Safari wildlife April, world’s best safaris

Iguana, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Land iguana, Galapagos

Wildlife safari April. Months/locations are chosen on the strength of :

• The weather,  as wet weather often means animals will shelter while long spells of rain stimulate growth of vegetation that hides to creatures, especially out in the great plains of East and South Africa. In Namibia rain means the wildlife does not have to rely on waterholes near to rest camps. So…dry seasons are best for safaris!

• The frequency of animal sightings generally, especially the Big Five in Africa (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros),  the tiger in India and so on. Bugbog crew has been to most of these locations.

Note that in some locations you can get along pretty well by yourself, whether it’s walking or self-drive (e.g. Kruger in South Africa, Etosha in Namibia). But in some places you need not just a safari guide but a good safari guide who is pleasant, informative and knows where the beasts are/will be. Preferably without dozens of other tourists in the same place (e.g. Kenya, Amazon, Borneo).

Marine life

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
This distant group of bleak, volcanic islands groans under the weight of weird and wonderful animals unaffected by human visitors. Best January-March. Avoid July/August and September, October, November.

Polar 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.

Tiger safari

Ranthambore National Park, India.
This park gives tourists the best possible shot of a wild tiger from elephant back as the monsoons have not yet arrived and the grass will be short. Likely sightings of: leopard, rhinoceros, jackals, bison, boar and monkeys. Open November-June, but Best February – April.

Marine creatures

Ningaloo Reef, Shark Bay, NW Australia.
Go for a splash with whalesharks, dolphins, rays, whales and more. The weather is best in April/early May.

Rhino and tiger safari

Royal Chitwan Park, Nepal.
Fun elephant back rides in search of tigers and rhinos; sightings of the former unlikely, the latter, probable. Best November-April.

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