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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 wildlife safari holiday. By Rashmi Deshpande

A family of tigers in Ranthambore

A family of tigers in Ranthambore

Click here to read part I & II of the wildlife calendar

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!

September

WILDLIFE SAFARIS IN NAMIBIA

Wildlife gathers at water holes in Namibia

Wildlife gathers at water holes in Namibia

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

PENGUINS IN THE GALAPAGOS ISANDS

A pristine black and white Galapagos penguin laying on volcanic rock

A pristine black and white Galapagos penguin laying on volcanic rock

Visit Bartolome Island to see Galapagos penguins at their most active.

MIGRATORY BIRDS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Brilliantly coloured Carmine bee eaters

Brilliantly coloured Carmine bee eaters

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

A pair of hoopoes in Madagascar

A pair of hoopoes in Madagascar

Madagascar’s breeding season for birds begins now and lasts until November.

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE USA/ CANADA

The colours of fall in Canada

The colours of fall in Canada

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.

OCTOBER

POLAR BEARS IN CANADA

A polar bear in Canada

Spot polar bears in Canada

Churchill on the west coast of the Hudson Bay in Canada, is fair ground for polar bears around this time of the year.

ZEBRAS, WILDEBEEST AND BUFFALO IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

Zebra stallions fight in Etosha National Park, Namibia

Zebra stallions fight in Etosha National Park, Namibia

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.

RHINOS IN INDIA

The rare, one horned rhino in Kaziranga

The rare, one horned rhino in Kaziranga

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.

FUR SEALS IN THE GALAPAGOS

A fur seal pup looks into the camera

A fur seal pup looks directly into the camera

October is mating season for Galapagos fur seals. Watch them gather here.

PENGUINS AND OTHER BIRDS IN ANTARCTICA

Rockhopper penguin looks directly at camera

A Rockhopper penguin looks directly at camera

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.

JAGUARS AND ANTEATERS IN BRAZIL

An anteater, also known as a Tamandua-bandeira in Brazil

Spot anteaters in the Brazil winter

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.

NOVEMBER

WILDLIFE SAFARIS IN INDIA

An Indian wild dog or Dhole eats from a deer carcass

An Indian wild dog or Dhole eats from a deer carcass

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.

CRUISING IN ANTARCTICA

 Whales are easily spotted on an Antarctica cruise

Whales are easily spotted on an Antarctica cruise

Whales, seabirds, seals and penguins are plentiful in Antarctica as this is the start of the Southern summer months from now until March.

TURTLES IN COSTA RICA

Turtles come ashore to nest in Costa Rica

Turtles come ashore to nest in Costa Rica

Olive Ridley, and leatherbacks can be seen in Costa Rica’s Tamarindo Bay, where they come to nest along the sandy shores.

RETURNING WILDEBEEST IN TANZANIA

A herd of wildebeest antelopes on the serengeti Tanzania

A herd of wildebeest antelopes on the serengeti in Tanzania

Wildebeest return from the eastern corridor of the Serengeti in Tanzania as the monsoon approaches.

BIRDWATCHING IN ZAMBIA

A secretary bird in Zambia

A secretary bird in Zambia

The start of the green season around the monsoon in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia is a birdwatcher’s heaven!

SNOW LEOPARDS IN NEPAL

Spot the elusive snow leopard in Nepal

Spot the elusive snow leopard in Nepal

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.

DECEMBER

KOALAS IN AUSTRALIA

A koala joey

A koala joey

See koalas and kangaroos in Australia, the land down under.

PENGUINS IN ANTARCTICA

Join an Antarctica cruise and you could be snapping penguins at close range

Join an Antarctica cruise and you could be snapping penguins at close range

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.

BIG GAME IN AFRICA’S SERENGETI

A hippopotamus smiles at the camera

A hippopotamus smiles at the camera

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.

TIGER- SPOTTING IN INDIA

A tigress in Ranthambore looks on as she is photographed

A tigress in Ranthambore looks on as she is photographed

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!

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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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