South Africa in December

December

December brings plenty of rain, thickening the bush and creating some gorgeous green scenery – and there are lots of migratory birds about during this time.

  • Day time maximum temperature = 28°C
  • Night time minimum temperature = 18°C
  • Average rainfall = 131mm
  • Average daylight = 14 hours

WHAT’S THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE IN SOUTH AFRICA IN DECEMBER?

  • Days are very hot and humid, but evenings feel relatively comfortable
  • It’s wet season, so there’s plenty of rain
  • It’s hot enough for light summery layers.

WHAT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF VISITING SOUTH AFRICA IN DECEMBER?

  • Safari in South Africa is exceptionally good all year round
  • Early December visitors to parks and reserves can expect to see lots of newborn mammals
  • Birding is brilliant, as this month is almost in the middle of the migratory bird season running October to April
  • There’s plenty of fresh greenery, providing superb photo opportunities.

ANY LOWLIGHTS?

  • It’s essential to book well in advance if you wish to visit over Christmas
  • December is often busy in South Africa, with many holiday destinations filling up with locals and tourists alike
  • The rainfall causes high humidity
  • As the bush thickens, wildlife becomes increasingly difficult to spot
  • Wildlife disperses throughout parks and reserves, as availability of water is much improved
  • Mosquito populations soar with the rainfall.

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