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Where to go and What to do in August

In the Northern Hemisphere, the month of August marks a time of vibrant diversity and dynamic climates across the continents of Asia, Europe, and Nort... Read more
Where to go and What to do in August

In the Northern Hemisphere, the month of August marks a time of vibrant diversity and dynamic climates across the continents of Asia, Europe, and North America. In Asia, the landscape is a tapestry of lush greenery, with monsoon rains nourishing the rice paddies of Southeast Asia and creating a vibrant spectacle of life. In Europe, August signifies the height of summer, as cities across the continent bask in warm sunshine, and the diverse countryside beckons travellers from around the world to enjoy trekking and walking holidays. Meanwhile, in Northern America, August is a month of contrasts, where the bustling energy of urban centres harmonises with the tranquillity of natural landscapes, creating a rich and varied experience for inhabitants and visitors alike.

In the Southern Hemisphere, August unfolds as a distinctive chapter marked by the onset of late winter and the promise of spring in both Africa and Latin America. Across the vast landscapes of Africa, countries experience a diverse range of weather patterns. In the southern regions, like South Africa and Botswana, August may bring cool temperatures and occasional rainfall, while closer to the equator, countries like Kenya and Tanzania continue to experience a mix of dry and wet conditions. In Latin America, August heralds the transition from winter to spring. As the southern hemisphere awakens to the blossoming of flowers and the emergence of new life, cities come alive with outdoor events and festivities, celebrating the arrival of warmer days. Further North, countries such as Bolivia and Peru experience crisp, clear skies during this month, creating a tapestry of experiences for those exploring this region during this time of the year.  

Here are some of our favourite destinations and trips that run in August:



Around Svalbard & Kvitoya

In August, Svalbard experiences its brief summer, characterised by milder temperatures and the enchanting phenomenon of the Midnight Sun, where daylight persists around the clock. This is a prime time to witness wildlife, including polar bears, and explore the stunning Arctic landscapes under the continuous Arctic daylight. Embark on a ten-day cruise circling Svalbard, with an added visit to the remote eastern island of Kvitoya. This cruise includes exploring glaciers, discovering the history of Ny Alesund, and encountering diverse wildlife, from sunbathing walruses to polar bears. Travel aboard purpose-built expedition vessels, the M/V's Plancius, Ortelius, and Hondius, accommodating up to 108 travellers. Choose between relaxing on deck for scenic views or taking daily excursions for close wildlife encounters, including a sea kayak excursion for a unique perspective.

Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro Summit Ascents

Embark on a thrilling adventure with our double-peak holiday, starting with an acclimatising trek to the summit of Mount Meru (4566m) before tackling Africa's highest peak, Kilimanjaro (5895m). The ascent of Mount Meru, a beautiful 4-day trek through game-filled parkland, bamboo forest, and moorland, not only serves as a worthy objective but ensures optimal acclimatisation for increased summit success. Following this, our picturesque six-day trek up the Machame route on Kilimanjaro takes us through the Shira Plateau, Lava Tower, and Great Barranco Wall, culminating in a memorable ascent to the 'Roof of Africa' at Stella Point. Witnessing the sunrise from the summits of both Meru and Kilimanjaro promises an unforgettable experience. In August, Tanzania experiences mild temperatures and clear skies, making it an ideal time to attack Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. The dry season enhances the trekking conditions, allowing adventurers to enjoy the stunning landscapes and achieve summit success on both of these iconic peaks.



Traverse of Bolivia's Cordillera Real

Spanning 120 kilometres from Wara Warani in the north to the Chucura Valley in the south, the Cordillera Real is a breathtaking mountain range boasting numerous peaks, six of which exceed 6000 metres. This three-week trekking expedition, exploring the southern part of this regal range, is a true classic, traversing high trails and crossing passes at altitudes of over 5000 metres. The journey offers a diverse array of scenery, from alpine valleys with picturesque lakes and snow-capped Andean peaks to scattered Quechua villages. Before embarking on the trek, there's time to explore La Paz, the world's highest capital city, and acclimate beside Lake Titicaca, visiting Copacabana and spending a night in an ecolodge on Isla de Sol, renowned for its Inca temples and pathways. Bolivia, the jewel in the Andean crown, captivates with its spectacular landscapes, rich history, and the warm hospitality of its people, making it a standout destination in South America. In August, Bolivia experiences its dry season, offering clear skies and pleasant temperatures for exploration. 

