Whatever you are after, be it a cultural week away, island hopping adventure, beach break or an exciting safari, June offers a bounty of opportunities. Sail along the coast of Croatia, explore the cities of Eastern Europe or trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It's the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere so perfect for outdoor adventures while in the Southern Hemisphere, and Africa in particular, the start of the dry season means it's the perfect time for a safari. To help you plan your June 2017 holiday we've put together our pick of top destinations offering unique experiences at this time of year, as well as the best holiday and wildlife destinations along with our choice of tours to make the most of June.
Summer has arrived in the northern hemisphere so it's the place to be when it comes to a sunny beach holiday. Resorts across the Mediterranean are hitting their peak season and the east coast of Africa also offers ideal weather for a beach break. Here's our selection of some of the top spots.
The sailing season is well underway in June and a cruise around the coast of Croatia is the best way to explore the many stunning islands of the Adriatic. From the gorgeous walled city of Dubrovnik or the captivating city of Split on the coast, there's a range of cruising routes stopping at islands such as Hvar, Mjlet and Brac with plenty of time to swim in the crystal waters and relax on the beach.
June marks the arrival of the cool, dry season in East Africa, which makes the idyllic island of Zanzibar the ideal beach destination. You can expect sundrenched shores, palm fringed beaches and glorious sunsets. It's also a good time for diving around the north coast and with the Great Wildebeest Migration happening in the Serengeti, Zanzibar and Tanzania are the perfect beach and safari combo.
Its location on the Mediterranean Sea means Turkey is perfect at this time of year for a beach break or a sailing adventure around the islands that lie off shore. The days will be sunny and dry and with a coastline fronting the Aegean and the Mediterranean, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach resorts with plenty of historic sites to tempt you too.
The dry season has started in earnest across most of southern Africa making it the ideal region to head to for a safari. With summer holidays fast approaching across the northern hemisphere this is also the start of the peak tourist season so expect lodges to be busy and prices to be at a premium. However, you'll be rewarded with excellent game viewing opportunities.
June marks the start of high water season in Botswana, flooding the waterways of the Okavango Delta. This makes it the ideal time of year to enjoy a boating or canoe safari out in the delta, sampling the local mode of transport - the dugout canoe known as a mokoro. Game viewing is great as animals migrate to the delta for food and water and you're likely to spot hungry hippos.
The dry season is a particularly rewarding time to visit Etosha National Park in Namibia with sparse vegetation and animals congregating around water sources. There's the added bonus of clear, sunny days perfect for outdoor game drives, and the risk of malaria is much lower at this time of year. Namibia's towering sand dunes are also particularly impressive at this time of year.
The Kruger, Madikwe, Pilanesberg and KwaZulu-Natal regions of South Africa are the ideal safari destination in June with easily spotted wildlife prowling through the thinned out bush and huddling around the remaining water sources. The coast is not at its best but with Mozambique experiencing perfect weather you have a fantastic safari and beach combo.
Uganda experiences two mini dry seasons during the year and June marks the start of the second round and this is one of the best times to trek to see the mountain gorillas. Although the altitude of the mountains where the gorillas inhabit experience rain at any time of year, in June the trails are solid, bush growth a little thinner and there's lots of sun.
Here's a selection of our tours that are perfectly suited for travel in June from the cities of Eastern Europe to the jungles of Africa.
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.