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Best places to travel in September 2022

Whether falling in autumn or spring, September can showcase countries at their most scenic, from the green, lamb-dotted valleys of New Zealand and the wildflower-coated countryside of Argentina to Russia’s rust-hued city parks.

In Canada, the salmon run sees bears gather for a feeding frenzy along British Columbia’s rivers. Bhutan’s clear skies are ideal for hiking among its mountains, while similar conditions in Bolivia make for excellent photography around its salt pans. Spain and Turkey are pleasantly warm without the crowds of summer. And, in South Africa, you can combine regions while they’re at their best. It’s also an excellent time for seeing Namibia’s wildlife and stargazing among its desert dunes.

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1. New Zealand

As spring arrives in New Zealand, temperatures start to rise and the country begins to thaw. Snowmelt feeds waterfalls and rivers, making for excellent white-water rafting. The valleys are at their greenest, with wildflowers starting to bloom and newborn lambs skipping in the fields.

As with any time of year in New Zealand, rain is possible, but you’ll find September is far quieter than the summer months and you’ll have your pick of the best places to stay. Off the coast, you can take boat trips to spot orcas, while warmer temperatures on the North Island are ideal for following walking tracks through national parks while there are fewer visitors.

Lake Matheson, Fox Glacier
Lake Matheson, Fox Glacier

2. South Africa

You can visit South Africa at any time of year. But, with most regions at their prime in September, you can plan a varied trip that gives you the best of all worlds.

In the northern regions, including the Kruger, cooler, drier conditions make for excellent game viewing. Animals are active and easier to see as they gather around vital water sources, with many also giving birth to their young. On the west coast, wildflowers cover the otherwise dry and dusty landscape. And, you’ll have the best chance of seeing southern right whales, which migrate from Antarctica to the warm waters off South Africa to have their young.

White rhino, Kruger National Park
White rhino, Kruger National Park

3. Canada

It’s still warm enough to enjoy a mix of outdoor activities among Canada’s mountains, lakes and coastal scenery in September, plus you have the added bonus of fewer crowds than summer. The landscape is gradually turning from green to golden, making hiking and driving through the Rockies particularly rewarding.

What’s more, September falls at the peak of the salmon run, which attracts large groups of bears to British Columbia’s rivers and streams. Stay at a bear-watching lodge to make the most of this natural event, heading out each day with expert guides who’ll know the best spots for seeing the action.

Black bear
Black bear

4. Namibia

Warm but not scorching or humid, dry and with clear skies ideal for stargazing among the desert dunes, September is an excellent time to visit Namibia. Having endured most of the dry season by now, animals big and small will be congregated around the vital water sources in Etosha National Park, making them easier to spot. You can drive yourself around the park for flexibility, or join guided game drives for extra insight.

Elsewhere, you could enjoy dune activities like sandboarding and quad-biking in the Namib Desert, kayak with seals off Swakopmund’s coast or head north to see desert-adapted elephant in Damaraland.

Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei, Namibia

5. Argentina

Wildflowers, rising temperatures and active wildlife herald the beginning of spring in Argentina. September sees fewer visitors than later months, and if you don’t mind slightly cooler temperatures, you’ll find plenty to see and do and a wide choice of places to stay.

In Buenos Aires, jacaranda trees start to bloom and many sights will be crowd-free. You could also head to slower-paced Mendoza for some wine tasting — the region’s particularly known for its Malbec. Elsewhere, you can see southern right whales off the Peninsula Valdes, as well as a large number of Magellan penguins along the shoreline.

Vineyards, near Mendoza
Vineyards, near Mendoza

6. Turkey

As temperatures ease from hot to pleasantly warm, September showcases Turkey at its best. It’s still balmy enough for the beach and for swimming in the sea, the cities are quieter than in summer months, and conditions are more comfortable for sightseeing, whether in Istanbul or a further-flung region. You’ll also have a wider choice of hotels, some offering great value, particularly along the Turquoise Coast.

With attractions remaining open until mid-October, you won’t be missing out on anything compared to the busier summer months, whether you want to tour ancient sites, sample the country’s cuisine, or take in the landscapes and unique culture of Cappadocia.

Cappadocia
Cappadocia

7. Bolivia

Dry, sunny, and cool, September is an excellent month to visit Bolivia if you want to spend time in the great outdoors. It’s a rewarding time to go hiking in the country’s highland areas and for photographing the dazzling salt flats and Lake Titicaca contrasted against deep-blue skies. It’s also one of the best times to see the lakes of the high Altiplano transformed by the pink plumage of thousands of flamingos.

While the beginning of September can be fairly busy, visitor numbers dwindle as the month progresses, leaving you with a wide choice of hotel options and the chance to see Bolivia’s best-known sights without the crowds.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

8. Bhutan

As monsoon season ends, Bhutan’s skies clear to reveal striking views of its mountains and valleys. While rain might linger at the beginning of the month, the worst will have passed, and the pleasantly warm temperatures are ideal for hiking. While this means that more visitors flock to the country in the latter half of September, Bhutan’s rigid restrictions on tourist numbers means it never gets too busy.

We can arrange for an experienced local guide to lead you along lesser-known trails and provide insight as you visit the country’s monasteries and dzongs. September also sees a few festivals take place in Bhutan, including Thimphu Tshechu, a three-day religious festival in the capital.

Taktsang Monastery
Taktsang Monastery

9. Spain

Still retaining heat after its hot summer, Spain in September is pleasantly warm, mostly dry and sees fewer visitors. The air turns crisp at night, while days see clear, deep-blue skies without haze. It’s still warm enough to swim in the sea, and temperatures are more comfortable for hiking and city sightseeing, soaking up authentic Spanish life as the pace slows.

You’ll also have a chance to experience the wine harvest, perhaps timing your visit for the Fiestas de San Mateo — a week of parades and performances in La Rioja to celebrate the Feast of Saint Matthew and the grape harvest.

Vineyard, La Rioja
Vineyard, La Rioja

10. Russia

As Russia enters its autumn, visitor numbers lessen and it’s a great time for photography. The changing leaves add splashes of red, orange and gold in the city parks, complementing the bright onion domes of Russian Orthodox churches. You can explore museums and palaces with few others around, taking your time to soak everything in.

Temperature-wise, it’s still warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities comfortably, from walking tours of Moscow and St Petersburg to cruises on the Volga River, weaving through the rust-dappled countryside. You might like to time your stay for Moscow City Day, in early September, which includes military tattoos, fireworks, music concerts, and street-theatre performances.

St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
Last Updated: 22/06/2021 08:58:31