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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

A whole exotic and fascinating adventure awaits you in this far eastern country. Situated off the southeastern tip of India in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a tropical island that comes close to being a paradise. It’s a land of ‘never winter’ where blue ocean waters wash beautiful sandy beaches the color of gold.

One of the fabled Spice Islands, Sri Lanka, was visited by Arab traders, Chinese merchants, and European explorers searching for rare spices. Sri Lankan food is a highlight of the destination and an excellent showcase of this riches, and Ceylon tea will take you back to colonial periods and help you get in close contact with the local culture.

The architectural heritage of Sri Lanka, comprising temples, cities, monasteries, and palaces, are some of the most impressive ever made by humans, and, gladly, they have been carefully restored and preserved.

SRI LANKA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Horton plains National Park 
  • Udawalawe National Park 
  • Yala National Park 
  • Bundala National Park 
  • Mirissa 
  • Whale Watching Excursion & Galle Fort
  • Colombo 
  • Sinharaja Reserve Birdwatching
  • Negombo 
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Polonnaruwa 
  • Anuradhapura (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Aukana Temple
  • Dambulla and the Golden Temple
  • Train to Nuwara Eliya  

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Time and Weather

Like in other tropical nations, Rainfall in Sri Lanka falls mainly in the form of downpours or thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening. The rainfall has two peaks: the first, in April and May, only impacts the southwest and interior, while the second, from October to December, hit the whole nation owing to the retreating monsoon. The southwest monsoon persists from May to September.

Temperatures are high throughout the year, although there is a more significant contrast between the winter months from December to february and the pre-monsoon season, from March to May when compared to the south.

The best time to visit

The best time to visit Sri Lanka varies on where you want to travel in the nation. It’s a year-round location with a constant warmth and plenty of sunlight, with average temperatures ranging from 31°C to 22°C. It is usually hotter at the shore and in the lowlands than it is further up. Rainfall may occur at any time of day or night.

The southwest coast is ideal between December and April before the monsoon season begins. In contrast, the east and north are less humid between May and September, after the monsoon season.

The central highlands are cooler all year and should only be avoided in October and November when the rainfall is less dependable.

Wildlife

The country’s significant animal attractions include the leopard, elephant, sloth bear, blue whale, and sperm whale. These are a few of the many wild kinds of animals found throughout the country. It is also a birder’s paradise, with a broad range of endemic, migratory, and resident avifauna in its 70 Important Bird Areas scattered over its varied topography. Sri Lanka is also well-known for its diverse flora.

Among the various natural attractions in the area, none have elicited as much astonishment as those relating to the world’s largest terrestrial mammal — the elephant. Sri Lanka has the world’s most significant seasonally recurring population of wild elephants. The Gathering occurs at the country’s Minneriya National Park, which is known worldwide for being one of the best places to see elephant herds and observe their behavior. 

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Pol Roti (Coconut flatbread) Prepare to fall in love with Rotis. Roti is a sort of Sri Lankan flatbread that comes in various shapes and sizes and can be eaten for any meal, even dessert! The flavor of pol Rotis is similar to that of naan bread. They’re prepared with...

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Zambia

Zambia

Zambia, home to one of the world’s seven natural wonders and many animals, water, and large open areas, provides tourists with a wealth of exciting opportunities.

A visit to the magnificent Victoria Falls is unquestionably a highlight of any vacation to southern Africa. This epic waterfall, which straddles the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe and is twice the breadth and depth of Niagara Falls, has earned the indigenous moniker Mosi-oa-Tunya- «The Smoke That Thunders.»

With a daring bungee jump, white water rafting, or beautiful fly over the falls, see this awe-inspiring cascade in action and learn why this is Africa’s adrenaline sports capital.

As you make your way to our camp on the banks of the Lower Zambezi River, you’ll pass through hidden settlements, rich animals, and breathtaking landscapes.

ZAMBIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • One of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves, South Luangwa National Park offers spectacular walking safaris and 4WD game drives.
  • Visit the Liuwa Plains, a distant virgin environment where you may observe a seasonal wildebeest migration that rivals the Serengeti.
  • The majestic Victoria Falls.
  • Take a «flight of angels» helicopter ride above Victoria Falls.
  • Canoeing, white water rafting, tight rope, bungee jumping, bridge sliding, and canyon swinging are available adventure sports.
  • Camp and canoe along the Lower Zambezi

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Time and Weather

Zambia is a subtropical country with a warm, humid climate. The months of October and November are pretty hot, both during the day and at night. The warmest months are November through April, with showers to heavy storms possible later in the season. The weather in Zambia is cool and dry from May through September. Temperatures are rarely extreme: 9 – 10°C (48°F – 50°F at night in June/July (daytime temperatures are generally about 20°C (68 °F)) and 29 – 32 °C (85°F – 89°F in October/November (nighttime about 18°C (64°F)).

The best time to visit

During the dry season in Zambia, you have a good chance of seeing a lot of wildlife (May to October). This will go well with a trip to Victoria Falls, which is at its most spectacular between June and September. A safari is substantially more difficult during the rainy season (November to April), like most parks and camps close because of excessive rain. The Mfuwe part of South Luangwa NP is an exception: its all-weather roads can be driven all year.

