Tanzania

Tanzania in December

December weather and where to go

The short rains may continue into December but are unlikely to last the whole month and vary again depending on where you visit. Please ask our specialists and they will be able to advise on the best places to visit during December. The chart below shows the averages for the Serengeti throughout the month and the comparative average rainfall in Zanzibar

Tanzania is very popular over Christmas and New Year so it is important to book well in advance to secure the parks and accommodation you want. This also means that lodges charge peak season prices and there will be numerous safari vehicles around when out on game drives. 

Of course, our guides will try and put you in the right place at the right time but we cannot guarantee an intimate wildlife experience in certain parks when they are so busy.

December is a great time for bird watchers as many migratory birds arrive. This is particularly good in southern parks such as Selous and Tarangire National Park in the north is a birdwatchers’ paradise! Look out for red-necked spurfowl, purple grenadier and cinnamon-breasted buntings to name just a few.

Wildebeest will be gathering on the plains of the Serengeti in areas of low grass which makes them easy to spot. Viewing large herds of wildebeest is an impressive sight that you‘ll be sure to remember. If the weather permits, you may be able to take a hot-air balloon over the plains to get a bird’s-eye view. 

Zanzibar’s high season runs from November to February so prices will be high and availability low.

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