Where to go on holiday in September

September is the end of game viewing season in South Africa, making it the ideal month to visit to avoid the crowds and still see the Big Five. Visiting the golden rice fields in Vietnam is a must if you want to take photographs of the awe-inspiring landscapes, where you will see farmers working the fields in their traditional attire. Venice is a great place to visit in September because of Regatta Storia, the historic boat race starts on the first Sunday of the month where you can watch parades followed by groups of wooden boats go head to head in a canal race.

South Africa

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Temperature: 25°C high; 13°C low

Flight time from UK: 11 hours and 30 minutes

Time difference: GMT +2

September is the end of game viewing season in KwaZulu-Natal, making it the ideal month to visit if you want to avoid the crowds, but still see the Big Five.

You’ll have the opportunity to see lions, elephants, rhinos and giraffes, as well as rare bird species at the Hluhluwe-IMfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest proclaimed reserve in Africa. 

Elephant lovers must head to the north-east to visit Tembe Elephant Park.

uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, which is protected for its significant population of endangered or rare birds with over 164 species spotted in the region. This spectacular natural site contains many caves and rock-shelters with the largest and most concentrated group of paintings in Africa south of the Sahara which represent the spiritual life of the San people, who lived in this area over a period of 4,000 years.

September is also the best time to see the colourful wild flower carpets of Namaqualand, in the far west of South Africa.

 

Vietnam

Mu Cang Cha Vietnam Rice Fields

Temperature: 32°C high; 26°C low

Flight time from UK: Around 11 hours and 20 minutes

Time difference: GMT +7

Vietnam is one of the favourite travel destinations among those looking to explore Southeast Asia. Divided into three parts: the North, the Centre and the South. In the north, you will discover glorious mountains ideal for trekking, including the highest peak in mainland Southeast Asia. While southern Vietnam has the sweltering Mekong delta, with a myriad of tiny tributaries flowing into the sea. In between lie some of the most glorious beaches you could ever imaging, including the famous China Beach.

Visiting the golden rice fields in September is a must if you are interested in the history and culture of the Mong Ethnic minority farmers, or want to take some photographs of the stunning landscapes as this is peak harvesting time. We recommend going to Mu Cang Chai, where you will see farmers working the fields in their traditional attire. The terraced rice fields are truly awe-inspiring at this time of year.

Venice, Italy

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Temperature: 24°C high; 13°C low

Flight time from UK: 2 hours 15 minutes

Time difference: GMT +2

Venice is a great place to visit in September because of the festivals, Regatta Storia, is one of the most famous. The historic boat race starts on the first Sunday of the month where spectators can watch parades followed by groups of six-oar wooden boats go head to head in a canal race. This event is popular so make sure to book well in advance if you need accommodation.

One of the world’s oldest tourist and cultural centres, the city is made up of a network of alleys, canals and cafes. Perfect for a day of wandering while you enjoy your gelato. Pull up to a canal-side restaurant and quaff some local wine as you watch the world go by and be sure to explore the cathedrals and art exhibitions or take a gondola ride.

If you enjoy going to the cinema, you may bump into the odd celebrity attending the International Film Festival.

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