Brazil returns to the spotlight this year with the Olympic Games. Expect more than 3.8 lakh spectators, who would have travelled to Rio De Janeiro from across the world. High quality sporting events hosted by a city known for its exquisite beaches, forested mountains on the fringes, and a very high-octane nightlife, makes it the perfect destination for anyone looking for an energtic holiday. For those who want to step beyond sports, there’s the Museum of Image and Sound opening soon, overlooking Copacabana beach, and the long-awaited Museum of Tommorrow with its interactive exhibits that explore the future of life on Earth. Of course, no trip to Rio is complete without a trip to the top of Corcovado to get a close-up of the 38-metre-high statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Where to stay: Novotel Rio De Janeiro Parc Olimpico to be close enough to the Barra Olympic Park.
Where to eat: The family-run Aprazivel Restaurant that serves up some brilliant Brazilian cuisine in a fun setting.
When to vist: August
Namibia’s Etosha National Park is touted as one of Africa’s best game reserves. And in fact, the easiest to spot the animals, especially during the dry summer months. The endless pan of silvery-white sand and the landscape fringing it is home to 114 species of mammals—including the highly endangered black rhino—and 340 birds. The best way to get a sight of them is to park your safari vehicle by a watering hole and wait for the animals to come by. Don’t forget to carry a good camera as Etosha creates some of the most photogenic safari scenery. Spend a night there at the many safari camps in the park and go for a few drives at different times of the day.
A little over a six-hour drive from Etosha is the coastal city of Swakopmund—the country’s most popular holiday destination—with a startling similarity to holiday towns along Germany’s North Sea and Baltic coasts.
Where to stay: Cornerstone Guesthouse, a quaint bed and breakfast that’s an easy walk from Swakopmund's town centre.
Where to eat: The Tug Restaurant, housed within the beached tugboat Danie Hugo, near the jetty.
When to visit: May to October
This archipelago of 333 islands is the jewel of the South Pacific. Fiji is the place you want to be in if your kind of holiday means sun, sand, beach, and underwater adventure. The country is known as the soft coral capital of the world, and is also home to the Great Astrolabe Reef. With over 1,000 species of fish and several hundred types of coral, diving is the one activity you cannot miss in Fiji. And the best place to do it is the Shark Reef Marine Reserve, just off the coast of Pacific Harbour on Fiji’s main island Viti Levu. You’ll come back with pictures of eight different shark species.
Where to stay: The Warwick Fiji resort in the heart of Coral Coast, spread across 28 landscaped acres.
Where to eat: Cloud 9, Fiji’s only two-level floating restaurant and bar.
When to visit: October
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