Summer in the northern hemisphere is winter in the southern, so it’s the perfect time to experience the warm temperatures Kenya has to offer. Warm temperatures and little rain make for an optimal safari experience in Kenya.
Here’s our list of the best places to visit in June:
- Lewa Safari Marathon This one should be near the top of any runner’s bucket list! Whether you run competitively or are driven by your personal running goals, the Lewa Safari Marathon in Kenya is for you. With options for a full or half marathon, and winding through an amazing wildlife conservancy, participants feel one with nature as they run alongside Africa’s most notable wildlife. And you’ll get more than a good workout, as participants have the opportunity to visit local schools and communities benefited by the funds raised by this race. This is the best opportunity to both feel good and do good!
- Sardine Run in South Africa As the winter season closes in, many marine animals around the shores of South Africa are seeking warmer waters. Sardines, yes the small fish you can buy in a can at the local grocery store, are one species on this trek. Sure, sardines themselves might not be the most awe-inspiring fish in the sea, but their predators are. Many varieties of whales, dolphins, sharks, and seabirds congregate along the shore in South Africa to feast on the abundance of sardines. Adventure seekers can choose to experience the wildlife by diving, snorkeling, boat rides, or helicopter rides. You won’t want to miss one of the sea’s greatest feasts; head to the KwaZulu Natal to see them for yourself!
- Swim with Whale Sharks in Western Oz If white sand beaches, fresh seafood, local wineries, and seashell collecting sounds like your idea of fun, then a visit to the western side of Australia is for you. If surfing, snorkeling, and swimming with sharks is more your speed, then Western Oz is a perfect fit for you, too! In one area, appropriately named Shark Bay, you can slide off your sandals and walk right into the water with local whale sharks! These sharks aren’t looking to you as their next meal, these gentle giants are on the hunt for plankton.
- Dark MOFO in Tasmania Prepare to be captivated by the magical Museum of Old and New Art: Festival Of Music and Art (MOFO) during your tour of Tasmania. Featuring artists, musicians, dancers, and more, MOFO is eclectic, edgy, and energetic. Stay after dark to Dark MOFO and indulge in nighttime concerts, a group nude swim and loads of afterparties. With options for camping, hotels, and higher-end retreats, there is a way to experience MOFO and Dark MOFO for everyone.
- The Gnaoua World Music Festival in Morocco This Gnawa music festival held annually in Essaouira, Morocco is a platform for Gnawa music performed worldwide. Gnaoua (also Gnawa) is a melting-pot genre of musical fusion, featuring influences of jazz, pop, rock, contemporary and traditional Moroccan music. The festival combines Islamic Sufism with pre-Islamic African traditions and attendees can feel the rich history. The rhythmic nature of this style of music is full of prayer and dance all in the beautiful coastal city of Essaouira.
- Festival Month in Peru Often called the Festival of the Sun, Inti Raymi in Peru is one of the nation’s most traditional festivals. Have the time of your life celebrating in the ancient Incan capital, Cusco. People everywhere dress in full costume and immerse themselves in the long-standing rituals. Celebrations include giving praise to Inti the sun god, reading of the holy coca leaf, and traditional sacrifices. The day finishes with the music of horns, pipes, and drums.
- Daytime Viewing of Nocturnal Animals at Tswalu As the winter season comes over South Africa, the brush and grass dry up. It’s during this time that safari-goers can see wildlife more easily and clearly. In Tswalu, nocturnal animals such as aardvark, aardwolf, and pangolin come out before nightfall to enjoy the sun in late afternoon. As the dark settles in, more and more interesting night time predators start to appear. Starting your safari tour just before dusk is an adventure you won’t want to miss.
Looking for more ideas?
Looking for more ideas? July is a great time for setting multiple weeks of vacation aside with the kids out of school for a long-haul trip, like visiting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the breathtaking Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, or if you’d rather escape the summer heat, book a trip to Chile for some incredible Andean alpine skiing.