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Discovery Trip to Madagascar

Discovery Trip to Madagascar

A fantastic tour with the English-speaking guide Klaus Heimer, who has lived in the country for more than 12 years as a photographer and journalist. Meet the locals, enjoy the knowledge from the guide and many good photo opportunities. you will also experience some culinary highlights and of course several encounters with the lemurs that are only found here. According to Abbreviationfinder, Madagascar is a country located in eastern Africa. See Countryaah for more countries starting with letter M.

Discovery Trip to Madagascar 2

The trip is for 18 days / 17 nights. We can help book flights and possibly extra nights on request.

Highlights:
Antananarivo, Andasibe National Park, Palmariun Private Reserve, Sainte-Marie, Ranomafana National Park, Ampefy etc.

This is included in the trip:

  • Accommodation in hotels specified in the program or equivalent hotels with breakfast. On Sainte-Marie with half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • All transfers according to the program
  • Entrances and local guides to parks or reserves (Andasibe and Ranomafana)
  • Car, minibus or bus with driver depending on the size of the group
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • Train ticket Fianarantsoa – Manakara
  • Motorboat Manambato-Akanin ´ny Nofy – Tamatave
  • English and German speaking guide
  • Tourist tax

Price from: SEK 25,095 per person.
For more detailed information, see program and travel facts / price

Day 1. Antananarivo

When you land at the airport in Antananarivo, a driver is waiting in the arrival hall with a sign with your name on it. He will take you to your Belvedere hotel for overnight stay. The capital of Madagascar is also called Tana.

Day 2. Antananarivo – Andasibe

Early morning and we leave Tana and drive east to Andasibe. On the way there we stop at the reptile park in Marozevo, where we can see chameleons and other animals such as butterflies and frogs up close. We check in at Andasibe Forest Lodge . In the evening there is the opportunity to go on a night hike with a guide that shines with a flashlight so that we will hopefully see the nocturnal lemur “Muslim wall”, sleeping chameleons, tree frogs etc. The hike takes place on a straight, paved road. Overnight at Andasibe Forest Lodge by 142 km and about 3.5 hours driving time.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3. Andasibe – Akanin´Ny Nofy

The morning begins with a guided hike in the park Analamazaotra (first a little uphill then mostly straight ahead) where the largest of the lemurs is, Indri Indri. It can be up to 80 cm long and has a singing sound that we will hopefully hear. Here are more kinds of lemurs, different birds and other animals. We then leave for Brickaville and then continue on a gravel road to Manambato which is located on Lake Rasoa. We then take a boat along the Pangalanes Canal to Akanin´Ny Nofy (meaning the nest of dreams) at Lake Ampita and Palmarium Hotel or Annexet. The power is powered by a generator that shuts off at night. We travel 125 km on a normal road and then 7 km gravel road and finally 1.5 hours boat ride on the canal.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4. Akanin´Ny Nofy

In the morning we walk in the Palmarium private reserve where we get to see several different kinds of lemurs, certainly some up close. When darkness falls, we go by boat to a small island where the night lemur Aye Aye is found. Overnight at Palmarium Hotel or Annexet.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5. Akanin´Ny Nofy – Tamatave – Foulpointe

We take a motorboat to the mainland and Tamatave which is the largest port city in Madagascar and then continue to Foulpointe. Here we can view an old fort, enjoy the sea, the food and walk along the beach. Overnight at Manda Beach Hotel . 60km drive and about 2.5 hours by boat.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6. Foulpointe – Soanierana-Ivongo – Sainte-Marie

We leave early in the morning for the east coast and Soanierana-Ivongo takes the ferry over to the beautiful island of Sainte-Marie which is an old pirate island. We stay at Lakana Hotel which is located on the beach between the airport and the city of Ambodifotatra. Should there be too many waves and the ferry is canceled, we will change the program a bit and sleep another night at the Manda Beach Hotel in Foulpointe. 100km drive and about 1.5-2h ferry.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7. Sainte-Marie

Here we have a day off where we can discover the southern part of the island with Ile aux Nattes or the northern or eastern part of the island by bike or on foot. For those who want, you can indulge in water activities or just relax on the beach. Take the opportunity to see the pirate cemetery at low tide and enjoy the beautiful sunset. July-September you can book an election trip directly with the hotel. Overnight at Lakana Hotel . If the boat to Sainte Marie was canceled due to too high waves, we start going back to Tana and spend the night in Andasibe or Moramanga, depending on availability.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8. Sainte Marie – Antanananrivo

We fly up (or go up if we did not come to Sainte Marie) to Tana and the afternoon is free. Overnight at Belvedere Hotel .
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9. Antanananrivo – Ampefy

After breakfast we go west towards the “wild west” and make several stops to photograph the beautiful nature that we pass. We stop at a lemur park where there are 9 species of lemurs that have 5 hectares of land to move freely on. We stop in a small village where we see several people making small cars and other things from recycled cans and other metal objects that are then exported around the world. We go via Miarinarivo and visit a dormitory where we have lunch (only applies when the school is open) Our last stop for the night is Amefy, which is located by Lake Itasy (means rich in fish), where we spend the night at Kintana Fleuron . 120km and max 3.5h driving time.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10. Ampefy

Today we explore the area around Ampefy, the waterfall on the Lily River, geysers and the lookout point Ilot de la Vierge. In Analavory, they have a market that we visit. Overnight at Kintana Fleuron again. Max 100 km drive, some gravel roads.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11. Amoefy – Faratsiho – Antsirabe

Today we go through one of the coldest areas on Madagascar, we drive towards Antsirabe, known for its rickshaws and gems. We visit the crater lake Andraikiba and if time also allows a workshop where they make miniature bicycles from old cans. Overnight at Flower Palace . 155km drive, and approx. 5h drive
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12. Antsirabe – Ambositra – Fianarantsoa

Our journey now continues south through beautiful landscapes down to Fianarantsoa. We visit a lookout point that gives us a beautiful view of the city of Ambalavao. Overnight at Villa Sylvestre . 240km and 6h driving time.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13. Fianarantsoa – Manakara

Today we will ride the “Jungle Express Train”. The train departs at 7 o’clock in the morning and we will travel over 67 bridges and through 48 tunnels and through tropical forest to Manakara which is located on the east coast of Madagascar. At each station the train stops, fresh fruit, fish and cakes are sold. The train journey takes at best 8 hours but usually takes longer, about 10-12 hours. Before we reach Manakara, the train will cross the runway and this is only available in 3 cities worldwide. Once in Manakara, we check in at our hotel Partenay Club.

If the train should not leave for any reason, we will visit the historic part of Fianarantsoa and then go to Ambalavao to spend the night at the Bougainvillées Hotel . 163km, 8-17h with the jungle train.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14. Manakara – Ranomafana

The morning is free for your own activities. We can go down and see when the fishermen come back with their catch or do a canoe trip on the Pangalanes canal. Then we go together further up to Ranomafana. Along the way we pass palm trees, spice plantations etc. We take a night walk along the road to try to see the Muslim wall, chameleons and other nocturnal animals. Overnight at Lodge Chez Gaspard . 200km

If we have not been able to travel by train, we will visit the Anjara reserve which is located about 12km south of Ambalavao, where we have a great chance to see families of the so-called cat wall. We then go to Ranomafana and spend the night.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15. Ranomfana – Sahambavy

Today we visit the approximately 40,000 hectare Ranomfana National Park located on the Namorona River. Here are i.a. golden bamboo lemurs, brown lemurs and Sifakan (related to the silk lemur). In the afternoon we continue to Fianarantsoa and from here we take an old train to Lake Sahambavy (if the train works and there are at least 4 people on the trip). Otherwise we drive there and spend the night at Lac Hotel which is right on the lake. About 65km drive.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16. Sahambavy – Ambositra

We are now heading north again and going to Ambositra. We visit Zafimaniry which is a workshop where people work with wood carving. Overnight at Grand Hotel . About 150km drive.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17. Ambositra – Antsirabe – Antananarivo

After breakfast and a walk through the city, we drive back to the capital via Antsirabe. Depending on arrival, there may be time to visit a market where we can buy the last souvenirs for those who have room left in the luggage. Transfer back to the airport to fly home to Sweden again. You may need an extra night near the airport. (Overnight stay will be added). 170 km drive.
Meals: Breakfast

Price from: SEK 25,095 per person, part in a double room, excluding flights  
Single room supplement: SEK 4,700

The group consists of a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 15 people.

This is included in the price:

  • All transfers according to the program
  • Accommodation in hotels specified in the program or equivalent hotels with breakfast. On Sainte Marie with half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Entrances and local guides to parks or reserves
  • Car, minibus or bus with driver depending on the size of the group
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • Train ticket Fianarantsoa – Manakara
  • Motorboat Manambato-Akanin ´ny Nofy – Tamatave
  • English and German speaking guide
  • Tourist tax

This is not included in the price:

  • Flights to and from Madagascar, from approximately SEK 10,000 per person
  • Domestic flights Sainte Marie – Tana, from approx. SEK 2,750 per person
  • Visa EUR35 per person. Paid on site
  • Security tax at the airport, approx. SEK 100 per person
  • Other excursions on Sainte Marie that are booked on site
  • Cancellation protection taken out before the first payment
  • Travel insurance, can be bought and also as a supplement to home insurance
  • Necessary vaccinations, contact your local vaccination clinic for advice

Discovery Trip to Madagascar

Shongololo Express – South Africa by Train

Shongololo Express – South Africa by Train

Shongololo, which means centipede in the Zulu language, is a safari-class train. On this train journey you will experience the most and best of South Africa without having to repack your suitcase once. You use the dark hours of the day for transport and the light hours of the day to see and experience South Africa, short for ZA by Abbreviationfinder. This means that during the train journey you have time to see and do more than you might think is possible. Pretoria, Johannesburg, Panorama Route, Kruger Park, Swaziland, Drakensberg’s world heritage sites, culture, shantytowns, Zululand, safaris, golden beaches, St Lucia, Simangaliso Park which is another world heritage site, turquoise sea, vineyards and Cape Town with its sights, just a few examples of what these days will contain. There are also some excursions to choose from; for example a whale watching boat trip in St Lucia on the Indian Ocean depending on the season.

South Africa by train

Arrival Johannesburg “day 0”.

Once at Johannesburg International Airport, you will be met by representatives on site and boarded the train. This day is for you who arrive a day early to Johannesburg. You can choose between different day activities such as visiting the exhibition “The Cradle of humankind” at Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves, Apartheid Museum & The World of Beerc, Lesedi Cultural Village or East Rand Mall & Emperors Palace. You will spend the night on the train and also have dinner on board.

Day 1. Pretoria and Soweto

You will spend the morning in Pretoria and visit Union Buildings with its beautiful design where, among other things, the president has his office. You will also visit Church Square, the central point of the city where the statue of “Oom Paul Kruger” stands. Arriving in Soweto, you visit the Hector Petersen Memorial, named after one of the first students killed in the uprising against the apartheid government in 1976. You return to Pretoria and at 15.30 the train departs.

Day 2. Panorama Route

The world-famous Panorama Route is located in the province of Mpumalanga, which means “Land of the Rising Sun”. It is a province with an extraordinary nature. Today we will visit the village “Pilgrim’s Rest”, which is a living museum and national monument where gold was discovered in the 19th century. Then you head towards Blyde River Canyon, with a gorge of 26 km and a depth of 800 m. From here you get an unforgettable view.

Day 3. Kruger Parks

You will spend the day in the Kruger Park, a world-famous national park and the best in South Africa when it comes to safari experiences. The park, which covers an area of ​​2 million hectares, has a fantastic wildlife that you will be able to enjoy for a whole day.
The train continues its journey through Kaapmuiden during the night.

Day 4. Swaziland

Today you are in Swaziland, which is Africa’s second smallest country. During the day you will see a part of the country’s everyday life. After crossing the border, the tour continues through the Komati River Valley with its panoramic views of the famous glassworks in Ngwenya. Then on through the capital Mbabane to the Swazi National Museum with exhibitions by King Sobhuza followed by a lunch stop at Mantenga Lodge. In the afternoon you drive through the Ezulwini Valley, passing Ludzidzini’s royal residence to Manzini where guests will experience the Swazi Market. The market is in full swing and shows a wide range of skillfully designed wood carvings, colorful textiles and beautiful basket work, which Swazis is known for.
The train travels during the night to Golela.

Day 5. Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve

An early departure to Hluhluwe – Umfolozi Game Reserve will take us into the park to experience the magic of wildlife. The park is located in the heart of Zululand where ancient paths lead through thorn bushes and along mighty rivers of Africa’s oldest established wilderness area. Once the exclusive and royal hunting ground of King Shaka, the site now has an exciting natural and cultural history. The park is a treasure trove of animal species including lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, kudu, bushbuck, cheetah, hyena and many others. Over 300 bird species have been registered. The safaris will be carried out in safari vehicles.

Day 6. Isimangaliso Wetland Park

You visit the Simangaliso Wetland Park in St Lucia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you have the opportunity to find crocodiles and hippos and many other animals. In the afternoon you go on a guided tour to the Zulu Cultural Village to take part in the tribes’ everyday life.

Day 7. Durban

Today you wake up in South Africa’s third largest city Durban and can choose between 3 different day trips:

Durban city tour
You will see a wonderful mix of the new and the old of the city. You will travel along the “Golden Mile”, walk in an area full of good hotels and restaurants. You will also visit Viktoria Market in the morning. You then choose whether you want to go to the botanical garden or to uShaka Marine World, Africa’s largest marine park. There you can have lunch and spend your afternoon.

Durban’s spiritual tour
You start in Mariannhill to get a guided tour through the monastery followed by a short visit to Hari Krishna “Temple of Understanding” and lunch. It carries after lunch off towards the Phoenix Settlement, created by Mahatma Gandhi and then on to Hindu, Sufi and Muslim temples. Among other things, you will see Juma Musjid, South Africa’s largest mosque.

Umhlanga Rocks beach day
You can also choose to spend the whole day on the beach with sun and swimming and then if desired go on some shopping in the Gateway Shopping Center before returning to the train.

Day 8. Drakensberg

The train has today taken you to Drakenbergen and you can today choose between 4 different day trips:

Battlefield
Today you will follow in the footsteps of the Anglo Boer War by visiting the Siege Museum and other places famous for battles, such as Spioenkop. Other highlights are Wagon Hill. You will also gain more knowledge about Winston Churchill and Gandhi.

