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With the European summer in full swing, August is one of the best times to visit lesser frequented parts of Europe like the Balkans. A naturally popular time to travel, some parts of Europe will be more crowded than others so speak to a Cox & Kings Europe expert for their secrets on where to go and when. Further afield, August is a great time to trek in Peru, the Andes are clear and sunny and the Peruvian Amazon has fewer mosquitos. In the Far East, it is the beginning of low season in tropical Singapore, and although it may rain, storms are only in short, sharp bursts. National Day is a public holiday celebrated with pyrotechnics, military parades and processions. There’s also the month-long Hungry Ghost festival to pay respects to the dead, celebrated with colourful decorations, music performances and grand feasts.
Mild temperatures and little rainfall mean that it’s a great time to visit Madagascar’s tropical islands, Sainte Marie and Nosy Komba. Sightings of black lemurs are plentiful at this time of year and as the rainy season ended in June the vegetation is still lush and green. Meanwhile, it is prime time to spot dolphins and humpback whales that come to give birth and nurture their calves off the east coast. As the weather is cool and crisp, rainforest and jungle treks are comfortable and huge downpours aren’t as common.
The winter coincides with the dry season in South Africa. This means although the temperatures can drop quite low at night, August also affords some of the best wildlife viewing all year. Animals emerge to gather around waterholes and are easier to spot as there is less vegetation, making the chance to see elephants, rhinos and lions more likely. It is also low season, meaning it may feel as though you have parks all to yourself. Additionally, the west coast is transformed by spring flowers, which have just come into bloom, turning the area into a dazzling carpet of colour.
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With two separate monsoon seasons, there is always a side of the island that you can visit with good weather. Weather in August can vary as its inter-monsoon and there can be the odd short shower. The yala – southwest monsoon – is wettest between April and June and the maha – northeast monsoon – between November and March. Temperatures on the coast tend to be mid to high 20s, while in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya they tend to be lower, between 15 and 20C. August is prime time to spot leopards in the Yala National Park, where you can spend a night camping out under the stars. In the Minneriya National Park, Asian elephants gather around water tanks making it easier to spot them.
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