Best Holiday Ideas for August 2019

Eyes to the sky or feet to the ground for a month of unique adventures

Where to go on holiday in August

The month of August is peak holiday season with much of the Northern Hemisphere enjoying their summer holidays. If you're looking for good weather and plenty of history then Europe is a brilliant option, whether it's the castles and historic towns of Eastern Europe or the gorgeous beaches and islands of Croatia and Turkey. You're pretty much guaranteed superb safari opportunities across Africa with gorilla trekking in Uganda still ideal. The Amazon can be visited at any time of year but in August you'll find hiking and fishing best with clear jungle trails and low waters.

If natural wonders are more your thing then you'll find clear views of Victoria Falls after months of little rain and the same at Iguazu Falls where the waters are not at their fullest but the skies are clear and blue. It's scorching across the Middle East and North Africa with heavy rains across Southeast Asia and Central America so you may prefer to leave these destinations until the weather improves. To help you plan your August 2019 holiday we've put together our recommended destinations and experiences as well as our choice of beach break and wildlife hot spots.

Top Destinations and Experiences in August

Africa's tallest mountain

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Throughout the year Kilimanjaro experiences two dry seasons with the second occurring between July and October, which makes August a great month to consider tackling Africa's highest peak. At this time of year it's dry with great visibility as there are few clouds in the sky. Temperatures are low so you'll need to pack for the cold. This is the most popular time to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro so there'll be plenty of other hikers on the various routes that lead to the summit.

A cosmic display

Perseids Meteor Shower in Jordan

Each year from mid-July to the end of August a stream of galactic debris known as the Perseids Meteor Shower graces the skies of the Northern Hemisphere. It's believed the particles of this shower date back thousands of years and from ground-level it's quite a spectacle with long bright trails of colour and light tracing an arc against the night sky. The vast desertscapes of Jordan are the ideal spot to witness this and if you're lucky you may see 50 or more meteors per hour.

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Churches and countryside

Russia's Golden Ring

Summer is the most popular time to visit Russia when the sun's out and the mercury soars. The cities can experience intense heatwaves which is why it's a great time to head out and explore the beautiful countryside of what's known as the Golden Ring - a ring of cities northeast of Moscow that are home to dozens of churches and monasteries.

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Mighty cascades

Visiting Iguazu Falls

Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are a spectacular force of nature. Between April and September is considered a good time to visit as the winter months mean less rainfall, which means the falls are not obscured by cloud cover. The water levels of the actual falls may be lower than at other points of the year but views and photographic options will be much better, and more walking trails open along the foot of the falls.

Best Festivals in August

Every month of the year holds its own unique offering of special events and festivals. August is no exception with music festivals popping up left, right and centre. If you're after something a little more exotic, consider one of these.


Kandy Festival

Where? Kandy, Sri Lanka
When? 5th-15th August 2019

The Esala Perahera Buddhist festival is one of the oldest and most impressive celebrated in Sri Lanka today. Commemorating the first teaching given by Buddha after attaining enlightenment, the festival is a spectacle of light and colour with parades of well-dressed elephants, musicians, dancers, singers and acrobats through the streets of Kandy. The sacred tooth relic, rarely seen outside the temple, is also carried through the streets

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Tango Festival

Where? Buenos Aires, Argentina
When? TBC

The seductive capital of Argentina plays host to the biggest tango festival in the world every August. That should come as little surprise considering Buenos Aires gave birth to the highly sensual dance that captivates audiences all over the world. Over the course of two weeks various performances and competitions are held in venues across the city, and there are also plenty of opportunities for beginners to have a go in class.

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Obon Lantern Festival

Where? Japan
When? 13th-15th August 2019

The Buddhist-Confucian festival of Obon is a time for Japanese families to pay their respect to their ancestors. The graves and tombs of deceased relatives are cleaned and food offerings are made. In order to guide spirits on their journeys, lanterns are hung outside of homes and floated down rivers. For visitors a highlight of the festival is the colourful dances and parades held in cities and towns across Japan. It falls in mid-August.

Best Beach Destinations in August

It's still summer and still peak holiday season in the Northern Hemisphere with much of Europe blessed with good weather and schools on holiday. This means the Mediterranean is still the best choice of beach destination. Southeast Asia is still caught in the wet season with rainfall and winds picking up across Central America, specifically the Caribbean coast. Temperatures are unbearable across the Middle East and north Africa but countries along the equator are still a good bet with a climate that varies little during the year.



Zanzibar's proximity to the equator means it experiences a largely consistent climate throughout the year with short wet periods. It's nice and dry in August, however, with fine days of clear blue skies perfect for the beach. This is a particularly good time for scuba diving in the waters surrounding Zanzibar, especially off the north coast.

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August is peak season in Borneo and for a few good reasons. Firstly, this month brings the ideal weather conditions for a beach holiday at Sipadan, Lankayan and Selingan with dry, sunny days. Secondly, it's the season for turtle hatching so you can combine your downtime with a spot of wildlife watching. Book early to nab your choice of accommodation.



It's the height of the holiday season in Turkey and the beach resorts are incredibly popular. Temperatures are peaking at this time of year and it's a good time to simply relax along the coast with something of a breeze. With so many fascinating ancient ruins, Turkey's beaches can easily be combined with a little culture and ancient ruins.

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Whether you prefer to stick to the coast along the mainland or take to the seas for the chance to explore a number of different islands, Croatia is a brilliant beach destination in August. Like Turkey, it's prime holiday season so prices are at their highest and availability at its lowest so get in early and secure your island-hopping August holiday in Croatia.

Best Wildlife Destinations in August

It's winter in southern Africa which means it's dry and sunny - perfect for safari. The Great Wildebeest Migration is in full swing so East Africa is also a great option with a more consistent climate during the year typical of equatorial conditions. Here's our selection of some of the best wildlife destinations around the world in August.


Costa Rica

At any time of year there's at least one species of turtle nesting on the shores of Costa Rica. In August you will find green, leatherback and hawksbill turtles nesting on the beaches of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. On the Pacific Coast there will also be Olive Ridley turtles nesting around the Nicoya Peninsula. It's the wet season though so expect daily rains.

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By August the larger herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle have all reached the plains of the Masai Mara. This is one of the busiest months of activity at the Mara River where thousands of animals attempt to cross the waters, braving vertigo-inducing banks and ferocious crocodiles primed for their next meal. The Masai Mara and anywhere along the Mara River are the ideal spots to be and watch the spectacle.

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Southern Africa

August means the winter dry season in southern Africa, which makes it the optimum time to head to the national parks of South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia on a safari adventure. Vegetation is sparse after months without rains making wildlife more easily seen and with more and more water sources drying up, animals congregate at the few remaining watering holes.

Wild elephants at Minneriya National Park

Sri Lanka

At the heart of the Minneriya National Park in northern Sri Lanka sits an ancient tank, which serves as an important water source for Sri Lanka's elephant population when the rest of the region dries up. Every year between July and October hundreds of elephants migrate here to feed on the lush grasses and drink from the reservoir, making August the perfect time to see them in the wild.

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