Wildlife

Beyond the Big Five, Zambia is home to many rare and unique species, including the black lechwe, Crawshay’s zebra, and Thornicroft’s giraffe. Each year in November, Liuwa Plain National Park hosts Africa’s second-biggest wildebeest migration, while from October to December, Kasanka National Park’s 10 million fruit bats take to the skies. Zambia is one of the wettest nations in Southern Africa, and its rivers and lakes are home to abundant hippo and crocodile populations. The Zambezi River is known for its tigerfish, and there are several fishing resorts along its length.

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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a landlocked nation located in the heart of southern Africa. National Parks and Game Reserves occupy 12% of the country’s surface. The majestic Victoria Falls, the world’s most oversized curtain of falling water and known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya, the «Smoke That Thunders,» is without a doubt the most famous destination in the country. While at Victoria Falls, you can enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Zambezi River for a different perspective or fly above the falls in a helicopter. Explore Hwange National Park, the most well-known wildlife watching kingdom, a protected area with over 400 bird species and 100 distinct animal species. It also houses around 30,000 elephants. The antelopes, zebras, and giraffes are some of the most commonly spotted species in the area. Visit the Matobo Hills, with their spectacular rock terrain, rich in tribal history, and discover The Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the oldest and most significant ancient buildings in Southern Africa that tell the narrative of the Shona Civilization from the 11th to the 15th Centuries.

Book a Zimbabwe safari or trip now with New Paths Expeditions and discover a world of natural wonders! Email us at expeditionadvisor@npexpeditions.com and start planning your voyage now.

ZIMBABWE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take in the World’s View and Matopos’ cave paintings.
  • Discover the Acropolis, Great Enclosure, and Conical Tower of Great Zimbabwe.
  • Harare’s botanical gardens.
  • Cruise the world’s biggest artificial lake, Kariba Dam.
  • The majestic Victoria Falls.
  • Take a «flight of angels» helicopter ride above Victoria Falls.
  • Canoeing, white water rafting, bungee jumping, bridge sliding, and canyon swinging are available adventure sports.
  • Visit Hwange National Park, one of Africa’s best wildlife refuges.

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Time and Weather

Zimbabwe has two seasons: summer (October to April) and winter (May to September). During the summer, daytime temperatures may reach 30°C (86°F), while overnight temperatures can drop to about 14-16°C (57-60°F). On the other hand, Low-lying regions like Kariba, Victoria Falls, and the Zambezi Valley have much milder temperatures all year. Summer days are distinguished by bright mornings and a possibility of rain in the afternoon. These downpours result from the rainy season, which lasts from November to March. Temperatures in the winter range from about 20°C (68°F) during the day to as low as 5° C (41°F) at night. The days in winter are dry, bright, and temperate to mild.

Temperatures in the winter range from about 20°C (68°F) during the day to as low as 5° C (41°F) at night. The days in winter are dry, bright, and temperate to mild. Extreme cold periods have occurred in the past, although they are not common.

The best time to visit

When game watching is at its height, July and October is the perfect time to visit Zimbabwe. Natural waterholes in the parks dry up, causing massive herds to gather in lakes, artificial reservoirs, and rivers.
On the other hand, traveling from November to March rewards those looking to go off the main path and discover the country’s rich cultural heritage. Also, the presence of migrating birds will thrill birders during this time of the year. Meanwhile, the months of April to June provide excellent value and give spectacular views of Victoria Falls in full flow.

Wildlife

The country’s natural beauty is breathtaking, with many animal, bird, and reptile species. The plains are home to antelopes, zebras, and giraffes, with a high possibility of sighting any of the «Big Five.» Zimbabwe has one of the remaining rhinoceros ranges, with both white and black rhinos present in tiny numbers in Matobo National Park. Zimbabwe is home to about 685 bird species. Birds have a particular significance in Zimbabwe from the country’s inception; when the Great Zimbabwe remains were found, there were bird sculptures on the walls and monoliths throughout the old city. The Matabo National Park hosts one-third of the world’s eagle species and other bird species plus a wide variety of reptiles. Although Zimbabwe and southern Africa generally do not have as many insect species as their northern counterparts, an astounding 500 kinds of butterflies are found across the nation, including the African monarch, commodore, and citrus swallowtail.

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Rwanda

Rwanda

Rwanda, known as «the Land of a Thousand Hills,» is a lush undulating scenery of hills, gardens, and tea plantations. Due to Rwanda’s location in the Congo Basin and Eastern Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the nation benefits from the natural resources of both ecosystems, creating a land of stunning beauty and unparalleled biodiversity. It provides visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One-third of the world’s Mountain Gorillas are found in this region, making it one of the most incredible animal encounters in the world.

Every nation has its own unique and spectacular attractions. New Paths Expeditions has compiled a list of the Top 4 highlights in Rwanda to enjoy during your stay in this region.

