Safari in August
Everyone has an idea of what a safari entails. From donning dusty khaki clothes to gazing out into a wildlife-rich wilderness. With so many animals to see and so many places to choose from, it's hard to find the best safari destinations in August. That's why we've done the hard work for you, as we check out the best places to visit around the world and in Africa in August.
Africa in August: What to expect
Weather & climateWhen you think of Africa, cracked desert sands, animals plodding in a hazy view and sparse acacia trees dotting the landscapes probably jump to mind. August is your quintessential African safari time minus the scorching desert heat. With pleasant 16°C (61°F) days, cool nights and seldom rainfall, there's no better time to embark on a safari as these conditions draw out wildlife and encourage a game of survival on the plains.
On the other side of the world, the wet season has officially arrived in Cambodia and Laos, so if tropical animals are on your must-see list it's best to check out Brazil or Sri Lanka where the climate is ideal.
Dry season: Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Madagascar
Wet season: Cambodia, Laos
WildlifeWildlife sightings are at an all-time high this month as the arid grounds summon wildlife to water sources. Watch the Big Five own the plains and the Great Migration of zebras and wildebeest leap over rivers and test their strengths.
Add to your quintessential safari experience with a visit to the gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda. The winter temperatures create idyllic trekking conditions and the gorillas thrive on their succulent rainforest vegetation. If whale watching is more your thing, head down to South Africa and scan the waters for young humpbacks and turtles glide in the coastal waters as the birthing season arrives.
Big Five: South Africa
Great Migration: Kenya, Tanzania
Whale watching: South Africa
Gorillas & Chimpanzees: Rwanda, Uganda
Peak seasonWith warm temperatures and dry conditions throughout most of Southern Africa, August is peak season for those who want to experience a classic African safari without that blazing desert heat. Although there may be more crowds and higher rates, the game reserves are animated and rich in wildlife as animals venture out of their hiding places to quench their thirst at the remaining watering holes.
Meanwhile, the low season in Brazil and Sri Lanka offers great rates and fantastic cultural immersions with lively festivals and authentic wildlife encounters as the native animals come out to play.
Peak season: Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa
Low season: Brazil, Sri Lanka
Best safari destinations in August
Why in August?
August creates your quintessential African safari with arid grounds, sparse acacia trees and the Big Five scanning for water remnants. Days are warm and nights are cool, so remember to bring a jumper for those early morning game drives and with no rainfall, animals are easy to spot. Hakuna Matata! (It means no worries).
What to see?
The best thing about this month is whichever game reserve you travel to, wildlife is abundant. Great elephant herds roam the Tarangire plains, lions and wild dogs are securing their place on the food chain in Selous and the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra play a game of survival as they attempt to cross the Mara River.
There's no better way to end an action-packed safari than to cool off in the waters of Zanzibar. With crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, snorkelling and diving are a must-do this month. Clink your glasses and reminisce of your amazing African adventure!
Why in August?
With green rolling hills, succulent jungles, striking mountains and quaint tribal villages, Rwanda's biodiversity is thriving this month. The warm August days and dry grounds, create optimal trekking conditions and the perfect climate for premium wildlife viewing opportunities.
What to see?
Undoubtedly, a true highlight of Rwanda is the resident mountain gorillas. Gazing into the eyes of a creature so similar to you is a surreal experience. Combine your gorilla trek with a visit to Akagera National Park to witness high concentrations of wildlife scanning the grasslands for water sources.
As August is the best time of year for gorilla trekking, it is recommended that you book in advance. Not only your tour, but your gorilla permit too, as these are limited and can sell out months in advance. We wouldn't want you missing out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Why in August?
As an equatorial country, August averages a sweet 25°C (77°F) creating dry conditions for trekking through the Amazon and Pantanal. This low season brings attractive rates and fewer crowds and with year-round festivals, the Bumba Meu Boi parade gives travellers this month insight into Brazil's warm and vivid culture.
What to see?
As one of the greatest biodiverse habitats in the world, Brazil's unspoilt landscape is home to various flora and fauna. From toucans, macaws and parrots to sloths, pumas and jaguars, the rich Amazonian rainforest and Pantanal grasslands are wildlife havens. The marine life is also supreme with otters swimming and pink river dolphins dancing.
When thinking of a safari in Brazil, the Amazon rainforest immediately comes to mind. However, the wildlife of the Pantanal should not be forgotten. With extraordinary biodiversity and bountiful wildlife, this unique ecosystem is a hidden gem. Spot alligators, anacondas, racoons, jaguars and pumas and fill your camera roll with unforgettable encounters!