The Summer 2019 Holiday Season is officially underway, and if you loathe the idea of spending your annual leave on an overcrowded beach in the Mediterranean, why not head below the equator and take advantage of cheap long-haul flight prices, discounted hotels, and tourist-free travels throughout the most beautiful countries in the world.
S is for South Africa
With a whopping 18.5 Rand to the Pound, South Africa is one of the cheapest destinations to visit this summer, and if your idea of the perfect holiday includes modern hotels, trying new foods, quaffing new world wines, escaping on safari, and participating in endless outdoor activities, SA should be your number #1 choice! You might experience the odd downpour and cooler evening temperatures, but who needs 30°C when you’ve got a roaring fire and a bottle of Pinotage in the middle of the African bush!
U is for Uganda
The home of the Gorilla Safari, Uganda is the perfect destination for those who are looking to combine an unforgettable holiday experience with a wild animal encounter in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Gorilla trekking here is considerably cheaper than neighbouring Rwanda, and while the cost of gorilla permits will push up your travel budget, viewing the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas thriving in their natural habitat is priceless…
M is for the Maldives
Hot, sunny, and simply breath-taking, the Maldives remain one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations thanks to its beautiful beaches, luxury over-water bungalows, and endless water activities. A great choice for those who really want to get away from it all, these magical islands never fail to impress.
M is for Madagascar
Madagascar may be a ‘newbie’ in the world of holiday destinations, but it is a nature lover’s paradise. With unique landscapes, unusual flora and fauna, pristine beaches, and of course, the national treasure – the lemurs, it is definitely one for the Bucket List. Check out the über-luxurious Miavana Island Sanctuary if you’re looking for a holiday of a lifetime.
E is for Ecuador
We are balancing precariously on the edge of the equator here, but if you are looking for a South American Adventure this summer, Ecuador is the perfect place to start. From the mountains of Cotopaxi to the beaches of Tortuga Bay, there really is something for everyone in Ecuador.
R is for Rwanda
Uganda’s next door neighbour, Rwanda is another hotspot for Gorilla Trekking Tours, and if you are short on time, a trip to the Volcanoes National Park will fit right into your travel itinerary. Many people add a 3-day Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda to their Kilimanjaro Climb – it works perfectly!
So, there you have it. S.U.M.M.E.R below the equator – where will you be heading?