Explore Rwanda and its natural wonders with NPE! Book now and contact us at expeditionadvisor@npexpeditions.com to start your adventure!

 

RWANDA HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Nyungwe Forest National Park
  • The Akagera National Park
  • Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park
  • Golden monkeys, cape buffalo, the black-fronted duiker, and a plethora of bird species.

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Time and Weather

During the afternoon, temperatures in Rwanda range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, making it a pleasant place to visit. Nyungwe and the Virungas have lower evening temperatures than the rest of the country.

There are two distinct seasons in Rwanda when it rains: the «lengthy rains» and the «short rains.» From mid-March to mid-May, there are «long rains,» and from mid-October to mid-December, there are «short rains.»

There are two distinct dry seasons: the «long dry,» which lasts from mid-May to mid-October, and the «short dry,» which lasts from mid-December to mid-March.

The best time to visit

The best time to visit Rwanda is between June and September, when its undeniable feature, the mountain gorilla, can be found in its natural habitat.

Chimpanzee tracking is best done during the wet seasons of March to May and November. There’s also less noise.

Because Rwanda is close south of the Equator, the country has minimal seasonal variation in temperature. Daytime temperatures range from the mid-to late-teens, depending on where you are in the nation. At higher elevations, the evenings may be chilly.

Wildlife

Rwanda’s national park, The Nyungwe Forest National Park, hosts the world’s biggest arboreal colony of black/white colobus monkeys. In this tiny country, we can also find the African civet, leopards, golden cats, and side-stripped jackals. As we go east, we can see the savannah grasslands near Tanzania’s border, home to various animals, including giraffes, zebras, antelopes, elephants, and buffalo. In addition, in the Akagera NP, we encounter hippopotamus and crocodiles wandering around the area. Rwanda has the first created national park of all Africa, the Volcanoes National Park, with the only remaining population of mountain gorillas on the entire planet, making it a magic destination for wildlife observation.

 

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Nyungwe National Park – Rwanda (Flora & Fauna)

Nyungwe National Park – Rwanda (Flora & Fauna)

Rwanda is undoubtedly a wildlife paradise. The country is remarkably diversified, boasting three national parks and three ecosystems within 10,000 square miles. It is home to rare mountain gorillas, rhinoceroses, lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes, and over...

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Namibia

Namibia

When it comes to natural marvels, Namibia is a nation that is vastly underappreciated. It features the tallest dunes in the world and the lowest canyon. It has been dubbed the «destination of four nations» because of its four distinct landscapes. It is also the location of thrilling Namibia safaris that will assault the senses and make you realize how unique nature can be.

Every nation has its own unique and spectacular attractions. New Paths Expeditions has compiled a list of the Top 11 highlights in Namibia to enjoy during your stay in this region

Book a Namibia safari or trip now with New Paths Expeditions and discover a world of natural wonders! Email us at expeditionadvisor@npexpeditions.com and start planning your voyage now.

NAMIBIA HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cape Cross Seal Reserve
  • The Skeleton Coast
  • The Caprivi Strip
  • The NamibRand Nature Reserve
  • Walvis Bay
  • Windhoek
  • Swakopmund 
  • Sossusvlei
  • Etosha National Park
  • The Fish River Canyon 
  • The Kalahari Desert

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Time and Weather

Namibia has a temperate climate all year, with warm to hot days alternated with chilly nights and mornings. There are two seasons: summer from November to April and winter from March to October. The winter is not frigid, although it is usually colder in the mornings and nights. Temperatures in the interior may reach 40 °C (104 °F) in January and February. The lowest temperature in winter ranges from 6-10 °C (42-50 °F), with daytime temperatures ranging from 18-22 °C (64-71 °F).

 

The best time to visit

You may visit Namibia at any time of year since it is generally dry and warm. Between December and March, there may be days with high humidity and a possibility of rain, mainly in the form of afternoon thunderstorms. At this time of year, the colors are at their most vivid.

The most fantastic time to see wildlife is during the dry season, which lasts from May to October. The animals abandon the waterholes during the rainy season.

 

Wildlife

Despite its dry climate, Namibia has one of the world’s most diverse animal populations. Namibia is home to 676 bird species, 90 of which are Southern African (13 are Namibian). It also has 217 mammal species, with 26 of them being endemic. Moreover, Namibia hosts The «Big Five» (lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, and leopard) and is home to Africa’s largest free-roaming black rhino population and the world’s largest cheetah population. In addition, it has a unique population of elephants adapted to the desert environment. They are primarily found in the country’s northwest and can go days without drinking water by surviving on moisture acquired from the flora they eat.

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Top 11 Highlights of Namibia

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Namibia is home to the world's highest dunes and the world's lowest canyon. Because of its four diverse settings, it has been nicknamed the "destination of four countries." It's also where you'll find exhilarating Namibia safaris that will shock your senses and...

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“After 20 years of traveling, we never learned so much and had as much fun as with you guys!” 

– Jack N. Douglas, CO

“Patagonia and Morocco were spectacular! We’ve just never had such wonderful travel experiences as with New Paths. We will get around praising you!” 

– Harriet T. Saugerties, NY

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