Where to go on holiday in September?
You know you want to go on holiday in September but not sure what destinations are best? Get in touch to discuss the options with us. 01728 748209, use live chat or send an enquiry.
September is a great time for African safaris towards the end of the dry season in most countries but not quite too hot to move (which October often is!). Places like South Luangwa are full of wildlife as huge ‘fishing parties’ of storks gather in the dried up lagoons and hippos jostle for space in the last of the river’s pools … the stunning pink Carmine Bee Eaters can be seen along the river banks and it’s a great month for photographic safaris to Zambia.
It’s a great time of year for self drive holidays to South Africa along the Garden Route. The end of August into September is the best time to visit the Western Cape and Namaqualand for the stunning carpets of spring flowers. Head to Cape Town and the winelands for fabulous food and drink. It’s also Whale Watching season along the Western Cape southern shores around Hermanus for the migration of the Southern Right Whale. In Namibia it is also the dry season, and the skies are a pure blue. It is one of the best times for wildlife viewing, especially in Etosha National Park, where large herds of animals are common including elephants, giraffes, zebras, kudus and more.
In East Africa, the migration is still milling around the Masai Mara in Kenya combine this with a safari into Samburu and Laikipia. In Tanzania, September is a good time to climb Kilimanjaro! It’s the end of the dry season in much of Africa and scorching hot in places like Zambia and Botswana. Malawi is lovely in October especially on the lake where the breeze keeps you cool.
In Peru, September is a great time to do the Inca Trail, nice temperature and avoiding the crowds. Head over to the Galapagos islands for some fabulous wildlife, this can be added to a holiday in Peru or Ecuador easily. In the Pantanal in Brazil, September is the driest month, with warm days and cool nights – and the best chance of spotting a jaguar.
In Bhutan, Nepal and Northern India the dry season is coming and trekking conditions are good – late September and October you can also witness some of Bhutan’s best festivals. Travel on the toy train up into the Himalayan foothills to Shimla and head out into the deserts of Rajasthan, maybe stay in one of India’s Palace Hotels. Head to Japan for stunning ‘colours of Autumn’ as the mountains and gardens turn to all shades of orange!
In Europe places like France, Italy and Greece are superb in September, after the resorts have quietened down, the kids are back at school and there are some really good autumn holiday offers to many hotels around the Mediterranean. Our clients love Kefalonia in particular, contact us for late availability for some great prices on favourite hotels and B&Bs. Provence in particular is lovely in September. In Italy it’s harvest time and fabulous for food and drink experiences such as Al Vecchio Convento where you can try your hand a cooking as well as tasting lovely local produce!
North America is stunning in September – vast swathes of reds, yellows and oranges sweep the continent in the ‘colours of the Fall’. Take a train journey through the Rocky Mountains or self drive around New England or the Atlantic coast and Ontario in Canada. Head to Vancouver Island and British Columbia for amazing bear watching holidays or to the Yukon and Alaska for jaw dropping scenery (and this year some clients had the best ever Northern Lights sightings from Dawson in early September).