Spring hits the northern hemisphere. Whilst the cherry blossoms come to life in Japan, blankets of daffodils transform the UK landscape. The Galápagos bird life begins to throng with the start of the mating season for the blue footed boobies, whilst the underwater world is waiting to be explored.
The Galápagos islands are one of the last few places on earth where rich, diverse, plant, and animal, life has remained largely untouched by humans. Although the Galápagos can be visited all year round, April is particularly good if you are looking for birdlife. On North Seymour island you will probably witness the start of the mating rituals of the blue-footed booby. The males show off their feet to prospective mates – did you know the bluer their feet, the more chance they have of attracting a mate!
In Zambia it rains almost every day, as it is the height of the green season. However, it still offers excellent game viewing opportunities as many of the animals have young with them at this time, and birds are breeding in plumage. The game viewing is excellent, and even better at low season prices.
Many Orca and humpback whales, seals, sea otters, and seabirds are common in Alaska at this time whilst in the much warmer reefs in the Maldives the marine life is thriving amongst the vibrant coral, and the manta rays gracefully glide just below the surface of the clear waters.
Best April destinations for wildlife watching
- Blue Footed Booby, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
- Hippo, Zambia
- Whales at Meares Glacier, Alaska
- Some of the best birdwatching in Extremadura, Spain
- Komodo Island, Indonesia for Komodo dragons
- Manta Ray, Maldives
- Sami reindeer in northern Norway
- Brown bears in Slovenia
- One-horned rhino in Kaziranga National Park, India
- Galápagos (see what is happening month by month on the islands)
- Africa (see what is happening month by month on this continent)