Kenya

Kenya

Kenya is famous for wildlife and for a good reason. A safari in Kenya is one of the best ways to view wild creatures in their native habitats, such as wildlife reserves and national parks. Kenya has a varied environment with vast plains where the animal world is free to wander. There are also magnificent snow-capped mountains like Mount Kenya, at 5200 meters/17,050 feet, the second-highest peak on the African continent after Mount Kilimanjaro, and tropical palm-fringed beaches next to coral reefs along the Indian Ocean coast. On a Kenya trip, you can do it all.

Every nation has its own unique and spectacular attractions. New Paths Expeditions has compiled a list of the Top 10 highlights in Kenya to enjoy during your stay in this region.

KENYA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the most incredible animal spectacle in the world: The Great Migration in Massai Mara National Reserve
  • Visiting a local Masai village
  • Visit Ngorongoro crater, the biggest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcano caldera in the world
  • Explore the Ol Pejeta Conservancy while looking for white rinhos
  • Africa’s “Big Five” encounters guaranteed
  • Explore the Amboseli National Park, known for its elephants and its fantastic view of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Arrive in the cosmopolitan Nairobi
  • Experience superior birding in Mount Kenya National Park, crowned by the gran Mount Kenya
  • Visit Mombasa’s amazing beaches and enjoy its sea cuisine
  • Experience authentic wildness in Samburu National Park

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Time and Weather

More than 75% of Kenya’s land is classified as arid or semi-arid, with just around 20% of it suitable for cultivation. A difference in altitude affects both rainfall and temperatures in the interior of the country. As a general rule, the climate is mild and humid in coastal areas, cold and dry in the central highlands, and scorching all across the rest of the country.

Kenya is a hot destination all year long, because of its proximity to the equator. Summer temperatures range from 35° (95°F) to 40°C (104°F) during the day and 25° (77°F) to 30°C (86°F) at night throughout January and February. On average, temperatures in Kenya goes from 30° (86°F) to 35°C (95°F) during the day and 20°C (68°F) to 25°C (77°F) at night during the winter months, primarily July and August. Country’s landscapes and mountains greatly influence on its temperature, making these average temperatures inaccurate. 

The best time to visit

Kenya’s finest wildlife viewing months are from late June through October when the country is experiencing a dry spell. Wildlife viewing, on the other hand, is excellent year-round, but conditions vary per national park. The Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra occurs during Kenya’s long dry season, from July to September. Every year in July, the wildebeest migration makes its way to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, where it stays until October. December through mid-March is also a dry period. Animals congregate near waterholes and rivers because the vegetation is sparser and easier to see.

Wildlife

With some of the world’s most diverse species and highest densities, Kenya is often referred to be Africa’s safari epicenter by travelers. Kenya is well-known for the Great Migration, during which tens of millions of animals migrate from the Maasai Mara Reserve in the north to the Serengeti in the south. Around 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, and 18,000 eland antelope cross the Sahara every year. Weakness, predator attacks, or injuries caused by the stampede kill about 250,000 wildebeests each year. Despite the enormous loss, almost 400,000 calves are stillborn each year. The Mara River is widely regarded as one of the finest locations for seeing the Great Migration up and personal.

Also, Kenya is home to gazelles, impalas, antelope, waterbucks, and Maasai giraffes, in addition to the “Big Five.”. Cheetahs, servals, civets, and caracals are all members of the cat family. Olive and yellow baboons, colobus, vervet, and golden monkeys are among the primates found in Kenya. The ostrich, the world’s most giant bird, and the sunbird, the tiniest, are among the 1,135 bird species that call the nation home. 

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Tibet

Tibet

Beautiful monasteries, prayer rooms full of singing monks, and isolated meditation retreats on cliff faces will be top attractions for many Tibet visitors. In Tibet, the pilgrims are a vital part of the experience, from local grandmothers chanting mantras in juniper incense- and yak butter-filled temples to hard-core professionals trekking or prostrating themselves around Mt. Kailash. There is a dedication and a faith among Tibetans that is reminiscent of the Middle Ages. It’s enthralling, enlightening, and a photographic dream.

The natural splendor of Tibet’s highest plateau, known as “The Roof of the World,” is one major attraction. Make an adventurous overland trek through isolated hermitages, gaze in awe at the sheer might of the North Face of Everest, or take a hike through the ruins.

Contact us now at expeditionadvisor@npexpeditions.com to start arranging your journey to Tibet.

