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Tanzania in December


December sees the continuance of the short rains, and is characterised by lush landscapes, the Great Migration herds moving into the South Serengeti, and an abundance of beautiful birdlife.

What's the weather going to be like in Tanzania in December?

  • Days are warm, with a high chance of short light showers and heavier rain overnight
  • December is part of the short rainy season
  • Both temperatures and humidity are gradually rising
  • Remember your waterproofs!
  • Zanzibar is very hot, dry and humid in December, with temperatures soaring into the early 40s

What are the highlights of visiting Tanzania in December?

  • It’s the start of the ‘emerald’ season, with scenery becoming greener and more beautiful by the day
  • Large herds of wildebeest cover the Serengeti plains as they travel south to Ndutu – and the Serengeti looks its best this month
  • Wildebeest are preparing for calving season
  • It’s an ideal time for keen birders, as thousands of migratory birds arrive, including red-necked spurfowl, purple grenadier, and cinnamon-breasted bunting
  • Lush landscapes and colourful birds provide amazing photo opportunities

Any lowlights?

  • Tanzania is a very popular destination for Christmas and New Year, so if you wish to travel during this time you’ll need to book ahead to secure accommodation
  • Properties increase their rates for the festive season
  • This is Zanzibar’s peak season, so prices are at their highest and availability is at its lowest. Many Island properties have a minimum of 5 nights stay over the festive period.
  • December can be very busy in the north of Tanzania, with masses of safari vehicles
  • The bush is getting thicker, so wildlife becomes harder to spot
  • The rain brings humidity to the coast and mainland
  • Rain attracts the mosquitoes
  • December’s weather conditions can increase the risks involved in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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