Midlands Meander
The famous Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal is a unique mix of more than 160 places to eat, drink, sleep, shop, play and have fun in general. It started many years ago as a voluntary gathering of artisans, who wondered if they could entice visitors to leave the paved path and explore their studios and galleries. Midlands Meander has now grown into a fascinating mix of arts and crafts, world-class restaurants and homely amenities. It offers a wide range of sports, environmental and historical activities. Among your stops will be a visit to Howick Falls and a beer tasting (Pickled Pig, Pie Eyed Possum, Whistling Weasel) at Nottingham Road Brewing Company a microbrewery.

Southern Drakenbergen Birding Trail
You will travel to the foot of the Drakenbergen and you will take a guided walk into the “Pursers Bush” A native forest dominated by the wood species Yellowwood. This is a habitat for the rare Cap Parrot (350 out of 800 left in the world live here) and many other different bird species, such as the Sakabula, Bald Ibis and Gray Crown Crane.

Drakenbergen hiking
trail The hike begins in the Cobham region, through the Mcheche forest to see the beautiful flora and fauna. Further towards Boundary Rocky where Captain Allen Gardiner and Wagon Master Dick King had to abandon their mission, to find a direct route through the mountains from Durban to Cape Town. Here you have the opportunity to see rock carvings and swim in the pools. On the way home we stop at a workshop and “Allans Shelter”. The hike is 8.5 km.
If you want, it is also possible to book a day trip to Lesotho. (not included in the price)

Day 9. Bloemfontein

Today you wake up in Bloemfontein and can choose between 3 different day trips;

Bloemfontein city tour and go to Kimberley
After breakfast you take a bus to Bloemfontein and visit the “Women’s Memorial” at the Anglo-Boer War Museum. This monument is in memory of the 27,000 women and children who died in concentration camps. You will have lunch at “Loch Logan Waterfront”. After lunch we drive towards Kimberley.

Go to Kimberley for a city tour
After breakfast you take a bus to Kimberley and visit the “Big Hole Diamond Mina Museum”. After lunch at one of the restaurants in the city, we visit “William Humphrey Art Gallery” and “Macgregor House Museum”. Then back to the train.

Train to Kimberley for a city tour in the afternoon
After breakfast you take a train to Kimberley to have lunch at a restaurant in the city and take you on to “The Big Hole Diamond Mine Museum”.
During the night you go to Worcester.

Day 10. Wineries or Hermanus

Today you can choose between 2 different day trips;

Historic hearts of vineyards The
day begins with a trip to Franschhoek via Villiersdorp and offers a fantastic view of vineyards and plantations. You are visiting the “Huguenot Memorial”. You continue your journey across the Hellshoogte Pass through a landscape of orchards, Cape Dutch houses and vineyards. In Stellenbosch, the second oldest city in the country, located in the heart of the Winelands, you can enjoy a lunch break. In the afternoon you drive to Paarl, named after the large granite domes of mountains overlooking the city. A wine tasting is included in this excursion.

Scenic mountain passes and Hermanus
You travel over scenic mountain passes such as Rooihoogte and Floorshoogte Pass and via Overberg, the towns of Villiersdorp and Botrivier to Hermanus, once a famous fish market and whaling station. During the whale season (approximately from July to November each year) whales can be seen from as close as 5 meters away from the cliffs. WWF includes Hermanus in its list of 12 best whale watching sites in the world. In the afternoon, take the coastal road past Betty’s Bay and Clarence Drive towards Mother City to meet the train. A wine tasting is included in this excursion.
If desired, you can book to go out by boat for whale watching during the election season. (not included in the price)

Day 11 & 12. Cape Town

During these days you will be in Cape Town and can choose between 2 different day trips.

Kirstenbosch and Cape Peninsula
You will visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is world famous for its beauty and diversity, a farm of 528 hectares. Further towards Hout Bay and its charming and colorful boats and then Simons Town, a cozy little coastal town. You will visit the Boulders Penguins Colony, which is the only place in the world where you can actually swim among penguins. The day will not be complete if you do not visit Godahoppsudden’s nature reserve with thousands of native plant species and baboons and antelopes.

City tour in Cape Town The
day begins with a cable car up the Table Mountains (not included in the price). You continue with the state tour and walk through Company Garden followed by a visit to “Bo – Kapp Museum”. On the way to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront you will stop at Diamonds Works, where you will see more of jewelry making and diamond grinding. In the afternoon you will visit “District 6”. You end your state tour by visiting the “Castle of Good Hope”, the oldest preserved building in the country.

You can also book extra activities if desired. There are, among other things, helicopter flights over Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, diving among white sharks in Gansbaai, taking the cable car up Table Mountain, visiting Robben Island. (not included in the price)

Day 13. Return trip

Today you will now be driven from the train to either your hotel or to the airport.

The price varies depending on which class you want to live in. Read more under travel facts

Gold = from SEK 56,250 per person
Emerald = from SEK 71,250 per person
Contact us for departures during 2021-2022 and more detailed price

This is included in the price:

  • Transfer between airport and train round trip.
  • Accommodation on board the train during the journey.
  • Breakfast and dinners during the trip.
  • A free choice of included excursions and activities according to the program.

This is not included in the price:

  • International flight between Sweden and Johannesburg, from about SEK 8,500 per person
  • Luncher
  • Drinks for meals
  • Laundry
  • Extra excursions and activities
  • Tip
  • Overnight 1 extra night in Johannesburg
  • Cancellation or travel insurance that can be taken out by us through Gouda

We reserve the right to make changes to the program beyond our control and to any currency changes.

The trip is for 15 days / 14 nights.

Around South Africa by train with guided tours in minibus. Good Hope – From Johannesburg to Cape Town or vice versa. English-speaking guides accompany us on the train and guide us on all excursions included in the South African trip. Also on the train are air-conditioned minibuses that we use on the excursions.

Cabins: The train has double coupes in the Gold and Emerald classes as well as a few single coupes, a restaurant trolley and a bar trolley. In total, the train contains ten carriages. Each passenger compartment has 6 double compartments and two single compartments. Gold and Emerald have private shower / wc and air conditioning in the cabin. What distinguishes these coupes is mainly the size. All compartments have safes / lockable storage boxes. The train is not a luxury train.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner are served in the air-conditioned restaurant trolley. The menu includes traditional, local dishes. The train also has a lounge / bar trolley with room for 60 people.

Flights: We help you book flights. The flight includes breakfast and dinner.

Payment: Special payment rules: 40% of the total amount must be paid upon booking and will not be refunded in the event of cancellation. The remainder, which is refunded in the event of cancellation, must be paid 2 months before departure.

Tour guide: Professional guides accompany the train and speak English.

Transport: The excursion vehicles are included with the train. All buses have air conditioning.

Credit card / payment: A refundable deposit will be requested upon boarding. Payment on board the train can be made by Rand, traveler’s checks or credit card. Everything bought on board is paid at the end of the trip.

Electricity: 220V, adapter required

Tips: If you are satisfied with the trip and the service, we recommend about 500 Rand per adult guest for the entire trip. This is put in a pot and shared equally among the staff.

Insurance: Check with your home insurance about which trip and cancellation protection you have.

Passport / Visa: Valid passport for at least 6 months. Two blank pages for stamps in the passport are required.

Vaccinations: We refer to the nearest vaccination center for information on what is required for your particular trip.

Climate: Much depends on what time of year you choose to travel to South Africa. It is winter there when we have summer in Sweden.

Equipment / Clothing: Casual clothing on the train. Soft clothes such as khaki pants, jeans or similar. Sandals / sneakers. Attire depends on the season, bring warm clothes June-August. KwaZulu-Natal is hot all year round.

Seychelles and Safari in Tanzania – A Dream Trip

Seychelles and Safari in Tanzania – A Dream Trip

A wonderful trip with the little extra when it comes to luxury and beautiful beaches with sun and swimming. You start the journey with a few days safari in the most famous parks in Tanzania, stay in really good lodges and then end at two different resorts in the beautiful Seychelles, one of which is on a private island, Denis Island. Safaris in Tanzania can be done all year round, but maybe not during the rainy season April-May when many roads are flooded. The best time to get a chance to take part in the annual migration is September / October. According to Abbreviationfinder, Seychelles is a year-round destination and October-February can offer rain showers but these are usually intense with short. See more countries starting with S on Countryaah.

Seychelles and Safari in Tanzania 2

This trip is a proposed layout 13 days / 12 nights so we can easily tailor it so the trip suits your wishes.

Highlights:

Mahe and Denis Island, Seychelles, Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro

The price includes:

  • Transfer from and to the airports in Tanzania
  • 2 nights at Cofee Lodge, Arusha incl breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Tarangire Tree Topsincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 2 nights at Dunia Campincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro Campincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transport and safari in four-wheel drive Land cruiser with own driver / guide
  • All entrances to parks and the reserve.
  • 1 liter of mineral water per day during the safari
  • 2 nights at Carana Beach Hotel on Mahe incl. breakfast
  • 4 nights at Denis Private Island Resort including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transfer between Mahe Airport and Carana Beach Resort round trip
  • Flight from Mahe to Denis Private Island round trip

Price from SEK 75,765 per person

For more detailed information, see program and travel facts / price

Day 1. Arusha

When you land at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by our representative who will drive you to your hotel Coffee Lodge in Arusha for the night.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2. Arusha – Tarangire

After breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up by your private safari guide and head towards Tarangire. The car journey takes 2 – 2.5 hours and goes over a paved road. Upon arrival in Tarangire, you first make a short stop for registration in the park. Here you can take the opportunity to drink something and / or go to the toilet. In the afternoon you spend a safari in the park which is known for its huge Baobab trees and large herds of elephants. Other animals that are common in the park include i.a. zebra, buffalo, wildebeest, ostrich, lion, leopard, impala, Grants gazelle, Thomsons gazelle and others. You stop at a picnic lunch break during the day and have dinner at your lodge in the evening, Tarangire Tree Tops.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3. Serengeti

After breakfast you leave Tarangire and drive towards the Serengeti. The road to the Serengeti passes Lake Manyara (but not through the National Park), the Rift Valley Viewpoint and the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater. You arrive at the Serengeti and have time for a game drive through central Serengeti before arriving at your tent camp located in the middle of the Serengeti, Dunia Camp .
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4. Serengeti

This whole day is spent on safari in the Serengeti. The Serengeti is home to more large mammals than any other park in Africa and among the animals you can see during your days here can be mentioned, for example; lion, leopard, hyena, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, Thomson’s gazelle, Grants gazelle, impala, baboon, giraffe, crocodile, hippopotamus, waterbuck, rockhopper, coantilop. Ostriches, warthogs, etc. You stop at a rest area in the park to have a picnic lunch before you go on a little more safari before you go back to your accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5. Serengeti to Ngorongoro

After breakfast you make your last trip in the Serengeti before driving to Ngorongoro Crater after lunch. You will arrive at your lodge, Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp which is located in an acacia forest, just beyond the edge of the crater in the middle of the afternoon and spend a few hours enjoying the beautiful surroundings overlooking the highest mountains in the southern part of the Ngorongoro Highlands.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6. Ngorongoro

After breakfast it is time to go down to the Ngorongoro Crater which was once an active volcano and takes part in the fantastic wildlife that lives within these walls. About 600 meters down in the crater you have the chance to see the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) and many beautiful bird species that circulate around the lakes but also many other animals and the crater also gives you the opportunity to see black rhinoceros. You have a picnic lunch down in the crater while you see the animals grazing around you. In the afternoon you will then return to Arusha for an overnight stay at Coffee Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7-8. Kilimanjaro-Seychelles / Mahe

You drive early in the morning to Kilimanjaro Airport and fly to the Seychelles. When you arrive at the airport on Mahe you have a transfer to your hotel for your next 2 nights, Carana Beach Hotel. These days you dedicate yourself to sun and swimming and other excursions offered on the island. There is a rum distillery, several hiking trails and marine parks. The island is only 28km long so you can easily get around by bike or taxi.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9. Denis Island

Denis Island You have a transfer back to the airport to fly in a small plane over to Denis Island . So for those of you who are looking for a private beach, why not go to a private island ?! You land among palm trees and here is only one resort for pure relaxation with luxury!
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 10-12. Denis Island

You spend your days just relaxing, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, paddling or just reading a good book, the choice is yours! There is no coverage on the phone, no internet and no TV, all so you can just relax.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 13. Return trip

Today it’s time to go home so you fly back to Mahe and the airport for your trip home again. With you in your luggage you have many wonderful memories and experiences from your trip!
Meals: Breakfast

Price from SEK 75,765 per person share in a double room (price applies in March and 1 Nov-21 Dec)
Price from SEK 79,985 per person share in a double room (price applies in June-October)

For other times of the year, contact us for a price

This is included in the price:

  • Transfer from and to the airports in Tanzania
  • 2 nights at Cofee Lodge, Arusha incl breakfast and dinner
  • 1 night at Tarangire Tree Topsincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 2 nights at Dunia Campincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 1 night at Lemala Ngorongoro Campincluding breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transport and safari in four-wheel drive Land cruiser with own driver / guide
  • All entrances to parks and the reserve.
  • 1 liter of mineral water per day during the safari
  • 2 nights at Carana Beach Hotel on Mahe incl. breakfast
  • 4 nights at Denis Private Island Resort including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Transfer between Mahe Airport and Carana Beach Resort round trip
  • Flight from Mahe to Denis Private Island round trip

This is not included in the price:

  • Flights will be added from approximately SEK 11,100 per person (Stockholm-Kilimanjaro-Mahe-Stockholm)
  • Extra at the lodges – tips, drinks, telephone, laundry and other personal expenses.
  • Tips for the guide and other staff
  • Visa to Tanzania about 50USD per person
  • Necessary vaccinations, contact a vaccination center for details

Seychelles and Safari in Tanzania

Latin America Travel Guide

Latin America Travel Guide

Colombia

Colombia

Mountains, sea and rainforest, beautiful landscapes and well-preserved colonial cities – that and much more is Colombia. The country spreads between the Pacific coast, the Andes cordillera, the Caribbean coast and the rainforest and invites you to nature and history encounters.

Climate:

In Colombia, the altitude affects the temperatures of the tropical climate. The lowland is in the temperate zone, at an altitude of over 3000 meters, the high alpine glacial climate predominates. There are two rainy seasons between April and June and the months of October and November. In between are the two dry periods.

Best travel time:

Both the capital Bogota and the Caribbean coast can be visited all year round. The drier months between December and March and July and August are recommended for trips to Colombia. Due to the Colombian holidays, however, it can get crowded from mid-December to mid-January and around Easter.

Brazil

Brazil

According to Countryaah, Brazil is the largest country on the Latin America. It occupies 47% of the entire continent and borders on every South American country except for Chile and Ecuador. Roughly the size of Europe and with a north-south extension of around 4,300 km, it is home to over 200 million inhabitants. The majority of the population lives in the metropolises on the Atlantic coast. Thanks to its enormous size, Brazil has an incredible diversity of culture and nature. Whether dream beaches that invite you to linger, historic cities with enchanting alleys or animal experiences in the Pantanal or the Amazon – for every globetrotter there is the right piece of earth to make their Brazil trip perfect.

