Scarlet macaw in flight, Peru

When to go where

A month-by month guide of when to go where on holiday in Africa, Latin America and the Indian subcontinent.

Scarlet macaw in flight, Peru

© MMecnarowski,Shutterstock

Face of a gorilla © GQMarks

January

Good time to visit gorillas and chimps; dry season in East Africa (inc. migration) and Costa Rica; gorgeous climate in India.

Exploring the Antarctic © ©SWalser,A21

February

Prime time for Antarctica and Patagonia; excellent for India and Nepal; Galapagos Islands are warm and calm; green season in southern Africa.

Tiger in the rain, India © Shutterstock

March

Generally great wildlife viewing in Latin America; excellent tiger viewing; it’s still dry season in Bhutan and Burma/Myanmar; Victoria Falls is in peak flow.

Weaver in Peru © Sunsiger,Shutterstock

April

Easter in Costa Rica? Beaches and wildlife in eastern South Africa; a very pleasant month for exploring Ecuador and the Indian subcontinent.

Caribbean beach in Costa Rica © chriss73,Shutterstock

May

Madagascar is a good idea from now until about October; great weather in Peru and Ecuador; Zambia’s Liuwa Plains are wonderful this month.

Ring-tailed lemurs, Madagascar © tratong,Shutterstock

June

The annual flood reaches Botswana’s Okavango Delta; the dry season begins in Zambia (until about October); great trekking in Peru.

Jaguar in the Pantanal, Brazil © KBrown

July

Great for jaguars in Brazil’s Pantanal (until October); East Africa for safari and beach holidays; chimp & gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda.

The annual migration, Masai Mara, Kenya © ©PhotoAfricaSA,Shutterstock

August

The height of the migration in Masai Mara or northern Serengeti; explore Peru or Ecuador; Madagascar’s peak month.

Close-uo of an elephant trunk, Botswana © AGMarks

September

Festivals in Bhutan; lively macaw and parrot-licks in Peru’s Amazon; try a walking safari in Zambia; a different beach holiday on Lake Malawi.

Dead Vlei Tree, Sossusvlei © AGMarks

October

Chill out on beaches in India, Brazil or Africa; combine Galapagos Islands and either Ecuador or Peru mainland; carmine bee-eaters are in Zambia.

Indian dancer © JS

November

Botswana’s green season starts but still a good time to visit; India’s wildlife viewing season begins (November to April); explore Nepal.

Vineyards beneath Simonsberg Mountain, Stellenbosch, South Africa © jbor,Shutterstock

December

Costa Rica’s season starts again; migration in Zambia’s remote Liuwa Plains; Gir NP in India is great now; head for Cape Town, South Africa.