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When to go
In every country the rhythm of the seasons clothes each land in new colours, causes birds and animals to migrate and brings festivals and carnivals. Some countries have two or three climates and the “best time to travel” can depend upon your aims and interests as much as weather charts. Take a look at this calendar for inspiration. Then talk to us and we’ll tell you which places would be ideal for you at the time of year you’d like to travel.
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April
Swim in the warm waters of the Galapagos Islands
Really, any time of year is a good one to discover the secrets of the Galapagos aboard a luxury yacht, but perhaps April edges it when the waters are a little warmer and the turtles especially active.
April
Relax in the finest hotels of the Indian Ocean
As connoisseurs of the Indian Ocean, we think there’s no better time to visit Mauritius than April. Gentle breezes and sunny days are perfect for watersports, beach life and a round of golf.
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May
Hear the roar of the of Victoria Falls in full flow
Try standing 200 feet from the middle of Victoria Falls in May and feel the ground vibrate as you are enveloped in a mighty roaring, drenching, dancing avalanche of spray.
May
Recalibrate your senses at the remote Liuwa Plains
The second greatest wildebeest migration happens here in the utterly remote and spellbindingly beautiful plains of remote western Zambia.
May
Walk the Inca Trail with less crowds
In Europe it’s said, all roads lead to Rome, but in Peru, the same is true of Machu Picchu. The Inca road system running through the Andes was the most extensive and sophisticated in South America, totalling some 40,000 km. We can take you in the footsteps of Incas opening the landscapes and cult...
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June
Catch a glimpse of Humpback whales as they breach in the Galapagos Islands
Humpback whales are among hundreds of strange and wonderful species which you can enjoy as you follow in Darwin’s wake, though in considerably greater comfort.
June
See magnificent polar bears in their icy kingdom
This is the perfect time to take an expedition cruise around sunny Svalbard where polar bears, water birds and marine life are most active among the fjords and icy landscapes.
June
Feel the thrill of walking in the African bush
June is the cool dry season across central and southern Africa making it a perfect time to track elephant on foot – in company of an expert tracker guide, of course.
June
Visit Nambia in the cooler months
June is delightful in Namibia, when temperatures are cooler and a delicate sheen of grasses clothe the spectacular desert landscapes.
June
Quad bikes and sleepouts in the Makgadikgadi Pans
You’ve no doubt heard of Bolivia’s salt flats - the largest in the world - but what of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pan? Almost as large, the pan is all that remains of an ancient lake that thousands of years ago, was larger than Switzerland.
June
Chimps in Mahale
Mahale Mountains National Park on the shores of Lake Tangayika is one of only two protected areas where you will see chimpanzee. They flourish here due to the size and remoteness of the park. Here you’ll stay on the glittering shores of the great Lake Tanganyika.
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July
Venture to the Amazon and the Pantanal to spot endemic wildlife
July is a superb time to combine the Pantanal and the Amazon. Water levels are low in Pantanal making jaguars accessible, combining perfectly with a riverboat cruise down the Amazon.
July
Be amongst the fortune few who have met gorillas in the wild
Meet some of your nearest relatives high on the rainforest-clad volcanic slopes. An hour in July watching a silverback and his family will create memories that will last for ever. Talk to us about whether Rwanda or Uganda would suit you best.
July
Experience a traditional African safari at its best
Excellent dry weather and the arrival of the Great Migration in the Mara makes July a superb choice for a Kenya safari. We know the finest intimate lodges on the best private reserves.
July
Quad bikes and sleepouts in the Makgadikgadi Pans
You’ve no doubt heard of Bolivia’s salt flats - the largest in the world - but what of Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pan? Almost as large, the pan is all that remains of an ancient lake that thousands of years ago, was larger than Switzerland.
July
Whales & Great white sharks Off the Cape - Marine Safari
South Africa’s Cape Peninsula divides the Atlantic from the Indian Ocean. At its heart is Cape Town, overlooked by the Table Mountain National Park; and either side are the provinces of Eastern and Western Cape, famed for their vineyards, historic towns, and striking coastlines.
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August
The perfect time of year to visit South Africa
August has perfect weather throughout Africa. Family holidays are one of our specialities, each one personally crafted by our experts to delight every member of the family.
August
Wonder at ancient civilizations and walk in their footsteps
Machu Picchu and the fortresses, temples and observatories of the Inca empire form the centrepiece of a fascinating holiday to Peru in the long dry season. Talk to us about combining it with the Amazon or the Galapagos.
August
Home of the walking safari, the South Luangwa is a treat for the senses
Nothing can beat wandering on foot alongside the meandering Luangwa river. Track animals, pause and watch elephant coming to drink and feel the thrill and freedom of walking the wilds of Africa.
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September
See wildlife from a different perspective and pace on the mighty Zambezi
In September as the dry season reaches a climax great herds of elephant, cats and buffalo gather at the Zambezi creating an awesome wildlife spectacle. See it all by open vehicle, boat or even canoe.
September
See the raw beauty of the Skeleton Coast
This is somewhere mankind has no right to be. A world of shipwrecks, desert elephant, vast seal colonies and, away from the pounding breakers, a haunting landscape of pastel dunes and tiny oases.
September
Track chimps in Tanzania
Deep in the interior of Africa the Mahale Mountains are the domain of large groups of chimpanzees. Observe their antics with expert guides, then take an afternoon dip in the sparkling waters of Lake Tanganyika.
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October
Find peace and tranquillity in magical Bhutan
October is ideal weather for a walk in mysterious Bhutan. We can arrange your very own mobile camp and guides and for six days the only people you’ll meet will be yak herders and local villagers.
October
Bask in delightfully warm winter sun
October is the perfect month to combine a thrilling safari in Africa finishing with a well deserved rest.
October
Wildlife, good food and gauchos
What better way to enjoy the amazingly varied landscapes of Argentina than staying at a carefully chosen sequence of family owned historic estancias? Argentina at its glorious best!
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November
Action and adventure in a vast wilderness
November is the time of year when great herds of wildebeest cover the remote Liuwa plains – prime time too for the big cats which race across the plains in hot pursuit.
November
Experience the pulsing city of Rio
Rio is pulsing with life and colour, the beaches are golden and sun drenched, the amazon is filled with birds and wildlife and the Iguazzu falls are stupendous. Talk to us about Brazil today!
November
Huge herds of animals are easy to spot in Botswana
Northern Botswana is home to 100,000 elephant and it’s easy to believe in Chobe and Linyanti when six months without rain drives them to scarce permanent water sources. We know the finest camps in Botswana.
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December
The ultimate family adventure at the bottom of the world
Imagine taking your family on an expedition cruise to the Antarctic aboard the specially equipped Akademik Sergey Vavilov. An adventure of a lifetime and simply fascinating.
December
Take advantage of green season in Botswana
Take full advantage of amazing low season prices at some of the best safari lodges in Botswana. The safaris are excellent, the lodges superb. It’s Africa’s best kept secret!
December
Discover the allure of exotic India
Take a tiger safari on elephant back, walk the Himalayas, stay in a Maharajah’s palace, gaze at the Taj Mahal and relax at a glorious ocean hideaway. Talk to us about India now!