Christmas in the Serengeti


What better way to celebrate Christmas than booking a flight to Tanzania? With so much to see and do, it will be one festive holiday that you’ll never forget.

If you’re wondering whether Christmas is a good time to visit the Serengeti, here are some reasons why we love it this time of year.

Wildebeest migration

Lots of people think that the great wildebeest migration only happens once a year, but it’s actually an all-year-round event. With the short rains arriving in early November, the herds of wildebeest head south to the plains of central and south Serengeti in December to feed on the fresh grasses.

The wildebeest migration is a key attraction at Christmas time but there is so much more to see including grazers and carnivores in their cycle of life. When viewed from the air on a Balloon Safari, it will be an unforgettable experience as you witness the conclusion of the great annual cycle – just before it begins all over again.

You don’t need to worry about finding the best views, either. Our pilots not only have years of experience in harnessing the African wind, but they’re also expert interpreters of the ebb and flow of the landscape below. So you can be sure they will know all the best places to watch these fascinating animals – any time of year.

Warm weather

If you’re looking to escape the bitterly cold and gloomy winter in the UK and head for warmer climates, the Serengeti won’t disappoint. December is summer in Tanzania, and with a fairly consistent temperature throughout the year, you can expect highs of 27°C at Christmas time.

While it may be warm, December is part of the short rain season in the Serengeti, so it may be a little damp at times and you should expect some rain. However, if you don’t mind the occasional shower, it can be a great time to visit because the air is so clear, the colours so vibrant and the skies so dramatic, giving spectacular opportunities for photography. The added benefit is that there won’t be nearly as many tourists as there are during the dry seasons.

Special family time

For many people, a safari in the Serengeti National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Watching the animals in their natural habitats, enjoying breakfast in the African bush, and experiencing a remarkable show of nature at its finest – there is so much to do that the whole family will enjoy.

It won’t be your normal wintery festival, but all the incredible experiences that await you will ensure you have a really special holiday with your family that you’ll remember forever – making it the perfect way to spend Christmas together.

Have we piqued your interest? Get in touch today to discuss your Christmas Serengeti adventure. Our Balloon Safari experts will do everything they can to make it an unforgettable experience.

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