Five Tailormade Holiday Ideas for August to December 2016
Naturetrek Tailormade can arrange private specialist birding, mammal, botany and all-round natural history holidays for couples, families and solo travellers. In this article we have selected five of our favourite destinations for the period from August to December, so you can book for this year (or indeed for 2017 as well). We also regularly create itineraries that combine wildlife with cultural highlights, and these are proving extremely popular with clients looking for the specialist wildlife experience that Naturetrek offers, and who also want to soak up a country’s culture and heritage.
If any of the following holiday suggestions takes your fancy, please feel free to call 01962 733051 to speak to one of our tailormade wildlife experts or email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
Five Tailormade holiday ideas for August to December 2016:
Zambia is a fantastic year-round destination; however, should you want to time your visit to coincide with the arrival of dazzling flocks of Southern Carmine Bee-eaters or enjoy an African walking safari, then August is a great time to visit! South Luangwa National Park is Zambia’s premier wildlife reserve. High numbers of predators, including Lion, Spotted Hyena and Leopard (South Luangwa is arguably the best place in the world to see Leopard!), are supplemented by herds of African Elephant, Plains (Crawshay’s) Zebra, Thornicroft’s Giraffe, Puku and Impala that dot the open savannahs.
Machu Picchu, Peru
With the introduction of a direct British Airways service between London and Lima, access to this wildlife-rich country has never been easier! The best time to travel is between May and November, when conditions are drier. Most of our Peru tailormade holidays include a visit to the steaming lowland Amazon Rainforests which are home to such iconic mammals as Jaguar, Brazilian Tapir and Giant River Otter. Many visitors choose to contrast this lowland wildlife experience with the higher elevation cloudforests which support a wealth of birdlife including colourful hummingbirds, tanagers and toucans, as well as special mammals such as the Spectacled Bear. Add to this a visit to the world-famous site of Machu Picchu – there are various ways of getting there including the famous Inca Trail (camping trek), a more comfortable trekking option staying in luxury mountain lodges or by simply taking the day-train! – and one can start to appreciate why Peru is such a special destination, and why it ranks as one of our most popular destinations for couples, groups of friends and families with adventurous kids!
The Pantanal, Brazil’s vast wildlife-rich wetland area, is accessible from May until the end of November. However, October is an excellent month to visit as water levels are relatively low and Jaguars are frequently sighted venturing down to the river edges whilst stalking their favoured prey of Capybara and Yacare Caiman. Other iconic species such as Giant River Otter, Ocelot, Giant Anteater and Brazilian Tapir are also possible. The Pantanal is also extremely rich in birdlife but, should you want to add more avian variety to your holiday, we suggest an extension to the wonderful Cristalino Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest.
If you are looking to escape the UK during our cold and dark winter months then a wildlife holiday to India is the perfect choice! There are surely few wildlife experiences that can rival the excitement of searching for Tigers in the forests of central India – principally Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Tadoba national parks. A typical day often begins with a steaming mug of coffee or a cup of spiced Indian chai (tea) before departing your comfortable jungle lodge in open-top jeeps as the morning mists are slowly thinned by the rising sun. At this time the forest’s diurnal mammals including Spotted Deer and Common Langur monkeys, as well as the jungle’s many bird species begin to stir to life and it is this cast of forest inhabitants that will sound the alarm if they detect a threat, which will often come in the form of the magnificent Bengal Tiger! Of course, there is a wealth of other wildlife to enjoy, including species such as Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur (Asiatic Bison), Nilgai, Golden Jackal and Jungle Cat as well as an incredible variety of birds.
Gelada Baboons, Ethiopia (John Keighley)
Ethiopia’s rainy season abates in September and, from October through to March, the country’s resident breeding birds are joined by migrant species arriving from the north. Ethiopia’s highlands, as well as being amongst the most scenic in the whole of Africa, are the reason for the country’s high degree of endemism – as populations have become isolated over the millennia. Indeed, 23 species of bird exist only in Ethiopia, and there are a number of star endemic mammals too, including Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada Baboon and Walia Ibex. Ethiopia also has some fascinating cultural sites which our tailormade clients are often keen to include in their itineraries. Perhaps the most popular of these are the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, which can be easily combined with the best wildlife locations.
If you would like further information about any of the above holidays, please call Robin Smith on 01962 733051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.