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
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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.
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.
Explore Newgrange — an ancient passage tomb that predates the Egyptian pyramids.
Learn the rules of hurling during a hand-on Gaelic games experience.
Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher.
View the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park.
Experience Dublin’s night life on a musical pub crawl.
Sip Irish whiskey with farmhouse cheese pairings.
Drive the spectacular and iconic Ring of Kerry.
Listen to a storytelling evening in an Irish Pub.
Kayak on one of Killarney’s lakes to Innisfallen Island.
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.