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Schools out and now is the time to embark on a family adventure. Below are our top picks for July holidays so treat your kids to a once-in-a-lifetime experience such as whale watching in South Africa or cycling through tea plantations in Sri Lanka. Now is also the time to witness some jaw-dropping wildlife in the Galapagos.
This teardrop island is a culture-lover’s dream, boasting a whopping eight UNESCO listed sites alongside a wealth of stunning temples, tea plantations and the culture-rich Kandy. Sri Lanka is also a bucket-list holiday because of its famous elephant-filled national parks, lavish rainforests and divine beaches. It is the perfect school summer holiday destination, as July provides perfectly dry and warm site seeing weather conditions. And for those looking to add some beach time to their trip, the east coast at this time of year is particularly hot, with sunny skies, calm sea waters and soft, white stretches of sand.
Over a third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in the bamboo forests of Parc National des Volcans, boasting its best conditions for trekking at this time of year, as there is little chance of rain. Tracking these mysterious creatures through the Rwandan rainforest against a backdrop of the misty volcanic peaks of the Virunga Mountains has to be one of the planet’s greatest wildlife adventures. The forest highlights include dramatic jungle scenery, thundering waterfalls and a hanging walkway for great treetop primate viewing.
Bolivia is a country of dazzling contrasts. Stretching from the ice-capped peaks of the Andes to the wildlife-filled rainforests and vast savannahs of the Amazon basin, this landlocked nation has it all. Without doubt Bolivia’s greatest natural wonder, the Salar de Uyuni, at 3,500m above sea level, is the largest salt flats in the world and is a bucket-list must! An evocative and eerie sight, at this time of year the skies are crisp and the surface is dry, creating a pure white expanse of the greatest nothing imaginable – a photographer’s dream.
South Africa is a popular safari destination, offering comprehensive options with malaria-free parks and reserves in the Eastern Cape, the chance to see the abundant wildlife of popular Kruger National Park or experience more off-the-beaten-track Madikwe Game Reserve on the border with Botswana. Not only is this time of year great for game viewing, but whale season has also begun. From June to September, migrating southern right whales arrive in Hermanus en masse in what is one of the planet’s greatest natural performances. Something you won’t want to miss!
The isolated islands of the Galapagos boast a density and diversity of wildlife like no place else on Earth. Exceptional wildlife viewing can be enjoyed on the Galapagos Islands year-round, but the species you encounter are likely to depend on the time of your visit. July is a great month to witness wildlife: blue-footed boobies are courting, iguanas are hatching, the magnificent Frigatebirds are nesting and the great Galapagos Albatross is protecting its large white egg.