Best East Africa’s Safari Holiday Destinations to Visit This December

As the year ends, people prefer to spend their festive days on a safari holiday in the leading safari destinations. East Africa being blessed with diverse wildlife and many less visited intimate destinations tops the list of most visited regions.

December comes in handy with Christmas and new year celebrations and travelers plan for this to have memorable Safari holiday experiences. Today we are unveiling East Africa’s best safari holiday destinations you must not miss this December.

Serengeti is among the most visited safari holiday destinations in East Africa and safaris here never cease to amaze. The park is located in northern Tanzania with large populations of East Africa’s most sought for wildlife.

Big cats occur here in large numbers, elephants herds, wildebeest, zebras, birds, various antelope species among others. December is a good time for a safari in Serengeti where you can spot the big five and a bit of wildebeest.

Birding is also great during this time as migratory birds come in from around November. Don’t miss out on unforgettable festive season safari holiday experiences in this beautiful park.

Cheetah in Serengeti Tanzania. Safari Holiday destinations
Cheetah in Serengeti National Park Tanzania. Photo by PJ Hicks

Mgahinga is one of the few national parks with mountain gorillas. It stands out as it has one habituated mountain gorilla group and doesn’t attract tourist crowds as other gorilla parks.

A mountain gorilla safari holiday in Mgahinga is very exclusive and enjoyable as you meet the endangered apes. The park has Mount Gahinga one of the Virunga volcanoes that is forested with other wildlife apart from Mountain gorillas. They include golden monkeys, birds, small species like reptiles and others.

While here you are rewarded with scenic views of the greater Virunga massif and can be an impressive sight to see as you end the year. For exclusive gorilla tracking safari holiday celebrations ensure to Visit Uganda and have a safari in Mgahinga.

Silverback Gorilla Mgahinga National Park
Silver-back Gorilla in Mgahinga National Park. Photo By Anibal Bueno

Masai mara is Kenya’s ultimate safari destination and in fact a visit to Kenya without a safari to Masai Mara is usually incomplete. The reserve is most famous for the wildebeest migration, savanna’s finest wildlife and big cats.

The wild places of Masai mara keep on calling even if you have visited the reserve several times. Having christmas and new years here can never get better as you enjoy safari game drives in the endless plains of the reserve.

You can also have cultural experiences here with the local Masai people as you get to know more about their ways of life. Some safaris in Masai Mara are actually guided by the local Masai people who are very knowledgeable about the reserves wildlife.

Tira Zebra in Masai Mara Game Reserve. African Safari Holiday Destination
Tira Zebra in Masai Mara Game Reserve. Photo by Philip Briggs

This forested mountainous park is Rwanda’s most visited safari holiday destination and a home to mountain gorillas. The park is easily accessed from Kigali Rwanda’s capital city in a 3 hours drive and is part of the Virunga massif.

Volcanoes national park aside from mountain gorillas has golden monkeys, birds, forest buffaloes though rarely seen and other wildlife species. The park has 5 of the Virunga Volcanoes and all can be hiked for those interested in mountain climbing.

A safari holiday here in December can be regretted as you have a variety of wildlife activities to choose from. You can get to interact with the local Rwandans as you discover more about their culture. You get to also know how the people managed to overcome the deadly genocide that happened over 20 years ago.

Golden Monkey in Volcanoes National Park. African Safari Holidays
Golden Monkey in Volcanoes National Park. Photo by Eric Manzi

Zanzibar is an island in the Indian ocean and part of the Republic of Tanzania. The island is about 25 to 50 kilometers off the main coast of Tanzania with its capital city Zanzibar city located in Unguja Island.

Zanzibar is very famous for its pure white sand beaches and is the best the place for beach African safari holiday. While here you enjoys endless views of white sand meeting the blue Indian ocean waters a perfect sight for relaxing.

While at this beautiful island you can engage in various beach activities like beach soccer, beach volley ball and parasailing. You can also just choose to relax at the beach sunbathing enjoying the east African sun. Boat excursions in the Indian ocean would be also be a great option. You can visit Zanzibar historical towns like fort Jesus where you will know about the history of East African trade.

White Sand Beaches Zanzibar. African Safari Holiday destinations
White Sand Beaches Zanzibar. Courtesy Photo

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