Here’s a calendar suggested by top wildlife tour product managers on when the best times of the year for incredible encounters of each species is:
January – Gorillas
This is dry season in Uganda and not only are guides more able to cut a path through the dense terrain when tracking a family of gorillas but the sightings are less obscured at this time of year.
February – grey whales
At this time of year the grey whales come into the bay to birth in the shallow lagoons.
March – Tigers
Again – dry season not only offers less obscured wildlife sightings but due to the shortage of water, these magnificent cats are more likely to be found near to watering holes. The festival of colours – Holi – also takes place in March so this is a fantastic time to visit India.
April – Orang-utans
With monsoon season over this is a great time to visit the island of Borneo. Our wildlife discoverer tour visits the famous Sepilok Orang-utan centre. Other fauna and flora highlights on the island include probiscus monkeys and carnivorous plans such as the pitcher plant and the rafiosa, the largest flower in the world.
May – Komodo Dragons
Our Indonesia Primates and Dragons tour of Sumatra, Bali and Komodo offers opportunities to see orang-utans and the huge Komodo Dragon lizards weighing up to 90kg and known for their poisonous saliva.
June – Polar bears
This is the best time of year to visit the Artic region and offers fantastic 24 hour sunlight. Our photographic polar cruises to Spitsbergen offers opportunities to see polar bears, walruses, seals, arctic foxes, Beluga, Humpback and Blue whales.
July – Brown bears
Travel to Alaska to see the pink salmon run and watch as bears, eagles, seals and ravens gorge themselves on fish against a backdrop of dense forests, glaciers and thundering rivers.
August – Turtles
August is turtle nesting season in Tortuguera, Costa Rica. Spot Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Giant Leatherback and even the endangered Green Turtles in this region.
September – The Migration
This incredible wildlife phenomenon starts in early July and runs right through until November as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and plains game travel from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara.
October – Lemurs
Spring is a great time of year to visit this beautiful island and our wildlife tour visits five different parks across the country for sightings of these small but delightful primates.
November – Sealions in the Galapagos
This is pup season and is a great time to see the young floating around in the water while you snorkel. The untouched wildlife in the Galapagos also offers fantastic encounters with blue-footed boobies, penguins, tortoises, turtles, albatross and iridescent fish.
December – penguins
This is prime time in the short season of Antarctic cruises. Watch penguin chicks hatching and also view leopard and fur seals and a variety of whales.