"Long, lazy August brings festival fever to countries around the globe, from tomato throwing in Spain to the mind-blowing Burning Man in Nevada."

Closer to home the Edinburgh Festival takes over the Scottish capital, and the city becomes a pinnacle of the arts.

Madagascar

The land of lemurs and baobabs, stunning Madagascar offers incredible wildlife and a brilliant landscape for exploring. May to October is the optimum time for travel, with temperatures becoming cooler and more comfortable in July and August. July also sees the arrival of whale season, which lasts until September, so head to the east coast and Sainte-Marie if you want to spot these majestic creatures.

Kenya

August is a particularly special time to visit the wildlife-laden savannahs of Kenya, as this is when the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and gnu’s descend on the Mara plains. August falls during the dry season, and so the animals congregate around the permanent waterholes, with sparse vegetation making viewing the wildlife easier. Bear in mind you will be witnessing the circle of life, as the predators close in on the herds as they continue their tough journey.

Edinburgh Festival

Every August, Scotland’s capital and one of the world’s most beautiful cities, hosts an internationally-acclaimed arts festival spanning three weeks. It’s a great time to visit Edinburgh, as venues and concert halls across the city offer some incredible events. A great tip for the festival is to be open to anything – leave your hotel without plans and you’ll be sure to stumble upon something unforgettable.

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