Climate:

Brazil can be divided into four climatic regions, in which mostly tropical to subtropical climates prevail with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius all year round. In the north of the country is the Amazon basin, where an equatorial climate and high humidity are typical. The Brazilian plateau extends south and east of the Amazon basin with stable average temperatures and clearly noticeable rainy and dry seasons. The coastal areas are characterized by a hot, tropical climate with pleasant temperatures due to the sea air and a pronounced rainy season.

Best travel time:

Depending on the region, Brazil can be visited all year round. The northern coastal areas are recommended to be visited between July and December. Rio de Janeiro and the south coast, on the other hand, are particularly attractive between November and April. There is less tourist traffic in southern Brazil during the winter there from May to September, the temperatures are rather cool and there are fewer hours of sunshine. For the Amazon rainforest region, the period from May / June to October is recommended, but the rainy season from December to May does not allow hiking in many places due to the enormous rainfall. During this period the excursions are almost exclusively carried out by canoe. Bathing in the Atlantic is possible all year round thanks to the pleasant water temperatures.

Argentina

Argentina

According to AllCityPopulation, Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world. Located in the south of South America, it is the second largest state on the continent. Because of its great north-south extension, the country has a number of climate and vegetation zones. The name comes from the Latin word for silver – argentum – and provides an indication of the treasures that the conquerors believed to be found on its territory. Until its independence in 1816, it was part of the Spanish colonial empire.

Climate:

Due to the enormous north-south expansion, Argentina has a very diverse climate. The country is often divided into four climatic regions. The pampas in east central Argentina tend to be tropical with mild winters and warm summers. The northeast inland is almost tropical and even warmer than in the pampas. The west, on the other hand, is a rather dry region with little rainfall even in the higher elevations of the Andes. The south with Patagonia is rather cool all year round, but can be classified as very dry.

Best travel time:

The months May to September are particularly suitable for a trip to the subtropical north, as it does not get quite as hot at this time. The temperatures in Patagonia are most comfortable and not too cold from November to March. The central parts of Argentina can be traveled all year round without any problems, with December to February being quite warm and with more frequent rainfall.

Peru

Peru

Peru couldn’t be more fascinating: Due to its moving history and geographical conditions, it is a country with an extremely varied landscape and culture. A multitude of sights and a great diversity of nature draw thousands of visitors under its spell every year. Peru is strongly influenced by the ancient Inca culture and the colonial rule of the Spaniards, which mainly affected the religion and way of life of the population. For bird lovers, the country with the world’s greatest diversity of birds offers over 1800 species. Hikers and nature lovers get their money’s worth on one of the numerous trekking routes around Cusco, in the Cordillera Blanca or the Cordillera Huayhuash!

Climate:

The climate in Peru is quite different due to the large extent of the country between north and south. The Peruvian Pacific coast is very dry, especially in the south, and rainfall increases in the north. On the north coast, average temperatures range between 20 degrees Celsius at night and around 30 degrees during the day, and more moderate in the south. The Andes have significantly cooler temperatures in the higher altitudes, from an altitude of 5000 meters they are always below zero. East of the Andes there is an average of stable 25 degrees in the local rainforest.

Best travel time:

Between December and April is the optimal travel period for the southern Peruvian coast, when it is less cloudy or foggy. From May to September, however, mountain and trekking trips into the Andes and tours through the lowlands of Peru are very possible. The rainforest can be visited all year round, but the name says it all, it can always rain once.

Asia Travel Guide

Asia Travel Guide

Cambodia

Cambodia

According to Countryaah, the Kingdom of Cambodia is located on the Gulf of Thailand. It is bordered by Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east and Thailand to the west. The capital Phnom Penh is located in the center at the confluence of the mighty Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers. In the center of the country there is an enormous fertile central plain, which is surrounded and protected by mountains. In it lies the Tonlé Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. The Mekong, one of the ten longest rivers in the world, flows through the east.

Cambodia emerged from the empire of the Khmer, who left us the mystical Angkor. Its ruins, above all Angkor Wat – the largest temple complex in the world – are under UNESCO World Heritage protection.

Climate:

In Cambodia, which is characterized by a warm and humid tropical climate, the monsoon ensures a rainy season from April to September. The subsequent drying time is significantly cooler. The proximity to the equator ensures warm temperatures all year round.

Best travel time:

The dry season between October and March is recommended for traveling to Cambodia. During this time, the tropical climate is well tolerated by travelers. But the months of the rainy season also have many advantages. The number of travelers is significantly lower – this is most evident when visiting the Angkor temples. The wet season should be used for tours in the rainforest. In general, these months are always a very exciting time for photographers and price-conscious travelers.

Laos

Laos

According to Bridgat, Laos, with its capital Vientiane, borders China to the north, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west and Myanmar to the northwest. In the north, across the border to Thailand and Myanmar, lies the legendary “Golden Triangle”.

This small country will stay in your memory long after your visit, because numerous facets reflect the old traditions. In the so-called Wats, the monasteries with their gold-plated temples, the pulse of the country beats up and down the country. In Luang Prabang, the most beautiful city in Laos, it is definitely worth spending several days.

Laos was able to keep its typical character and the friendly people and the leisurely pace of daily life mean relaxed travel. With Central European haste you will only reap a puzzled smile here.

The country is characterized by mountains and rivers and therefore has lush vegetation. On the Mekong, the country’s lifeline, Laos can be traveled in a different, leisurely way. The still little traveled south offers a paradise for nature lovers with the Bolaven Plateau and the 4000 islands in the Mekong.

Climate:

The climate in Laos is determined by the cooler and drier northeast monsoon from November to April. This brings pleasant temperatures and a not so extremely humid climate with it. The southwest monsoon dominates the climate from May to October. There is sometimes a relatively high level of humidity and short but heavy rains.

Best travel time:

The best time to travel are the drier months between October and March, when the temperatures are pleasantly warm and the humidity is lower. For the north, the time between April and June is recommended. The “green season”, the rainy season, is particularly interesting for photographers, nature lovers and price-conscious people. Laos’ flora can then be admired in all its splendor.

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam is home to over 90 million people. It is bordered by China to the north, the South China Sea to the east, and Cambodia and Laos to the west. The landscape in the south of Vietnam is shaped by the Mekong Delta, in the north the legendary Halong Bay is enthroned.

The Republic of Vietnam is known for its rich cultural heritage and great nature experiences. One of the many reasons why Vietnam travel has never been as popular as it is today. Treasures from various dynasties and a rich French colonial heritage await you on your journey in the land of “Uncle Ho”.

The elongated country is made for traveling on different routes from north to south. If you are interested in a trip to Vietnam, you should also consider Laos and Cambodia – because there are unique travel routes that perfectly combine the three countries of Indochina.

Climate:

The north has a temperate tropical climate with a cool season from November to April and hot temperatures from May to October. In principle, one can speak of four seasons in our senses in North Vietnam: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The south is predominantly tropical. Throughout the year, temperatures in South Vietnam are relatively constant at around 25 to 35 degrees. It is generally a little cooler from November to January. From February to May it is rather hot with almost over 30 degrees. A longer rainy season can be expected between May and October. In the south one can therefore speak of two seasons, the rainy and the dry season. The cloud pass north of Da Nang forms the weather divide between North and South Vietnam.

Best travel time:

A general distinction is made between two travel times for Vietnam: With dry, not too hot temperatures, the period from November to March has already developed into the main travel time in Vietnam. During this time there is an extremely pleasant climate, which makes the tour through Vietnam much easier for us tourists. In addition to the main season, the rainy season with its rather hot and humid climate from June to August also has its charm. Because it usually only rains for one to two hours, mainly in the afternoons and evenings. This leaves enough time throughout the day to fully enjoy the Vietnam trip.

Africa Travel Guide

Africa Travel Guide

Botswana

Botswana

According to Countryaah, there are 54 countries in Africa. Botswana is one of them. The enchantingly beautiful Botswana in southern Africa is known for the Okavango Delta, the largest inland delta in the world and a natural wonder of superlatives, as well as for its grandiose landscapes and its national parks and game reserves. These are among the best safari regions in the world.

Botswana borders Namibia to the west and north, South Africa to the south, Zimbabwe to the east and Zambia at one point in the northeast. The name is derived from the Tswana ethnic group, which forms the majority of the population. About 2 million people live in the country and the two official languages ​​are English and Setswana. The latter is the mother tongue of most of the locals. From secondary school onwards, teaching is in English. Most residents understand and speak both languages. The largest cultural event is the annual Maitisong Festival in April in the capital Gaborone, to which theater and music groups from all over southern Africa travel.

Botswana is often classified as a model country in Africa. Since its independence in 1966, it has had a free and democratic basic order and a legitimate government. This stability makes Botswana a very popular travel destination in southern Africa. The annual economic growth is regularly the highest of all African countries. The reason for this is the export of diamonds. The country is characterized by two fascinating contrasts. On the one hand, Botswana consists for the most part of the Kalahari Desert, a largely flat thorn savannah, on the other hand, the Okavango Delta (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its countless waterways offers a habitat for hundreds of animal species. National parks and game reserves take up around 20% of the country’s area. In addition, there are protected game areas surrounding the parks and reserves.

Climate:
The country has a predominantly hot and dry savanna and semi-desert climate.

Best travel time:
April and May are wonderful and very pleasant months. The landscape is still lush and green. With warm days (approx. 25 ° to 30 ° C) and cooler nights (approx. 10 ° C), the weather for traveling is perfect.
Between June and August the maximum daily temperatures are between 20 ° and 27 ° C. At night and in the early morning hours it can cool down to a few degrees. These are very popular months to travel as the water level in the Okavango Delta is highest and numerous wild animals are attracted. In addition, the vegetation is declining, so that there are optimal game viewing opportunities. In September and October temperatures reach 25 ° to 30 ° C. The landscape is becoming drier and the animals gather at the water points. These months are considered the best time to travel for wildlife viewing.
November to March is known as the “green season”, as the summer rains begin. Temperatures reach around 30 ° to 35 ° C during the day and rarely below 20 ° C at night. During the rains it can drop to 15-18 ° C. The rain showers are generally short and heavy, but alternate with long dry periods. The “green season” is still a good time to travel, because the rain ensures that the landscape wakes up and becomes greener. Due to the ideal conditions, many animals have their offspring and numerous young animals can be discovered.

Tuli block in Botswana

The Tuli Block in Botswana is a narrow strip along the Limpopo River in the triangle of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The landscape is extremely varied with open savannahs, forests, wetlands, grass plains and sometimes bizarre sandstone cliffs. The region offers excellent opportunities to observe lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, spoonhounds, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, various antelope species and many other animals. But also bird lovers get their money’s worth, because with more than 350 different bird species the area is extremely diverse.

The journey to the Tuli Block takes place in most cases from South Africa. There is now the possibility to fly with small charter planes from Johannesburg or as a self-drive to cover the approx. 550 km on well-developed asphalt roads.

South Africa

South Africa

South Africa is a fascinating travel destination. Wide, undulating plateaus and rugged mountains, wide sandy beaches and rugged rocky coasts, fertile farmland and desert-like dry areas characterize the varied landscape. The unique flora and fauna are protected in numerous national parks, game and nature reserves. More than 3,000 kilometers of coastline with countless dream beaches line the country. Rough and melancholy in the west, mild and Mediterranean in the south, tropical and warm in the northeast. Modern cities, European comfort and a good infrastructure combine in South Africa with the originality of the black continent Africa. With its warm and hospitable people and its unique flora and fauna, South Africa will cast its spell over you too.

Climate:
South Africa has an annual average of 22 ° C. With the west and east coast as well as the inland one can distinguish three different climatic zones. In the west the summers are dry and warm, while the winter months are cool and humid. The warm and humid east coast faces a dry inland desert area. The winter nights can lead to frost and snowfall here.

Best travel time:
South Africa is – with region-specific differences – a year-round destination.
In general, the drier months of April and May as well as the blooming southern spring from September to November with mild temperatures are favorable travel times for South Africa. The Cape region is easy to travel to between October and April. Whale watching is possible off the Cape Coast between July and October. The southern winter months between June and August make the northeast of the country and the east coast particularly attractive.
Safaris should be scheduled between July and October.
Oppressive humidity on the east coast and very hot temperatures in the interior await travelers in the southern summer between mid-December and February.

Namibia

Namibia

According to Bridgat, Namibia is a country located in Africa. If you want to enjoy peace, pristine landscapes, a species-rich fauna and the luxury of boundless space, you will not let go of Namibia. On a journey to the highest dunes in Sossusvlei, into one of the oldest deserts in the world, along a lonely coastal strip to tropical wetlands in the Caprivi, the diversity of Namibia’s nature becomes visible. A visit to the Etosha National Park is also unforgettable. Namibia’s tourist infrastructure is one of the best developed in southern Africa. The unique mixture of African and European influences makes the Sonnenland a special travel destination.

Climate:
Namibia is an extremely dry country with hot temperatures, which can, however, vary greatly during the day and year. It is warm all year round in the Namib Desert, where extreme values ​​of over 40 degrees Celsius are reached in summer and temperatures down to zero degrees in the winter nights of July and August. Winter can get very cold in western Namibia, but it is much milder in the inland highlands. The main rainy season in Namibia brings abundant rainfall from December to March.

Best travel time:
You can travel to Namibia all year round and the country has an average of 300 sunny days per year.

The best time to travel is between May and September. The day temperatures reach a pleasant 20 ° to 25 ° C and there is hardly any rain. Cold nights can be expected in June and July. Especially the end of the Namibian winter in August / September is ideal for a safari. Because of the drought there are only a few places where the wild animals in the national parks can quench their thirst.

In the Namibian summer from November to March the temperatures are between 20 ° and 35 ° C. From January to March there are often short, heavy rain showers in the afternoons.

South Europe Travel Guide

South Europe Travel Guide

Canary Islands

Canary Islands

Climate

Due to the Gulf Stream, the Canary Islands have a very mild climate all year round with only minor temperature fluctuations. Extreme cold or heat rarely occurs. The summer months can get up to 30 ° C. The lowest rainfall is expected from March to November. In the sometimes high mountains it can get very cool at night.

Best travel time

The winter months and the months in transition to summer are considered the main season. The months June to September offer ideal hiking weather due to the dry weather.

