Where to go in Africa in December

With wonderful weather across the African destinations, the holiday season seems to be a favourable time to visit the continent.  From warm, tropical beaches, stunning wildlife, exciting festivals and magnificent sceneries, Africa in December features a bubbly and blissful holiday mixed with the festive spirit. In December, you’ll have a unique opportunity to see a more local Africa and everything it offers. Thus, whether you have just a couple of weeks or only a few days,  there are several places you can explore during your December holiday in Africa. We have helped you narrow it down to a list of some amazing places to go in Africa in December.  



Cape Town – South Africa

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Also known as “The Mother City”, Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in Africa. The city is rich in culture and features picturesque beaches surrounded by glorious mountains.  In December, Cape Town has a pleasant, warm to hot temperature and this is the best time of the year to indulge in its ‘blue flag’ rated beaches,  hiking and biking, while you explore the city. Being the height of the tourist season, the city boasts a wide range of festive activities such as family-friendly festivals, weekend outdoor music events, food and wine events and much more. With a variety of stunning attraction and a vibrant nightlife, Cape Town does not disappoint. A visit to this city is not complete without a tour of the vineyards; a trip to the Cape of Good Hope and the Table Mountain.



The Serengeti – Tanzania

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The Serengeti National Park is one of the most popular wildlife reserves in Africa, and indeed in the world. The national park features the most breathtaking natural phenomenon known as the Great Migration, which involves the movement of herds of wildebeest, zebra, antelope and the predators (over 2 million animals) from Masai Mara of Kenya to the Serengeti of Tanzania. The Migration takes place in September but continues until December. Thus, if you visit the Serengeti in December you will have the opportunity to see herds of wildebeest moving quickly as far south towards the Southern Plains. You will see the zebras and wildebeests disperse across the plains, feeding on the fresh grasses. The weather is usually wet in the Serengeti around December but it’s also a great time for game viewing and an opportunity to see the stunning wildlife in the natural habitat.



The Kalahari – Botswana

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Although December is a green month in Botswana, this doesn’t mean it rains all through the month. You should expect some sunshine, clouds, and dramatic thunderstorms, but it’s one of the best months to visit. In December, the Kalahari Desert turns into a predator’s paradise and a green desert. The bush is luscious and green, the air is clear and you will be able to capture the beauty of the Kalahari Desert with your camera. December is the birthing season for antelopes and you can experience this phenomenon. Similarly, with the greenly surrounding, you will be able to see the predators enjoying their natural habitat while feeding on the luscious grasses.



Zanzibar – Tanzania

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The exotic nature of Zanzibar doesn't wane in December; it attracts hundreds of tourists who want to experience the exciting activities that take place during this period. You can indulge in some diving and snorkeling activities, short boat rides, spice tour and Jozani Forest tour. The weather is hot and humid with sporadic showers, but most places are easily accessible. Honeymooners, lovers, and families find solace in the many islands that are in the Zanzibar Archipelago. The legendary Stone Town, a World Heritage Site, made of cobbled streets and native buildings is a vibrant place to explore in December. Book cheap flights to Zanzibar islands here.



Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

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The city of Dar es Salaam is obviously different in December. The city comes alive with a wide range of festive activities and local events. You’ll see a vibrant nightlife with a very happening club-life, packed restaurants and venues with live music, beach parties, and Christmas carols events at the churches. You can also explore the city and indulge in a wide range of activities including shopping. You can escape the city and visit Bongoyo Island, where you can relax on the sandy beach and indulge in some snorkeling in the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. Book cheap flights to Dar Es Salaam with Flightlink today!



Nairobi – Kenya

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Nairobi, Kenya’s largest metropolis is an amazing place to visit in December. The city is one of the hippest destinations in Africa. It features the best of both worlds – the modern trends of the city blend passionately with the unforgettable wildlife experiences. The city turns into a cultural center in the month of December with a wide range of festive activities such as music concerts, food and drink events, Christmas carols, and festivals. Game viewing at the Nairobi National Park is an experience you should not miss during this period. The park has a high altitude; this means that the air is cool at night. Weather in Nairobi is not predictable but December is a rainy month with an intervening period of dry weather.



Johannesburg – South Africa

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December means summertime in Johannesburg. During this period, it’s more actions with a warmer and comfortable weather for a relaxing and eventful holiday. The metropolis becomes the center of local festivities with several annual events taking places such as festivals, music concerts, beach parties, comedy, arts, food and wine events. Visiting Johannesburg in December means you’ll experience Christmas in a decidedly South African way. With a wide range of attractions, buzzing nightlife and entertainment scene, your December holiday in Johannesburg can never be bored.



Calabar – Nigeria

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Calabar brings out the creativity in people during the festive period. With several festive activities happening in December, No city in Africa has the energy Calabar has. The city features several attractions including the renowned Obudu Cattle Ranch, and exciting activities. In December, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Calabar Festival, which is incontestably the biggest and longest multi-faceted event in West Africa. The festival is second only to the Rio Festival and hosts the Biggest Street Party in Africa. There are competitions, parties, street performances, and concerts throughout December. Calabar has many accommodation options for your stay during the festival. However, it’s advisable to book your accommodation in advance because the rooms get filled quickly.  


Published on:
November 1, 2017
Authored by:
Oluwakemi Ojo
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