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Where to go on holiday in August

August is such a good month to travel to so many of our destinations that it's hard to know where to start to give you ideas!  Of course the down side is that it's high season for flights, so be prepared for a shock on flight prices unless you book a long time in advance.  So where should you go on holiday in August? Well, here is our list of suggestions based on the best times to go to each of these countries.  We hope it helps your decision-making.


  BOTSWANA
Dry season. Chobe area great for elephants.
Wild dogs easier to find. Cold nights and mornings. Peak season. Herds increasing due to water constraints. Herons and other birds start building nests.
  BRAZIL
Best time to spot jaguars. Mostly dry and warm, but with occasional cold fronts.
Warmer than Rio in winter, so a popular month to visit this region.
  CENTRAL AFRICA
Dry season continues.
  ECUADOR
One of the wettest months, but also prime time due to the level of wildlife activity.
Drier, cooler season. One of windiest months (so not great if you get seasick!). Giant tortoises head back to the highlands. Fur seals mating, and sea lion pups being born.
  GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Drier, cooler season. One of windiest months (so not great if you get seasick!). Giant tortoises head back to the highlands. Fur seals mating, and sea lion pups being born.
  KENYA
Dry season. Excellent time for wildlife in all these areas. Good time for Mount Kenya but cold.
Coolest time (but still warm!). Humpback whales seen off the coast. Can be windy. Seas still quite cloudy.
Excellent game viewing in all parks. The Migration is in the Masai Mara.
Dry, cool season
Dry. Excellent time to visit.
  MALAWI
Dry season. Can be windy on the lake, but hot.
Dry season. Best time for wildlife viewing.
Dry season. Can be windy on the lake, but hot. Great time for hiking.
  MAURITIUS
Cooler months, but still in mid 20's, so great for families with children. Winds keep it fresher.
  MOZAMBIQUE
Dry. Wildlife viewing in Gorongosa at its best.
Dry season. Best time to visit. Humpback whales seen from about August to October.
Great time to visit. Coolest month. Humpback whales seen from June until about September.
  PERU
One of the drier months and a good time to come. The clay licks attracting parrots, macaws and parakeets are most active from about August to October.
  RWANDA
Dry season is generally the best time including for gorilla trekking.
  SOUTH AFRICA
Winter in Kruger is dry with warm days and cold nights. It's a great time for wildlife viewing. August can have really cold mornings and evenings.
Best time for wildlife viewing. Whales seen off the coast. KZN is sunny most of the year and the seas rarely drop under about 22°c even in winter.
The dry winter season is the best time to visit Madikwe and the north west. Great wildlife viewing. Very cold mornings and evenings.
The Kalahari is best in the winter months of July and August as it's so hot at other times. Spring flowers generally start to flower in early August to late September - starting in Namaqualand and moving south to Cape West Coast.
Peak whale season near Hermanus - sightings most days. Still a cool, rainy time, though starting to improve now.
  SWAZILAND
Dry season, much easier to get around, and wildlife viewing is best at this time.
  TANZANIA
Best time for wildlife viewing in the southern parks such as Selous and Ruaha.
Peak season for Tarangire. Ngorongoro and Manyara always good. Good time for Kili climbs.
Dry but cool.
  UGANDA
Dry season, so definitely the best time to trek for chimps and gorillas. Cooler time of year.
Dry season. Getting to the lakes, rivers and waterfalls is always easier in the dry season. White water rafting good all year.
Dry season. Great time for wildlife viewing.
  ZAMBIA
Dry season in Kafue. Busanga Plains accessible. Excellent game throughout park.
Peak season. Dry. Excellent wildlife and great walking.
Peak season. Excellent game viewing in Lower Zambezi.
Good mid-season month for reasonable water levels at the Falls. Good white water rafting.

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As a tour guide in India and South America, then travel writer & photographer, Guy was involved in travel for many years before setting up Tribes.
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