Hunza, Shimshal and the Rush Lake Trek

In August, Pakistan typically sees warm temperatures and varied weather conditions, making it an opportune time to explore the country's cultural richness, historical sites, and diverse landscapes, from the mountainous regions to the vibrant cities. To the north of the regional capital and former Silk Road trading post, lies the enchanting Hunza Valley, granting access to the Karakoram Mountains' wonders in Northern Pakistan. This adventure introduces travellers to secluded villages, ancient forts, historic towns, the newly-formed Attabad Lake, colossal glaciers, and majestic snow-capped peaks, all without the need for an extensive trek. Commencing in Karimabad, the journey includes visits to the historic Baltit Fort and breakfast at the renowned Eagle’s Nest Hotel, providing a stunning overview of the Hunza Valley dominated by Rakaposhi (7788m). A scenic ferry ride along the Attabad Lake and a drive to the traditional Wakhi village of Shimshal from Passu set the stage for day-hikes offering exceptional mountain views and aiding in fitness and acclimatisation. The week-long trek from Hopar to the rarely-visited Rush Lake (4694m) follows, perched on a high ridge between the Hispar Valley and Barpu Glacier. This alpine lake, one of the world's highest, offers a sensational panorama including Hunza peaks, Hispar La, Snow Lake, and Central Karakoram giants such as K2 (8611m), Broad Peak, and the Gasherbrums. For an unforgettable experience of Northern Pakistan's mountains and warm hospitality, minus the challenges of an extended expedition-style trek, join the Karakoram Experience. 

Wild Costa Rica and Panama

Costa Rica and Panama, though small, offer immersive adventures in wild jungles, mist-covered cloud forests, and pristine coastlines. While Costa Rica is celebrated for its biodiversity, Panama remains a hidden gem with a rich history involving conquistadors, British pirates, and the poignant narrative of the Panama Canal's construction. Starting in San Jose, our journey explores premier national parks like Tirimbina Biological Reserve and Tortuguero National Park, venturing into Panama to experience cloud forests and Volcan Baru's towering presence through hanging bridges and exhilarating zip-line tours. Discover the Chiriqui National Marine Park, exploring remote islands and coral reefs, including whale-watching during the season. The adventure concludes in Panama City, where you can explore Casco Viejo's atmospheric streets and witness the spectacle of ships passing through the Miraflores Locks on the Panama Canal. Throughout the trip, stay in a variety of comfortable accommodations, chosen for their character and convenient locations. In August, Costa Rica and Panama experience their rainy season, characterised by lush green landscapes and occasional downpours. While it may bring some rain, this period also offers travellers the chance to explore the vibrant ecosystems of these countries, from Costa Rica's diverse rainforests to Panama's rich biodiversity, without the crowds of the drier months.

Walking the Albanian Alps

In August, Albania, a Balkan treasure, experiences warm temperatures and sunny weather, making it an ideal time to explore its stunning landscapes, from the Accursed Mountains to the charming towns like Shkodra and Kruja. The country's rich cultural heritage, coupled with outdoor adventures and vibrant communities, creates a delightful summer escape. Known as the "land of smiles," Albania embraces proud traditions and stunning scenery, particularly the majestic Accursed Mountains, a European wilderness teeming with alpine landscapes and diverse wildlife, including lynx, chamois, wolves, deer, golden eagles, and various bird species. Starting in the historic town of Shkodra, sail through the fjord of Lake Koman, explore the Miracle of the Alps in Valbona, cross the spectacular Valbona Pass to reach Thethi in the heart of the Albanian Alps, and conclude the adventure in the magnificent Ottoman-influenced town of Kruja, surrounded by mountains and boasting an impressive castle. Unforgettable Albania provides a unique journey through time, offering stunning scenery, diverse cultures, and the warmest smiles in Europe. 

Alaskan Wilderness Adventure

Truly grasping the immense size and grandeur of Alaska requires firsthand experience of its expansive landscapes. This two-week walking holiday offers an immersive journey through a wild and rugged land, where colossal national parks, endless glaciers, and the remnants of gold rush-era miners contribute to its raw and captivating beauty. Wander Alaska's premier walking trails, visit picturesque fishing communities, and embark on a remarkable road trip from Denali to Wrangell St. Elias National Park, exploring calving glaciers, photogenic lakes, and towering peaks with sprawling icefalls. The adventure culminates with two days in Denali National Park, searching for Alaska's 'big five' – moose, bear, Dall sheep, caribou, and wolf – all while experiencing the warmth of Alaskan hospitality in diverse accommodations ranging from hotels and lodges to rustic campsites. In August, Alaska experiences mild temperatures and extended daylight hours, providing an ideal setting for exploring its vast landscapes. This summer month allows travellers to witness the state's breathtaking beauty, from calving glaciers to the untamed wilderness, all under the enchanting glow of the midnight sun.

