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the best places to go in september

the best places to go in september

September proves time and time again to be one of our favourite months for East Africa. Avoiding the peak holiday months why not combine tracking the mountain gorillas of Rwanda with a Big Five safari in Tanzania or Kenya… September means the peak season crowds have dissipated, you avoid the rainy season, however the wildebeest migration is still in full flow. If you want to see river crossings and thousands of wildebeest and zebra running the gauntlet, then northern Tanzania is the place to go as the herds make their way from the northern Serengeti savannah to the southern plains of the Masai Mara. 

Still on the savannah game theme a much less visited and more dramatic wilderness location is the stunning Selous Game Reserve. The Selous is at its height during the latter months of September and October as the park dries out and the concentrations of wildlife increase. Selous is not only good at this time of the year, however if you want quality and quantity, then you can’t go wrong!

If you want to track chimpanzees in the wild then there is no better place in the world than the dramatic Mahale mountains National Park in western Tanzania whilst staying at the unique and luxurious Greystoke Camp. Flying into the lakeside airstrip, you transfer by traditional dhow down to the camp located in its own private cove. Spend the next few days tracking the cheeky chimps of Mahale through the mountain forests that provide the backdrop to one of the most unique properties in Africa. September provides one of the best months (as well as October) to track the chimpanzees of Mahale mainly due to it being towards the end of the dry season; this means the chimps are more focused around specific areas (and water sources) within the park rather than scattered around as you would find in other months when there is plenty of water available. It is also true to say that the chimps are lower down mountains during these months (and therefore you don’t have to walk as far!) due to some of their favourite fruits being available on the lower slopes…

Zimbabwe provides perfect conditions during the month of September with the dry season being in full flow and game viewing being at its height. Due to limited water sources, towards the end of the season you will find wildlife principally gathering around the more permanent water sources making for perfect game viewing. September is also a great month for seeing herds of elephants in Botswana; Chobe National Park in particular is a good location for seeing some of the largest elephant herds on the African Continent. If elephants are of interest then September is also a good time to head to Sri Lanka to see them gathering in Minneriya National Park.

In the north, the caribou are preparing for their seasonal migration in Arctic Canada. Track them along the icy tundra as they begin their incredible journey.

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