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the best places to go on safari in october

the best places to go on safari in october

For those of you that missed the polar bears in Svalbard between June and September, now is the time to head out to Arctic Canada. October is the start of polar bear season in and around Churchill and along the shores of Hudson Bay. Over the next few weeks and months, a number of polar bears make their way down to the Churchill area in anticipation of the Hudson waters freezing over so they can then set out across them to search for seals, their main source of nutrition. This wildlife spectacle occurs during the months of October and November, be careful though that you don’t go too early or late as one moment the bears are there and the next they are gone. 

October is hot but it is one of the best game viewing times in Botswana. With limited water sources throughout the Bush, the game congregates around what little water there is, making their movements much easier to predict and sightings much easier. Having said that, the heat can have a rather lazy effect on the wildlife as it can literally just be too hot to move – to this extent, make sure you get up early and make the most of early morning game drives and also late afternoon and evening night drives as this is when the wildlife will be more active, waking from its sleep to set off in search of prey. South Africa is also a good bet at this time of the year and provides the perfect extension to a safari in Botswana. Head to the Kruger National Park and its surrounding private reserves where you can expect to experience some world class game viewing. 

October is one of our favourite months for visiting Madagascar. Ringtail lemurs typically give birth between August and September so by October you’ll they’ll be exploring their surroundings and bouncing around. As it is breeding season, October is also a good month for birding in Madagascar.

Another place to drop in on during the month of October is Argentina. With cooler temperatures, you will be able to explore the Bariloche region and Patagonia as well as take the chance to see the southern right whales off Peninsula Valdes which head up to the northern bay from September onwards. 

October is a good time of year travel to Peru where you can spot condors soaring on the morning thermals in Cola Canyon.

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