Dead Vlei Tree, Sossusvlei

October

A guide to where to go on holiday in October for wildlife, culture and adventure in Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Latin America.

Dead Vlei Tree, Sossusvlei

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Where to go on holiday in October

October is high season in most of Africa, the start of spring in southern Latin America, and the monsoon season in India is mostly over - it's a great time to travel.

What did we love about Ecuador? We loved Lucy, the resident caiman of the lake at Sani Lodge. Listening to the rainforest at night. Swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos. Stepping ashore on the same beach as Charles Darwin did when he first landed on Galapagos 183 years ago. Waved albatrosses on Espanola. It was planned to be a memorable and unique holiday and that's how it turned out so we were delighted.

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Dead Vlei Tree, Sossusvlei
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Best places to go on holiday in October

Indian Subcontinent

Highlights of where to go on holiday in October in India, Nepal or Bhutan:

  • The summer heat and monsoon rains have stopped for much of this region, and October is a good month to visit. Diwali is usually in October or November, and other festivals are common at this time.
  • The Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka in the southeast, largely dry until now, get most of their annual rainfall in the ‘winter’ monsoon in October and November.
  • October is a lovely month for trekking under crisp blue skies in India, Nepal and Bhutan.
  • Wildlife parks begin to reopen.

Africa

Highlights of where to go on holiday in October in Africa:

  • This is still high season in Botswana. It’s a wonderful time for wildlife, especially as this is the driest hottest month, so wildlife is very much concentrated around water sources. Excellent time for elephants in the Linyanti and Chobe in particular.
  • It’s hot and it’s dry … excellent for game viewing in all parks in Kenya. The migration is still in the Masai Mara and northern Serengeti (Tanzania) though will probably start to move south again towards the end of the month.
  • September and October are classed as two of the best months for wildlife viewing in Madagascar. The tropical beaches of Nosy Be and other areas are gorgeous.
  • One of the best months in Malawi for wildlife viewing in parks such as Liwonde and Majete. Great birding.
  • See humpback whales in south Mozambique from about August to October in the north. Enjoy the beaches of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Quirimbas and the mainland.
  • In Rwanda & Uganda, the short rains can start in October, but it’s still a good time to visit, including trekking to see gorillas and chimps.
  • October is a great month for wildflowers (usually up until mid-month) in South Africa‘s Cape and Garden Route. It is also peak season for whales near Hermanus, with sightings most days. Gameviewing in most reserves are good in October though with some chance of rain.
  • The Serengeti, Selous, Ruaha … the wildlife reserves of Tanzania are at their peak from July to October. In October the wildebeest migration is in northern (and some in central) Serengeti in Tanzania, as well as in Kenya’s Masai Mara. For something unusual, consider the very remote Katavi, and see chimps in Mahale … amazing.
  • South Luangwa, Kafue, Lower Zambezi and all the excellent reserves in Zambia are in peak season for superb wildlife viewing from July to roughly the end of October. The Busanga swamps in Kafue are accessible now. Carmine bee-eaters are back in numbers. It’s very hot.
  • Mauritius is good most of the year, with May to December being the best months. It’s warm but not too humid in October.
  • In Zimbabwe in September and October, temperatures start to increase, reaching their peak in October. It is an excellent time for game viewing as wildlife tends to congregate around the waterholes. September to November is the best time for fishing in Zimbabwe, particularly if you are after a tigerfish.

Latin America

Highlights of where to go on holiday in October in Latin America:

  • October is the start of spring in Argentina and Chile so definitely worth adding to the list for this month.
  • October is a good month for most experiences in Peru. The claylicks in the rainforest are attracting parrots, macaws and parakeets in good numbers from August to October.
  • The Galapagos Islands offer a year-round wildlife spectacle that is hard to beat. This is a time when marine wildlife is generally very active. Swimming with sealion pups is not uncommon. Dolphin and whale spotting is quite common.  Combine this with time to explore the Ecuador mainland to see the wildlife of the Amazonian rainforest plus the Andean regions with Andean markets and haciendas.
  • September is a great month for spotting wild jaguars in Brazil‘s Pantanal (June to October). Combine the Pantanal with the Amazon for an incredible wildlife experience. Good time for hyacinth macaws, and even maned wolves in a particular camp. It is also a popular month to visit the beaches of Salvador and the northeast.  August to October is also peak season for southern right whales in Santa Catarina.
  • Titicaca, Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains and salt lakes are all waiting for you in Bolivia.

Indian Subcontinent

Above are the events and reasons to travel that are specific to OCTOBER, and below we give you an overview of when to travel in India, Nepal and Bhutan, with links to pages that have more details to help you.

Lights at Diwali, India © Pikoso,Shutterstock

Where to go in Indian Subcontinent

When to go to India

Palaces and forts vie for your attention alongside tigers and rhinos, while spiritualism and sightseeing can combine with Himalayan mountains and Keralan beaches for a uniquely Indian experience.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to India page.

When to go to Nepal

Nepal is an incredible country where you can see Everest in the north, tigers in the south, and the stunning cities of the Kathmandu Valley with the stupas and temples. Adventure, wildlife and spiritualism.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Nepal page.

When to go to Bhutan

The Land of the Thunder Dragon is a Buddhist kingdom where you can enjoy visiting temples, discovering a unique culture, and hiking in stunning scenery.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Bhutan page.

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Africa

Above are the events and reasons to travel that are specific to OCTOBER, and below we give you an overview of when to travel in African countries, with links to pages that have more details to help you.

