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Cox & Kings’ Wildlife Travel Guide: January to April 2016

Cox & Kings’ Wildlife Travel Guide: January to April 2016

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Love wildlife holidays but not sure where to go and when? Here’s a handy wildlife travel calendar to help you plan your 2016 wildlife safari holiday. By Rashmi Deshpande Read part II of the wildlife guide: Cox & Kings’ Wildlife Travel Guide May to August 2016

 

Yeap, that's an African Leopard

Yeap, that’s an African Leopard

So many places, so little time! Planet Earth is teeming with wildlife and every country on every continent, has its own unique set of wildlife holiday experiences. Here’s a wildlife calendar to help you select the best time to visit the world’s most impressive wildlife destinations in 2014. Plan your holiday in advance and you can get the best airline and hotel deals at the best prices. Happy New Year!

 

JANUARY 

TANZANIA’S WILDEBEEST MIGRATION

Wildebeest under a tree with vultures

Wildebeest under a tree with vultures

In the latter half of January, millions of wildebeest gather on the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania to calve. They stay here until mid-April. Plan your African safari holiday between January and April so it coincides with the calving season.

WHALE- WATCHING IN MEXICO

Humpback whales frolic in the ocean

Humpback whales frolic in the ocean

From January to April, whales are plentiful in Baja California, Mexico. Come here to watch Fin, Minke, Orca, Pilot, Humpback and even Blue Whales, the largest mammal on Earth!

BIRDING IN COSTA RICA

An aracari toucan in the rain forests of Belize

An aracari toucan in the rain forests of Belize

January is the dry season in Costa Rica. Herons, ducks, spoonbills and other water birds congregate around the Nicoya Peninsula, making this a rich birding area.

MARINE IGUANAS AND SEA TURTLES IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

A marine iguana at Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands

A marine iguana at Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands

Land iguanas begin breeding on Isabela Island and adult marine iguanas change their colour to bright shades of green, red and black on Espanola Island in the Galapagos. Green sea turtles also arrive here to lay their eggs on the sandy beaches.

SEAL PUPS IN THE FALKLANDS ISLANDS

Seal pup, Falkland Islands

A seal pup in the Falkland Islands

After the calving season, seal pups begin to appear on South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

BISON, ELK, BEARS AND WOLVES IN THE NATIONAL PARKS OF THE USA

Two young bears frolic in the wilderness

Two young bears frolic in the wilderness

In the heart of winter, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are teeming with some of the largest concentrations of free-roaming wildlife in the region. Bison forage for food, large herds of elk get together, bears frolic, and wolves stealthy hunt for prey in the snow. Visit USA’s national parks for an exciting wildlife holiday.

 

FEBRUARY

NESTING SEA TURTLES ON THE BEACHES OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA & SOUTH AFRICA

A leatherback hatchling makes its way to the sea

A leatherback hatchling makes its way to the sea

The beaches of Western Australia and at KwaZulu Natal in South Africa see hordes of nesting leatherback and loggerhead turtles, who come ashore to lay their eggs. Visit South Africa or plan a holiday to Western Australia and help with conservation of sea turtles.

TIGER SPOTTING IN INDIA

A Bengal tiger in the wild

A Bengal tiger in the wild

Winters in the jungles of India are dry. Water is scarce and the grass turns brown with the dry heat. This is one of the best times to spot wildlife and tigers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and other tiger reserves throughout India. Plan your wildlife safari holiday in India around this time for the best chance of spotting tigers.

BEAR AND WOLD- TRACKING IN ROMANIA

Carpathian wolves in the Southern Carpathian mountains, Romania

Carpathian wolves in the Southern Carpathian mountains, Romania

Though it is cold, Visit Romania in February. It’s a great time to go wolf tracking.

WHALE- WATCHING IN ARGENTINA

A Southern Right whale in Argentina

A Southern Right whale in Argentina

Orcas being to arrive off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentina, by February until the end of April. Plan a cruise to Argentina around this time of the year.

WHALE, PENGUINS AND SEAL- WATCHING IN AUSTRALIA

Emperor penguins in Antarctica

Emperor penguins in Antarctica

Minke and Orca whales can be spotted in Antarctica around February and March. Penguin chicks begin to grow feathers, while adult penguins, fur and elephant seals being to moult in Antarctica around this time. An Antarctica cruise is your best bet to see wildlife here.

 

MARCH

MIGRATORY BIRDS AND ANIMALS IN BOTSWANA

Springboks rest in the Kalahari

Springboks rest in the heat of the Kalahari

Vast amounts of migratory birds and game animals being to follow the rains and pass through Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. Plan your African safari in Botswana in March.

PANDA- TRACKING IN CHINA

A giant panda in China

A giant panda in China

Think pandas are adorable? Want a chance to see them in their natural habitat? Plan your China trip in March and track pandas in the Quinling Mountains, as they forage for new bamboo shoots that beings to sprout around March in the lower valleys.

BIRDING IN ZAMBIA

Southern Carmine bee-eaters perched in South Luangwa NR, Zambia

Southern Carmine bee-eaters perched in South Luangwa NR, Zambia

Zambia is great for birders! And March is the time to plan a wildlife safari, as birds and animals are abundant at the Luangwa River, in Zambia around this time.

WILD ASSES IN IN INDIA

Indian wild ass in the Little Rann of Kutchh, India

Indian wild ass in the Little Rann of Kutchh, India

The Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is the only place on Earth that you can see the Indian wild ass roam free. Plan a trip to Gujarat around this time to spot the elusive creatures.

WOMBATS AND WALLABIES IN TASMANIA

Spot wombats in Tasmania

Spot wombats in Tasmania

Meet wombats, wallabies, echidnas, lizards, eagles, dolphins, penguins, fur seals and the iconic Tasmanian devil on a wildlife trip to Tasmania. Include Tasmania when you make a trip to Australia, and you’ll see the most unique animals on earth!

 

APRIL

BIRDING IN ZAMBIA

A tropical Shoebill Stork also known as a Whalehead

A tropical Shoebill Stork also known as a Whalehead

Visit Zambia’s Bangweulu Swamps between April and May for a glimpse of the elusive Shoebill Stork, Black Lechwe and other waterbirds.

BIRD- WATCHING IN ROMANIA

A group of pelicans and cormorants in the Danube Delta, Romania

A group of pelicans and cormorants in the Danube Delta, Romania

Visit Romania’s Danube delta around April, when it is wonderfully lush with birds.

WILD DOGS IN ZAMBIA

Wild dogs in Luangwa Nationa Park, Zambia

Wild dogs in Luangwa Nationa Park, Zambia

April is when wild dogs begin to make an appearance in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park.

LEMURS IN MADAGASCAR

A ring-tailed lemur with her babies

A ring-tailed lemur with her babies

Lemurs are out and about, playful and plentiful during their courtship season around April. Visit Madagascar now for a chance to see these fascinating animals.

COURTING ALBATROSS IN THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Waved Albatross in the Galapagos Island, engage in a mating dance

Waved Albatross in the Galapagos Island, engage in a mating dance

Waved albatross start to arrive in Espanola, Galapagos Islands around April. Visit the Galapagos Islands now, in time for their annual courtship.

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Rashmi

If ever there was a career that involved the study of sleeping cats, Rashmi Deshpande would probably be in it. But for now, she is in an industry she loves--the travel industry. Rashmi has worked with Femina as an Assistant Manager, and freelanced for several online and offline publications such as Lonely Planet India magazine and Nat Geo Traveller India. She currently works as the online content manager with Cox & Kings.

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