Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and what better way to celebrate the festive season than in a lush green wildlife wilderness?
With winter in Africa almost over, we can’t help but dream about the ‘green’ season that is around the corner. One of the best parts of summer in the Southern Hemisphere is being able to celebrate the festive season in the sun, making Africa the perfect choice if you are looking for a Christmas safari adventure.
Here are our favourite Christmas safari destinations:
Summer in beautiful Botswana is arguably the best time to visit this unforgettable safari destination and offers endless opportunities to create safari memories. The days are warmer with the occasional afternoon showers to cool off the hot days and the environment is gorgeously green and full of life.
Where to stay:
The camp is located in an exclusive private reserve hugging the northern edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The desert is at its best during December when the chances of spotting wildlife such as the Kalahari lion, springbok, Oryx and brown hyena, are at their highest.
If you are looking to experience the renowned Okavango Delta then we suggest you stay in Ker & Downey’s Okuti camp. The luxurious camp is situated in the heart of the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve that is rich in wildlife and offers consistent year-round game viewing.
For a Christmas safari like no other, then a visit to Serengeti is a must. The Serengeti is renowned for its awe-inspiring wildlife and breath-taking landscapes, as well as being one of the key-destinations in the annual Wildebeest Great Migration. Tanzania’s Northern Circuit is fantastic in December, with the Great Migration in full swing and herds of wildebeest spreading as far as the eye can see. It is undoubtably a wildly wonderful destination for some festive celebrations.
Where to stay:
If you want to be where all the Great Migration action is then we suggest you stay at Nomad Tanzania‘s Serengeti safari camp. This camp moves around every couple of months along a route that the herds have travelled for hundreds of years to give guests the best “front-row seat” to this phenomenon.
Why not swap the snow for sand and spend Christmas surrounded by some of Africa’s most dramatic desert scenery?
From red sand dunes as high as skyscrapers, to vast saltpans, and the possibility of spotting desert-adapted wildlife, Namibia is an exciting and unique place to spend Christmas. While it’s one of the least-densely populated countries in the world, Swakopmund and the coasts can become very popular with tourists during the festive season. If you want to avoid the crowds and bask in the spectacular solitude that the desert can provide, it would be best to give these coastal areas a wide berth.
Where to stay:
For a Christmas safari in Namibia we suggest you stay at Wilderness Safaris‘ Little Kulala. This stylish Lodge is located near Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert with direct access to the Namib Naukluft National Park and the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei.
Another great option to stay at is at Wilderness Safaris’ Hoanib Skeleton Coast. This camp is located in a remote area of the Kaokoveld, with gravel-strewn plains and dry riverbeds that draw fascinating desert adapted wildlife.
Avoid the last-minute rush and get in touch with us today to book your Christmas safari.