Summer has arrived and with it, your child is on his summer holiday. Is he bored, hot and anxious to be in the great outdoors? Take them to the biggest parks the world has on offer, Africa, where the air is clean, the flowers bloom, the wildlife viewing is mesmerizing, and the people are inviting.


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Humpback Whale Royal Palace
Traveling to this iconic island is ideal (April to October) when the weather is dry and warm. This is a wonderful period for animal viewing. One can experience the impressive migration of the beautiful and graceful humpback whales (July to September). Visit the Royal Palace in the capital, Antananarivo, also called the city of one-thousand warriors.
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Royal Honeymoon
It is high season on these amazing islands (December, January, July and August). Just like British Royals William and Kate's honeymoon in the Seychelles, you can also lounge on the romantic and pristine white-sanded beaches scented with cinnamon trees and frangipani, take a jaunt in the jungle to spot the Paradise bird, stroll through the capital city Victoria, or take a boat to the virtually untouched tropical nature reserve on Aride Island.
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Gorilla trek
Lake Kivu
Trek the impressive Virunga Mountain range to find the endangered gorillas and golden monkeys! An experience of a lifetime to come into the wild and enter their home. A few hours away by car is is Lake Kivu and the scenery of hillsides plunging into the lake is stunning. Have a swim and relax in a fairly untouched land.
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Tarangire Park
This is the peak season for wildlife viewing at Ruaha, Selous (July to October) and Tarangire National Park whose permanent water source attracts wildlife from the north. The park has abundant game and varied bird-life, and the most of it is relatively quiet, with few people reaching the southern regions where you can still find a sense of wilderness. Climbing Kilimanjaro is superb during this season.
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River crossing migration
Lake Turkana
While it is a year round destination for exceptional game viewing, one of the most overwhelming attractions is the annual wildebeest migration between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya (June to September). Visit Lake Turkana, a northern Rift Valley lake in Kenya that is the largest permanent desert lake in the world and filled with large Nile crocodiles. A beautiful site, the lake changes colors with the movements of the wind.
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Damaraland's semi-desert wilderness are spectacular. This Northern rugged, mountainous area is best for a classic Namibia adventure safari: tracking black rhino, elephant and other fascinating, desert-adapted wildlife. Expect friendly people, interesting animals and an exhilarating feeling of wilderness. The game viewing at Etosha National Park, one of Southern Africa's best game reserves, is excellent.
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Okavango Delta
High Season (July to October) and as the weather is temperate, the water levels in Okavango Delta begin to drop which means that wildlife viewing will improve, also making this an excellent time of the year for photography. Savute Game Reserve is one of Africa's best game viewing destinations and lies south of the Western Region of the Chobe National Park. Both day and night drives are truly remarkable. The ecology in this area is distinctive due to a group of hills that are represented in many Bushman paintings and are situated close to an ancient lake in the Magwikhwe Sand Ridge.
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Victoria Falls
Busanga Plains
After the rain season ((December to March) has ended, lodges and camps welcome guests again (April and November). Wildlife and game viewing is best ( September, October, or June to August) as the wildlife is found mostly around waterholes and along riverbanks. It is wonderful to safari in the Lower Zambezi and visit Victoria Falls or the Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park.
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Whale calves
National Arts Festival
Northern parts of South Africa (Kruger, Gauteng, Limpopo) are best during the winter months (June, July, August) with wildlife and game viewing at its best. The temperatures are very mild (maximum 20-23ºC). There is very little winter rainfall in the north. It is exhilarating to go whale watching at Hermanus and Shark Cage Diving at Gansbaai.
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Gorilla trekking
Wildlife spotting at the National Parks
Uganda's raised topography means a cooler climate than its equatorial setting suggests. Although it's regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking is during the country's two dry seasons: (January and February; from June to September). Game viewing in the savannah parks is also best at this time since wildlife is concentrated around water sources.
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Hwange National Park
Victoria Falls
Zimbabwe can be visited any time of the year but the best game viewing time is in the dry season, May to October, when animals congregate around the rivers and waterholes. This is especially true in Hwange where the artificially pumped waterholes attract many animals, including big herds of elephants. Victoria Falls is best visited from May through September. The guiding standards are some of the highest in Africa and this makes it an excellent place to try a walking safari, enjoying the scenic splendors and low tourist densities.