August 31, 2017
Five Best Places to Explore at the End of Summer
Late summer is by far one of the busiest times to travel, but this doesn’t mean you have to stand in long lines or pay a fortune on airfare. This is the time to relax and have one last leisurely vacation before heading back to school or work. Here are five great places to visit before summer is over.
- Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Located in South-West Kenya, the Maasai Mara National Reserve offers tourists unparalleled safari activities and an extremely diverse wildlife. This National Reserve includes some outstanding features like:
- 450 winged species
- 57 birds of prey
- 583 square miles of wilderness
- Bush walks to explore the micro-ecosystem
This is an absolute dream come true for wildlife photographers and those who are active on Instagram. You’ll find elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, zebras and many more animals. You may even spot an endangered black rhino if you’re lucky.
- Galápagos Islands, Equador
Ranked as one of the best places to travel in 2016, the Galápagos Islands are extremely popular at the end of the summer. It’s a great time to spot plenty of wildlife because this is when undercurrents bring nutrients to the water’s surface, which attracts the animals. You’ll likely find Minke & Sperm whales, sea lions, penguins and giant tortoises. There are plenty of weeklong cruises as well which stop at some of the smaller islands.
- Westman Islands, Iceland
Visitors can expect to see up to 20 hours of sunlight in the summer, which should give you much more time to explore. Journey through the Westman Islands in the South to watch the adorable puffins take flight, or take a mid-day hike at the Highlands. Late summer is also prime berry picking season! The Westman Islands are also home to volcanoes, so if you’re looking for adventure, this is it. And of course, no trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the blue lagoons, where you can sit, unwind and soak up the country’s beautiful views.
- Cocos Island, Costa Rica
Looking for an underwater adventure or want to face your fear of sharks? Hop on a cheap flight to Costa Rica and dive into the crystal-clear ocean. From hiking trails and jungles to swimming with manta rays, end your summer at this slice of paradise. With over 20 dive sites, there are scuba diving options for both expert and novice divers.
- Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
From June through September, tourists can experience the Volcanoes National Park’s dry season, making it much easier to go hiking. Situated just two hours from the capital, Kigali is the perfect location to see gorillas as well as a slew of other wildlife. There are currently about 10 gorilla families adapted to tourists, but the park only allows 80 guests per day. So make sure you book well in advance.