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Visit Tanzania in December

Visit Tanzania in December

Weather and landscape in December

What’s the weather like in Tanzania in January? In the mainland, the average temperature ranges from a cool 16°C to a warm 29°C, so it’s ideal to pack some warm clothes along with your summer style! On our islands, you can expect a balmy 23°C to a hot high of 32°C, so whip out the sunscreen!

Generally, January is hot and humid, falling during our green season, so named for the rich, lush, green landscapes (perfect for photography!). Occasional rainfall provides a welcome respite from the heat.

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Accommodation in December

With so many beautiful lodges in Tanzania, it can be tough to choose – even tougher in January if you want to avoid the big crowds (that’s where we come in!).

January’s lovely weather means it’s a popular time to travel. It’s regarded as a peak season, so accommodation can be more expensive than it would be during other times of the year.

Where you want to visit will also impact how busy it is – if you’re looking to stay in Ndutu and Southern Tanzania, accommodation should be booked as far in advance as possible but please chat to us about where you wish to visit and we will advise you.

Accommodation in December

With so many beautiful lodges in Tanzania, it can be tough to choose – even tougher in January if you want to avoid the big crowds (that’s where we come in!).

January’s lovely weather means it’s a popular time to travel. It’s regarded as a peak season, so accommodation can be more expensive than it would be during other times of the year.

Where you want to visit will also impact how busy it is – if you’re looking to stay in Ndutu and Southern Tanzania, accommodation should be booked as far in advance as possible but please chat to us about where you wish to visit and we will advise you.

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Visiting the Northern Circuit of Tanzania in December

The wildebeest migration in December

The trek, which started in October, moving from north to south, is coming to an end. After the seasonal rains begin, the herd moves south and through the central Serengeti looking for new food sources, and finding them in the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti.

With this abundance of food and water, the wildebeests will settle in Ndutu and the southern Serengeti region for a time to feed and calve. However, this does not mean that life will get any easier. With a herd on the move and calving happening, canny predators will try to pick off easy targets.

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Climbing mount Kilimanjaro in December

Kilimanjaro can be a little unpredictable in December. The short rainy season extends into December, meaning some people are more hesitant to attempt to summit the mountain due to difficult climbing conditions. However, December remains a good time to attempt the climb because there are fewer people.

Even though the Christmas/New Year’s holidays happen in December, many tourists decide to forego the climb due to the weather conditions. Kilimanjaro, however, is more than up to the task of a little rain, and people who try the climb in December are rewarded with a more satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

Climbing mount Kilimanjaro in December

Kilimanjaro can be a little unpredictable in December. The short rainy season extends into December, meaning some people are more hesitant to attempt to summit the mountain due to difficult climbing conditions. However, December remains a good time to attempt the climb because there are fewer people.

Even though the Christmas/New Year’s holidays happen in December, many tourists decide to forego the climb due to the weather conditions. Kilimanjaro, however, is more than up to the task of a little rain, and people who try the climb in December are rewarded with a more satisfying feeling of accomplishment.

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Game drives, wildlife and birds in December

The wildlife around Tanzania’s northern circuit is enjoying a delightful period of green growth and plentiful food. Because of the seasonal rains, December is an excellent time for bird-watching as migratory birds have arrived back in the national parks in full force.

While the green season does not hold the same wildlife density as the dry season, there are some spots in December that absolutely flourish – the Seronera region in central Serengeti along with the Ngorongoro Crater both have year-round high numbers of animals.

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Visiting the beaches and islands of Tanzania in December

Zanzibar Island in December

Travelling to Zanzibar in December is like walking into a dream: beautiful, ancient buildings in Stone Town, scenic natural jungles, unblemished white beaches, and turquoise seas await you as you step away from reality and into paradise. December is also the last opportunity you may have to swim with whale sharks!

December is a transition period in Zanzibar – the infrequent bursts of rain gradually giving way to hot, sunny weather that will last for the next two months. Coming off a usually wet November, December sees the island’s vegetation flush with life, giving the island a particularly tropical feel.

