Where to Go in Tanzania in December

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Escape the chilling cold of winter by journeying to one of Africa’s jewels, with its beautiful landscapes and variety of wildlife, Tanzania.

Tanzania’s December Sun is not one to miss, as the temperature is perfect in December, not too hot and not too cold, with lush green plains spreading across the ground.

Unlike the rainy seasons, there are no heavy rains to ruin any game drives, but there are some ‘short rains’ which don’t last long enough to interfere but do help cool you down and leave a wonderful picture of green grass wet with dew, strong trees, vibrant flowers and clear blue skies.

Indeed, there’s immense economic potential for tourism in Tanzania!

Here are some of the best places to visit in Tanzania in December:

Serengeti National Park

As Tanzania’s most popular national park, the Serengeti is home to millions of exotic flora and fauna. It is also the only place in Africa that still houses an active volcano, which had been named the Ol’ Doinyo Lengai Volcano.

This park is particularly good to explore in December for its dramatic game drives. Predator hunts occur much more often, so much so that you could even say it is unparalleled.

Another perk of visiting in the winter is to watch the migration of birds as many flocks enter country. This would be the ideal place for birdwatchers to flock to!

You can also watch the Great Migration of Serengeti during December, whereby millions of wildebeests arrive at the beautiful plains of Serengeti after visiting Masai Mara. 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Famous for its Ngorongoro Crater, which is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world and, along with many others, was formed from a volcano that erupted 3 million years ago, this park is amazing all year round, but is particularly gorgeous in the cool December weather.

The Crater formed a natural enclosure for a wide variety of animals, from small meercats and lean zebras to elephants, tigers and many more beautiful and majestic creatures. It is also home to the striking endangered Black Rhino, along with the Wild Hunting Dog and Golden Cat, which are both endangered as well.

You could also interact with the Masai Mara tribe, who bring cattle during the day to feed on the lush green plains then leave at sunset to return to their homes. It’s a great chance to connect yourself with the culture and people.


Tarangire National Park

Known for its abundance of great African Elephants, this park provides wonderful opportunities for birdwatchers, especially in December.

The low season also means that the rates are lower and everything is much cheaper at this time of year!

With the fast-approaching rainy season, the landscapes get painted a lush vibrant green while the short rains open opportunities of rainbows spreading across the clear skies.

Ruaha National Park

The Ruaha National Park is the perfect crowd-free destination in East Africa, especially in these winter months with low crowds and lower rates!

Its calm and serene atmosphere creates the best mood for relaxing game drives and offers optimum bird viewing opportunities.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Challenging the best of the best mountain climbers, December make the already tricky trek up to the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain that much more difficult and exhilarating.

If you are not up for the rush and thrill of adventure, you could always just set up a camp near the base for the beautiful view and landscape surrounding the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and have the time of your life! 

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