Balearic Islands

Balearic Islands

Climate

The Balearic Islands have a temperate subtropical climate with an average of 7.9 hours of sunshine a day. Due to the location of the islands, the short winters are mild and humid. There is seldom snowfall – only in the mountains. In the summer months, however, it hardly rains. The temperatures in the interior of the island can then rise to over 40 ° C. Short, heavy rains are possible from the end of August. From the end of December to January, calm, mild weather conditions are common. The small summers already lead to the famous almond blossom in Mallorca in January.

Best travel time

Spring and autumn are scenic and with mild temperatures – ideal for vacationers with active preferences. Beach holidaymakers prefer the summer months from May to September. The winters are rather calm in Mallorca.

Spain

Spain

According to Countryaah, Spain is located in southwest Europe and occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula. The country borders France to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, the Strait of Gibraltar to the south, and Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The national territory also includes the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and the provinces of Melilla and Ceuta in North Africa. The capital is Madrid.

Climate:

Spain belongs to different climatic zones, especially due to its different altitudes. In the north, for example, there is a mountain climate with snowy winters as well as an Atlantic coastal climate. On the north coast of Spain, the winters are milder, the summer months cool and temperate and there is more rainfall. In the continental, northern part of the interior, very warm, dry summers are expected. In the direction of the Mediterranean, the Mediterranean influence increases. In the subtropical Canary Islands the winters are mild, especially from October to February it rains heavily. Temperatures are pleasant all year round.

Best travel time:

Spain, including its islands, is an attractive year-round destination especially for beach holidays. In winter you can still get plenty of sunshine on the Canaries. For tours in the interior of the country, spring with its pleasant temperature values ​​is more recommended, in the Mediterranean it is often too hot for hiking in summer. Rainfalls can be expected in October.

Portugal

Portugal

According to Bridgat, Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula, making it the westernmost state in Europe. It is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the east and north. The westernmost point of the European mainland is therefore in Portugal, at Cabo da Roca. The islands of the Azores and Madeira with Porto Santo also belong to the Portuguese territory.

Climate:

The Portuguese climate is temperate-maritime with warm summer months and mild winters. The mountainous north-east region shows more continental influences, here the temperatures differ more clearly in the rather dry, hot summer and the cold winters. Maximum summer temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius show the Mediterranean character of southern Portugal.

Best travel time:

Depending on the region, Portugal is a year-round destination. Skiers can use the mountainous north-east of Portugal. If you want to do without snow, you can also spend the winter in Madeira, the Algarve or the Azores. The transitional months are ideal for sightseeing, the summer brings bathing weather to the northern Portuguese coast from July to August. In the Algarve, however, it can get too hot in midsummer.

Greece

Greece

Greece is located on the eastern Mediterranean in southern Europe. It is made up of mainland Greece, the Peloponnese peninsula and numerous islands and is surrounded by the states of Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria in the north, Turkey in the east, the Ionian Sea in the west and the Libyan Sea in the south. The island of Gavdos in the Libyan Sea is the southernmost point of the country and is also geographically the southernmost point of Europe. Besides the mainland with 106,915 km², Greece consists of 3,054 islands with a total of 25,042 km² land area. That is almost 19% of the total area of ​​the country. Only 87 of the islands are inhabited. Despite its strong maritime character, Greece is classified as a mountainous country, as the mountain share is just under 78 percent.

Climate:

Greece is a prime example of a Mediterranean climate: dry, hot summers and mild winter months alternate. The north and west of Greece are a little more rainy. In winter, snow falls in the mountains.

Best travel time:

If you have no problem with heavier rainfall in autumn and winter, you can travel to Greece all year round. City trips are easy to plan in the transition period between spring and autumn. In summer, bathing holidays on the Mediterranean with pleasant water and warm air temperatures are possible. Sailors make better use of the period from April to October, in the following months there can be storms.

West Europe Travel Guide

West Europe Travel Guide

Germany

Germany

According to Countryaah, there are 9 countries in Western Europe. Germany is one of them. Germany borders on nine countries and naturally in the north on the waters of the North Sea and Baltic Sea, in the south the mountainous region of the Alps. With around 82 million inhabitants, it is one of the densely populated area states.

Climate:

Germany lies in the temperate climate zone, depending on the altitude (mountains) and the north-south extent, regional differences can arise. While Atlantic influences predominate in the west, the continental climate dominates to the south and southeast. In the north of Germany, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea shape the climate, while the Alps are characterized by a mountain climate. In July an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius is reached, in winter the value is around 4 degrees Celsius.

Best travel time:

Thanks to its relatively stable weather conditions, Germany offers attractive destinations all year round. Accordingly, the travel period is based on regional preferences and the interests of the traveler. In summer, a long period of good weather lures the Baltic Sea and the southeast, while autumn promises mild vacation days in southern and western Germany. Between December and March, skiers get their money’s worth in the mountains.

Switzerland

Switzerland

As a federal, democratic state, Switzerland is located in Europe, but is not a member of the European Union. It borders Germany in the north. According to the federal constitution, Switzerland has no capital; the seat of the federal authorities is the federal city of Bern.

According to Bridgat, Switzerland is a country located in West Europe. Switzerland has around 8.1 million inhabitants, including around 1.9 million foreigners, which makes up 23%. The country is one of the more densely populated countries in Europe, with the population concentrated in the central plateau in the north of the country. The largest cities are the economic centers of Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne and Bern.

Climate:

Switzerland has a largely temperate climate, with the north of the Alps being cooler and rainier. Southern Switzerland is dominated by the Mediterranean, and the altitude generally influences the temperature. On some mountains there is snow all year round.

Best travel time:

Thanks to the moderate climate and favorable location in Central Europe, Switzerland is a worthwhile travel destination all year round. Depending on the region, skiers use the period between November and April; mild summer temperatures in the Rhone Valley invite you to spend a long time outdoors. It can get even warmer in southern Switzerland. The pre-alpine region surprises with pleasantly warm autumn days, at Lake Zurich and Lake Constance it is very foggy during this time.

Austria

Austria

About 60 percent of the national territory is mountainous and has a share in the Eastern Alps. These include above all the Tyrolean Central Alps, Hohe Tauern and Niedere Tauern, the Northern Limestone Alps, Southern Limestone Alps and the Vienna Woods. For this reason, Austria is sometimes also called the Alpine republic. According to AllCityPopulation, the biggest city of Austria is Vienna with a population of 1.897 million.

Climate:

In general, Austria belongs to the moderate climate zone, with the east of the country being more continental. In the west, Atlantic influences are noticeable, while in southern Austria some Mediterranean tendencies are already noticeable. Long winters with lots of rain and snow characterize the alpine mountain regions. Thunderstorms often occur here in summer, warm down winds (called foehn) regularly bring the area to a warm 20 degrees Celsius in the transition months.

Best travel time:

You can travel to Austria all year round. With the exception of winter, city tours are actually always possible; the period between November and early April can be used for skiing in the Austrian Alps. Mountaineers find optimal conditions in summer and autumn. If you want to do water sports in the alpine lakes, you should preferably do so in summer, in Burgenland and the Carinthian lakes you can also use spring and autumn for this.

East Europe Travel Guide

East Europe Travel Guide

Latvia

Latvia

According to Countryaah, there are 10 countries in Eastern Europe. Latvia is one of them. Latvia forms the center of the Baltic States and essentially consists of four historical regions: Courland, Livonia, Zemgale and Latgale. The mostly forested moraine hill country offers numerous lakes and a coastline along the Baltic Sea.

Climate:

The annual average temperature of Latvia is about 6 ° C and there is 600mm of precipitation. As in all Baltic states, there is a cool, temperate climate with mild summers between 16 and 17 ° C and cold winters below 0 ° C. Most rain falls in late summer and it is driest in spring. The sun shines between 1800 and 1900 hours a year. The Baltic coast usually remains ice-free in winter.

Best travel time:

The best months for good weather in the coastal region and thus Riga are from June to mid-September. On average, it gets warmest in July and August.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Bulgaria is located in the east of the Balkan Peninsula. In the north the country borders on Romania, in the south on Greece and Turkey, in the west on Serbia and North Macedonia and in the east on the Black Sea. The capital is Sofia.

Climate

Bulgaria is divided into three areas from a climatic point of view. The first area is the north. There is a continental climate, which means that there are hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. The second area is the Balkan Mountains. There is a lot of snow on the north side in winter, in summer it rarely snows. The Rila and Pirin Mountains have an alpine climate. The southwest of the country and central Bulgaria, just like the Black Sea region, have features of the Mediterranean climate, which means that there are mild winters and warm summers with over 20 ° C daily.

Best travel time

The best time to travel to Bulgaria is from May to September, as this is when the best temperatures are in this region.

Albania

Albania

According to Bridgat, Albania is a country in south-eastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. In the north the state borders on Montenegro and Kosovo, in the east on North Macedonia and in the south on Greece. The capital and largest city of the country is Tirana.

Climate

Due to the location of Albania and the different distances to the sea, the climate in Albania is diverse. There is a maritime climate in the coastal regions, which means that the climate is very strongly influenced by the sea and there are very mild and humid winters, but hot and dry summers. Inland, however, the climate is continental and there are cold winters with lots of snow and warm summers. Earthquakes can also occur in Albania because it is in the seismically active zone, so you should follow the local media.

Best travel time

The best time to travel to Albania is in spring (April to June) or in autumn (September / October), as the temperatures at these times in the region are very pleasant and rainfall is also limited. In summer it is very hot in Albania and in winter it is relatively cold, which is why it is not the perfect time to visit this country.

Turkey

Turkey

The city of two continents can be divided into two regions: the European part, which increasingly meets western standards economically and culturally, and the poorer Asian regions, which are developing slowly. As a result of the rural exodus, almost two thirds of the more than 79 million Turks live in so-called “hut settlements” in the big cities, while another 3.5 million Turks work abroad. Most Turks enjoy gracious hospitality based on belief and trust in Allah. 99% of the Turkish population are Muslims. In addition to this extremely friendly hospitality, there is the lively negotiating skills of the Turks in the numerous bazaars, which is always an experience for our hearts. According to AllCityPopulation, the capital of Turkey is Ankara with a population of 5.7 million.

Climate:

Turkey consists of a maritime northern region, a Mediterranean west on the Aegean Sea and a subtropical south towards the Mediterranean. Snow still falls on the north coast in winter. On the coast to the Black Sea there is an oceanic climate with humid and moderate winters and humid and warm summers. Mild winters are typical for both southern and western Turkey. In Anatolia, winters are cold and very snowy, depending on the altitude.

Best travel time:

Turkey is a year-round tourist destination. Beach holidays can be planned until November, the Turkish ski tourism runs until April. If you want to get to know Istanbul, you still have the opportunity to do so in winter thanks to the mild temperatures. Only in the south of the country can summer get too hot, which is why travelers prefer to come there in spring and autumn.

Slovakia

Slovakia

Slovakia is a central European landlocked country that has been a member of the European Union since 2004. Slovakia has an extension of 410 kilometers in an east-west direction and from 100 to 190 kilometers in a north-south direction.

Climate:

The different altitudes of the mountain ranges primarily determine the characteristics of the Slovak continental climate. The High Tatras have snowy winters, which are also contrasted with cooler but drier summers. In the south of Slovakia, however, it is significantly warmer with hot summers.

Best travel time:

The summer months are well suited for swimming in the large lakes as well as for hiking and mountaineering tours. In some cases, the transition months are still pleasantly mild, so that September / October can still be used for outdoor activities. A lot of snow makes the Slovak slopes attractive to skiers in February and March, and the ski season generally extends between December and April.

 

North Europe Travel Guide

North Europe Travel Guide

Norway

Norway

According to Countryaah, the Kingdom of Norway is located in northern Europe on the Scandinavian peninsula. It borders Sweden to the east and Finland and Russia to the northeast.

Climate:

The southern Norwegian coast has a mild climate, as does the western coast due to the influence of the Gulf Stream. The north-east and the eastern part of Norway are characterized by a continental climate. In the deep north there is sometimes an arctic climate with very cold winter temperatures of up to minus 40 degrees Celsius and a lot of snow. It rains a lot, especially in the transition months, especially on the southwest coast.

Best travel time:

Both winter and summer offer ideal conditions for traveling to Norway. While winter sports enthusiasts in particular get their money’s worth between December and April, the summer months offer numerous opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking or paddling. North of the Arctic Circle, with a little luck, you can see the northern lights from September to March.

Iceland

Iceland

According to Bridgat, Iceland is the second largest island nation in Europe after the United Kingdom and the largest volcanic island in the world. It is located in the North Atlantic, just south of the Arctic Circle.

Climate:

The Gulf Stream ensures a relatively mild climate in Iceland. Nevertheless, the weather is changeable all year round, north and east Iceland are more oceanic and cool. On average, the summer temperature is 12 degrees Celsius, in winter the thermometer only drops just below freezing point.

Best travel time:

If you like the winter beauty of Iceland, you should use the period from February to April. This time is snowy, but it will be brighter again than in the earlier winter months. From the end of August you can watch the Northern Lights in Iceland, which make up for the short days. At this time, however, it is stormier. Icelandic hiking trips should be planned between late June and early September when the days are the longest and less rain is expected. From the end of June to the beginning of July you can also see an impressive display of flowers in Iceland.

Greenland

Greenland

Greenland is the largest island on earth. Geographically, it is part of the Arctic North America, politically it is an autonomous part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenland is internally independent, but is represented externally by Denmark, the former colonial power. The Greenland island name is Kalaallit Nunaat – “land of the people”, in Danish the island is Grønland – “grassland”.

Greenland is a unique country: a huge island with a total area of ​​around 2.2 million km², the interior of which is covered by a huge glacier, which is surrounded by a mountainous, often steep coastal area. See AllCityPopulation for country flags of Greenland and other countries in Europe. The west coast is the most populous region, including the capital Nuuk with around 16,200 inhabitants. The north as well as the east are almost uninhabited. Since there is no road network outside of the cities, traffic takes place exclusively by ship, plane, helicopter or dog sled.

Climate:

The different ocean currents influence the polar climate in Greenland. The Irmingerstrom softens the temperatures on the west coast, here, even in winter, hardly any ice forms and in summer the temperatures in villages that are somewhat protected in fjords can rise to 20 ° C. South Greenland has more rain than the north and can even be a little cooler than the west in summer. In East Greenland there is ice on the sea and in the fjords almost all year round, which keeps the temperatures correspondingly low. The winters in Greenland are crisp and cold with little humidity and temperatures down to -33 ° C.

Best travel time:

In order to be able to use the full range of leisure activities in Greenland, the summer period from mid-June to early September is ideal. Those interested can then take part in whale watching, kayaking trips and hikes through the imposing nature. If you want to spend the winter months in Greenland, you have the opportunity to see the northern lights and pursue all kinds of winter sports. However, between November and February it gets very cold and dark here, which is why skiers should travel to Greenland in March at the earliest.