Visiting the beaches and islands of Tanzania in December

Zanzibar Island in December

Travelling to Zanzibar in December is like walking into a dream: beautiful, ancient buildings in Stone Town, scenic natural jungles, unblemished white beaches, and turquoise seas await you as you step away from reality and into paradise. December is also the last opportunity you may have to swim with whale sharks!

December is a transition period in Zanzibar – the infrequent bursts of rain gradually giving way to hot, sunny weather that will last for the next two months. Coming off a usually wet November, December sees the island’s vegetation flush with life, giving the island a particularly tropical feel.

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Mafia Island in December

This island paradise is exquisite in January, and remains relatively untouched by tourists! Enjoy snorkelling, diving, and fishing when you venture into the crystal waters, after lounging on the beach to soak up the January sun. If you’re lucky (and in the right place!) you can even spot a whale shark.

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Pemba Island in December

Pemba is also relatively untouched by tourists, meaning it is the perfect place for some peace and quiet. With warm January weather, explore one of the oldest Muslim ruins in Africa, take in the rolling, verdant hills that grow tons of cloves or dip into the sea for some of the best snorkeling Tanzania has to offer!

Pemba Island in December

Pemba is also relatively untouched by tourists, meaning it is the perfect place for some peace and quiet. With warm January weather, explore one of the oldest Muslim ruins in Africa, take in the rolling, verdant hills that grow tons of cloves or dip into the sea for some of the best snorkeling Tanzania has to offer!

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Visiting the Southern Circuit of Tanzania in December

Game drives, wildlife, and birds in December

January is a particularly good time to visit the Southern Circuit of Tanzanian parks for people who love to immerse themselves in the wildness of nature. Fresh from a short rainy season over November and December, January offers visitors lush, teeming wilderness.

While spotting game is not quite as easy in January as it is during the dry season, the Southern Circuit includes some of the biggest national parks in East Africa, let alone Tanzania. A visit to Ruaha or Nyerere will guarantee beautiful and memorable sights.

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Ruaha National Park in December

December follows closely in November’s wake, with the first two or so weeks bringing much-needed rain. This is often a lower season, but around the December holidays, the park will receive a relative influx of tourists compared to what it is used to. Visiting in December will be a treat, as the park is teeming with life and vegetation.

Ruaha National Park in December

December follows closely in November’s wake, with the first two or so weeks bringing much-needed rain. This is often a lower season, but around the December holidays, the park will receive a relative influx of tourists compared to what it is used to. Visiting in December will be a treat, as the park is teeming with life and vegetation.

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Nyerere National Park (formerly known as Selous Game Reserve) in December

January may have scattered rainfall, but in temperatures exceeding 30°C during the day and 21°C at night, it’s a welcome reprieve. The green season is lush and beautiful, perfect for exploring the rivers and plans of Nyerere to view one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the whole country!

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Visiting the Western Circuit of Tanzania in December

Mahale National Park in December

One of our favourite things about December in Mahale are the striking blue butterflies. Mahale, particularly in the wet season, is a dense jungle simply bursting with colours from both the flora and the fauna. Colourful wildlife, long stretches of lake, and towering mountain vistas: Mahale simply has everything.

Visiting the Western Circuit of Tanzania in December

Mahale National Park in December

One of our favourite things about December in Mahale are the striking blue butterflies. Mahale, particularly in the wet season, is a dense jungle simply bursting with colours from both the flora and the fauna. Colourful wildlife, long stretches of lake, and towering mountain vistas: Mahale simply has everything.

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Katavi National Park in December

The best thing about Katavi National Park when the wet season returns in December, is that with it comes the abundance of birds back to this area. Home to over 400 species of bird, the wet season marks the beginning of their migratory pattern, meaning the skies will be teeming with bird life!

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Gombe National Park in December

December marks the beginning of the wet season in western Tanzania. The transition between the dusty, dry plains and the perpetually beige colouring of Gombe in dry season and the beautiful explosion of colours in wet season is a sight that none can rival. December is also quieter, and the park feels more intimate.

Gombe National Park in December

December marks the beginning of the wet season in western Tanzania. The transition between the dusty, dry plains and the perpetually beige colouring of Gombe in dry season and the beautiful explosion of colours in wet season is a sight that none can rival. December is also quieter, and the park feels more intimate.

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