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Trade winter for an East African paradise

In December, while the northern hemisphere is experiencing a cold and dark winter, Africa is experiencing a balmy, welcoming summer. The temperature is warm and it is usually sunny, with periodic refreshing rain and cool breezes.

December in Tanzania means the “emerald” season has begun, and the scenery is becoming greener and more lovely by the day. Fresh grass has begun to cover Africa’s Serengeti, causing a massive wildlife migration. As the wildlife moves south to Ndutu, large herds of wildebeest blanket the Serengeti grasslands, and the wildebeest are getting ready for the calving season. Predators follow the migrating herds in large numbers.


It’s a wonderful time for birders, as there are hundreds of species to see. Migrant birds arrive from far afield, bringing with them a riot of color and melody. Temperatures and humidity levels are gradually increasing. The days are hot, with a likelihood of light showers during the day and heavier rain overnight. Beautiful vistas make for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities.

Tanzania is a particularly popular location for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, so if you want to visit during this period, you’ll need to book ahead. Other locations that are great to visit in December are the Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar. Beach vacations are very popular at this time of year in most Indian Ocean areas.


The average temperature in Zanzibar during the month of December is 90 degrees Fahrenheit making for perfect beach or pool weather with a cocktail in hand, pre- or post-safari. Even during the rainy season, the Ngorongoro Crater provides superb wildlife viewing, and the environment is lush, lovely and refershing.




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