5th January 2018
Happy New Year from everyone at Wild Frontiers! The start of a new year is a great time to plan your travel for the year ahead, but the hardest part can often be choosing a destination. To help you we’ve put together a travel calendar featuring some of our favourite places for each month of the year.
January is a fantastic time to visit Ecuador, particularly the coastal areas and the Galapagos. Although this is the rainy season, temperatures are warmer than in the dry season when it can be chilly, and warm, calm seas mean the snorkelling conditions are excellent. January is also when Giant Tortoise eggs start to hatch, so if you’re lucky you might spot a baby or two. Visit Ecuador on our Darwin’s Ecuador: Andes to Galapagos tour.
Oman in February is a great destination for winter sun. Daytime temperatures are pleasant, rarely reaching much above 30oC, meaning exploring the country’s cities, deserts and beaches will be much more comfortable than during the hot summer months, although evenings may be a little chilly. Our Oman Desert Adventure takes you from the capital Muscat to the dunes of the Wahiba Sands and the vast emptiness of the Rub al Khali or the Empty Quarter.
The best time to visit India weather-wise is between November and March, when the weather is cooler and dry. Our top tip is to visit at the tail-end of the tourist season in March, when the sights are less crowded. Our Taj, Temples and Tigers tour visits the highlights of Rajasthan as well as its lesser known sights including out of the way temples, rural villages and hilltop forts.
April falls in the middle of high season in Iran, but while prices may be slightly higher the weather more than makes up for that. The weather is warm but not unbearably hot, an important consideration with the country’s dress code which doesn’t permit shorts and t-shirts and requires women to cover their heads. Our Iran Unveiled tour offers a great insight into the country with the perfect mix of culture and adventure.
The best time to visit Pakistan is May, when the snows have melted making travel much easier, but with temperatures yet to reach the highs of mid-summer. May also coincides with the festival of Joshi in the Kalash Valley. This festival is celebrated by the Kalash people to welcome the coming of spring, and on our Hindu Kush Festival Adventure you will have the opportunity to join in these festivities.
June is an excellent time to visit Georgia, when weather is pleasantly warm without the humidity of high summer, making the conditions ideal for walking and trekking. Explore the cobbled streets and hidden squares of Tbilisi, the rock hewn monasteries at Vardzia and the craggy Caucasus Mountains on our Land of Myths and Mountains tour.
Visiting Madagascar in July means you’ll avoid the wettest season between January and March, but landscapes should still be fairly green. July is also the start of the whale-watching season, when humpback whales start migrating north past the east coast of the island. Our Madagascar Encompassed tour travels through stunning scenery, introduces you to the country’s tribal people and offers ample wildlife spotting opportunities.
August is one of the best times to visit Kyrgyzstan, particularly for trekking, as the snow in the mountains will have melted and the months with highest rainfall will have passed. Summer is the perfect time to discover the country’s beautiful mountain scenery and meet the nomadic people who spend their summers in these stunning landscapes. Our Kyrgyzstan Explorer tour is a wonderful introduction to this fascinating country.
Although Uzbekistan is a year round destination, visiting in the autumn allows you to avoid the biting cold of winter and the searing heat of summer for a much more comfortable trip. Uzbekistan is beautiful in September when autumnal colours mean the landscape is ablaze with reds and golds, and this is also an ideal time for desert trekking. Explore glittering cities and desert plains on our Uzbekistan: Samarkand & the Aral Sea tour.
October falls at the end of Cambodia’s wet season, so visiting towards the end of the month means you should miss the worst of the rains and enjoy the added benefit of avoiding the crowds of the high season. After the rains the landscapes are green and the paddy fields flooded, making for excellent photo opportunities. Our Cambodia Explorer tour showcases the best the country has to offer, from the temples of Angkor Wat to the islands of the Mekong.
Colombia is a year-round destination, but can get very busy in the high season, particularly in December and January. Beat the crowds with a visit in November, which whilst still officially in the rainy season, there should be no more than a couple of hours rain each day. Visit colonial towns, cosmopolitan Bogota and Tayrona National Park on our Colombia Explorer tour.
The weather is much cooler during the winter months, though still pleasantly warm, making December a great month to visit Egypt’s ancient sites. This is however one of the busiest times of year for tourism in Egypt, so why not avoid the worst of the crowds with a peaceful journey down the Nile on our Slow Boat to Aswan tour.