Svalbard

Svalbard

Svalbard is a group of islands belonging to Norway in the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. In Norwegian usage, the archipelago has been called Svalbard (“Cool Coast”) since the Svalbard Treaty of 1920. However, this name is not widely used in German; the name Spitzbergen is used. It is also the name of the largest main island in the archipelago. Svalbard was primarily settled from around 1900 because of the rich coal deposits. More recently, Spitzbergen has been considered the “largest laboratory in the world” for Arctic research, which also includes a launch site for research rockets (SvalRak). According to the Svalbard Treaty, the archipelago is a demilitarized zone.

Best travel time

The season for expedition cruises in Svalbard starts in April and ends in September.

East Africa Travel Guide

East Africa Travel Guide

Uganda

Uganda

According to Countryaah, Uganda is in close proximity to the equator in the eastern center of Africa. Winston Churchill gave Uganda the nickname “Pearl of Africa” – a sonorous name that promises diverse and unique natural beauties. In Uganda the savannah of East Africa merges into the rainforest of Central Africa, which has interesting effects on the biodiversity of plants and animals. The country is characterized by many lakes such as Albert, Edward, Mutanda, Bunyonyi and Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest body of water. But also the huge Victoria Nile as a tributary of the White Nile, the over 5000 m high Ruwenzori Mountains as well as typical African bush savannas and dense rainforests make up the very diverse landscape. The highlight of every trip awaits visitors in the dense mountain rainforest of the Bwindi National Park: the encounter with imposing mountain gorillas. The chimpanzees that maneuver their way through the trees in the thicket of the Kibale Forest are also an attraction. The capital Kampala and the entry airport Entebbe are located on Lake Victoria, not far from the long sought-after sources of the Nile. The country’s name goes back to the Kingdom of Buganda, the most important of the kingdoms that arose on today’s territory.

Climate:

Thanks to the moderate tropical climate, the daytime temperatures are between a relatively mild 25 and 30 ° C. The temperatures hardly change during the year due to Uganda’s location on the equator. There are two rainy and two dry seasons.

Best travel time:

The dry months of December to February and July to October are generally recommended for travel. Animal observations in the national parks are then somewhat more advantageous depending on the weather.

Kenya

Kenya

According to Bridgat, Kenya is a country located in East Africa. There are numerous reasons for a trip to Kenya: hospitable, warm people, the interesting eventful history, the legendary Masai Mara, perfect for a safari to see wild animals and of course Africa’s “Big Five”. Kenya impresses with green mountain rainforests in the cool highlands as well as wide, hot savannahs, extensive national parks and protected reserves as well as with the tropical east coast on the Indian Ocean with dreamy, kilometer-long sandy beaches. In addition, breathtaking mountain landscapes such as the 5199 m high Mount Kenya or the East African Rift Valley with numerous lakes. In addition, Kenya attracts with one of the most spectacular natural spectacles in the world: the great migration when millions of wildebeest and zebras wander through the Masai Mara every year following the rain.

Climate:

Kenya offers warm temperatures around an average of 23 degrees Celsius all year round. At up to 32 degrees, the coast has much higher temperatures than the highlands. It is characterized by two rainy seasons, which run between the end of March and May and from the end of October to mid-December.

Best travel time:

Just like Tanzania, Kenya is a perfect winter travel destination: While it is cold in Central Europe, from November to February temperatures are pleasantly warm in East Africa. In Kenya’s temperate climate, you can travel almost all year round and go on safari in the numerous national parks and protected reserves. Only in April and May there are temporary restrictions due to the rainy season. However, this “green season” also has its charms: few tourists, clear, dust-free air, cheap flight and overnight prices, lush, green vegetation and happy animals. For this reason, we recommend traveling during or after the rainy season and offer you appropriate dates. Between August and October you can experience the spectacular large animal migration and dramatic river crossings in the Masai Mara.

Tanzania

Tanzania

There are numerous reasons for a trip to Tanzania: the warm, hospitable people, the almost endless vastness and diversity of the country, the interesting and comprehensive history. Tanzania shines through its location on the East African Rift Valley with a wide variety of vegetation and climatic zones: from rainforest to savannah, from subtropical lowlands to cool highlands, with huge national parks, miles of dream beaches on the Indian Ocean, with untamed wilderness and the highest mountain range on the continent – the 5895 m high Kilimanjaro. In addition, Tanzania attracts with one of the most spectacular natural spectacles in the world: the great migration when millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate between Serengeti and Masai Mara following the rain. See AllCityPopulation for country flags of Tanzania and other countries in Africa.

Climate:

Depending on the altitude, the characteristics of the tropical climate in Tanzania differ. The average annual temperatures are 26 degrees Celsius on the always humid, subtropical coast. In the country’s mountain regions, it is a few degrees cooler with an average of 17 ° C. The north and north-east have two rainy seasons between March and May and between October and November. In the south there is a longer rainy season between November and April.

Best travel time:

Basically, you can travel most of the year in the north and northeast of Tanzania. The recommendations are based on the preferred region and the planned activities in Tanzania. The great migration of animals can be observed almost all year round on safaris in various regions of the Serengeti. Only in April and May there are temporary restrictions due to the rainy season. However, this “green season” also has its charms: few tourists, clear, dust-free air, cheap flight and accommodation prices, lush, green vegetation and happy animals. For this reason, we recommend traveling during or after the rainy season and offer you appropriate dates. Between June and September you can expect more pleasant temperatures than in the hot months of December to March.

South America Travel Guide

South America Travel Guide

Suriname

Suriname

According to Countryaah, Suriname is the smallest country in South America and borders Guyana to the west, Brazil to the south and French Guiana to the east. In the north the Atlantic forms a natural border. Suriname consists of three regions and ten districts. The coastal regions are also the most populous and densely populated. The Wilhelminagebirge in the southwest of the country awaits with interesting flora and fauna. Here is also the highest point in the country: the Julianatop at 1280 meters.

Climate:

In Suriname there is a hot tropical climate all year round with maximum temperatures around 28 to 32 degrees Celsius on the coast. The temperatures are lower in the higher inland areas. The so-called small rainy season between the beginning of December and the beginning of February is followed by the small dry season, which lasts until the end of April. They are replaced by the great rainy season from mid-April to mid-August, before the year ends with the great dry season (late August to early December). Then again maximum values ​​of 38 degrees are possible. Less precipitation falls near the coast than inland. Short, heavy rain showers are also possible during the dry season. All year round Suriname has extremely high humidity of 80% during the day and up to 95% at night.

Best travel time:

For a trip to Suriname, the two dry seasons in the country should be matched. Accordingly, the beginning of February to the end of April and between mid-August and the beginning of December are the best travel times. September and October are the driest months in Suriname. Whether you want to explore the interior of the country, plan an excursion into the rainforest or watch birds, you should definitely avoid the rainy season because of the risk of flooding.

Bolivia

Bolivia

According to Bridgat, Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America, named after the South American independence fighter and national hero Simon Bolivar. The constitutional capital of Bolivia is Sucre, the seat of government and thus the secret capital is La Paz, which valiantly defends the false title of the highest capital in the world. With an altitude of 3200 to 4100 m, the city is the highest seat of government on earth. The climate in Bolivia is very diverse due to the enormous differences in altitude. A little over 55% of the population of Bolivia belong to the indigenous peoples.

Climate:

Bolivia has a tropical climate, with temperatures depending heavily on the altitude. While snow falls all year round in the High Andes, the average annual temperature in the northern lowlands is 30 degrees Celsius. At altitudes between 3,000 and 4,000 meters, at least 20 degrees Celsius can be expected during the day.

Best travel time:

Pleasant temperatures and little rain are characteristic for the period between May and October. During this time, mountain climbing in the Andes is also possible. The rainy season should be avoided.

Ecuador

Ecuador

Ecuador, the smallest of the Andean countries, is an ideal entry-level country for the South American continent. In the smallest of spaces and with short distances, you will find almost the complete variety that the South American continent has to offer. A multitude of sights as well as a diverse flora and fauna inspire more and more tourists. Famous explorers like Alexander von Humboldt or Charles Darwin have also returned to Europe with fascination. The country is named after the equator line that runs through the national territory a few kilometers north of Quito. The Galapagos Archipelago belonging to Ecuador is located about 1000 km west of the coast in the middle of the Pacific. This natural paradise is an absolute must for all nature and animal lovers.

Climate:

In the course of the year there are no major temperature fluctuations, one speaks of the time of day climate. Accordingly, there are sometimes strong temperature fluctuations during the day. In principle, Ecuador can be visited all year round. In the east there is a tropical, humid climate. The north is characterized by a monsoon climate, in the mountains the temperatures can be lower according to the alpine tundra climate. On average, the temperatures are stable all year round at around 25 degrees Celsius. There is a rainy season from December to May.

Best travel time:

Thanks to its location on the equator, the South American country is an attractive travel destination all year round. The dry seasons of the country can be a guide for travel planning. The period from September to December is recommended for exploring the eastern rainforest. In the tropical lowlands it rains all year round.

Due to the high amount of precipitation, travel to the Amazon region between June and August is not recommended, but tours into the mountains are not in the way during these months. The coast of Ecuador is worth a visit from May to December, but especially in July / August, when whales can be seen there.

The Galapagos Islands enchant all year round with their unique biodiversity. Due to the warm water temperatures, the first half of the year from January to June is ideal.

Chile

Chile

Chile is a state in southwest South America. Due to the long north-south expansion over more than 39 degrees of latitude, but also the considerable height differences in west-east direction, Chile has a large variety of climatic and vegetation zones. The most densely populated area is around the capital Santiago de Chile, where about a third of the Chilean population lives. The population density decreases more and more towards the north and south. The origin of the country name is not clearly proven. The most common explanation is that the word derives from the language of the Aymara. There the word chilli means “land where the world ends”. According to AllCityPopulation, the capital of Chile is Santiago with a population of 5.614 million.

Climate:

Due to its enormous north-south extent, Chile combines several climate zones: The Easter Islands have a subtropical climate, while central Chile is Mediterranean and the south is moderately oceanic. The Atacama Desert lies between the Andes and the coastal mountains: the driest region on earth.

Best travel time:

Thanks to the different climatic regions, Chile is a year-round travel destination. While the north and central Chile have pleasant temperatures and little rainfall between October and April, the south of the country should preferably be traveled from December to February before it gets cold and rainy. If you want to go on a skiing holiday in the Andes, you should travel between June and September. Chile is rather unsuitable for a beach holiday due to the low water temperatures.

 

Southern Africa Travel Guide

Southern Africa Travel Guide

Seychelles

Seychelles

According to Countryaah, there are 5 countries in Southern Africa. Seychelles  is one of them. The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 small and large islands with a total area of ​​455 km². The islands are scattered over hundreds of thousands of square kilometers in the Indian Ocean. Almost half of the total land area has been declared a protected area. The granite islands around the main island of Mahé, the “Inner Islands”, and the coral islands, the “Outer Islands”, which stretch almost to the East African coast, are intact home to astonishing tropical flora and endemic fauna. The underwater world is also unique with its colorful reef fish, shellfish, octopus and sea turtles as well as rays, large perch and the gentle giant of the sea, the whale shark. The year-round balanced climate, the friendly multi-cultural population, a well-tended hotel business.

Climate:

The Seychelles have a tropical maritime climate, which is determined by the northwest monsoon between December and March and the dry southeast trade wind between May and October. Strong thunderstorms and showers occur in the warm, humid winter months. All year round, the daytime temperatures close to the equator are on average between a warm 27 and 30 degrees Celsius. For the Seychelles a year-round high humidity of a stable 80% is typical, which reaches peak values ​​in April and November due to the partly absolute calm.

Best travel time:

The Seychelles are a tropical all year round paradise. However, the months with less precipitation from May to October are particularly favorable when the southeast trade winds moderate the humidity a little. All year round, water temperatures between 26 and 29 degrees invite you to swim.

Mauritius

Mauritius

The coral banks that surround almost the entire island act as breakwaters and ensure calm bathing water on the fine sandy beaches. But they are also a paradise for all kinds of fish and shellfish, which in turn form the basis for tasty dishes. However, Mauritius offers more than just a beach holiday, such as climbing the 812 m high Le Pouce near Port Louis. Or a visit to the picturesque villages and lively cities, wonderful subtropical vegetation, Indian temples, Chinese pagodas, neat churches and small mosques. The vitality and joie de vivre of a multicultural community can be seen at all kinds of festivities and in a no less varied, tasty cuisine. Make your dream come true!

Climate:

The year-round tropical climate is typical for Mauritius. Inland there are pleasant, milder temperatures, on the coast it is a little warmer. Between November and April, the warm and humid southern summer reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius, with an average of 6 degrees the following winter is cooler and drier, although precipitation can still occur even then.

Best travel time:

May, June and between September and November are the drier months in Mauritius. In principle, the summer months of July and August are also possible for travel, but the mornings and evenings are sometimes a bit chilly. Due to the oppressive humidity and the risk of cyclones, Mauritius is not recommended during the main rainy season from January to March. A high number of holidaymakers can be expected between December and April.

Zambia

Zambia

Some also refer to the country as “Africa’s best kept secret”. Lush green areas, impressive mountain ranges, the foothills of the Kalahari, a diverse and colorful flora and fauna, abundant water resources and the indescribably beautiful Victoria Falls make the country wonderful. Last but not least, the hospitality of the inhabitants make Zambia an unforgettable travel destination. Nature and animal lovers will find a true paradise here.

Climate:
Zambia has a mild and alternately humid tropical climate. The valleys have average temperatures between 22 ° and 25 ° C, slightly lower at the higher altitudes. The year is determined by the alternation of a sunny, cool dry season between May and August (approx. 15 ° to 27 ° C) with a hot dry season until November (approx. 24 ° to 32 ° C). This is followed by a humid and hot rainy season, which begins in October in northern Zambia and two months later in the south. Tropical storms, strong thunderstorms and temperatures of up to 38 degrees characterize this period. In northern Zambia it is rainier than in the south. From December to April there is the hot, humid rainy season with violent tropical storms and average temperatures between 27 ° and 38 ° C. Sunny weather alternates with heavy rainfall.

Best travel time:
The best travel time is in the dry season between May and October. In the June and July nights it can get quite fresh. From May to August the landscape is green and the temperatures are a little cooler. The period August to October is ideal for wildlife viewing.

Reunion

Reunion

In the middle of the Indian Ocean there is a small piece of France with a tropical flair. As a French overseas department, the euro was introduced here 3 hours earlier than in Germany in 2002. The island is a popular travel destination, especially for hikers and nature lovers. The varied landscape and the diverse flora are best discovered on long hikes.

