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.
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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.