TIBET HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the Potala Palace
  • See the pilgrims at Jokhang Temple
  • Barkhor Street
  • Sera Monastery monks argue
  • Samye Monastery, the birthplace of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Admire Lake Yamdrok’s Beauty
  • Everest — the world’s highest mountain
  • Tashilunpo Monastery’s Tibetan Architecture
  • Go on a Mount Kailash Yatra (Pilgrimage)

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Time and Weather

During the spring (April–May), the ice melts, and the temperature warms, allowing blocked routes to reopen and making travel outside Lhasa more comfortable. Tibet will reopen to tourists (as it is usually closed to visitors in February and March for Tibetan New Year). Spring is an excellent time to visit Tibet if you want to escape the crowds. Temperatures range from 5-19 °C (41-66 °F).
Summer weather (June–August) is hot during the day and maybe chilly at night. The oxygen concentration of the air is more significant than in previous seasons. Even in the rainy season, which lasts from mid-July to the end of August, it may rain at night or for about an hour in the afternoon, so rain is not a significant problem. Temperatures range from 12-24 °C (54-75 °F). Altitude sickness risk is minimal.
Autumn (September–October) is also a popular travel season in Tibet, with bright skies and mild temperatures. Because there are fewer clouds, it is an excellent season to climb and trek in Tibet. It is also a fantastic time to photograph mountain peaks. Temperature ranges from 7–20°C (45–68°F).
Winter lasts from November to March. Tibet is typically restricted to international visitors for 5 or 6 weeks in February and March. In February and March, Tibet Entry Permits are usually not granted. Due to the severe snowfall, several routes have been blocked. Temperature ranges from -5-11°C (23-52°F).

The best time to visit

Between May through October, the ideal time to visit Tibet is when the sky is primarily bright and blue, temperatures approach double digits, and the ice has melted.

Tibet is located on a high altitude plateau, with a large portion of the nation having year-round permafrost. However, most places are accessible between April and November. These months are unexpectedly warm despite the height, with temperatures reaching as high as 23°C in June.

Between December and March, it’s freezing and snowy. Although beautiful, this may obstruct aircraft and render much of Tibet’s hilly terrain inaccessible.

Wildlife

Many of Tibet’s unique animal species can be found exclusively in Tibet’s mountains and forests. Tibet is home to a wide range of wildlife, including 142 mammal species, 473 bird species, 49 reptile species, 44 amphibian species, 64 fish species, and more than 2,300 insect species.

There are several famous wild creatures in Tibet, such as the Cercopithecus, Assamese macaque, rhesus monkey, muntjak, head-haired deer, red-spotted antelopes, serows, leopards, clouded leopards, and black bears. Other famous wild animals in Tibet include tiny pandas, red deer, river deer, and white-lipped deer. Other favorite wild animals in Tibet include Tibetan antelopes.

Tibet is home to approximately 70% of China’s total bird species, totaling 532 species in 57 groups. Some of these species in the area are storks, large-billed bush warbler, Blyth kingfisher, wagtails, ducks, shorebirds, and raptors. Other species include redstarts, finches, grey-sided thrushyes, Przewalski’s parrotbills, and nuthatches. The most well-known of them is the Tibetan term for a black-necked crane, trung trung kaynak. Several of these birds might become extinct if Tibet did not practice environmentalism.

 

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China

China

Experience the best of China, where the diversity of ecosystems and Natural history, past and present local cultures, and the history is correctly balanced. Make your way inside the Forbidden City, a vast imperial palace that served as the former residence of the Emperor of China and serves as the geographic center of Beijing. Tiananmen Square, located south of the towering red walls, is the final resting place of China’s most powerful leader, Chairman Mao Zedong, who lays embalmed in a glass coffin within his tomb. Jingshan Park is a must-see while visiting the Forbidden City. Jingshan Hill, located just across the street, offers magnificent views of the ancient Imperial Palace and Beijing to those who take the short walk up the hill. Experience two rides onboard Chinese fast trains, be astonished by the Terracotta Warriors, feel tiny on China’s Great Wall, and more in a unique, customizable experience in China with NPE!

CHINA HIGHLIGHTS

  • VIP access to the ForbiddenCity
  • Meet an Imam at Xi’an’s GreatMosque
  • Discover Shanghai’s Jewish history with an expert
  • Terracota Warriors in Xi’anPanda Bear Experience inChengduTwo High Speed Train Rides
  • Share views on village life and the modern world with a shaman-cum-chief
  • Chant sutras with a Lama inDongzhulin Monastery
  • Fully Customizable Complete Itinerary

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Time and Weather

China’s climate varies dramatically due to its vast size, many degrees of latitude, and complicated terrain. Summers are hot and rainy in China, while winters are cold and dry. In Spring (March to May), the temperature gradually rises, with a noticeable difference in temperature between day and night. The amount of rain falls, but the weather remains dry due to the frequent windy days. Sandstorms do occur in Northern China on occasion. During summer (June to August), heavy rains and hot temperatures are common in China. The temperature between day and night can range from 18 to 28°C / 65 to 82°F on average. In Autumn (September to November), the temperature drops in the fall season, and the weather is much cooler than in the summer but not as cold as in the winter, making it an ideal time to go sightseeing outside. However, the difference in temperature between day and night grows. People feel dry because the humidity is lower. 15 to 25°C / 59 to 77°F on average. Finally, during winter (December to February), it can be chilly, dry, and windy in the north. Humidity and cold prevail in the south. -1 to 8°C / 30 to 46°F average temperature

The best time to visit

Spring and fall are the best time to visit China. During these times, the weather is often mild and dry, in contrast to the brutally cold winters and hot, humid summers seen in most of the country. However, due to China’s vast expanse, there are no real travel restrictions, and with one or two exceptions, it is feasible to visit all year round.