Climate:

There is a tropical to tropical summer humid climate. From December to March is hot and humid summer time with average temperatures of 28 ° C on the coast and up to 23 ° C in the mountains. During this period there is the rainy season. From April to November is the dry, cooler “winter time” with average temperatures of 21 ° C on the coast and up to 12 ° C in the mountains. La Réunion also has different microclimates. The east coast, for example, is very rainy, and the west coast sometimes even has a steppe climate.

Best travel time:

From May to November the weather is pleasantly mild and not very rainy, which is ideal for trekking and hiking activities.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

According to Bridgat, Zimbabwe is a country located in Southern Africa. Zimbabwe is a beautiful and generally safe travel destination and everyone gets their money’s worth here. Whether on exciting safaris, white water rafting on the Zambezi or mountain hiking through the hilly countries in East Zimbabwe. Numerous rivers have their source in the hilly highlands in the middle of the country and flow into the Kariba Reservoir in the northwest, into the wetland areas of Botswana in the west or into the Zambezi River in the northeast.
Tourist highlights such as the Victoria Falls, the countless national parks, the historical evidence in “Great Zimbabwe” and the Stone Age cave paintings of the San invite you to linger. But the pulsating cultural metropolis and state capital Harare is still an absolute insider tip. There are numerous historical and scenic sights in the country. The highlights of the country are the numerous national parks, for example the Hwange National Park, the Mana Pools National Park and the Victoria Falls National Park with its diverse fauna.

Climate:
Dry and rainy seasons alternate in tropical to subtropical Zimbabwe. The rainy season between October and March is followed by the dry season from April to September. In the humid months, the thermometer can exceed 35 ° C, and a high level of humidity ensures oppressive humidity. In the southern winter months of June and July it gets so cold that night frosts occur. The days, however, are sunny and up to 25 ° C warm. The country’s eastern mountainous regions have more rainfall than western Zimbabwe.

Best travel time:
The best travel time for stalking and overland tours is the relatively mild dryness between April and October. It can get very chilly at night between June and August. In October and November the daytime temperatures are already quite high. The rainy season begins in November and lasts until around March.

Mozambique

Mozambique

Mozambique with its almost 3000 km long coastline offers its guests an incredibly diverse travel experience. The country only became interesting for tourism a few years ago, but it is full of potential to offer travelers an unforgettable vacation. It borders South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Open bush and shrub landscapes are the most common form of vegetation in Mozambique. Dry forests predominate in lowland areas and near the coast. The sea coasts are determined by palm forests and mangrove belts.

The islands of Magaruk, Benguerua and Bazaruto off the Mozambican coast are interesting attractions because of the abundance of fish, the diving opportunities on the coral reefs and the white sandy beaches. National parks, such as the three-country national park Limpopo with large game and the Gorongonsa-NP are very worth seeing.

Climate:
Mozambique is characterized by a humid tropical climate. The rainy season between October and March is replaced by the dry season. In the interior of Mozambique, the temperatures are highest at up to 37 degrees Celsius. On the south coast, compared to the north, greater temperature fluctuations are possible, the high amounts of precipitation during the summer cause an oppressive humidity.

Best time to travel:
The dry season between April and October is recommended for travelers, when temperatures drop and do not feel so humid anymore. We do not recommend the first three months of the year. These are very hot and heavy rains can occur.

Madagascar

Madagascar

The island of Madagascar is often referred to as the “sixth continent” due to the isolated development of flora and fauna over millions of years. Many animals and plants are endemic as a result. With more than 20 million inhabitants and an area of ​​587,041 km², Madagascar is the second largest island state in the world in terms of area.

Climate:

Tropical Madagascar can be divided into the temperate, central highlands, the dry southwest and the east coast with its humid rainforest climate. There are two seasons: the hot and humid southern summer and the dry and warm southern winter, which lies between May and October. The average temperature in Madagascar is 28 degrees Celsius, although the value hardly changes over the year.

Best travel time:

The months of February, March, April as well as October and November offer consistently warm temperatures in the highlands. In between, tours to the coast are recommended, as the southern winter from May to October brings less precipitation and pleasant temperatures. West and South Madagascar are relatively dry year-round destinations. In the southern summer there is a risk of cyclones on the east coast. The highlands have very cold nights between June and August, which travelers should be prepared for.

 

North Africa Travel Guide

North Africa Travel Guide

Tunisia

Tunisia

According to Countryaah, there are 7 countries in Northern Africa.  Located in the north of Africa, Tunisia offers its visitors a multitude of sights and a great diversity of nature.

Climate:

While the north of Tunisia is still clearly characterized by the Mediterranean Mediterranean climate, the south is determined by a continental climate, which can turn into a desert climate. Summer often gets very hot in the steppe. The Atlas Mountains are located on the western border, here it can snow in winter. In winter it rains from October to April, more often in the north than in southern Tunisia.

Best travel time:

With pleasant, average temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees, the transition months in spring and autumn are particularly suitable for trips to Tunisia. Beach holidays on the Mediterranean can be planned throughout the summer from May to October; tours into the interior of Tunisia are not recommended due to the sometimes extremely high temperatures. Those who want to explore the Tunisian desert on a camel will find good opportunities to do so, especially in March and April, when the temperature is pleasant.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia impresses with its scenic and cultural diversity. According to Bridgat, Ethiopia borders Kenya, Eritrea, North and South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti. The cultural heritage of this country is immense and far from fully explored. New discoveries are made year after year and there is always the possibility that history will have to be rewritten a bit afterwards.

Climate:

Due to the altitude, the temperatures in tropical Ethiopia are comparatively moderately warm with an average annual temperature of 27 degrees Celsius in the north and east and 22 degrees in the interior. There are hardly any temperature changes over the course of the year, but the climate is defined by the alternation of rainy and dry seasons. The humid period between June and September brings rain with the southeast trade wind to the northern highlands of Ethiopia.

Best travel time:

October to May are considered to be the optimal travel months for Ethiopia, with November, December and January being the sunniest and continuously dry with pleasant temperatures.

Mauritania

Mauritania

Mauritania is a country with a particularly fascinating landscape that is almost three times the size of the Federal Republic. But it only has about 4 million inhabitants. Except for a narrow strip in the southeast, the country consists exclusively of deserts and desert-like landscapes. The sheer endless expanses of the Sahara are a must for every desert fan.

Climate
Mauritania has a predominantly desert climate. But without the strong temperature differences that are common in the Central Sahara. The dry climate makes the temperatures bearable. Although the rainy season is in summer, short showers in winter cannot be completely ruled out. Wind (from the Atlantic) must be expected all year round.

Best travel time
In the cooler months of October to March.

Algeria

Algeria

Algeria, with the capital Algiers, is located in the north of Africa and is 2.38 mil. Km² the second largest country on the continent. It is bordered by Mali to the southwest, Niger to the southeast, Libya and Tunisia to the east, the Mediterranean to the north, and Morocco and Mauritania to the west. Algiers was already an important port city in ancient times and thanks to the dry desert climate many impressive buildings have been preserved. As a former French colony, Algeria has been independent since 1962.

Climate:

Algeria, as the middle of the Maghreb countries, lies in North Africa. The relatively large country can generally be divided into two climatic zones. There is a Mediterranean climate on the coastal areas on the Mediterranean Sea and in the mountains. The rest of the country is more or less dominated by the desert climate of the Sahara.

Best travel time:

The coastal area is suitable for traveling almost all year round due to the moderate Mediterranean climate. The temperatures here are ideal, especially from May to October. For the Sahara region, on the other hand, we recommend traveling between November and April. At night, however – as is typical for the desert climate – you have to reckon with sensitive temperature drops.

Sudan

Sudan

Located in Northeast Africa, Sudan is the third largest country in Africa and geographically belongs to North Africa as well as East and Central Africa. It is located on the Red Sea and borders Egypt, Libya, Chad, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Part of the state of Sudan is part of the “Greater Sudan Landscape”. This marks the transition between the dry zone and the savannah. The north equatorial threshold runs through Sudan. Sudan also has shares in the Nubian Desert, the Sahel zone and the Nile. This diversity paired with a fascinating culture makes Sudan an extremely attractive and interesting country. According to AllCityPopulation, the capital of Sudan is Khartoum with a population of 5,274,321.

Climate:

Sudan is divided into the drier, subtropical north and the humid, tropical south. Accordingly, there are extensive deserts in North Sudan, in which summer maximum temperatures of 50 ° C are reached and no precipitation has been recorded for many years in a row. The desert climate sometimes causes very strong temperature fluctuations between day and night. The temperature differences are smaller on the north-east coast to the Red Sea. Sandstorms occur during the transition months in spring and autumn.

Best travel time:

Different travel times can be recommended regionally in Sudan. For the north, the months between September and April are considered optimal, as the local temperatures are then bearable. On the other hand, it is warm all year round on the coast of the Red Sea, the water temperature is always above 25 ° C.

Morocco

Morocco

Morocco is a country with a fascinating landscape and culture. Located in north-west Africa, it offers its visitors a multitude of sights and a great variety of nature. The cultural heritage of this country is immense and far from being fully explored. You can find more information on the portal www.Marokko.de.

Climate:

The Moroccan northwest coast is determined by the Mediterranean climate. A hot, dry summer with an average of 27 ° C and a rainy winter alternate here. In the interior of Morocco, the Atlas Mountains adjoin, whose continental climate leads to summer temperatures of up to 45 ° C. In winter, however, the values ​​drop below zero at high altitudes, so that snow falls. The south of Morocco is characterized by a desert climate, here it is very dry all year round.

Best travel time:

For trips to the western and northern coastal regions, the period from May to October is recommended. The air temperatures on the Atlantic coast are pleasant, but in southern and eastern Morocco it is then too hot. Accordingly, tours inland are recommended during the months of March, April, May and October and November. Round trips through the country should be planned for the transition months of April and May or October and November.

Southeast Asia Travel Guide

Southeast Asia Travel Guide

Myanmar

Myanmar

Myanmar, the former Burma, is more original than any other country in Asia. According to Countryaah, there are 11 countries in Southeastern Asia. Myanmar is one of them. Every Myanmar traveler raves about the warmth of its residents and the fabulous sights of former royal cities, from dreamy beaches and evergreen mountain landscapes. The former capital of the largest Southeast Asian country, Yangon, is usually the gateway to the country and has the most extensive inventory of colonial buildings in the entire region. Located on the Indian Ocean and with the mighty Irrawaddy, which flows through the country like a lifeline from north to south, a visit to the “big four” Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Lake Inle offers a multitude of cultural sights and unspoiled nature.

Climate:
Myanmar is characterized by a warm tropical climate with a monsoon season between May and September. Due to the sheer size of the country, however, the monsoon phase migrates and so there is always at least one region throughout the year that is pleasant, warm and dry. Temperatures range on average between 25 degrees Celsius in December and up to 30 degrees in April.

Best travel time:
There are three seasons. The high tourist season coincides with winter and is between October and February, as the weather in Myanmar at this time corresponds to European high summer. From March it will be very hot, sometimes up to 40 degrees Celsius, depending on the region. After the water festival in mid-April, there are the first rains, which finally lead to heavy monsoon rains from mid-May in the rainy season that lasts until September. It is a common misconception that the rainy season is unsuitable for tourists. On the contrary: only those who spend most of their time in Yangon can expect heavy rains there. The further you go inland, the more you will be surprised by the green landscapes and the clear, clean air. In addition, the prices for overnight stays are significantly cheaper in this off-season, the sights are less visited, and a short downpour then comes as a pleasant refreshment. A trip in the mountainous Shan State becomes a special experience when the tropical vegetation blossoms while you go hiking in the vicinity of Inle Lake or near Hispaw, for example.

Indonesia

Indonesia

The island kingdom of Indonesia is one of the most diverse, interesting and densely populated countries on earth. On the around 17,000 islands of the archipelago, there is an abundance of ways of life, animal species and natural phenomena that are rarely found in such a bundle in a single state. Located on the infamous Pacific Ring of Fire – directly on the Sunda Arch – active volcanism in particular shapes the image of the islands and people’s lives, while the seas and coasts are populated by an incredible variety of fish and marine life.

The islands of Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, West Papua and Java are the largest land areas in the archipelago. The relatively small Java can be seen as the beating heart of the Indonesian multi-ethnic state, as the capital Jakarta is also located there. The last refuges for the red-skinned orangutans are on Sumatra and Kalimantan. In addition, many animal species on the islands are endemic. The bizarre proboscis monkeys can only be found on Kalimantan, as well as the black crested monkeys of Sulawesi. A multitude of Asian tigers, rhinos and elephants still live in the forests of Sumatra, and the cute tarsier can be seen on Sulawesi.

West Papua (also Irian Jaya) – the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea – is considered one of the least explored areas of our planet. Covered by impenetrable rain forests and swamps, a number of ethnic groups still live here. In West Papua, isolated tribes are suspected to this day.

In addition to these large Indonesian main islands, Bali should be mentioned above all, which is a destination of longing for many travelers due to its Hindu character and good tourist infrastructure. But the Moluccas, Raja Ampat or the Lesser Sunda Islands are definitely worth a visit.

Climate:

In Indonesia there is an equatorial-tropical or monsoonal-tropical climate. A distinction is made between two seasons, which are determined less by temperature and more by the amount of precipitation. Because the specific weather events are very complex and vary from region to region.

Indonesia is one of the largest rainforest areas in the world. Borneo, Sumatra, West Java, Papua, the Moluccas and Sulawesi have an always humid tropical climate. Temperatures hardly fluctuate in the course of the year and averages between 25 ° C and 27 ° C. With a relative humidity of 95% and prevailing calm one also speaks of tropical humidity. In the rest of Java, the Lesser Sunda Islands and the Aru Islands, the monsoons determine the climate. It ensures consistently high temperatures, but these can fluctuate from 6 ° C to 12 ° C within 24 hours. The northeast monsoon predominantly carries dry air and thus triggers a dry season (called winter monsoon). In this time of low precipitation, the trees shed their leaves and go through a kind of rest phase, in which the so-called monsoon forests (light, green forests with a pronounced herbaceous layer) arise. The southwest monsoon absorbs moisture over the warm sea and leads to high precipitation over the mainland, which can reach up to 50 mm per day and often lead to flooding.

The best time to travel to Bali is from April to October. During the rainy season or the monsoon, there are short and heavy rains that are even stronger and longer in the interior.

Best travel time:

Pleasant temperatures and rarely rain can be expected in Indonesia between April and October. In the rainy season, the precipitation can sometimes restrict progress on site.

Thailand

Thailand

According to Bridgat, Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia. It is a kingdom with around 64 million inhabitants. It borders the countries of Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. The Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand also form natural borders. Thailand, which was called Siam until 1939 and for a short time after the Second World War until 1949, is the only state in Southeast Asia that was able to defy colonialism. For this reason, the name Thailand was adopted, which translated means “land of the free”.

