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Natural Wonders This Autumn

Added 30 Jul 2013
Natural Wonders This Autumn
 

Natural Wonders

If you like getting out into the great outdoors to admire the wonders of nature, there are some fantastic places which are perfect to visit in the autumn months. Whether it’s going in search of exciting wildlife, setting off into uninhabited wilderness to get away from it all or marvelling at the power of an erupting geyser, we have a tour which will satisfy your passion.

Travel outside the peak summer holiday season and you can also enjoy quieter sites and lower prices. Below are some ideas of places you shouldn’t miss this October and November.

Iceland  

Iceland: by October and November, the nights are starting to draw in but the coldest weather is yet to arrive. Dark skies mean that there is a chance to spot the magical light displays of the aurora borealis – or northern lights. Daytime temperatures are still good for sightseeing and if you get chilly, you could always re-heat in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

What to see: the frequent eruptions of Strokkur geyser, the thundering waters of Gullfoss waterfall, the meeting of the Eurasian and North American plates, the Blue Lagoon, the spectacle of the northern lights – if you are lucky!

Tours to try: Northern Lights (SNL)Icelandic Escapades (IA)

Botswana-Lion   Botswana: October is right at the end of the dry season. With many water sources completely dried up, thirsty animals congregate in larger than normal numbers around the last remaining water holes. The vegetation is also drier and sparser. These two factors mean that game is much easier to spot, yielding rich rewards for those on safari. By November, rainfall is a little higher but low season rates in accommodation start to apply so prices are a little lower.

What to see: the unique wetland wonders of the Okavango Delta, the elephants of Chobe National Park, the thundering Victoria Falls in neighbouring Zambia.

Tours to try: Botswana Wildlife Safari (BW)
 

tiger thumb   North India: October sees Ranthambore National Park opening its gates to visitors at the start of the new season (it is closed during monsoon season). October and November are generally warm and sunny with cool evenings and mornings – perfect for game drives.

What to see: tigers, spotted deer (chital), sloth bear, jungle cat, leopard and many bird species.

Tours to try: Tiger, tiger (ATT)

Madagascar thumb  

Madagascar: weather patterns in Madagascar vary across the country. The south is very dry with little rainfall while the north is cooler and wetter. October and November are good times to go if you like baby animals as this is the time of year when many lemur species give birth. It’s also the breeding season for birds and the peak flowering time for many orchids. It’s a good time of year for butterflies and chameleons too.

 

What to see: colourful species of orchid and butterfly, cleverly disguised chameleons, many species of lemur, towering baobab trees, beautiful beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean.

Tours to try: The Lost Continent (MD)

Maldives    

Maldives: the Maldives have a tropical climate with the warmest, driest weather falling between December and April. There isn’t really a bad time to visit. In October and November the weather tends to be a little windier and wetter than in December although there is still plenty of sunshine.

What to see: pristine palm-fringed white sand beaches, coral reefs, uninhabited islands.

Tours to try: Maldive Dhoni Cruise

Patagonia    

Patagonia (Argentina and Chile): October heralds the arrival of spring in Patagonia. The chill of winter is shrugged off and flowers start to bloom in earnest. This is the start of the main tourist season which peaks between December and February. October and November can be a good time to go if you want to avoid the crowds.

What to see: Torres del Paine National Park with its famous granite towers, ice calving from the snout of the Perito Moreno Glacier, Mount Fitzroy.

Tours to try: Adventures in Patagonia (PA)