Bear essentials, Yosemite National Park, California, USA:
September is not yet cold (in the daytime at least) in this gorgeous, big-rock park) so hiking is spectacular and black bears are still looking for food in anticipation of hibernation.
Grizzlies, Knight Inlet, Pacific Coast, Canada.
Feast time for the big critters as hundreds of thousands of pink salmon head for their spawning grounds and dozens of grizzlies intercept them with ease in the shallow waters, providing a dramatic and magical show for lucky spectators.
Bears fishing for salmon, Alaska (far north USA):
If you enjoy the unspoilt outdoors and want to wander in wonder among forests of snowy peaks, glassy fjords, crystal lakes and rivers jumping with salmon-fishing bears, then a late summer trip to Alaska could be the place for you.
At this time there are also plenty of moose, deer, wolves, whales and other marine lifeforms.
Best July-September. Early September provides best weather, best prices and least trouble booking things.
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life: Churchill, Hudson Bay, Northern Canada.
Excellent bleak scenery and cool animals - polar bears, caribou, wolves, whales and seabirds. Best March
- November, especially October/November for polar bear migration. Avoid the rest of the year.
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game safari: Masai Mara, Kenya.
Many other tourists will be bumping around on topless Toyotas but wildlife access is superb (tho' not self-drive) in Masai Mara and September may still see the tail end of the beestly migration (check with tour operators, timing is everything). Best July-September. Best weather December-March. Avoid April-June ( rainy season).
Serengeti and Ngorongoro, Tanzania. Extensive and varied game parks with plenty of beastly diversity. Best December-February, June-September, with Serengeti wildebeest migration around July/August. Worst time: March-May (rains).
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chameleon: Berenty Reserve, Madagascar.
Berenty is Madagascar's best park to see varied, unique lemurs, chameleons, baobab trees...Best May-June, September-November. Avoid December-March.
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for game, deserts, and dunes: Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Etosha in September is home to grunting masses of animals of all sorts with three fenced tourist camps in the middle of this rampant wildlife.
The blasted Skeleton Coast is free-access home to vast numbers of seals. Best June-September, OK May, October.
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safari: Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
Much of the Okavango Delta, with many interesting creatures - including the Big Five, but high costs. Visitors travel a lot by small boat or elephant back. Best July-October or November - March for twitchers.
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wildlife safari: Kruger Park, South Africa.
Kruger's self-drive setup is well-organised, as is the large selection of
accommodation inside the wildlife area and September, in other words autumn, is cooler and less crowded than the previous months.Best June-September. OK May-October.
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utang Rehabilitation Centre, Kabili Sepilok Forest, Kalimantan, Malaysia.
Playing hide-and-seek with
semi-wild orange critters through an ancient rainforest. Best July-October.
wildlife: The Pantanal, Brazil.
A spacious and open wetland offering more wildlife than the Amazon tho' less claustrophobic ambience. Best July-October. Avoid
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Wildlife on foot safaris: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
This undeveloped country leans towards
walking safaris so tourists can spot a variety of animals safely without having to stink around in a petrol-guzzler. Best October,
good July - September and June for bird watching. Avoid November - April
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Uganda - Kibale Forest or Budongo Forest.
Gombe Stream or Mahale Mountains for animal tracking. Best June - September. Avoid March-May, October,
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