Climate:

The north of the country belongs to the humid savanna climate with tropical features, the more humid south is determined by the tropical monsoon climate. The extreme south of Thailand even has a humid rainforest climate. In the north there is a dry season between November and April, which is subject to the northeast monsoon, while the southwest monsoon brings enormous amounts of rain and oppressive humidity from June to October.

Best travel time:

After the rainy season, the Thai landscape blooms and the temperatures go back to pleasantly warm values ​​of 25 to 30 degrees. It is therefore advisable to travel between November and March. In April and May it is simply too hot in Thailand, between June and October it rains in large parts of the country.

North America Travel Guide

North America Travel Guide

Canada

Canada

With an area of ​​almost 10 million square kilometers, Canada extends over six time zones and at the same time six climate zones. The regions of Canada are as diverse as its climatic zones. Whether you are looking for the cold climes and wilderness of the Canadian north, the mild climate of the west coast of British Columbia and the dramatic scenery of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, the vastness of the Canadian prairies Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the multicultural life in a big city like Toronto in Ontario, the French culture and language in Quebec, or the idyll of the Canadian Atlantic provinces preferred, Canada offers a suitable travel destination for almost every taste. See AllCityPopulation for country flags of Canada and other countries in North America.

Climate:

Due to its great extent, Canada harbors a corresponding range of climatic zones: Both the polar and the maritime, continental and cool temperate zones extend over the country. For example, on the western Pacific coast and the Atlantic coast in the east, the winters are milder and the summers warm. In other parts of Canada such as inland, however, there are long winters with low temperatures and a lot of snow, although higher summer temperatures are quite possible in the interior of the country.

Best travel time:

The summer months between June and September are popular with travelers to Canada, and July and August for the north of the country, before the first snow can fall in September. The ski season runs from November to April. May is recommended for the southernmost regions, before the temperatures in the interior of the country can rise considerably in midsummer. On the Atlantic coast, however, it is also rather cool in summer. You can also travel to the southern Pacific coast (Vancouver) in winter. If you want to experience the Indian Summer in Canada, you have to plan your trip in autumn, the color of the leaves is most intense in the eastern provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

United States

United States

According to Bridgat, United States of America is a country located in North America. It  covers around 40 percent of the territory of North America and is the third largest country in the world in terms of area after Russia and Canada. It is divided into 50 states and with the Hawaiian Islands and smaller outlying areas also has a share of Oceania. The capital is Washington DC, but New York City is the largest city in the United States.

The United States emerged from the thirteen colonies that declared themselves independent from motherland Great Britain in 1776. Due to constant immigration from Europe and later Asia, displacement of the indigenous people, territorial expansion to the west, annexation of large parts of Mexico and industrialization, the USA gained global political influence from the end of the 19th century. This was particularly evident in the two world wars. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the USA has been the only remaining superpower since the beginning of the 21st century.

Climate:

The USA extends over a large land mass and can therefore be assigned to several climate zones. The north is considered continental, the southeast is humid-subtropical up to tropical Florida. The south-west is determined by the desert climate, while the Rocky Mountains have an alpine climate and the northern Pacific coast has a humid oceanic climate.

Best travel time:

An optimal travel time can only be recommended depending on the specific destination and the desired leisure activities. Winter can be used, for example, for a beach holiday in Florida as well as for winter sports in the Rocky Mountains. Hikes and city trips as well as beach holidays are ideal in the spring months, before it gets too hot in summer. If you want to experience the Indian Summer, you have to travel to the USA in the fall. The foliage color is most intense in the northeastern New England states.

Alaska

Alaska is the largest state in the USA with 20% of the area, which is roughly five times the size of Germany. At the same time it has one of the lowest population densities in America with 680,000 inhabitants. In addition, Alaska is the region of superlatives: here are the highest mountains in North America, with the Yukon River one of the longest rivers in the world, in Cook Inlet the highest tide differences, the world’s highest population of grizzly bears and bald eagles and in Anchorage the largest seaplane airport of the world. The capital of Alaska is Juneau (32,000 inhabitants), which can only be reached by ship or plane. The largest city is Anchorage with 290,000 inhabitants, followed by Fairbanks with 52,000 inhabitants. This means that half of Alaska’s total population already live in both major cities. 15% of the population are “natives”, ie indigenous people of various Aleut, Indian and Eskimo tribes. Alaska was bought by the Russian Empire in 1867 for $ 7.2 million, a rather symbolic amount for the size of the country – but it wasn’t until 1957 that Alaska officially became the 49th state in the United States. English is the main spoken language, and in individual villages the indigenous people use their own ancient languages ​​in addition to English.

climate

Inner Alaska has a continental climate. The north of Alaska, however, has a subpolar climate, which is associated with long, dark and very cold winters. In the short summer months in Alaska, contrary to some expectations, it can get quite warm. A large part of the snow then even melts on the peaks of the mountains north of the Rocky Mountains (up to 3000 m). Unfortunately, Alaska is one of the regions of the world where climate change is most noticeable. The average temperature here has risen by about 2 C since 1970.

Best travel time

The best travel time for Alaska is roughly from May to October. In terms of temperatures, June and July are very pleasant months to travel, although unfortunately a large number of mosquitoes must be expected. Alaska’s north coast is interesting from August, when the so-called Indian summer sets in.

Mexico

Mexico

According to Countryaah, Mexico is a federal republic between North and Central America. The country is named after the capital of the Aztecs, “Mexico-Tenochtitlan”, now Mexico City. The state capital is the political, economic, social and cultural center, as well as the largest transport hub in the country. With a total area of ​​almost two million square kilometers, Mexico is the fifth largest country on the American double continent. With a population of around 122 million people, Mexico ranks tenth in the world.

Climate:

Depending on the coast and altitude, different climatic zones dominate Mexico. In the subtropical northwest, summer temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius are reached, while the alpine mountains have lower temperatures. The south-east of the country is more humid than the desert-like zone.

Best travel time:

Less precipitation is expected in Mexico between October and May, but snow can occur at higher altitudes. Vacationers should also think of warm clothing for city trips. Between July and August, diving holidaymakers can watch whale sharks off Isla Holbox. Northwest Mexico is also worth a visit during this time thanks to the mild temperatures.

Oceania Travel Guide

Oceania Travel Guide

New Caledonia

New Caledonia

Green the vegetation in the east, red the earth in the south, the beach on Ouvéa white – La Nouvelle Calédonie has many faces. An independent animal life has developed on the chain of islands belonging to France. Sylviornis Neocaledoniae, the large bird that does not fly, is one of them, as are the Kagu and Ouvea Parakeets. Eucalyptus, niaouli and tea trees, araucarias and banyan trees protrude from the savannahs. The second largest barrier reef in the world encloses Grande Terre, the main island of New Caledonia. The beaches and lagoons are heavenly and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A region for explorers, with numerous islands to relax in. Move on good roads or on horseback through an exciting, diverse country. Encounter traditions of the Kanak and Melanesian cultures. Submerge

Climate:

New Caledonia lies between the 19th and 23rd degrees of southern latitude and is therefore in the tropical climate zone. The average temperatures on the islands are between 20 and 30 ° C all year round. The mountain range that runs along the main island divides New Caledonia into a wetter east and a drier west, which is in the rain shadow.

Best travel time:

The drier, sunny months from mid-May to mid-September are particularly recommended for trips to New Caledonia. The surrounding months of April and October also allow tourists to benefit from milder temperatures and the lower humidity caused by the trade winds. During the rainy season from mid-November to April, New Caledonia is in the cyclone area, so travel is not recommended.

Tonga

Tonga

According to Countryaah, there are 14 countries in Oceania. Tonga is one of them. The 169 islands and atolls in the infinite blue of the South Seas hold many wonderful discoveries in store. Never seen colors, scents that defy description. Light whose mood only a painter can capture. Tonga is located with its many volcanic islands in the Pacific – east of Fiji, south of Samoa and north of New Zealand – in the area of ​​the Pacific Ring of Fire. The capital and largest city of the country is Nukualofa.

Climate:

Tonga’s climate is pleasant and slightly cooler than other tropical areas. The mean annual temperature in Nukualofa is 24 ° C and the average humidity is 76%. December to February are the months with the hottest temperatures and the most rainfall.

Best travel time:

Tonga is an ideal year-round destination.

Samoa

Samoa

The islands in the infinite blue of the South Seas hold many wonderful discoveries in store. Never seen colors, scents that defy description. Light whose mood only a painter can capture.

Samoa is located in the southwestern Pacific, northeast of Fiji. The largest islands are Savaii and Upolu with the capital Apia and the international airport. About 238,000 inhabitants are spread over 14 islands. The Samoans are traditional Polynesians and daily life is based on three pillars: the Matai (chief), Aiga (the big family) and the church.

Climate:

In accordance with the prevailing tropical climate in the South Pacific, the temperatures in Samoa are warm all year round, an average of 26.5 degrees Celsius. Likewise, abundant rainfall occurs all year round, which cannot be ruled out in the form of showers in the dry season from May to October. The water temperatures rise to 28 degrees at that time, otherwise they move between 22 and 26 degrees.

Best travel time:

The drier, sunny months between June and August are particularly recommended for trips to Samoa. The surrounding months of May and September also allow tourists to benefit from milder temperatures and the lower humidity due to the trade winds. During the rainy season from November to April, Samoa is in the cyclone area, so travel is not recommended.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

According to Bridgat, Papua New Guinea is a country located in Oceania. The name of Papua New Guinea alone awakens the spirit of discovery in experienced travelers, because a tour to New Guinea is something unique to this day. The imponderables of the travel destination, sometimes rugged landscapes and the different ways of life promise adventure and unforgettable encounters. The heart of every trip to New Guinea is the cultural experience, even deep immersion in the diverse ways of life of the peoples of the island.

It is estimated that over a thousand different languages ​​are spoken on the island to this day, which underlines the diversity of the country. The Papua New Guinea Tourist Office even promises “A million different trips!” A slogan that we want to pass on.

Away from the capital Port Moresby, the island has a lot to offer in an area similar to that of Sweden: highlights are the Sepik plain, which is criss-crossed by meandering rivers and impenetrable rainforests, the highlands known for its colorfully decorated and warlike inhabitants as well as the coastal regions, the invite you to a bathing and diving extension.

Tree kangaroos, birds of paradise and cassowaries are the best-known representatives of the island’s wildlife.

Climate:

The coastal regions of Papua New Guinea are always humid and tropical and warm with maximum temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius. Especially during the humid season from December to April, the northwest monsoon with its precipitation brings increasing humidity to the coast. In the highlands the temperatures are more pleasant, but you should be prepared for rain showers all year round.

Best travel time:

The best time to travel to Papua New Guinea is from June to October. Especially on the southern coast there are many hours of sunshine and there are pleasant temperatures between 25 and 27 degrees Celsius. The months between December and April, when it rains heavily, are less favorable. The water temperatures are all year round at values ​​between 26 and 30 degrees.

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are idyllically situated in the middle of the beautiful South Pacific. They are the ideal place for a South Sea extension of a New Zealand trip or for a honeymoon. The northern of the fifteen Cook Islands are coral atolls with breathtaking white sandy beaches and blue lagoons. The southern islands, on the other hand, have volcanic origins and impress with sometimes steep mountains and dense vegetation.

Around 17,500 Cook Islanders live on an area of ​​land only slightly larger than that of the island of Fehmarn, and they are very closely connected to New Zealand both economically and in terms of families.

The islands themselves are spread over an area of ​​approximately two million square kilometers in the middle of the Polynesian triangle.

An absolute highlight of any trip to the Cooks is a visit to the world-famous Aitutaki lagoon. The main island of Rarotonga offers the opportunity to enjoy island life: mingle with the Cook Island Maori at the market or at church on Sundays. We also recommend going around the island with one of the two bus routes.

If you are in the mood for a Robinsonade, you can fly with the island airline to Atiu, where you can discover the birdlife of the South Pacific on an island tour. And how about a picnic on the beach followed by a snorkel?

Climate:

The Cook Islands have warm and sunny weather year round. From June to August it is a little cooler. From November to March it is warmest with occasional tropical downpours.

Best travel time:

The best time to travel are the months from July to December with pleasant temperatures and lower humidity.

Fiji

Fiji

Located in the midst of the expanses of the Southwest Pacific, the Fiji Islands are the epitome of a South Sea dream. Palm trees swaying in the gentle sea breeze, azure blue water, colorful coral reefs and the Melanesian joie de vivre await the traveler. According to AllCityPopulation, the biggest city of Fiji is Suva with a population of 93,970.

Around 330 islands form the archipelago, which in terms of area corresponds to Saxony and which around 900,000 Fijians call their home. The main island of Viti Levu with the international airport in Nadi is the starting point of every Fiji trip. Direct connections from Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong enable a journey with just one stopover from Germany.

Viti Levu offers the opportunity for a rental car tour and discoveries inland. Divers and active travelers are drawn to the garden island of Taveuni. The picturesque coastal hike near Lavena and diving trips to the Rainbow Reef are popular.

The highlight of any trip to Fiji is a visit to the Mamanuca or Yasawa group. The islands captivate with beautiful sandy beaches, excellent accommodation and an incomparable Robinson feeling. Anyone who has always wanted to fly by seaplane has come to the right place on Fiji. Alternatively, there is also the possibility of a cruise through the impressive island world.

And don’t forget: if you are not barefoot, you are probably “overdessed”!

Climate:

Fiji has warm temperatures and a tropical marine climate all year round. High air and water temperatures determine the southern summer between November and April. During this time it is quite humid on the islands and heavy rain showers must be expected. From May to October the temperatures drop slightly, so that highs of 27 to 29 degrees Celsius are reached. The water temperature remains almost the same and precipitation decreases.

Best travel time:

In the months between April and October, the temperatures are pleasant and the humidity slightly lower, so that travelers find optimal conditions.

 

Caribbean Travel Guide

Caribbean Travel Guide

St. Lucia

St. Lucia

According to Countryaah, St. Lucia is a country in Caribbean. The beautiful Helena of the West, as the island is often called, beguiles with its dream beaches, magnificent coral reefs, lush rainforests, hot springs and imposing waterfalls. The Piton Twin Mountains rise steeply from the sea and form the symbol of the island. The varied landscape leaves nothing to be desired and the possible activities are broad. On idyllic hikes you will experience the biodiversity of the tropical rainforests with rare parrots, wild orchids and numerous other natural treasures.

Climate:

On St. Lucia there is a humid tropical climate with an annual average temperature between 24 and 30 degrees. The rainy season is from June to December, during which tropical storms (hurricans) can occur. The dry season is from January to May.

