In the Northern Hemisphere spring has officially arrived, making it the ideal time to witness the beautiful arrival of cherry blossoms in Japan or to go trekking through the Himalayas as the climate begins to warm up. You'll also find cherry blossoms in parts of China and South Korea at this time of year. The Middle East is ideal at this time of year - the heat has yet to reach its peak and so sightseeing around the ancient sites is far more pleasurable. It also means the Red Sea resorts are great for a beach break. The weather is still good across Central America with calm winds and only small showers before the climatic chaos of the approaching wet season.
If you're looking for a wildlife adventure, cruising the Amazon is a great option with high water levels making many more canals navigable by boat. The wet season in southern Africa means Victoria Falls is at its most impressive and it's whale watching season off the west coast of Sri Lanka. To help you plan a holiday for April 2017 we've put together some of the top destinations and experiences at this time of year as well as our guide to where's hot for a beach break and where to go for a wildlife adventure.
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As temperatures continue to rise in the northern hemisphere and the southern half of the world sees temperatures start to drop, the best beach destinations are slowly moving north. April is a very transitional month with unpredictable weather in the majority of places - the odd shower is common whether you go, however, there's still a good offering of places that are great at this time of the year and here's our selection.
The Red Sea resort of Hurghada is brilliant at this time of year - temperatures are high but still on the comfortable side, the days are sunny and there's hardly any rainfall. The Red Sea can be combined with a little culture with the incredible sights of ancient Egypt from Cairo and the Pyramids to Luxor and its royal tombs.
The dry season is drawing to a close in the Maldives so you can still find long days of sun in April. As the wet season approaches the heat and humidity rises but with an air-conditioned, beachside resort you'll be just fine. If you're looking to add a little culture to your beach holiday, consider tacking on a visit to Sri Lanka.
The Caribbean coast is a great choice of beach destination in April - it's the last month of the dry season and the weather is still ideal and where better to enjoy that then Costa Rica? April is also peak season for leatherback turtles so you can relax on the beach while catching a glimpse of these majestic creatures.
If you're looking for a beach destination without the crowds, visiting southern Vietnam can be a great option in April. It's just after the high season with hot and humid temperatures but prices are better than in previous months and the crowds will be thinner. This is also a good time to visit the rest of the country.
April is a month of climatic transition as the rains of the wet season start to disperse, ushering in the dry season. In terms of weather this can be a great time to visit Africa as temperatures are moderate and there's not as much rainfall as in previous months. The landscapes are still lush from the rains so it's not necessarily the best time to be on safari but some destinations still offer a good wildlife experience.
It's the tail end of the wet season with rainfall starting to decrease with just a short shower in the afternoon. The scenery is lush and there's plenty of newborn animals around as well as migratory bird species so it's the perfect time for birdwatching. As it's not yet the peak dry season, prices are more affordable.
After the rains the wildlife-rich island of Madagascar is thick with luxuriant forest growth, making it incredibly attractive at this time of year. It's also the time of year when lemurs begin their courtship with males waving their tails at females and becoming extremely vocal in their attempt to secure a mate.
This may fly in the face of common convention but for keen photographers, or for anyone who wants a good collection of images to remember their once in a lifetime trip, April is a good time to trek for mountain gorillas. The overcast conditions of the rainy season create ideal lighting conditions for photography.
Here's a selection of our tours perfectly suited for travel in April from the deserts of Jordan to the beaches of Vietnam.
On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.
Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.
Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.
On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.
The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.
Our OTG Adventure takes you to the true heart of adventurous destinations. Whether camping in the Okavango Delta, staying in rustic accommodation in the Peruvian Amazon or camping under the Saharan stars in Morocco, this range forsakes just a little bit of the comfort of OTG Signature Range, ensuring we deliver you the best value possible for your holiday.
OTG Adventure takes you straight into the centre of where it’s all at, typically using local transport or overland style vehicles and stay at simple, clean and locally-owned guest houses, haciendas, eco-lodges and simple hotels to maximize the opportunity to interact with the locals.
On our OTG Handpicked range we bring you best-of-the-best cultural experiences in destinations where you’ll join travellers from other travel brands on your tour, safari or sailing holiday. Collaborating with our carefully handpicked portfolio of local partners, these holidays represent exceptional value and there’ll be plenty of cultural experiences shared with other like-minded travellers.
Group sizes and accommodation standards vary by destination where typical group size is 18 travellers and hotels, boats and safari lodges are of a 3-4 star standard.