In general, the best months to visit western China are between April and October, when the flowers are in bloom, and the local bazaars are bustling with activity. From June to August, when alpine flowers cover the steppe and climbing, and trekking conditions are excellent, it is the best time to visit for those going over high passes or into the mountains.

Wildlife

This country has some of the most extraordinary flora and fauna variety anywhere globally. There are about 4,400 vertebrate species, accounting for more than 10% of the world’s total. Approximately 500 mammal species, 1,189 bird species, 320 plus reptile species, and 210 amphibian species. More than 100 species of wildlife are unique to China, including the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, South China tiger, Brown-eared pheasant, white-flag dolphin, Chinese alligator, and red-crowned crane. China boasts some of the most diverse plant species on the planet. There are about 32,000 species of higher plants in China, and almost all of the primary plants found in the northern hemisphere’s cold, temperate, and tropical zones are represented. There are also about 7,000 kinds of woody plants, including 2,800 tree species. Only in China can you find metasequoia, Chinese cypress, Cathaya tree, China fir, golden larch, Taiwan fir, Fujian cypress, dove-tree, Eucommia, and Camplotheca Acuminata. The metasequoia, a tall arbor, is one of the world’s oldest and rarest plants.

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Madagascar

Madagascar

5% of all known animal and plant species can be found only in Madagascar, making it unique. The island’s most famous resident is, unquestionably, the Lemur. Still, there are many other exotic animals and flora to discover, including baobabs, insects, sharks, frogs, orchids, palm trees, birds, turtles, and mongooses. The list goes on and on.

Epic landscapes of great diversity complement the fantastic wildlife. In only 300km, you can go from rainforest to desert. Few locations on Earth provide such a vivid mixture of nature. When you have 5000 kilometers of coastline, the water is never far away, turquoise and beautiful in some areas but deadly in others. Madagascar is a unique destination for adventure seekers. Off-road driving is phenomenal through national parks that only receive a few hundred visitors a year.

MADAGASCAR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arrive in the pinteresque Antananarivo-Tana
  • Explore the Lemurs’ Park and Birding for Endemics in Tsarasaotra Bird Sanctuary
  • Visit the fantastic Berenty Reserve and explore its wide variety of ecosystems
  • Contact with locals in a Kirindy village
  • Visit the Marofandilia Reserve and look for Pygmy Mouse Lemurs
  • Explore the Tana King’s Palace
  • Chameleons & The Cloud Forest of Madagascar
  • Explore one of the most important national parks in Madagascar: The Andasibe National Park

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Time and Weather

Madagascar has a warm tropical climate, but there are significant regional variations. In the interior highlands, a cooler and less humid environment is experienced. There is a lot of rain throughout the year on the east coast, but the southwest is usually hot and dry. However, there is a wet season (November to April) and a dry season (May to October) throughout the country. Winter is in full swing throughout the peak season (July and August), with moderate daytime temperatures and chilly evenings (cold in the highlands).

 

The best time to visit

The best time to visit Madagascar is determined by the activities and sights you wish to see. After the rains that fell between January and March, the land is lush and green, with lemurs and reptiles active and easy to detect. While there are periodic severe rainstorms from April to June, they are interspersed with sunshine. July and August are mild and dry, making this a great season to explore. The whales come in July and stay until the end of September on Île Sainte-Marie. The weather is enjoyable between September and November, being pleasant and mild. This is also the time of year when jacarandas bloom and many lemurs give birth. While it is hot in December, lemurs, reptiles, and tenrecs are active, making for excellent wildlife watching.

The New Path Expeditions’ favorite time to explore Madagascar is between September and October. A time when the temperatures are not too hot, and babies’ lemures just have been born.

Wildlife

Madagascar is a hotspot of diversity, offering a unique type of safari. You will not see the “normal” safari animals here; there are no elephants or lions. Instead, the island is home to more than 100 species of lemurs and a host of reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Most of these animals are endemic to Madagascar. Of particular interest are chameleons, which vary widely in color, shape, and size.

The lemur is Madagascar’s emblem. But more strange and fascinating species are found there, including the spectacular fossa (a predatory feline), colorful and camouflaged chameleons, bizarrely formed insects and humpback whales in winter. Whether it’s the distinctive baobabs or the hundreds of orchids, the trees and flora are stunning.

 

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