WHERE TO GO IN MAY

Southern Africa comes into full swing this month while the Mediterranean starts feeling the heat and the Far East leaves the rainy season behind. May has a lot to offer from half-term breaks to early season sun and safaris.

Zambia is considered among Africa’s best safari destinations, which is unsurprising given the range of activities and game to be seen. Catch tiger fish on the Zambezi, walk between bush camps in South Luangwa National Park or micro-light over Victoria Falls. Over the border, Zimbabwe is finally enjoying a resurgence as an unspoilt African wilderness.

May is one of the best months to visit China. From the Great Wall and Forbidden City in the north to the striking limestone peaks of the Li River in the south you will need at least 10 days to begin to appreciate the diversity of this vast, magnificent land. 

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A hit of sunshine in a Greek island villa could be just thing to boost our mood and gulet (traditional sailing yacht) season begins in Turkey while Italy’s romantic cities make for a perfect early summer weekend break.

In South America, May means great weather for seeing Peru’s ancient sights and cities, such as Macchu Picchu and Cusco while wildlife enthusiasts should head to Ecuador and the Galapagos where the seas are at their calmest and temperatures are warm. Meet fearsome iguanas, swim with turtles and snorkel with tame white sharks.

Back in Africa, Namibia’s endless, clear skies over vast desert are just made for a flying safari. Hop up the legendary Skeleton Coast by Cessna stopping at simple, private camps along the way or indulge yourself in a luxury lodge at Sossussvlei, home if the largest sand dunes, or way up on the Angolan border at Serra Cafema.

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