trees, it is difficult for animals to survive in this place. 


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7. Daintree Rainforest, Australia

Australia is popular for its rich wildlife. The Daintree is home for saltwater crocodile, which makes a visit to this place truly worth it if you love adventure, thrill, and a little bit of danger. Experience OZ, a helpful website that provides a guide on destinations and experiences, mentioned that the Daintree is home to 3,000 species of plants, 395 of which are either rare or threatened. It is also said that the rainforest is over 135 million years old, which makes it the oldest tropical rainforest on the planet.




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