Gombe chimp hand, Tanzania © AGMarks

Where to go in Africa

When to go to Botswana

Botswana is about wilderness and wildlife in the Okavango Delta, Chobe, the Kalahari Desert . . . Take mokoro safaris, meet San Bushmen, hang out with meerkats and elephants, search for wild dogs.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Botswana page.

When to go to Kenya

If you want to take breakfast with a giraffe, walk with Maasai, see wildebeest (hopefully) escape the jaws of crocodiles in the Masai Mara, and chill out on the beach by the Indian Ocean, Kenya is for you.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Kenya page.

When to go to Madagascar

Head for Madagascar if you yearn to meet a lemur, want to see weird but wonderful baobab trees, are keen to learn about the ‘turning of the bones’ ceremony, or fancy escaping to stunning tropical beaches.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Madagascar page.

When to go to Malawi

This little country known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ has a superb combination of lake activities and beaches, excellent wildlife viewing and bird watching, varied hiking opportunities, and fascinating culture.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Malawi page.

When to go to Mauritius

Mauritius is the place to come if escaping to the beach is your main priority. Hit the beach, enjoy watersports, explore some of the nature reserves or try out the restaurants and bars in the main towns.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Mauritius page.

When to go to Mozambique

Mozambique has miles and miles of Indian Ocean coastline and beautiful tropical islands. Fancy somewhere different for your beach holiday? You’ve just found it!

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Mozambique page.

When to go to Namibia

Impressive sand dunes, the Skeleton Coast, ancient rock art, tribal culture of the Himba, incredible wildlife, exciting activities . . . the huge arid country of Namibia attracts visitors for many good reasons.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Namibia page.

When to go to Rwanda

You should definitely come to Rwanda to see mountain gorillas, but also chimps, golden monkeys and other wildlife, as well as truly breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Rwanda page.

When to go to South Africa

The diversity of experiences you can enjoy here is huge. From incredible wildlife in Kruger and many other parks, to fabulous beaches, impressive mountains, and cosmopolitan cities, South Africa never fails.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to South Africa page.

When to go to Tanzania

Fly over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon, follow the wildebeest migration, climb Kilimanjaro, learn from Maasai, go chimp trekking, relax on Zanzibar Island . . . Tanzania is unbeatable.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Tanzania page.

When to go to Uganda

Mountain gorillas are the highlight of Uganda for some but for others, it’s the incredible birdlife. Whether it’s the wildlife, the culture, or incredible landscapes such as Murchison Falls, it will not disappoint.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Uganda page.

When to go to Zambia

Walking safaris were born here and it is home to Victoria Falls. Canoe on the Zambezi; visit the ‘lost world’ of Liuwa Plains; experience the photo hides in South Luangwa . . . We adore Zambia.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Zambia page.

When to go to Zimbabwe

Superb safaris, Victoria Falls, cruises on Lake Kariba, canoe trips at Mana Pools, rock paintings at Matobo Hills and the ancient ruins of Great Zimbabwe. Diversity, adventure and luxury combined.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Zimbabwe page.

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Latin America

Above are the events and reasons to travel that are specific to OCTOBER, and below we give you an overview of when to travel in Latin American countries, with links to pages that have more details to help you.

Horses at Hacienda Zuleta, Ecuador © Senderos

Where to go in Latin America

When to go to the Antarctic

Go and explore one of the most untouched places on Earth, Antarctic, land of snow and ice, penguins and elephant seals, albatrosses and orcas.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Antarctic page.

When to go to Argentina

Tangos, red wine and steak, gauchos in the Pampas; glaciers in Patagonia; Iguazu Falls; wetlands, winelands, lake districts . . . Argentina is a feast of experiences just waiting to be explored.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Argentina page.

When to go to Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the generally lesser-known countries in South America, but its Amazon rainforest, Andean mountains, salt flats, Lake Titicaca and fascinating history shouldn’t be missed.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Bolivia page.

When to go to Brazil

From the Amazon to the Pantanal, from Iguazu Falls to the Costa Verde, and from Rio de Janeiro to the Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Brazil is huge, diverse and unmissable.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Brazil page.

When to go to Chile

The landscapes of this long thin country vary from the Atacama Desert in the north, to the lakes districts and winelands in the centre, down to Patagonia in the south and Easter Island offshore.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Chile page.

When to go to Costa Rica

Discover sloths and spider monkeys, walk on hanging bridges, explore volcanoes, try zip-lining, dip your toes in the Caribbean and/or the Pacific. It’s a tiny country but it’s packed with adventures.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Costa Rica page.

When to go to Ecuador

The highlights of Ecuador are the Andean mountains, the Amazon rainforest, the beautiful cloud forest, the Galapagos Islands, and the Ecuadorian people.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Ecuador page.

When to go to the Galapagos Islands

A nature lover’s paradise where wildlife has no fear of mankind and you can swim with curious seals or see pelicans in the fish market. Unique wildlife, volcanic habitats and nature cruises.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Galapagos Islands page.

When to go to Peru

Peru is synonymous with the Incas and Machu Picchu, but it also has Amazon rainforest, cloud forest, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, Arequipa . . . Peru is uniquely and diversely fascinating.

For more detail, read our Best Times to go to Peru page.

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    • Cruise the Patagonian fjords - spot sea lions and cormorants
    • Explore azure Lake Peho, Grey Glacier and the blue icebergs of Grey Lake
     
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