Scotland Road Cycling Coast to Coast

In August, Scotland experiences mild and pleasant weather, providing an ideal backdrop for exploring its picturesque landscapes, historic sites, and charming cities. The longer daylight hours offer ample time to immerse yourself in outdoor activities, whether it's hiking in the Highlands, cycling along scenic routes, or enjoying festivals and events throughout the country. Additionally, August marks the peak of the tourist season, allowing visitors to fully appreciate Scotland's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Embark on a cycling adventure across the stunning landscapes of Scotland, spanning the Highlands, Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness, and the majestic Torridon mountains, covering a total of 262 miles (419 km) from East to West. This route boasts one of the UK's highest and most challenging road climbs and includes stops at local inns for top-notch cuisine, culminating in the celebrated Scotland's pub of the year in Applecross. 



Okavango and Botswana Family Safari

Embark on an extraordinary family safari, catering to both seasoned enthusiasts and first-timers, as we explore Africa's unique game reserves and national parks. Upon arriving in Maun, we venture to the Okavango Delta, leaving vehicles behind to glide through its waterways in traditional Mokoros, offering an intimate encounter with flora and fauna before enjoying sundowners at our wilderness camp. Continuing to Moremi Game Reserve, established by the Batawana people, we seek the big five with the guidance of an expert. Progressing to Savuti and Chobe National Park, renowned for its massive elephant population, we trade wildlife for wild water, concluding our adventure at Zambia's Victoria Falls—the 'Smoke That Thunders,' ensuring an unforgettable experience for the entire family. In August, Botswana experiences its dry winter season, offering mild temperatures and clear skies, making it an ideal time to explore its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. Wildlife viewing is particularly exceptional during this period, with animals congregating around water sources in the national parks and game reserves.

Self-Guided Camino: The French Way

Walking the Camino de Santiago is an incredible journey, where pilgrims traverse ancient paths, connect with diverse cultures, and discover the profound beauty of the Spanish countryside along the way. Embark on a historical journey with a 2-week self-guided Camino, covering the final 315 km from Leon to Santiago de Compostela. Following the iconic scallop shell markers, traverse serene landscapes, pass the renowned Crus de Ferro, meander through Bierzo's vineyards, and finally, enter the unique region of Galicia, reaching your ultimate destination—the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Immerse yourself in the cultural richness along the way, connecting with fellow travellers and sharing experiences, while enjoying warm welcomes at carefully selected guesthouses and family-run hotels on a half-board basis. In August, Spain experiences warm temperatures and clear skies, making it an ideal time to explore the country's diverse landscapes.

Cycling in Kazakhstan

In August, Kazakhstan experiences warm temperatures and pleasant weather, creating an ideal environment for exploring its diverse landscapes, from the vibrant city of Almaty to the picturesque valleys and stunning Charyn Canyon. This summer month offers an opportune time to engage in outdoor adventures, discover cultural richness, and witness the natural beauty of this Central Asian country. Embark on an exhilarating Central Asian mountain biking adventure in the southeastern corner of Kazakhstan, near the borders of China and Kyrgyzstan, beneath the towering snow peaks of the Tien Shan. Accessible through the city of Almaty, founded on the historic Silk Road oasis, this region offers a blend of prosperity and sophistication with leafy parks, cosmopolitan cafes, museums, and vibrant restaurants. KE's mountain biking history in Kazakhstan dates back to 2004, and this revamped journey covers picturesque valleys, nomadic Kazakh shepherd camps, and the stunning Charyn Canyon. Cycling through the Kegen Plateau and Altyn-Emel National Park, with colourful sandstone formations and the iconic 'Singing Sand Dune,' this unique adventure unveils the remote, culturally intriguing landscapes of Central Asia. 



A Taste of Morocco

In August, Morocco experiences warm temperatures and vibrant cultural festivities, creating an ideal atmosphere for exploring its diverse landscapes, from the bustling markets of Marrakech to the coastal charm of Essaouira. While the inland areas can be hot, the coastal regions provide a more temperate climate, offering travellers a varied experience during this summer month. Embark on a delightful holiday, seamlessly blending easy walks, immersive sightseeing, and cultural treasures tucked away in Morocco's hidden gems—a saffron farm, mountain hamman, and a women's association for a cooking experience in Essaouira. Beginning with a guided tour of Marrakech's lively souks, the journey continues to the magnificent High Atlas Mountains, where a family-owned riad provides a tranquil retreat amidst stunning scenery. Mountain adventures include half-day walks, a Moroccan hammam experience, and relaxation on the panoramic terrace. Transitioning to the Atlantic Coast, we explore Essaouira's mediaeval medina, where you can enjoy an optional cooking class to master tagine preparation. This captivating trip unfolds the joy of Morocco's mountain trails, the warmth of Berber hospitality, the bustling souks, and the profound beauty of its culture. 

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