The eleventh part in a twelve part series on the best places to visit when. August is all about the charming capital of Bulgaria, the spectacular Perseids Meteor Shower in Jordan, tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda and enjoying the spectacular beaches and vibrant cities of Brazil.
From wild mountain ranges and long sandy beaches, to remote villages and thriving modern cities, it is not hard to see the appeal of Bulgaria. And much like its other neighbouring Eastern European countries, Bulgaria basks in warm temperatures and sunny skies throughout the summer months. August is the perfect time to discover this fascinating country and its dynamic capital city of Sofia. With onion-domed churches, ancient mosques and historical museums intertwined with modern shopping malls, art galleries and trendy restaurants, Sofia is a charming confluence of old and new.
Not only does Jordan enjoy gloriously warm temperatures throughout the summer months, but August is also the time of year when the incredible Perseids Meteor Shower can be seen at its peak. The vast red desert landscape of Wadi Rum is the perfect place to watch this spectacular celestial event unfold as thousands of stars fall through the sky. Spend two nights camping out under a blanket of stars and witness this incredible event and then set out to explore the highlights of Jordan in the warmth and sunny skies of summer.
August falls smack in the middle of the long dry season in Uganda, when daytime temperatures average at a comfortably warm 24C, with a slightly cooler climate in the mountains, making it the perfect time to venture out in search of mountain gorillas. Trekking in the Ugandan countryside and then into the dense rainforest to come across a family of mountain gorillas living in their natural habitat is truly a once in a lifetime experience. In the savannahs vegetation has also lessened due to the warm dry climate, making it easier to spot wildlife who come to drink at watering holes.
With vibrant cities and charming colonial towns, palm-fringed beaches and thundering waterfalls, Brazil is a temping destination throughout the year and August is no exception. Although technically winter in South America, this wonderful country still enjoys warm temperatures and clear skies throughout the month so you can take in the sights, top up on your tan and experience the real spirit and colour of Latin culture on your holiday here.
Stay tuned next month for the best places to visit in September.