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Cox & Kings’ Wildlife Travel Guide: May to August 2016

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Love wildlife holidays but not sure where to go and when? Whether you want to go on a wildlife safari, a family holiday, or an offbeat honeymoon, Part II of the Cox & Kings wildlife calendar gives you the best places around the world to see wildlife between May to August. By Rashmi Deshpande

 

MAY

BEAR- WATCHING IN FINLAND

Brown bear with her cubs in Finland

Brown bear with her cubs in Finland

From May to April, bears are aplenty in Finland.

GREY WHALES AND BROWN BEARS IN CANADA

A breaching grey whale in Canada

A breaching grey whale in Canada

Catch brown bears as they come out of winter hiding and congregate around the rivers north of Vancouver for salmon fishing in Canada. You can also see groups of grey whales off the west coast of Vancouver Island as they head north to their summer feeding grounds.

BIRDS AND LEMURS IN MADAGASCAR

A sifaka in the jungles of Madagascar

A sifaka in the jungles of Madagascar

Indri, the largest living lemur, and Sifaka, another type of lemur give birth around this time. It is also a great time to spot blue-footed boobies, ban-rumped storm petrels and other indigenous birds of Madagascar.

ELUSIVE JAGUARS AND REPTILES IN GUAYANA

A non-venomous emerald tree boa in Guyana

A non-venomous emerald tree boa in Guyana

Your best bet for spotting a jaguar is to visit Guyana in May.

 

JUNE

WILDLIFE SAFARIS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

A giraffe and a group of zebras at a water hole in South Africa

A giraffe and a group of zebras at a water hole in South Africa

Plan your African safari holiday to coincide with the dry season in southern Africa which starts around June. You can join seasonal bush camps and walking safaris.

SMALL MAMMALS IN BRAZIL

A family of howler monkeys

A family of howler monkeys in Brazil

The dry season begins the dry season in the Pantanal in Brazil, makes this a good time to see mammals such as anteaters, crab-eating fox and howler monkeys.

SAFARIS IN BOTSWANA

Leopard in Pom-Pom Island, Okavango Delta

Leopard in Pom-Pom Island, Okavango Delta

Visit the Okavanga Delta during Botswana’s dry season when it isn’t too hot, but wildlife is abundant.

MOOSE, BEARS AND WOLVES IN USA

A moose makes its way in Yellowstone National Park, USA

A moose makes its way in Yellowstone National Park, USA

Bighorn sheep, elk, grizzly bears, moose, trumpeter swans, and wolves are abundant this time of the year in national parks such as Yellowstone in the USA.

 

JULY

ORCAS IN CANADA

Upto 25ft long and 6000 klilos, Killer Whales or Orcas come to the west coast of Canada in summer

Upto 25ft long and 6000 klilos, Killer Whales or Orcas come to the west coast of Canada in summer

Canada’s west coast is possibly the best place in the world for Orca-watching. The islet-dotted waters are home to the whales until early September.

WILDEBEEST CROSSING IN KENYA

Wildebeest cross a river in Kenya

Wildebeest cross a river in Kenya

From July to September, blue wildebeest cross the Grumeti River and head for the Masai Mara in Kenya.

CALVING WHALES IN SOUTH AFRICA

A Southern Right whale couple off the waters of South Africa

A Southern Right whale couple off the waters of South Africa

From July to October, Southern Right Whales gather around the South Africa’s bays to calve. You can see them here until October.

TURTLES IN COSTA RICA

Black river turtles in Costa Rica

Black river turtles in Costa Rica

Green, leatherback and hawksbill turtles can be found aplenty in Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park.

 

AUGUST

GORILLAS IN UGANDA AND RWANDA

A splendid male gorilla in the mountains of Uganda

A splendid male gorilla in the mountains of Rwanda

Track gorillas in the mountains of Uganda and Rwanda.

BIRDING IN INDIA

Painted storks in Keoladeo bird sanctuary, Rajasthan

Painted storks in Keoladeo bird sanctuary, Rajasthan

Post the Indian monsoon season, the national parks open and are lush with animals and birds. Visit Keoladeo in Rajasthan, a birder’s paradise.

MIGRATING WHALES IN ANTARCTICA

A humpback whale close to iceberg in Antarctica seen from a boat

A humpback whale close to iceberg in Antarctica seen from a boat

Humpback whales begin migrating south-wards in August—the best time for an Antarctica cruise. You can also spot orcas, or killer whales which are in abundance here.

GIANT TORTOISES IN GALAPAGOS

Giant Galapagos tortoise

Giant Galapagos tortoise

Giant Tortoises come back to the highlands of Santa Cruz, Galapagos.

BROWN BEARS AND WHALES IN CANADA

Fin whales in Canada

Fin whales in Canada

Brown bears come to the north of Vancouver for the second time in the year, to fish for salmon. The Bay of Fundy in Eastern Canada is great for two months of whale-watching. You can see Northern Right, Minke, Humpback and Fin whales.

Read Part I of Cox & Kings’ Wildlife Holiday Guide

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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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