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The summer holidays are fast approaching, now is a great time to get some sun before the crowds descend on tourist hotspots in July and August. This is the time to embark on a thrilling safari, get to know Borneo's famous orangutans or learn about India's spiritual side in Ladakh.
June is the best time of year to experience the Great Migration, where you’ll be able to witness the thundering herds of wildebeest making their way across the Serengeti under the watchful eyes of the big cats. A once in a lifetime spectacle to be admired. With unrivalled quantities of game and some of the most beautiful national parks on the continent, Tanzania is a safari dream come true. And after your thrilling safari experience, why not head to the luxurious island of Zanzibar for a for a chance to relax on the idyllic white sandy beaches.
As an ocean surrounded by continents, Arctic scenery is spectacular and varied. Drift ice, deep fjords, sparkling glaciers and the Northern Lights are complemented by alpine forest and swathes of Arctic tundra covered in carpets of seasonal flowers. Such diverse landscape supports a wide range of bird and wildlife including the magnificent polar bear, which are most likely to be seen at this time of year. Owing to frozen pack ice, the summer months from June to September are the optimum time to visit, and in some areas you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight.
Escape the rest of India’s monsoon season in June and soak up Ladakh’s spectacularly jagged, arid mountains that enfold in this beautiful Buddhist ex-kingdom. Picture-perfect monasteries dramatically crown rocky boulders next to fluttering prayer flags and whitewashed stupas, while spinning prayer wheels release merit-making mantras. Gompa interiors are a demonstration of golden Buddhas and complexly colourful murals and home to red-robed monks. Ladakh is a little corner of Tibet marooned in the furthest reaches of India.
Ideal for those looking for an authentic wildlife experience, Zambia is the home of the walking safari, offering unique wildlife encounters and remote bush camping. In June, Zambian wildlife viewing is exhilarating with frequent sightings of elephant, lion, wild dog, cheetah and leopard, while the Lower Zambezi is great for boat and canoe safaris. The weather at this time of year also provides clear blue skies. For adrenalin-fuelled activities or simple relaxation, a visit to the mighty Victoria Falls is a must.
Whether you’re trekking to see the sunrise from the top of Mount Kinabalu or feeding fruit to curious orangutans at the Sepilok Sanctuary, scuba diving at Sipadan with shouls of jackfish in their thousands or watching sea turtles hatch and make their way to the sea, Borneo offers some of Asia’s greatest wildlife encounters. The hot and humid weather in June makes it a popular time to visit, and provides the perfect temptation to finish your wildlife adventure with some time to relax on its glorious beaches.