No matter the weather during December, the festive season is always a hugely popular time to visit Eastern and Southern Africa. Eastern Africa is in its second (and final) month of the short rainy season. Even with the possibility of rain, the beach destinations are still very busy because of the holidays.
However, any rain that does fall in these areas, tends to be in short and sporadic showers and therefore doesn't dampen the festive spirit too much. Southern Africa on the other hand is gripped by high temperatures, high humidity levels and is often prone to tropical thunderstorms.
December is a wonderful time of year to be on safari. The intimacy of the lodges make it a truly memorable experience over the festive period and the staff are extra-attentive to your needs. A number of lodges can also cater for large family and friend groups meaning that no-one gets left behind. One thing is for certain, it will be a safari that you will never forget!
Kenya's Maasai Mara, Laikipia, Lewa, Tsavo and Meru, and Tanzania’s Serengeti and Ngorongoro are simply superb.
The weather is wonderful in South Africa in December. Take a wildlife safari then finish by spending the New Year in Cape Town, exploring and enjoying the beaches.
This time of year the climate is fantastic in Madagascar. Go sailing, explore beaches and enjoy some time in your own private villa by the ocean.
The low water season in the fringes of the Delta allows for more access to land-based activities, such as a mobile walking safari, or horseriding.
Lamu and the Kenya coastline are sublime at this time and one can snorkel and swim alongside dolphins. The best time for a marine safari is from November to March.
Head to beautiful Mafia Island to swim amongst whale sharks (Oct-March). This is also the perfect time to see them off the coast of Tofo, Mozambique, as the plankton is at its peak attracting large numbers to feed.