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Top Destinations and Experiences in July
Nadaam Festival in Mongolia
Held each year in July, the Nadaam Festival is the largest festival in Mongolia taking place over the course of 2-3 days. In the capital of Ulaan Bataar the festivities kick off at the national stadium with a parade of athletes, soldiers on horses, musicians and dancers. The main events then begin with the three manly games - horse riding, archery and wrestling. For Mongolians it's a 5-day public holiday with people in high spirits and eager to watch the games.
The Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania
The great migration of wildebeest is one of the impressive natural spectacles on earth as hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle make their annual journey around the plains of the Serengeti between Kenya and Tanzania. July is prime time with the beasts attempting to cross the Mara River, a journey made perilous by the steep banks of the river and the hungry crocodiles that lurk in the water.
Skiing in Argentina
It's the middle of winter in the southern hemisphere so here's where you need to go if you're looking for fun on the slopes. The majestic Andean mountains in Argentina provide a stunning backdrop to the country's many ski resorts where you can get your adrenaline fix on steep slopes on skis or snowboards. The main ski regions in Argentina can be found in Mendoza, around the gorgeous Lake District and down south among the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia.
Views of Victoria Falls
Now that the rains have passed and the dry season is in full swing, there's less water cascading over the edge of Victoria Falls which means there's less spray rising from the depths of the gorge. This is the ideal time to visit Victoria Falls for photography and for getting closer to the gorge on the various trails. This is also a great time to be on safari in Zimbabwe's national parks with excellent game viewing opportunities in Hwange National Park as the animal residents search for water.
Best Beach Destinations in July
It's the height of summer in the northern hemisphere so anywhere along the Mediterranean is a good bet for a sunny beach break. The Red Sea resorts in Egypt and Jordan are stifling hot so unless you can handle extreme heat these destinations are best left until the temperatures cool down a little. It's the wet season across the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia so not ideal for a beach holiday. To help plan your July beach break, here's some of our top recommendations.
Despite its relatively compact size, Sri Lank experiences a range of climatic conditions with the monsoon rains generally affecting one side of the country at a time. Between May and September, the very north and east side of the country experiences dry and bright weather perfect for a beach holiday. The northern plains are extremely hot at this time so it's not the best time to be exploring the Cultural Triangle but if beach is all you want, Sri Lanka will not disappoint.
It's the middle of summer and temperatures are at their highest and rainfall at a minimum. This is the best weather for enjoying Croatia's many islands that dot the Adriatic and offer plenty of beaches to choose from as well as beautiful national parks and attractive towns. A handful of international music festivals also take place in Croatia in July so you can combine a weekend of live performances with a relaxing cruise and island-hopping adventure.
With miles and miles of gorgeous coastline facing the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, Turkey is a fantastic beach destination throughout the summer months. It's hot, sunny and dry and there's a wealth of resorts to choose from whether it's popular resorts offering plenty of facilities or smaller resorts with boutique accommodation. A number of ancient ruins are within a day's reach of many of the resorts and Turkey is also a great sailing destination.
Best Wildlife Destinations in July
Southern Africa is still the best bet for a safari adventure with the dry season providing optimal conditions to see plenty of wildlife. The Galapagos are a year-round destination and July is the best time to spot whales and dolphins off the coast of Isabela island.
July is the start of the dry season in the Amazon, an ideal time to visit if you're interested in hiking or fishing with the jungle trails clear after the rains and the water levels receding. It's hot and humid at this time of year but there's little precipitation, which means fewer mosquitoes. Despite its name, the dry season still gets some heavy rains so pack accordingly.
Every year between July and October hundreds of elephants migrate to the Minneriya National Park in northern Sri Lanka. Here the centrepiece reservoir offers a reliable source of water when the water sources in other parks begin to dry up. This annual event is known as 'The Gathering' and it's the best time to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in the wild on a jeep safari.
The Great Migration of the Wildebeest is a year-long journey and in mid-July the smaller herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle begin to arrive at the Masai Mara. The savanna will become crowded with wildlife over the next few months and now's the time to visit for excellent safari opportunities. The dry season also means Kenya's other national parks are great to visit too with plenty of wildlife.
In the winter months (June to September) large groups of humpback whales arrive at the waters on the eastern shores of Madagascar where they engage in courting rituals in preparation for the mating season. By July hundreds of male whales will be demonstrating their physical prowess, leaping out of the waters and crashing back down again.
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