Cox & Kings’ Wildlife Travel Guide: May to August 2016
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
BEAR- WATCHING IN FINLAND
From May to April, bears are aplenty in Finland.
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
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
Your best bet for spotting a jaguar is to visit Guyana in May.
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.
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.
Visit the Okavanga Delta during Botswana’s dry season when it isn’t too hot, but wildlife is abundant.
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.
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.
From July to September, blue wildebeest cross the Grumeti River and head for the Masai Mara in Kenya.
From July to October, Southern Right Whales gather around the South Africa’s bays to calve. You can see them here until October.
Green, leatherback and hawksbill turtles can be found aplenty in Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park.
Track gorillas in the mountains of Uganda and Rwanda.
Post the Indian monsoon season, the national parks open and are lush with animals and birds. Visit Keoladeo in Rajasthan, a birder’s paradise.
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 come back to the highlands of Santa Cruz, Galapagos.
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.