Cox & Kings’ Wildlife Travel Guide
Love wildlife holidays but not sure where to go and when? Here’s a handy wildlife travel calendar to help you plan your wildlife safari holiday. By Rashmi Deshpande
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. Plan your holiday in advance and you can get the best airline and hotel deals at the best prices. Happy holidays!
The dry season in Namibia means that all manner of wildlife congregates around water holes, allowing visitors a chance to see a variety of game animals at a go
Visit Bartolome Island to see Galapagos penguins at their most active.
This is the perfect time for birders to spot migrant birds along the Luangwa and Zambezi Rivers. You can spot thousands of vibrantly-coloured Carmine Bee-eaters who come to build their colonies here.
BIRDING IN MADAGASCAR
Madagascar’s breeding season for birds begins now and lasts until November.
Fall arrives in Canada and the US around this time, and is a wonderful opportunity for photographers to catch the changing colours and scenic beauty of nature.
Churchill on the west coast of the Hudson Bay in Canada, is fair ground for polar bears around this time of the year.
October is the last of the dry months in southern Africa. It is the best time to see large herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra who gather at the rapidly drying watering holes and lagoons.
The monsoon season ends around this time and India’s national parks open their doors to visitors. September-October is the best time to see the Indian single horned rhinos at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
October is mating season for Galapagos fur seals. Watch them gather here.
The courting season for penguins and other seabirds is at its peak in October and November. An Antarctica cruise is the best time to spot these beautiful birds.
The Pantanal in Brazil is dry, and affords visitors a great opportunity to catch the elusive jaguar and the maned wolf. You can also sport giant anteaters around this time.
The Indian dry season starts in November and wildlife reserves re-open after the monsoons. Lush forests get drier, and water is scarce, making it easier to spot tiger, wild dogs, deer, and other abundant wildlife in India’s nature reserves.
Whales, seabirds, seals and penguins are plentiful in Antarctica as this is the start of the Southern summer months from now until March.
Olive Ridley, and leatherbacks can be seen in Costa Rica’s Tamarindo Bay, where they come to nest along the sandy shores.
Wildebeest return from the eastern corridor of the Serengeti in Tanzania as the monsoon approaches.
The start of the green season around the monsoon in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia is a birdwatcher’s heaven!
Visit Nepal in November to see the elusive snow leopard, red panda, fish-eating gharial, rhino and other animals and birds such as tigers and endangered vultures.
See koalas and kangaroos in Australia, the land down under.
This is midsummer time in Antarctica, which means warm months and longest days. This is when penguin chicks hatch and whale sightings increase, making it the perfect time for an Antarctica cruise.
Visit the Seronera River Valley in Central Serengeti to see impala, buffalo, hippo, warthog, topi, hartebeest and giraffe. You may also come across lions and leopards around this time.
Visit Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan around December. This is the dry season and the time when you are very likely to see tigers. But don’t forget to take in the rest of the gorgeous wildlife that the park has to offer!