South Africa still provides great game viewing in the KwaZulu Natal game reserves and the Kruger. With spring in the air, Namaqualand begins its annual transformation from arid landscape to vast, bright carpets of colourful wildflowers. Southern right whales have arrived to calve in Walker Bay and along the coast of the Western Cape.
Beyond the Okavango Delta, the waters have begun to recede, concentrating the game at the dwindling water sources.
In Zambia, the weather is perfect for a walking safari.
The cool and dry weather makes August a wonderful time to tour Namibia.
The Great Migration normally spills into the Masai Mara, braving the crocodiles to cross the Sand and Mara rivers.
The dry weather is perfect for chimp tracking in Mahale and gorilla safaris in Rwanda and Uganda.
The Kenya Coast is hot and fine, as are the Seychelles and the islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Mauritius is warm and sunny, with excellent family offers.
Humpback whales can be seen in Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago and from Ile Ste Marie, in the Bay of Antongil and off Fort Dauphin in Madagascar.