Best travel time:

The months from December to April are the best time to travel to St. Lucia.

Dominica

Dominica

The Nature Island – that’s what Dominica is also called. It is the most pristine island in the Antilles and lives up to its nickname. A carpet of dense rainforest covers three quarters of the country and is interspersed with hot springs, lakes and countless watercourses. The land of 365 rivers does not serve the classic Caribbean clichés with palm-fringed dream beaches. For nature and active vacationers, however, the green lung offers an attractive alternative. Dominika’s seemingly impenetrable forests hide beautiful hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. There is even a hiking trail, the so-called Waitukubuli National Trail, which crosses the entire island in 14 stages. The untouched natural jewel is based on ecotourism and already offers you several eco-certified accommodations. Sun worshipers and water mermaids are not neglected on Dominica. In particular, the calm seas along the west coast are ideal for diving, snorkeling and swimming. Dominica’s natural treasures will make a lasting impression!

Climate:

On Domenica there is a humid tropical climate with an annual average temperature between 24 and 30 degrees. There is no dry season in that sense. An accumulation of precipitation is recorded in the months from June to December, in which tropical storms (hurricanes) can also occur.

Best travel time:

The best time to travel to Dominica is from December to April.

Cuba

Cuba

According to Bridgat, Cuba is an island state in the Caribbean full of variety and contrasts, which has a lot to offer culturally and scenically. In the northwest, the island has a coastal strip to the Gulf of Mexico, but the entire north coast lies on the Atlantic Ocean. A fascinating flora and fauna, the beautiful sandy beaches and the diverse landscape in the interior make the heart of every nature lover beat faster. Cuba is an insider tip for diving enthusiasts and is the perfect diving spot in the Caribbean with its colorful and varied underwater world and the many shipwrecks. Cuba also has a lot to offer culturally and the history of the revolution is omnipresent. The still communist-ruled country is known to car enthusiasts for its very well-preserved American classic cars, the tourists even chauffeured around the country these days. With the unique hospitality and warmth of the Cubans, this country enchants almost every visitor.

Climate:

Cuba is characterized by a tropical savanna climate with two seasons. The rainy season covers the months between June and October. The average temperatures throughout the year reach highs between 25 and over 30 degrees Celsius, there are hardly any major fluctuations. In the Guantánamo Bay in the southeast there is a hot steppe climate with an average of 26.5 degrees, in the mountains the temperatures are correspondingly lower with an average of 19 to 20 degrees.

Best travel time:

Although Cuba is a year-round destination for surfers, divers and beach holidaymakers, the dry months between November and April are particularly recommended. If you want to avoid the main tourist season and travel to Cuba in the humid season, you should pay attention to the holidays from July to August and the hurricane season, which can drag on into November.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is one of the most geographically diverse countries in the Caribbean. It presents its visitors with alpine mountain ranges, the tropical rainforest, mangrove swamps, dream beaches and even desert areas and thus offers numerous and very diverse landscapes for nature and hiking enthusiasts. Between mid-January and the end of March, humpback whales can even be seen in Samaná Bay. See AllCityPopulation for country flags of Dominican Republic and other countries in Central America.

Climate:

The Dominican Republic has a tropical climate with an average temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius all year round. The values ​​are subject to fluctuations in the coastal regions and in the mountains. The north of the country has more rainfall than the hotter south. There is a rainy season between November and January (in the north) and from May to November in the south. Water temperatures between 25 and 27 degrees Celsius on the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts allow extensive beach holidays all year round.

Best travel time:

Basically, the Dominican Republic can be visited by water sports enthusiasts and trekking tourists all year round. It is a little drier in the months between December and May. In addition, travelers avoid the hurricane season, which is from June to November. Those who want to watch humpback whales in the Bay of Samaná have the opportunity to do so from mid-January to the end of March.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Fantastically beautiful landscapes with bathing paradises and lush green rainforests, species-rich flora and fauna, lively cities and a diverse culture – you will find this and much more in Trinidad and Tobago. The two-island state became famous for its colorful carnival week, to which thousands of people from all over the world travel every year. During the rest of the year you can enjoy your privacy here on the often deserted beaches. The smaller and more original island of Tobago is increasingly building on ecotourism and is still an insider tip for all nature lovers.

Climate:

The climate is tropical with an average annual temperature of 28 degrees.

Best travel time:

The dry season from January to May is the best time to travel.

 

Central America Travel Guide

Central America Travel Guide

Panama

Panama

According to Countryaah, there are 7 countries in Central America. Panama is one of them. Without a doubt, the Panama Canal plays a major role in this country, it shapes the history and also the culture of the country and the people. However, Panama is much more than just the canal: “The land of abundance of fish, trees and butterflies” – This is probably the most widespread meaning of the name “Panama”, which is mainly reflected in the rich diversity of flora and fauna Country shows.

In contrast, there is the cosmopolitan capital of Panama City. Here, skyscrapers and colonial buildings, salsa rhythms, as well as an incredible internationality of the inhabitants and indigenous peoples with a centuries-old tradition and culture meet.

Climate:

With daytime temperatures around 29 to 32 degrees Celsius all year round, Panama is characterized by a tropical climate. The Central American country offers slightly cooler temperatures on the Pacific west coast than on the north coast of the Caribbean, and the values ​​also drop at higher altitudes. The Caribbean side is with a rainy season between April and December – particularly productive in the months of September and October – significantly more humid than the part of the country facing the Pacific. The months of July and August are a little drier on the coast in southern Panama.

Best travel time:

Panama’s Pacific coast is an ideal travel destination during the dry months between December and March. Beach holidays on the northern Caribbean coast can also take place during this time, and divers also have good visibility when the sea is calm. The rainy season in the country can be used well for rafting.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Located in Central America, Nicaragua is criss-crossed by a chain of active volcanoes, which is why it is called the “land of a thousand volcanoes” for a reason. Nicaragua is small, it fits almost three times the size of Germany. In spite of this, this small country has a power pack of diverse landscapes, colorful culture and Latin American flair ready for you. According to AllCityPopulation, the biggest city of Nicaragua is Managua with a population of 1,262,978.

Climate:

Nicaragua is characterized by a tropical climate with constantly warm temperatures. The highest temperature values ​​in the lowland regions are 38 degrees Celsius, the central highlands have an average of no more than 27 degrees. It rains significantly more on the eastern Caribbean coast than on the Pacific coast in the west and in the highlands there.

Best travel time:

Little to hardly any rain makes the dry season between November and April attractive for Nicaragua trips to the Pacific coast. From the end of April, however, temperatures can rise uncomfortably again. The Caribbean rainforest in the lowlands is the ideal destination between February and April, where the dry period is a little shorter. Hurricanes are possible between June and November, so travel during this time is not recommended.

Guatemala

Guatemala

According to Bridgat, Guatemala is a country located in Central America. Guatemala offers a dramatic landscape profile, a rich indigenous culture, numerous witnesses of Mayan culture and an eventful history: Guatemala is one of the most impressive countries in Central America. Huge mountains, furrowed by river valleys and criss-crossed by plateaus, drop steeply to the Pacific coast and like a ramp to Lago Izabal and the banana country of the Caribbean coast. 33 volcanoes, including the extinct Tajumulco, at 4,220 meters the highest volcano in Central America, tower over the Sierras. To the north-east rise the mountains of Verapaz, characterized by coffee plantations, dense coniferous forests and raging rivers, to merge into a karst landscape of the Kegelberge and finally the dense jungle of the Peten. All over the country there are ruins of the ancient Mayan culture that once predominated here. The most famous are Tikal, Uaxactun, Dos Pilas or Aguateca in the Peten jungle. The descendants of the ancient Maya still dominate the country. They are unmistakable in the street scene with their colorful costumes.

Climate:

Guatemala has a tropical climate with constant warm temperatures throughout the year. Depending on the altitude, the temperatures can vary: With up to 40 degrees Celsius on the Pacific coast and in lower parts of Guatemala, it is significantly warmer than in the temperate regions between 1,000 and 1,800 meters. In the mountains it sometimes gets cold below zero at night. A dry season between November and May alternates with a rainy season, which brings repeated, heavy rain showers. On the coast to the Atlantic, it is rather humid all year round.

Best travel time:

Trekking tourists and wildlife watchers should stick to the dry season between October and May, when the temperatures are still bearable even at high altitudes. The rainy season is more suitable for water sports enthusiasts and surfers.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica – the rich coast with impressive natural beauty. This safe and fascinating country is characterized by mysterious cloud forests, tropical rainforests in the highlands and jungles with extensive mangrove landscapes, volcanoes, lakes and coasts on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific. Costa Rica has the highest density of national parks with 27% of the land area, which invite young and old to unique discoveries.

Sustainable expeditions into the tropical jungle and the numerous impressive national parks support environmentally friendly tourism on site: Species protection is very important here! How much the optimistic residents of Costa Rica live in harmony with themselves and nature can be seen in the local philosophy of life: “Pura Vida”.

You can get an insight into this e.g. For example, you can win sightseeing in the capital San José, where the Costa Rican National Museum is located. The annual carnival is also a spirited spectacle and attracts many tourists. A tour with the rainforest cable car or to one of the impressive waterfalls rounds off the perfect holiday experience in Costa Rica. The “Switzerland of Central America” ​​is also a very safe and politically stable country and does not have a standing military.

Climate:

Costa Rica is characterized by a tropical climate with an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. The rainy season, which is characterized by short heavy rains and wind, takes place in May and from late July to November. The dry season runs between December and April and from June to mid-July.

Best travel time:

Costa Rica can be visited all year round. Put your focus on hiking or trekking, visiting the Osa Peninsula with the very original Corcovado National Park, swimming and diving in the Pacific or unique nature and animal observations. A trip to Costa Rica in the dry season from December to April is worthwhile.

If you are interested in the diversity of birds native to Costa Rica, the travel period from May to July is suitable. Surfers especially benefit from the incomparable waves in the rainy season.

The phases of the moon and the correct travel time are important for observing the egg-laying of different turtle species. We recommend the months of August / September to be able to observe this emotional spectacle on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.

East Asia Travel Guide

East Asia Travel Guide

Mongolia

Mongolia

According to Countryaah, Mongolia is a huge landlocked country in Eastern Asia. It is more or less between Russia and China with an average altitude of 1500 m. From the taiga in the north to extensive steppes in the central part to deserts in the south (Gobi) there are different types of landscape. Nowhere in the world is more image material taken than here – in a country with over 300 days of sunshine per year and a color spectrum that is second to none. The high mountains are in the western part of the country – in the Altai, where the Kazakhs (mostly Muslims) are at home. Most of the rest of the country’s population follows the Tibetan Buddhist faith. Wide and deserted areas in the west enable the snow leopard, for example, to regain population.

Climate:

Mongolia is a country of extremes. There is a strongly continental climate. The humidity is very low, 80-90% of the precipitation falls from May to September. With over 260 sunny days a year, Mongolia is one of the sunniest countries in the northern hemisphere. Long arctic winters are normal, even in the Gobi desert the snow remains until April. Elsewhere, lakes are frozen until June. Summers are generally warm with an average of + 20 ° C. In the Gobi, however, you have to expect extreme temperatures of over + 40 ° C. As soon as the sun has set, the thermometer shows quite cool and fresh conditions.

Best travel time:

In the months of June to September the wide steppe is wrapped in a lush green. This is the time for round trips and trekking trips. Winter starts in October and lasts until mid-May. From October to April temperatures drop to extremely cold levels and snowstorms sweep across the country. Desert tours through the Gobi Desert should be scheduled in September, before it is too hot. Animal observations (takhis or snow leopards) can best be carried out in March.

Tibet

Tibet

This is what the Tibetans wish for and greet each other and also the foreign travelers. Due to the geographical conditions, in almost complete isolation from the rest of world events, a completely independent Buddhist-Lamaist high culture developed on the Tibetan plateau over thousands of years. At its head was and is the Dalai Lama, who is revered as God-King. The first European adventurers who managed to penetrate this legendary country reported of deeply religious people, wild nomadic tribes, people whose culture looked like they came from a distant past, of a peaceful but also feudal social structure. That was at the beginning of the 20th century! However, even then the country became the plaything of one of the greatest powers on earth. With the invasion of the People’s Liberation Army in 1951, the tide turned for freedom-loving Tibetans and their country.

Climate:

The highland climate is typical for Tibet, there are very sunny days and the temperatures differ extremely between the north of the country (Tibetan plateau) and the deeper south. The average temperature in Lhasa (southeastern Tibet) is 8 degrees Celsius.

Best travel time:

With the exception of winter, there are opportunities to travel to Tibet all year round. The drier, mild months of September and October are considered to be very cheap for trips to Tibet. For those who have no problem with the high temperatures, May and June are also well suited, as the following months of July and August are very rainy. In November the temperatures drop again before the very cold winter between December and February sets in.

China

China

According to Bridgat, China is a country located in East Asia. China, the land of the rising sun, impresses with gigantic dimensions and enormous diversity. With a history of over 5000 years, the Middle Kingdom is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. While modernity has long since found its way into the pulsating cities, the traditional way of life can still be found in the villages and small towns. Highlights such as the Great Wall of China, the Imperial Palace as a forbidden city, the Terracotta Army, the Silk Road, the Yangtze cruise or a journey on the sky train from Beijing to Lhasa are famous all over the world. But China has a lot more to offer. Nature lovers can experience the Huangshan Mountains and its bizarre rocky worlds, the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, the picturesque karst hill landscape near Guilin, the rice terraces of Longsheng and of course the impressive mountains of the Himalayas on the border with Tibet, impressive landscapes. Let yourself be inspired by the rich historical heritage and discover the different facets in the land of smiles. See AllCityPopulation for country flags of China and other countries in Asia.

Climate:

Due to its expansion, China combines numerous climatic zones. While the summer in most regions of the country is warm to sometimes hot, the winter expresses itself regionally differently: extremely cold in the north and Inner Mongolia as well as in Tibet, much milder in the south and southwest of China. The north-east of the country has a continental climate, dry desert climate determines the west. In Tibet there is a cool mountain climate with temperature extremes, in the east up to the Yangtze a moderate monsoon climate, while the southeast is characterized by subtropical and tropical zones with heavy summer rainfall.

Best travel time:

The optimal travel time for China depends heavily on the respective region and the associated climate zone. Tourists should consider the periods May to June and September / October, as the temperatures are still pleasant at this time and there is hardly any precipitation. In autumn you also bypass the tourist high season. Summer and winter are rather unsuitable for a trip to the north or central China, as extreme temperatures and humid conditions are to be expected. Monsoon rains make the south unattractive between May and September.