Best places to travel in August 2020
In August, Africa plays backdrop to one of the great wildlife spectacles: the annual migration of over two million wildebeest from the Serengeti plains to the grasslands of the Masai Mara. In Colombia, the start of August heralds the annual flower festival in Medellin. It attracts visitors worldwide with more flowers than you’d imagine possible, fireworks and live music. Or travel to Kandy in Sri Lanka at the time of the Parahera Festival held at the Temple of the Tooth, where Buddha's tooth is said to rest. Get swept up in dancing and parades by torchlight.
Popular countries to visit in August
Our specialists share their ideas, personal recommendations and inspiration about the best places to visit in August
Clearer weather and forests full of pitcher plants make August a good time to scale Mount Kinabalu, Borneo’s highest peak. Blue skies and dry weather in Bolivia mean easier travel on rural roads if you wish to see some of the country-wide parades for Independence Day. And while it’s the height of summer in Egypt, you’ll find far fewer visitors at major sights and on Nile cruises.
Tours we recommend in August
Trip suggestions that we know capture a route at its best if you’re planning to travel in August.
See the many treasures of the Hermitage, one of the world's best art galleries.
Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's first permanent building.
See the Catherine Palace and marvel at the phenomenal wealth of the Tsars.
Explore the beautiful canals and grand buildings of one of the world's prettiest cities.
Go hiking, kayaking and mountain biking in the rugged scenery of the Rocky Mountains.
Look for wildlife such as bears, moose and elk in Banff and Jasper National Parks.
Drive through the rugged interior of British Columbia, stopping to admire lakes, glaciers and mountains.
Take in the sights of Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Chinatown and its beautifully wild coastline.
The chance to see traditional buffalo racing in west Bali.
Snorkel in the clear warm waters of the north coast.
Relax with a stay at a tented camp on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.
Visit the iconic temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Lake Bratan.
Explore the markets and galleries around Ubud.
Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.
Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.
Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.
Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula and see the jackass penguin colony on Boulders Beach.
Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards.
Cycle around Toronto, taking in its highlights, including the CN Tower and Kensington Market.
Admire the parliamentary architecture in Ottawa and skate on the frozen Rideau Canal.
Explore the cobbled streets, ice sculptures and culinary scene of old Québec.
Walk around old Montréal and visit the Notre-Dame Basilica.
Admire the wintry landscape between each city from the comfort of a train.
Take in the highlights of Québec City on a guided walking tour.
Explore 14 historic lighthouses and four national parks.
Spot whales and seabirds on a guided cruise.
Admire some of Canada's best seascapes.
Discover Québec's proud maritime heritage.
Gaze across Toronto from the CN Tower and take a boat trip on Lake Ontario.
Explore the many excellent museums, parks and galleries of Canada's capital, Ottawa.
Visit Montréal's superb Biosphere and Planetarium and enjoy a cruise along the St Lawrence River.
Discover tangible history amongst Québec's cobbled streets on a guided walking tour.
Take a day trip to admire Niagara Falls and explore the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Spot icebergs as they drift south on the Labrador Current and past Newfoundland's rocky harbours.
Explore St. John's many pubs and restaurants, well-known for their live music.
Marvel at the magnificent scenery of Gros Morne National Park.
Visit the site of the authentic Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows.
Lose count of moose and caribou as you drive north along the Northern Peninsula.
Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula.
Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.
Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.
Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.
Explore Halifax's historic buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch by the harbour.
Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Lunenburg and Annapolis Royal.
Drive the famed Cabot Trail in the north of Cape Breton Island.
Step back in time and visit Louisbourg's reconstructed 18th century fortress.
Delve into the fascinating history of Québec with a three night stay in the old city.
Enjoy the quiet charm of Baie St Paul, one of the region's first tourist destinations.
Go whale watching on the mighty St. Lawrence River.
Explore lovely Lac St Jean, its historic villages and nearby wilderness areas.
Soak up the art and culture of Durban and sample local Afro-Indian delicacies.
Relax at a countryside retreat in the Midlands, taking leisurely strolls along the river.
Find out about the history of the Battlefields, touring the sites with a knowledgeable guide.
Go hiking, horse riding or mountain biking in the Drakensberg Mountains.
Admire the view from the top of the CN Tower.
Get up close to Niagara Falls on a Hornblower cruise.
Take in the magnificent Thousand Islands archipelago.
Explore the highlights of Canada's capital city, Ottawa.
Paddle a canoe and spot wildlife in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Discover the lovely scenery of Waterton Lakes National Park and adjoining Glacier National Park in the USA.
Enjoy the many outdoor activities in Kootenay National Park.
Look for wildlife in the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden mountain back-roads.
See colonial architecture in the UNESCO city of Malacca.
Try the monorail in Kuala Lumpur during a guided walking tour of the city.
Visit the vast tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands and try a local brew.
Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling UNESCO city of George Town.
Fish for lobster on New Brunswick's scenic east coast.
Take in Fredericton's heritage architecture.
Enjoy a day trip to Campobello Island.
Spot whales and experience the world's highest tidal range in the Bay of Fundy.
Visit Toronto and nearby Niagara Falls.
Explore the beaches and pretty villages along the shore of Lake Huron.
Watch for wildlife and get close to nature in Ontario's magnificent Killarney Provincial Park.
Experience First Nations culture on Manitoulin Island.
Picture perfect sunsets over the Indian Ocean.
Snorkel over pristine coral reefs.
Try unique Bali dishes such as Sambal Goreng Petai (chili beef in coconut milk).
Enjoy a traditional massage as you gaze out to the blue waters of the Lombok Strait.
Visit one of the oldest villages in Bali and see their famed double ikat cloth.
Explore the shops and galleries in Ubud and try some of Bali's best restaurants.
Visit Ubud, Bali's spiritual and artistic hub.
Gain an insight into Balinese life and customs.
Stay in rural Bali away from the crowds.
Eat like a local and learn to make Balinese dishes.
Relax on Bali's eastern coast.
Relax on a beautiful beach in the south with access to great restaurants and beautiful temples.
Soak up the atmosphere of Ubud; the cultural heart of Bali.
Help out with the daily farming practices.
Snorkel in a peaceful bay on the remote northern coast.
See the Gloria Glacier from a helicopter as you soar over Canmore and the Bow Valley.
Learn to play ice hockey with the Canmore Eagles.
Mush your own team of Alaskan huskies and enjoy a campfire lunch in the wilderness.
Climb up a frozen waterfall in Jasper National Park, using ice axes, crampons and harnesses.
Experience Lake Louise in all its winter glory and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride over the frozen lake.
Enjoy the vibrancy and buzz of Rio de Janeiro.
Step back in time amongst the whitewashed buildings and coloured shutters of colonial Paraty.
Enjoy relaxing days on Ilha Grande's many beaches.
Relax on one of Bali's finest beaches and watch the sunset on a private boat with champagne and canapés.
Get an authentic insight into Balinese culture away from the tourist areas of Ubud.
Trek to one of the craters on the active Mount Batur volcano.
Experience the scenery around the highlands of Munduk in an off-road buggy tour.
Have a local food guide teach you how to eat like a Balinese local at a small market town night market.