• Scarlet macaw in flight, Peru

    Scarlet macaw in flight, Peru

    © MMecnarowski,Shutterstock

  • Prini-mara-giraffes
  • Diving in the Galapagos Islands

    Diving in the Galapagos Islands

    © Shutterstock

  • Rio Celeste waterfall, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

    Rio Celeste waterfall, Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

    © Shutterstock

  • Lions in Kafue National Park, Zambia

    Lions in Kafue National Park, Zambia

    © JCroucher

  • Hippo in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

    Hippo in Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

    © AGMarks

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Where to go on holiday and when

A month-by-month guide for where and when to go on holiday in Africa and Latin America.

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 . . .

Vacquero on horseback in Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador © SMedia,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 . . .