Safari wildlife May, world’s best safaris

Ringtail lemurs in Berenty Reserve, Madagascar

Ringtail lemurs in Berenty Reserve, Madagascar

Wildlife safari May. 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.

Self-drive or guided tour?

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).

Berenty Reserve, Madagascar.
This reserve allows tourists to get closer to those wacky little mammals, lemurs and May is when trees start dropping their leaves making lemurs are easier to spot. Best May-June, September-November. Avoid December-March.

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.

Marine wildlife

Ningaloo Reef & Shark Bay, NW Australia.
Swim and snorkel with whalesharks, bottle-nosed dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales, and dugongs. All year round ok but best in April/early May.

Big for game, deserts, and dunes

Etosha National Park, Namibia.
Etosha hosts shuffling hordes of wildlife and permits easy viewing from three tourist camps at the centre of the action.
The Skeleton Coast offers the bleak, Cape Cross colony of 100, 000 seals. Best June-September, OK May, October.

Dolphins

Bimini island, Bahamas.
Just off Florida little Bimini is a place to swim with wild dolphins that have taken up residence about an hour offshore. Best May-July but winter with wetsuits is OK.

Marine life

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
A cluster of islands buzzing with curious animals unaffected by human presence – seals, iguanas, giant tortoises, penguins and blue footed boobies etc.
Best January-March. Avoid July/August and September, October, November.

Self-drive wildlife safari

Kruger Park, South Africa.
Kruger’s speciality is ease of self-drive and a grand choice of places to stay – low or high cost – inside the wildlife area.
Best June-September. OK May-October.

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