Break out of the ordinary and start a new family tradition this holiday season with a safari in December. Travel to Africa in December to enjoy summer weather with your family and a slower pace than the normal end of year hustle.
By Haley Beham
When I was a child, Christmas was my favorite holiday. As I’ve become an adult, I’ve struggled to find some of that Christmas magic amid the consumerism of the holiday. Sometimes, I just want to leave it all behind and spend the break traveling. The top of my list would definitely be an African safari in December.
Christmas in Africa looks a lot different than in the United States. To start, it’s summer. Across much of the continent, you’ll find warm weather, occasional rains, and green plains. Many destinations are at their best in the summer.
As the grasses begin to cover the plains, there are migrations taking place in Tanzania’s Serengeti and Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. The great numbers of the herds that move across the plains attract predators, resulting in incredible game activity and wildlife viewing. If you want to see big cats at their best, December is the time to go to these areas. It’s also a great time for bird watching, as migratory birds move into the area.
In Botswana, our 10-night Desert to Delta journey puts you and your traveling companions in prime position to explore this season through both the Central Kalahari and the Okavango Delta.
In Tanzania, brief afternoon thunderstorms push through the plains, leaving behind clear skies and amazing contrasts in colors – a photographer’s dream setting!
The Luxury Tanzania Safari by Ker & Downey is the ideal journey to take over the Christmas holidays. It’s 14 days spent exploring the Serengeti’s private conservancies and engaging in authentic cultural experiences.
South Africa is another great pick for year-end holidays and December safaris. Read more about our favorite ways to experience South Africa’s safari bests and cultural wonders.
As always, Ker & Downey’s private guides are dedicated to providing an exceptional journey focused on the landscape and wildlife of your destination, away from crowds.
Because Tanzania, Botswana, and South Africa are popular destinations for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, we recommend planning your year-end safari at least nine months in advance. To make a safari in December part of your holiday plans, contact your designer. Who knows, maybe I’ll see you there!